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OZTek 2017

OZTek is nearly upon us … and will unfold at Darling Harbour in Sydney, Autralia on 18-19 March. This show only comes around every two years and there’s no time to lose. Get your ticket today!

Aimed at everyone who dives, this event is a potent mix of information, education, entertainment and inspiration delivered over one weekend. Regardless of experience level, OZTek offers something for everyone.

Held at Darling Harbour’s brand new Exhibition Centre, Sydney’s newest premier event venue is in the heart of the city’s CBD, shopping and entertainment district and promises an action-packed weekend.

Beginning with a variety of informal functions on the Friday evening, the weekend activities continue with:

  • A full-scale Dive and Travel exhibition – a stand-alone event in its own right – catering to every level of diving interest and featuring everything divers require; from cameras to compressors, regulators to rebreathers, snorkels to scooters, facemasks to fins, home grown Australian destinations as well as exotic overseas dive resorts and great liveaboard trips. The world’s leading equipment brands, accessories and premier dive travel and training will all be on show at OZTek2017.
  • Two-days of presentations, seminars and workshops given by more than 40 of some of diving’s most respected identities, people who are tomorrow’s household names and whose individual exploits, achievements and knowledge of diving are second to none.
  • A ticketed event to be held on the evening of Saturday 18th March 2017, ‘On The Edge‘ will feature presentations by Explorer Club members Rod Macdonald, Paul Toomer and Jill Heinerth. Keeping alive the traits of vision, courage and tenacity that make diving exploration among the most compelling and relevant of high-risk enterprises, ‘On the Edge’ provides a spellbinding glimpse into the high-octane world of three of modern diving’s most accomplished and talented underwater explorers.
  • Discover the origins and adventures in Pushing the Envelope – a unique photographic exhibit celebrating the people, projects and technologies behind the ‘Technical Diving Revolution’ (1986-2000+). Pushing The Envelope will feature over 300 images, maps, tables and quotes from the early days of technical diving. A brief step back in time to appreciate the advancement of diving technology, training and techniques we take for granted today.
  • Enjoy the Georges Camera Photographic Exhibition displaying selected images from eminent underwater photographers as well as the winners of the OZTek2017 Photographic Competition, including the Nikon Dive Portfolio of the Year. The 2017 competition and exhibition – focusing on wrecks, caves and open categories with fabulous prizes to be won – will be on permanent display throughout the weekend and screened in the main theatre on Saturday afternoon when the category winners will be announced.
  • The weekend activities finish with the staging of the OZTek2017 Gala Awards Dinner. Held at The Aerial, UTS overlooking the inner cityscape, and following the Sunday evening close of the OZTek2017 Exhibition and Conference, this ticketed event includes a magnificent meal, unlimited beers, wines and soft drinks, guest speakers and the presentation of the OZTek2017Awards.  An opportunity for the entire diving community to relax, socialise and unwind, the OZTek Gala Awards Dinner marks the perfect finish to a memorable weekend.

OZTek2017 offers an inspirational journey into the entire world of diving adventure and excitement. Don’t miss it.

Find out more about OZTek2017 – check out the website at


Book Release: Diving the Thistlegorm – The Ultimate Guide to a World War II Shipwreck



Diving the Thistlegorm is a unique in-depth look at one of the world’s best-loved shipwrecks. In this highly visual guide, cutting edge photographic methods enable views of the wreck and its fascinating cargo which were previously impossible.

This book is the culmination of decades of experience, archaeological and photographic expertise, many hours underwater, months of computer processing time, and days spent researching and verifying the history of the ship and its cargo. For the first time, Diving the Thistlegorm brings the rich and complex contents of the wreck together, identifying individual items and illustrating where they can be found. As the expert team behind the underwater photography, reconstructions and explanations take you through the wreck in incredible detail, you will discover not only what has been learned but also what mysteries are still to be solved.

Find out more about:

  • One of the world’s greatest dives.
  • Incredible ‘photogrammetry’ shows the wreck and cargo in a whole new light.
  • Meticulous detail presented in a readable style by experts in their respective fields.

About the authors:

Simon Brown is an underwater photographer and photogrammetry/3D expert who has documented underwater subjects for a wide range of clients including Historic England, Wessex Archaeology and television companies such as National Geographic Channel and Discovery Canada. Jon Henderson is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh where he is the Director of the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre. With specific research interests in submerged prehistoric settlements and developing underwater survey techniques, he has directed underwater projects in the UK, Poland, Greece, Italy, Egypt, Jamaica and Malaysia. Alex Mustard is a former marine biologist and award-winning underwater photographer. In 2018 he was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for “Services to underwater photography”. Mike Postons pioneered the use of digital 3D modelling to visualise shipwrecks, as well as the processes of reconstructing original ships from historic plans. He has worked with a number of organisations including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Historic England and the Nautical Archaeological Society.

About the book:

  • Release date 25 November 2020
  • Limited run of Hardbacks
  • RRP £35
  • ISBN 978-1-909455-37-5
  • 240 photo-packed pages
  • 240 x 160 mm

Available to pre-order now from, Amazon, online, and from retailers.

Check back on for a review of the book coming soon!

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Deptherapy’s Dr Richard Cullen becomes a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society



Dr Richard Cullen, Chairman of Scuba Diving Rehabilitation Charity Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education, has been recognised as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society is a prestigious Fellowship that is open to those who demonstrate a sufficient involvement in geography or an allied subject through publications, research or professional experience.

Paul Rose, Deptherapy’s Vice Chair, and a world renowned explorer, author, broadcaster, who is a former Vice Chair of the RGS said: 

“This is a huge achievement by Richard. His Fellowship is richly deserved, and a direct result of his steadfast commitment to preserving our oceans through Deptherapy’s very powerful ‘Protecting Our Oceans’ Programme.  I know the top team at the RGS are looking forward to welcoming Richard into the Society.”

The RGS was founded in 1830 to advance geographical research, education, fieldwork and expeditions, as well as by advocating on behalf of the discipline and promoting geography to public audiences.

Paul Toomer, President of RAID, said:

“I have been close friends with Richard for many years and his passion for our seas, even at 70 years of age, is undiminished.  Deptherapy are the world leaders in adaptive scuba diving teaching and are our much valued partners.  Taking UK Armed Forces Veterans who have suffered life changing mental and/or physical challenges and engaging them in major marine biology expeditions, is to most of us beyond the realms of possibility.  The skills these guys have to develop is just awesome.  This is a great honour for Richard, a great honour for Deptherapy, and also for us as their partners.  The diving world must come together to celebrate and acknowledge Richard’s achievement.”

Richard joins some distinguished Fellows of the RGS.  Former Fellows include Ernest Shackleton and many other notable explorers and geographers.

Richard said:

“I am both honoured and humbled to become a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. When I was invited to apply for a Fellowship, I was, which is very unusual for me, lost for words.  I hope it will allow me to take our message of Protecting Our Oceans to a larger audience and to further develop our programmes.  The Fellowship is a recognition of the charity’s work to raise awareness of the plight of our oceans.  The credit belongs to a group of individuals who have overcome massive challenges to let alone qualify as divers but now to progress to marine biology expedition diving”.

For more information about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education visit

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