The London International Dive Show comes to town side by side with TEK 2011 on 26/27 March at ExCeL. Whether you’re a tekkie or just want to extend your diving that bit further, it offers a great chance to explore diving to its outer limits
A two-day technical conference and one of the most exciting preliminary line-ups of main speakers to be confirmed at such an early stage – that’s how the London International Dive Show is getting set to celebrate its 10th anniversary in March 2011.
A number of the speakers are likely to be crossing-over between TEK 2011 and the main presentation rooms. John Garvin is the screenwriter of Sanctum, James Cameron’s 3D follow-up to Avatar, so we’re excited that he has agreed to be at LIDS 2011 to talk about the making of this eagerly awaited movie. It’s based on a terrifying real-life incident that occurred to his co-writer Andrew Wight while diving the remote Nullarbor cave-system in Australia.
John, an experienced rebreather instructor,also appears in the movie and was the diving co-ordinator, so he has all the background.
Rich Stevenson (revisiting the development of deep wreck diving in the UK); Mark Powell (analysing DCI incidents in British club-diving to reduce the risk of them happening to us); and Jack Ingle (optimising kit configuration) are also likely to be big draws across the board.
TEK 2011 will appeal to all levels of diver. Although aimed primarily at experienced technical divers and recently qualified ones planning to do more, there will also be sessions for those wanting to find out what technical diving is all about and what equipment and training is available. It will take place in ExCeL’s purpose-built conference suites, which are ideal both for events attracting hundreds of delegates and also for smaller, more intimate gatherings.
TEK 2011 is just one of a range of special initiatives being introduced as part of the 10th-anniversary LIDS celebrations. These initiatives also reflect the fact that from next year the show will be fully independent – with the ability to represent all dive training agencies and the industry as a whole, in exactly the same way as the hugely successful NEC Birmingham Dive Show.
And LIDS is now fully independent for the first time, able to represent at ExCeL all dive training agencies and the industry as a whole, just like the hugely successful NEC Birmingham Dive Show, which is also organised by the DIVER Group.
So make a date to come along and share in the excitement and we will see you there.