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OZTek2017 has grown (again) and is relocating to Darling Harbour

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OZTek 2017

OZTek again breaks new ground with a new home, more exhibitors and more speakers than ever before. With the relocation to the fantastic new exhibition centre at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour (ICC Sydney), OZTek 2017 cements itself as the premier event for all things diving related.

Technical, photographic and advanced diving topics will be presented along with the industry’s best suppliers exhibiting the latest in diving equipment, travel and training. The OZTek conference and exhibition is the ‘must see’ event in 2017.

The show will open on March 18/19, 2017 in Hall 1, ICC Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour. Oztek’s custom-built main theatre is located right on the exhibition floor, along with the workshop areas, and these, coupled with the additional conference rooms directly above, ensure plenty of interaction between attendees and exhibitors.

Located at the heart of Sydney’s Darling Harbour and entertainment area, the new address is easier to find, easier to get to by car or public transport, with the new Goods Line walk taking you on a 10-minute scenic walk from the ICC directly to Central station, without crossing a road! Check out more information on the venue here.

After 2 years of complete re-design & re-build, the ICC opens its doors in late December, making OZTek one of the first premier events held at the new facility. For more information about this superb location, visit www.iccsydney.com.au.

Inspired by a new home, bigger facilities and ease of access, expect more awesome presentations from incredible, inspiring speakers, sharing their adventures and experiences. Find out more about OZTek 2017’s speakers here.

An impressive, growing list of Exhibitors bringing new innovations, new ideas, new destinations (or destinations not yet visited) plus all the latest in dive equipment, training, travel and photography will provide interest for all levels of divers. More info about OZTek 2017’s exhibitors can be found here.

Plus, with the additional space, enjoy more glorious Underwater Images and for the first time, George’s Cameras Image Centre will be holding complementary photographic technical workshops.

The OZTek Photographic Exhibition will showcase the latest in up and coming talent for underwater imagery. Meet the competition winners at the show and visit the inaugural Nikon Dive Portfolio of the Year. Find out more:

And, finally, to top off what will be a brilliant weekend, the unmissable OZTek Gala Dinner Awards night. A ticketed event including a magnificent meal, unlimited beers, wines and soft drinks, guest speakers and the presentation of the OZTek2017 Awards. Relax, socialise and unwind –  the perfect finish to a memorable weekend.

When?

March 18-19, 2017

Where?

Hall 1 Exhibition Centre, ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour.

For up-to-the minute information go to www.oztek.com.au or contact the organizer, Sue Crowe by emailing info@diveoztek.com.au or call +61 (0)498 964 963.

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Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy

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According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!

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As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on simon@europe.naui.org or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on cwarner@europe.naui.org.

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