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DIVING talks 2022: all you need to know about this year’s event in Portugal

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It’s been announced that the second DIVING talks event will take place in Troia, Portugal from October 7-9 2022. This international event brings together the world’s leading divers, explorers, scientists, and researchers, and follows the 2021 event considered by many to be one of the best dive shows worldwide.

DIVING talks will feature presentation panels, talks and debates by keynote speakers from all over the world to promote and share knowledge on the underwater environment. The Organization expects to host 450+ worldwide attendees locally and 50,000 online viewers during the show’s three days.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Once again, the show will bring together a fantastic Speakers Panel with some of the most recognised and followed divers, explorers, scientists, and researchers;
  • Capitalising on the success of the “Talks” format, DIVING talks 2022 maintains the thematic panels’, but the Speakers will engage in other debate formats;
  • The brands will have more facetime with their clients and promote equipment trials, workshops, and networking opportunities during the so-called “Activities”.
  • Establish in Portugal a new hub for all subjects related to diving, both technical and scientific.

The DIVING talks speakers come from all over the world, work on different projects related to the subaquatic environment and will share incredible stories with the attendees. Already confirmed are Adam Wood, Alexandre Hasche, Armando Ribeiro, Audrey Cudel, William (Bill) Stone, Brandi Mueller, Gareth Lock, Jean Claude Monachon, Leigh Bishop, Mark Caney, Mark Powell, Nuno Sá, Simon Mitchell, Stef Panis, Teresa Amaro, Tomasz Stachura, and Xavier Meniscus.

STRUCTURE OF THE EVENT

THE PANELS

The Panels will promote the best, the most innovative content, the latest work and discoveries in diving, sub-aquatic studies, and technological development. The Panels will feature exciting presentations or debates on essential topics such as scuba diving teaching evolution.

THE EXHIBITION

DIVING talks 2021 will feature an exhibition area, a ‘show and tell’ expo that will host a range of exhibitors from the global diving industry, showcasing their latest services, products and technologies.

THE ACTIVITIES

The Activities will be a space and time for joining a brand with its client base, showing, discussing or experimenting – even underwater.

VISITING AND ‘STAY & DIVE’ PACKAGES

DIVING talks 2022 partners with Portugal Dive to provide the best planning solutions for Attendees wanting to spend some time in Portugal, visiting and diving before or after the show.

Find our more at www.portugaldive.com | portugaldive@portugaldive.com

Attendees wanting to benefit from special conditions using Portugal Dive’s services, please provide a copy of your e-ticket when booking.

PROGRAM

DIVING talks 2022 will be held from October 7 to 9. The schedule is as follows:

FRIDAY, October 7 2022

09:30 – 12:00  Scuba discovery activities

09:30 – 18:00  Arrival, accreditation and set-up of displays

12:30               Welcome lunch

12:30 – 18:00  Workshops, trials, brand networking

14:30               Official opening of the Exhibition

17:30               Visit Grandola with dinner

SATURDAY, October 8 2022

All-day             Exhibition and visit to displays

Morning          “Talks”

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch

Afternoon       “Talks”

19:30               DIVING talks dinner and Awards Ceremony

SUNDAY, October 9 2022

All-day             Exhibition and visit to displays

Morning          “Talks”

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch

Afternoon       “Talks”

Attendees will benefit from special conditions for accommodation in selected hotels close to the show venue.

CONTACT POINT FOR FURTHER DETAILS

Arlindo Serrão

E-mail: arlindo.serrao@portugaldive.com

Mobile: +351 964643858

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British freediver sets new national record with 112m dive

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British freediver Gary McGrath has set a new national record at the prestigious Vertical Blue freediving competition in the Bahamas.

Using only a monofin for propulsion, Gary swam down a measured rope to a depth of 112m (367ft), returning to the surface to receive a white card from the AIDA International judges to validate his dive.

Gary, 41, held his breath for three minutes and 13 seconds to complete the dive.

Freedivers descend underwater on a single breath of air and the atmospheric pressure on their bodies increases as they go deeper.

At 112m deep the pressure is 12 times greater than the surface, meaning the air in Gary’s lungs would have shrunk to less than a twelfth of its original volume – around the size of a golf ball.

Freedivers train to cope with the physiological strains placed on their bodies by their sport, and Gary uses his background of yoga and meditation to help his physical and mental preparation for deep dives.

He has also had to overcome physical challenges after contracting Covid last year during preparations for a previous national record attempt.

Gary said: ‘Diving below 100m is a totally unique environment, it’s my therapy. 

‘This year has been extremely challenging for my mental health and freediving has helped me overcome that for sure. 

‘At depth I have complete isolation from the everyday world we live in. Down there it’s just me and nature. It’s that escape that all freedivers crave. 

‘There are moments of extreme mental clarity and purity that I can only achieve when underwater. The flow state that a deep dive allows me to experience is unique and addictive.

Gary, originally from Twickenham, began freediving in 2006 and has been competing since 2008.

A former tree surgeon, he became a professional freedive instructor in 2014, and he and his partner Lynne Paddon run Yoga and Freedive Retreats in Ibiza.

Remarkably, he completed his 112m national record dive on Tuesday (August 9) despite being forced to compete wearing a borrowed monofin which was a size too small for his feet.

His entire kit bag containing his monofin, bifins and two wetsuits was lost by an airline as he travelled to the competition.

Despite his careful preparation, Gary said he suffered nerves on the morning of his national record dive, and relied on a phone call to his partner Lynne, who helped him focus on breathing techniques and visualisation to calm his nerves.

Speaking immediately after his dive, he said: ‘That was all for Lynne – this whole week has been about her. I could not do it without her. I hope that everyone finds someone they can click with, it’s the most magical thing in the world.’

Gary also thanked supporters who helped him to crowdfund to raise the money needed for him to travel to the Bahamas and compete.

Vertical Blue is considered one of the most elite events on the freediving calendar and has been dubbed the ‘Wimbledon of Freediving’.

Owned and run by world record freediver William Trubridge, the event takes place in a 202m (663ft) deep sinkhole known as Dean’s Blue Hole, off the coast of Long Island.

The previous British national record of 111m was set by Michael Board in 2018, also at a Vertical Blue competition.


All Photographs courtesy of Daan Verhoeven (www.daanverhoeven.com)

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Film Review: Thirteen Lives

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Ron Howard’s recreation of the 2018 rescue of a Thai junior football team is impressive. Even though we know what happens in the end the tension and drama played out is palpable.

On 23 June 2018, 12 members of a Thai junior football team, the Wild Boars, and their coach became trapped deep in the Tham Luang cave system by rising flood water. The film details the incredible international rescue efforts that ensue. And Ron Howard has judged the tone perfectly. There is no Hollywood glitz and glamour and the two leading actors: Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen, who play John Volanthen and Rick Stanton respectively, capture the intensity of the situation perfectly.

The diving scenes are claustrophobic in the extreme. Although I suspect that the visibility was even worse than the film depicts as you have to be able to see something in the dramatization! All the way through the film I found myself shaking my head in disbelief at the extraordinary feat these divers pulled off. The skill and bravery required still impresses after watching films, hearing them speak in public and reading about the rescue.

I loved that, whilst the divers took centre stage in the film, the heroic rescue efforts of the water engineer and his team was also given the attention they deserve, as well as the incredible Thai Navy Seals and the thousands of people that flocked to the region to help.

Thirteen Lives is a must watch movie about an incredible cave rescue. It’s sober tone hits the mark. The cinematography is skilled and creates an impressively tense experience. It is available on Amazon Prime right now.

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