Calendar

Feb
22
Sat
2020
Ancient Greek Wrecks- John Stella @ Room 306
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Wreck Alley from 10 BC? Discover the efforts of the Archeological Society of Greece and local citizen scientist working off key islands in Greece to recover and preserve the history of ocean commerce of Ancient Greece. Nat Geo calls this area “Ancient shipwreck capital of the World”

1) The oldest shipwreck is dated at 600BCE
2) The earliest shipwreck is dated the 15th century.
3) The majority of the shipwrecks found are of the early Roman period.
4) In 2017 and 2018 the mission carried The Explorers Club flag.
5) The team has found and documented 58 ancient shipwrecks.
6) We will premier the documentary “Out of the Blue” at the DC show. A 15-minute film detailing the first 2 missions.
7) The first look at an intact Greek sailing vessel photo by (Soton Technology)
8. Why are there so many ancient shipwrecks there?

 

Lost Tales of Death & Survival- Erik Petkovic @ Room 306
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lost Tales of Death & Survival- Erik Petkovic @ Room 306

More Lost Tales of Death & Survival
Erik debuts the highly anticipated sequel to his extremely popular Lost Tales of Death & Survivalpresentation. Through Erik’s unique storytelling, relive some of the most harrowing tales never told of shipwreck and rescue. These stories, which have been lost to history, are now brought out of the depths and being presented like only Erik can. Through a mixture of archival, historical, and underwater photographs, Erik pieces together these remarkable tales of death and survival.
If you like Erik’s signature presentation, you will not want to miss part two.

WWII; 75 Years After… The Solomons Islands – Greg Piper @ Room 306
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
WWII; 75 Years After... The Solomons Islands - Greg Piper @ Room 306
“What They Left Us”
Truk Lagoon 75 years later
 
Greg Piper is an award-winning underwater and nature photographer based in Washington, DC. His images have graced the pages of the world’s top diving and nature publications. In the past ten years, he has visited Truk Lagoon 16 times to document the world’s largest collection or wartime sunk wrecks. Piper has logged over 1500 dives in the Lagoon and hopes his documentation of These Wrecks will encourage a deeper sense of responsibility to the developing marine environment as well as renew respect to this iconic resting place. Keep up with Piper and his forthcoming work at www.gregpiperart.com and on Instagram at @gregpiperarts 
Photographing Wrecks @ Room 306
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Photographing Wrecks @ Room 306
Photographing Wrecks: By Greg Piper
Greg Piper is an award-winning underwater and nature photographer based in Washington, DC. His images have graced the pages of the world’s top diving and nature publications.
One of his favorite UW Subjects is wrecks. Piper has logged over 4800 dives in the past ten years, with a focus on world war two wrecks. His unique approach to UW Photography in regards to Wrecks will be discussed in this seminar, including a question and answer period. This seminar is open to any level of photographer or videographer
Deadly Waters: The Wreck of the John J. Boland Jr.- Erik Petkovic @ Room 306
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Deadly Waters: The Wreck of the John J. Boland Jr.- Erik Petkovic @ Room 306
Deadly Waters: The Wreck of the John J. Boland Jr.
Relive the tragic story of the wreck that never should have happened. The Boland was a Canadian ship, built in England, and lost in American waters.  Due to extreme negligence the Boland was lost in Lake Erie’s October waters. The Boland is one of Lake Erie’s most popular wreck dives and is accessible to both recreational divers and technical divers. Erik takes you deep inside the wreck on some of his harrowing penetrations where few have ventured. The presentation is supplemented with never before seen archival, historical, and spectacular underwater photographs.
Patowmack Dive Club @ Room 306
Feb 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Patowmack Dive Club @ Room 306
The Patowmack Dive Club meets monthly to enjoy dinner and to talk about diving. We organize several land-based and liveaboard dive trips per year to locations at great dive sites in the United States, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and beyond. Our members range from non-divers and recently certified divers to old salts. Interests range from tropical water diving to underwater photography to cave/wreck diving. Patowmack Divers meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 at Mylo’s Grill in McLean, Va. We share our latest pictures, trade lessons learned, and discuss future dive trips. We frequently have guest speakers who talk about such diverse topics as Underwater Archeology, Reef Ecology, Treasure Hunting Expeditions, Underwater Photography and Environmental Issues. Learn more about us at http://www.patowmackdivers.com or https://www.facebook.com/PatowmackDivers/.
Feb
23
Sun
2020
Building a Robust Travel Program- Cheryl Patterson & Cathryn Castle Garcia @ Room 306
Feb 23 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Building a Robust Travel Program- Cheryl Patterson & Cathryn Castle Garcia @ Room 306

Building a Robust Travel Program (9am-10am) Open to Scuba Retailers and Staff

Whether you are new to selling travel or seeking to grow your existing business, this seminar is a must for retail store owners wishing to build a dynamic dive and adventure program. Travel should not be a break even part of your business – it should be a highly profitable part. Through tips, tricks and discussions with industry professionals and peers, discover how to sell travel effectively and set yourself apart as a true one-stop-shop and drive your business success.

REGISTER HERE
Expanding Retail Travel Program- Cheryl Patterson & Cathryn Castle Garcia @ Room 306
Feb 23 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Expanding Retail Travel Program- Cheryl Patterson & Cathryn Castle Garcia @ Room 306

Whether you are new to selling travel or seeking to grow your existing business, this seminar is a must for retail store owners wishing to build a dynamic dive and adventure program. Travel should not be a break even part of your business – it should be a highly profitable part. Through tips, tricks and discussions with industry professionals and peers, discover how to sell travel effectively and set yourself apart as a true one-stop-shop and drive your business success.

This program is limited to store employees and travel agents.

REGISTRATION HERE
Citizen Science Workshop @ Room 306
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Citizen Science Workshop @ Room 306

Citizen Science Workshop

A collection of seminars that involve ways divers can be involved in the ocean environment. These presentations include:
Sustainable Travel at 10AM
Spot-A-Shark – North Carolina 10:30AM
Citizen Science Travel Programs 11AM
–Break– 11:30AM
Coral Restoration Programs 12:30 PM
Pollution Portrait of Our Oceans 1PM

REGISTER HERE
Spot-A-Shark Program in North Carolina @ Room 306
Feb 23 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Spot-A-Shark Program in North Carolina @ Room 306

Spot A Shark USA is a citizen-science program that engages anyone who spends time on the water in sand tiger shark research along the Atlantic coast. Divers, snorkelers, and others are asked to photograph encounters with sand tiger sharks and post their images to the Spot A Shark USA website. Scientists then use unique spot patterns visible along the sides of the photographed sharks to identify individual animals. Identifying individual sand tiger sharks helps track shark movement and behavior over time. It also determines which coastal habitats sand tiger sharks use during their lives. This information is used by Spot A Shark USA researchers, as well as international partners, to facilitate management decisions aimed towards conserving sand tiger sharks, which are critically endangered in several parts of the world.

Citizen Science Episode 1 & 2

Science is our most reliable system of gaining new knowledge and citizen science is the public involvement in inquiry and discovery of new scientific knowledge. A citizen science project can involve one person or millions of people collaborating towards a common goal. Typically, public involvement is in data collection, analysis, or reporting.

Pollution Global Portrait-Julie Ouimet & Michel Labrecque @ Room 306
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Pollution Global Portrait-Julie Ouimet & Michel Labrecque @ Room 306

Plastic pollution – A global portrait

Plastic debris are washing up on shores everywhere around the world. The problem is global and the effects on marine ecosystem, animals, and now humans, are becoming increasingly known. Learn about the extent of the problem, the causes and what easy solutions divers can implement.

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