oztek dive conference and exhibition

Speakers

Speakers are being finalised for the 2015 event.


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Speakers listed alphabetically by surname

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Liam Allen

Liam Allen learned to dive in the fresh water lakes of the Irish Midlands and grew up exploring the dive sites of the rugged west coast of Ireland. Moving to Sydney in 1997 he decided to make a full time career out of diving where he actively worked teaching recreational diving for many years.

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Peter Buzzacott

Peter Buzzacott

Dr Peter Buzzacott has a PhD in diving injuries and conducts decompression experiments at the University of Western Brittany, in France.

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Dr. Andrew Fock

Dr. Andrew Fock

Andrew began diving in 1988, during his intern year, as a member of a University based club. This spurred an interest in Diving Medicine (and a love of diving ship wrecks)

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Paul Haynes

Paul Haynes

Paul first learned to dive in a professional capacity during 1990 whilst serving in the UK Royal Marine Commandos and quickly developed a passion for the sports side of diving. Following a move into other branches of the armed forces in the early 1990s

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Laura James

Laura James

To say that Laura has followed the path less travelled might be an understatement. From owning a tech dive shop in the early 90's (the first north of Wings Stocks store in California) to working as a Surgical tech at a busy level one Trauma Center and then returning to her childhood dream of following in the footsteps of Cousteau shooting underwater films that connect people to their environment.

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Heather Hamza

Heather Hamza

Heather began diving in 1993, in Long Island, NY. After finishing grad school she moved to California for the magnificent kelp jungles and rocky reefs. Plus, the water was tropical when compared to the northeast Atlantic. Working as a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) and diving every chance she could, Heather eventually ended up at Hollywoodivers where she met her future husband, Karim. She knew the relationship was getting serious when Karim stopped politely asking her to take "GUE Fundamentals", and was now demanding it! Heather began her GUE path in 2009, and she is now Tech2, Cave2 and JJ-CCR trained.

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Richard Harris

Richard Harris ("Harry") is an Adelaide based tech diver and underwater photographer. Diving for over thirty years, he has embraced rebreather technology to explore and photograph caves in Australia and overseas.

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Trevor Jackson

Captain Trevor Jackson has operated offshore dive liveaboards for the past 20 years. Arguably Australia's most experienced dive boat captain, he has located nearly two dozen previously unknown shipwrecks. In May 2002 he and Dr Simon Mitchell staged the infamous "Centaur Dive", in an effort to rewrite the history books about that notorious wreck. At the time it was the deepest wreck dive ever undertaken, and the repercussions of the dive are still being felt.

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Alberto Nava

Alberto Nava developed a love for the ocean as a child in Venezuela and was certified to dive through CMAS in 1990. Alberto instructed scuba diving in Australia while working on a his Ph.D in engineering at Sydney University. He is now an underwater cartographer and explorer working on the caves of the Yucatan Peninsula. He explored a large section of Sac Aktun cave (one of the longest in the planet), and discovered Hoyo Negro. He lives in Monterey/California where he teaches diving for GUE, and works as a software Engineer.

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Michael Menduno

Michael Menduno

Michael is a reporter, writer and technologist who was responsible for coining the term "technical diving." His work has appeared in Asian Diver, Business 2.0, Bloomberg Finance, DIVER, NACD Journal, Newsweek, Outside, Scientific American, Scuba Times, Undercurrent, Undersea Journal, Wired and X-Ray magazines.

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Rod Macdonald

Rod Macdonald

Rod is well known as a technical diver and diving author with 7 books to his name to date. He lives in Stonehaven, a small historic Scottish fishing town nestling in a sheltered bay just to the south of Aberdeen, a coastline littered with wartime wrecks.

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Barry McGill

Barry McGill

Barry McGill is an Irish based deep wreck explorer and photographer. Barry was inspired by stories of lost ocean liners with cargos of gold such as S.S. Laurentic, which lies just off his native Donegal. Since his first adventure on this famous wreck, his passion for exploration and wreck diving has been fuelled by the vast marine history that surrounds the Irish coastline.

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Pete Mesley

Pete Mesley

Pete's passion for diving started in the cold English waters over 21 years ago. This is where his "Lust for Rust" was created and from then onwards he has dedicated himself to researching, finding, diving and photographing wrecks.

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Simon Mitchell

Associate Professor Simon Mitchell

Simon is an anaesthesiologist and diving physician. His diving career has spanned many disciplines including sport, scientific, commercial, and military diving. He remains an avid diver, and uses rebreathers to pursue his interest in deep wrecks and photography.

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Simon Pridmore

Simon Pridmore

This will be Simon's third time as a speaker at Oztek. He has been at the sharp end of the scuba diving industry for the last two decades.

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Lance Robb

Lance Robb

Lance Robb started diving in the early 1970's and has remained an avid diver throughout the years. Like many others, Lance's passion started as a snorkeler and his first SCUBA dive was on a homemade set made of WWII bomber oxygen tanks back when SCUBA systems were not readily available and very expensive.

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Liz Rogers

Liz Rogers

Liz Rogers is a cave diver and underwater cave photographer, with an interest in expedition and exploration photography. Since learning to dive at 14 and becoming an Advanced Cave diver at 21, Liz has taken underwater photographs in caves in every state in Australia. From the stunning sinkholes in Mt Gambier to the underwater decorations in McCavity Cave, the remote Nullarbor and Roe Plains, the underground streamways of Tasmania, Jenolan and Victoria, and the significantly unexplored Camooweal Caves, her portfolio includes images from an unseen freshwater world.

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Jonas Samuelson

Jonas Samuelson

Jonas started diving in Sweden in the mid 80s. He grew up by the sea and was a competition swimmer for many years. In 1993, after completion of military service and his studies, he decided to become a PADI Instructor and worked as a diving journalist for a diving magazine called UVM during 94-95. All courses up to Instructor were conducted in Sweden.

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Damien Siviero

Damien Siviero

As a child Damien was inspired by the exploits of Cousteau and others, and now as a photographer and wreck explorer, aims to capture and share images from the underwater world. Specialising in deep still photo and video work, much of Damien's imagery comes from a world that is only otherwise seen by the few who dare to go there.

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Randy Thornton

Randy Thornton

Randy Thornton, is a CCR Trimix Instructor Trainer and CCR Cave Instructor and serves as a member the TDI Advisory Panel.

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Paul Toomer

Paul Toomer

After living in South Africa for 23 years it's odd that Paul discovered diving in the cold waters of Southern England. It is this kind of behaviour that defines Paul and his passion for doing things differently. Within months of learning to dive he had his own centre in London and rapidly progressed to Course Director before finding his passion for technical diving. Paul is an avid wreck, cave and rebreather diver.

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