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    TEKDiveUSA.2014 Announced!

    TEKDiveUSA LLC is excited to announce that we have retained The Underwater Marketing Company to help organize and promote TEKDiveUSA, a two day advanced and technical diving conference and specialist exhibition, similar in approach to both EUROTEK and OZTek.

    Randy Thornton, CEO of TEKDiveUSA LLC stated,"We decided to launch TEKDiveUSA after being inspired by some great experiences we've had at other events around the world. And after seeing just how popular Rebreather Forum 3 was last year, it seemed the obvious next step to take. It has been many years since we have had a technical diving conference in this country and it felt like the right time for the USA to have its own home grown event.

    The prime focus of TEKDiveUSA is to educate and entertain. We want to help further the educational aspects of advanced and technical diving, while giving people who are out there doing exciting projects, a platform to share their story with others. This is the perfect opportunity to get the entire technical community engaged - regardless of agency affiliation or philosophy - together as one unified group. It will be great to see everyone sharing experiences, and be motivated by, and from each other. It's truly going to be an inspirational diving conference."

    Rosemary E Lunn, Business Development Director of The Underwater Marketing Company stated, "I am delighted to say we have already got a number of top drawer speakers on board. Associate Professor Simon J Mitchell, (Head of Anesthesiology - University of Auckland), Richard Lundgren, (deep wreck explorer), The Phantom Cave Team and Dr Neal W Pollock (Research Director at DAN) have already said "yes we'd love to come and talk Roz". We are currently drafting a really interesting lecture schedule covering everything from physiology, cave diving, imaging and wreck diving, through to equipment, rebreathers, safety and techniques.

    TEKDiveUSA.2014 will be held on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May 2014 in Florida, so scribble the date down and reserve that weekend now. We will be announcing the venue, website and exhibitor details soon. However we can confirm that TEKDiveUSA will be held every two years, and we will be considering a west coast venue for TEKDiveUSA.2016.

    One of the things I love about these big international advanced and technical diving conferences is the camaraderie, quality face time and exposure that you get with leading pioneers and explorers. It is a bit like being back stage at a top rock concert when you bump into the likes of Bill Stone, Richard Pyle, Rick Stanton or Evan Kovacs. The really cool thing is that because we are all divers, we love talking about diving and everyone is very friendly. I've seen delegates have some really in-depth conversations with the speakers on the stairs, at the bar or over breakfast."

    "We have been involved with diver education for many years. It is the foundation of everything we do", observed Randy Thornton. "By learning about our craft we are able to push boundaries of exploration further in the safest manner possible. I look forward to opening the door and giving new divers who are curious about advanced and technical diving, a peek at this genre. You certainly don't need to be a hard core tekkie to come to TEKDiveUSA, just someone who wants to get more out of their personal diving.

    Even though this conference is called TEKDiveUSA, it is not going to be American centric. We consider this to be an international event. After all, when you look at the major exploration teams around the world, they are comprised of people from many countries. Since we belong to a global community, we are confident the international diving community will feel most welcome! So please join us on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18 May, 2014 in Miami forTEKDiveUSA.2014"

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    Re: TEKDiveUSA.2014 Announced!

    Outstanding stuff!

    Looking forward to it!

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    Looking forward to it.

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    Re: TEKDiveUSA.2014 Announced!

    That sounds like a huge amount of work! Thank you for stepping forward to make this happen! Looking forward to it :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Smith  View Original Post
    That sounds like a huge amount of work! Thank you for stepping forward to make this happen! Looking forward to it :)
    Been working on it for about 7 months so far, but it is coming together nicely! We have a great list of confirmed speakers (we will start announcing them soon) and a lot of hard decisions to narrow down our list for the rest of the speakers.

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    Re: TEKDiveUSA.2014 Announced!

    Any chance for some local diving around the location of the event prior to or after the weekend? Can't think of anything better than meeting all the 'greats' in diving... except of course... diving with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garth  View Original Post
    Any chance for some local diving around the location of the event prior to or after the weekend? Can't think of anything better than meeting all the 'greats' in diving... except of course... diving with them.
    That is one reason for hosting it in Florida. I am sure there will be plenty of people organizing dives. Maybe even some pool demos.

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    Discovery Channel will be transmitting a programme in November this year, as part of the "Curiosity" Series about J2. The film makers were able to capture some footage in the vertical and horizontal dry cave and underwater in the flooded galleries thanks to Corey and the guys at Light Monkey. They made custom film and dive lights for the team.

    Phil Short (pictured here) was part of the team, and he'll be talking about the J2 Project at TEKDiveUSA.2014 a little less than one year from today.


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    Re: TEKDiveUSA.2014 Announced!

    Super cool, Its about time we had a real tech diving conference here.

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    Re: TEKDiveUSA.2014 Announced!

    Quote Originally Posted by Garth  View Original Post
    Any chance for some local diving around the location of the event prior to or after the weekend? Can't think of anything better than meeting all the 'greats' in diving... except of course... diving with them.
    Only problem is while there are some great diving sites in Miami, there are not many great operators. In fact, there is only one op in Miami - RJ's Diving Ventures, and while they are good, they are more of a recreational cattle boat.

    Have to venture up to Pompano or down to Key Largo for the good tech stuff.

    But give us a call when you are here. Always happy to dive.

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