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GO Diving is implementing an strong lineup of world-class dive show speakers. Our dive show speakers will be running talks, discussion panels and masterclasses throughout the event. There will be opportunities to meet and greet with our dive show speakers. We will be announcing new dive show speakers every months leading up to the show.

Saturday Speaking Times (Click to Expand)

MAIN STAGE

SPEAKER

SUBJECT

10.20am – 11amJill HeinerthThe journey of an iceberg
11.10am – 11.50amAndy TorbetExtreme diving on TV
12noon – 12.50pmMehgan Heaney-GrierA freediving evolution – exploration, adventure and purpose
1pm – 1.50pmLinden WolbertThe world of ocean ‘edutainment’
2pm – 2.50pmMiranda KrestovnikoffBritish marine life
3pm – 3.50pmUmberto PelizzariFireside chat’ Q&A with DeeperBlue’s Stephan Whelan
4pm – 4.50pmMonty HallsMy Family and the Galapagos
5pm – 5.50pmPanel DiscussionA round up Q&A with some leading industry figures

PHOTO STAGE

10.30am – 10.55amMario VitaliniWide-angle shooting
11am – 11.25amAnne and Phil MedcalfHow editing can transform your underwater images
11.30am – 11.55amDavid DileyColour correcting/grading your videos
12noon – 12.25pmPaul DuxfieldBasic set-up
12.30pm – 12.55pmStuart PhilpottThe art of Modelling
1pm – 1.25pmJason BrownLighting and the use of remote strobes
1.30pm – 1.55pmByron ConroyFirst time on a magazine assignment
2pm – 2.25pmEllen CuylaertsMarine life
2.30pm – 2.55pmJane MorganBasic manual control
3pm – 3.25pmMartyn GuessMacro shooting
3.30pm – 3.55pmSimon RogersonShooting for magazines
4pm – 4.25pmJeremy CuffOff the beaten track
4.30pm – 4.55pmPhil MedcalfFinding the photographer’s mindset
5pm – 5.25pmSaeed Rashid/Dean MartinYour first photo workshop

TECH STAGE

10.30am – 10.55amPaul Toomer/Garry DallasSubject TBA
11am – 11.25amJohn KendallThe art of 3D photogrammetry
11.30am – 11.55amPatrick VoormaThe ghost fleet of Durban
12noon – 12.25pmTim ClementsCitizen science projects
12.30pm – 12.55pmPhil ShortA life underground – 30 years of cave exploration
1pm – 1.25pmLeigh BishopDeep wreck photography and UK shipwrecks
1.30pm – 1.55pmPeter Routledge/Sophie HeptonstallSubject TBA
2pm – 2.25pmChris JewellGetting started in cave diving/Thai cave rescue
2.30pm – 2.55pmTomasz StachuraSubject TBA
3pm – 3.25pmSally CartwrightThe recovery of Bluebird
3.30pm – 3.55pmMike and Robert ThomasThe difference between mine and cave diving
4pm – 4.25pmGareth LockDiver as hero, diver as villain – learning from ‘human error’
4.30pm – 4.55pmChantelle Taylor-NewmanRemote dive medicine
5pm – 5.30pmMark PowellSubject TBA

INSPIRATION STAGE

10.30am – 10.55amRicha Somerset (PADI)The Our-World Underwater Rolex Scholarship
11am – 11.25amGemma SmithBehind the scenes of Dive Odyssey
11.30am – 12.25pmDavid JonesPlastic pollution
12.30pm – 12.55pmSarah RichardsGirls that Scuba
1pm – 1.25pmRichard CullenThe work of Deptherapy
1.30pm – 1.55pmSSI/Mares/ReVoThe ‘birth’ of a new sport rebreather
2pm – 2.25pmRich WalkerThe work of Ghost Fishing UK
2.30pm – 2.55pmBSACSubject TBA
3pm – 3.25pmNick LyonsHumorous look at the ‘evolution of the British diver’
3.30pm – 3.55pmSAASubject TBA
4pm – 4.25pmRoisin MaddisonGetting started in the world of underwater photography
4.30pm – 5pmOlivier van Overbeek (RAID)The evolution of dive education

Sunday Speaking Times (Click to Expand)

MAIN STAGE

SPEAKER

SUBJECT

10.20am – 11amJill HeinerthExplorations in Excellence
11.10am – 11.50amUmberto PelizzariFireside chat’ Q&A with DeeperBlue’s Stephan Whelan
12noon – 12.50pmMiranda KrestovnikoffBritish marine life
1pm – 1.50pmLinden WolbertThe experiences of a professional mermaid
2pm – 2.50pmMehgan Heaney-GrierFireside chat’ Q&A with DeeperBlue’s Stephan Whelan
3pm – 3.50pmAndy TorbetExtreme diving on TV
4pm – 4.50pmMonty HallsMy Family and the Galapagos

PHOTO STAGE

10.30am – 10.55amMario VitaliniWide-angle shooting
11am – 11.25amAnne and Phil MedcalfHow editing can transform your underwater images
11.30am – 11.55amDavid DileyColour correcting/grading your videos
12noon – 12.25pmPaul DuxfieldBasic set-up
12.30pm – 12.55pmStuart PhilpottThe art of Modelling
1pm – 1.25pmJason BrownLighting and the use of remote strobes
1.30pm – 1.55pmByron ConroyFirst time on a magazine assignment
2pm – 2.25pmEllen CuylaertsMarine life
2.30pm – 2.55pmJane MorganBasic manual control
3pm – 3.25pmMartyn GuessMacro shooting
3.30pm – 3.55pmSimon RogersonShooting for magazines
4pm – 5pmAlex Mustard MBESubject TBA

TECH STAGE

10.30am – 10.55amPaul Toomer/Garry DallasSubject TBA
11am – 11.25amJohn KendallThe art of 3D photogrammetry
11.30am – 11.55amPatrick VoormaThe ghost fleet of Durban
12noon – 12.25pmTim ClementsCitizen science projects
12.30pm – 12.55pmPhil ShortA life underground – 30 years of cave exploration
1pm – 1.25pmLeigh BishopDeep wreck photography and UK shipwrecks
1.30pm – 1.55pmPeter Routledge/Sophie HeptonstallSubject TBA
2pm – 2.25pmMark PowellSubject TBA
2.30pm – 2.55pmTomasz StachuraSubject TBA
3pm – 3.25pmSally CartwrightThe recovery of Bluebird
3.30pm – 3.55pmMike and Robert ThomasThe difference between mine and cave diving
4pm – 4.25pmGareth LockDiver as hero, diver as villain – learning from ‘human error’
4.30pm – 4.55pmChantelle Taylor-NewmanRemote dive medicine

INSPIRATION STAGE

10.30am – 10.55amRicha Somerset (PADI)The Our-World Underwater Rolex Scholarship
11am – 11.25amGemma SmithBehind the scenes of Dive Odyssey
11.30am – 12.25pmDavid JonesPlastic pollution
12.30pm – 12.55pmLanny VogelGetting into cave diving
1pm – 1.25pmRichard CullenThe work of Deptherapy
1.30pm – 1.55pmSSI/Mares/ReVoThe ‘birth’ of a new sport rebreather
2pm – 2.25pmRich WalkerThe work of Ghost Fishing UK
2.30pm – 2.55pmBSACSubject TBA
3pm – 3.25pmNick LyonsHumorous look at the ‘evolution of the British diver’
3.30pm – 3.55pmSAASubject TBA
4pm – 4.25pmRoisin MaddisonGetting started in the world of underwater photography
4.30pm – 5pmOlivier van Overbeek (RAID)The evolution of dive education

Who are our headline dive show speakers

Andy Torbet

Andy Torbet

Andy Torbet is a professional underwater explorer, cave and technical diver, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Member of The Explorers’ Club.

 

At last count he’s written over 200 articles and presented on 21 TV series, including programmes which saw him dive HMHS Britannic, under iceberg in the Arctic, inside glaciers in Greenland, freedive under Alaskan ice, with giant spider crabs in Japan, pilot the Oceanworks 1ATM Hardsuit and dive shipwrecks and caves all around the world.

 

He’s been lead diver and supervisor on a number of archaeological and scientific expeditions, and spent ten years in the British Forces where one of his roles was commander of the Army’s Underwater Bomb Disposal Unit.

 

He’s also a professional skydiver and climber, amateur father and seems to spend half his life living out of his campervan.

Monty Halls

Monty Halls

A former Royal Marines Officer who worked for Nelson Mandela during the peace process in the early 1990s, Monty left the forces to pursue a career in expeditions, travel journalism, and marine biology. Monty has since led teams in some of the most-challenging environments on Earth, presented numerous multi-award-winning documentaries, launched his own production company, and become a renowned inspirational speaker and writer. He has also developed a one-of-a-kind leadership and team building system for the professional and education sectors.

 

Monty is a Land Rover global ambassador, president of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, a Help for Heroes patron and numerous conservation organisations.
He is best known for his three BBC2 series Great Escapes, where he lived on the west coasts of Scotland and Ireland with his dog Reuben. He also presented the multi-award-winning series Great Barrier Reef. His next Channel Four series – My Family and the Galapagos – airs this Summer and features the whole Halls family in a poignant conservation mission to the Galapagos. He has written several books, and is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers, many of them communicating his enthusiasm for the natural world.

Miranda Krestovnikoff

Miranda Krestovnikoff

Born in land-locked Buckinghamshire, Miranda never thought she’d end up as a water baby, but an attractive vet in the queue for the scuba diving club at University persuaded her to sign up and she was lured into the underwater world, never to look back.

 

Little did she realise that diving would shape her career. Her very first job as a television presenter involved diving with reef sharks and her first shark bite! Presenting two series of Wreck Detectives for Channel 4, she went on to explore underwater wonders around the UK for BBC2’s BAFTA-award-winning series Coast. She now dives and presents wildlife stories on BBC1’s The One Show and has even presented radio programmes underwater for BBC Radio 4’s Costing the Earth and the BBC World Service.

 

Her husband and two children have no option but to follow suit and they are all divers, too. She writes regularly about her diving adventures in the UK and abroad and the challenges of taking family to farflung places to pursue her hobby. Her passion is to clean up and protect our precious waters so the next generation can enjoy them as she has done.

Dr Alex Mustard MBE

Dr Alex Mustard MBE

Dr Alex Mustard is a former marine biologist who is now widely regarded as one of the world’s leading underwater photographers. His images have won many international awards, including being regularly awarded in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

 

He has published several books, including his 2016 instructional book Underwater Photography Masterclass, which has rapidly become the most-sought-after title on the subject and was reprinted just two weeks after its launch. He is the founder of the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition, Associate Editor for Wetpixel.com and committee member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers.

 

In 2016 he received the ADEX Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Underwater Photography and in 2018 was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Umberto Pelizzari

Umberto Pelizzari

Umberto Pelizzari is an Italian freediver, widely considered among the best of all time. He’s the only one to have established world records in all freediving disciplines that existed at that time – Constant Weight, Variable Weight, and No Limits.

 

He became famous for his rivalry with another top freediver, Pipin Ferreras, originally a close training friend. In No-Limits, Pelizzari and Ferreras pushed each other deeper and deeper and became the focus of the 2001 IMAX production Ocean Men.

 

During his career, he achieved depths of 82m in Constant Weight, 131m in Variable, and 150m in No Limits. His best performance in static is 8’, and 19’56” (during medical tests) after breathing pure oxygen.

 

He’s also done work teaching, has worked on television shows, created the Apnea Academy, and authored the widely used Manual of Freediving.

Jill Heinerth

Jill Heinerth

More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has explored right here on Earth. She is a veteran of over 30 years of filming, photography and exploration on projects in submerged caves around the world with National Geographic, NOAA, various educational institutions and television networks worldwide.

 

She is the inaugural Explorer-in-Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, recipient of Canada’s prestigious Polar Medal and the diving world’s highest award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, the NOGI.

As a motivational speaker, Jill Heinerth educates and inspires people about our fascinating underwater world. Partnering with Penguin Random House in Canada and Harper Collins in the US, Jill will soon be releasing four new major-market, non-fiction and children’s books.