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Last Call for TEKDiveUSA.2014 Tickets

It is 21 days and counting until TEKDiveUSA.2014 (www.tekdiveusa.com) If you are eager to know more about diving, it is worth buying your pass to North American's inaugural advanced and technical diving conference.
TEKDiveUSA, Simon Mitchell, Neal Pollock, UHMS, Deep Stops, Rosemary Lunn, X-Ray
Credit:   Rosemary E. Lunn
Two of the 'usual suspects' (a.k.a. presenters): Dr. Simon Mitchell (left) and Dr. Neal Pollock
 |  TEKDiveUSA 2012    |   04-25-2014
This promises to be a fun international event; delegates from Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, the UK and of course the USA have already booked their tickets. It is the perfect opportunity to meet up with like-minded divers.

Do you need to be an ardent techie to attend this? No! Just a diver or instructor hungry to know more about diving. Whether you're a budding tekkie, a hard-core explorer or simply interested in spicing-up your diving, TEKDiveUSA is for you.

Be inspired. Be educated. Be challenged. Be entertained. A team of international experts, luminaries and diving legends are traveling from all over the globe to present at TEKDiveUSA. Over the weekend, 40 different talks will be given on many aspects of advanced and technical diving - there is something for every diver. Your only problem will be choosing who to listen to next.

Associate Professor Simon J. Mitchell, diving physician and head of anesthesiology at Auckland University, will be flying in from New Zealand to discuss “Decompression Sickness in Remote Locations.”

“Technical diving expeditions are taking participants into increasingly remote locations. Formulating a plan for the management of decompression sickness (DCS) in such locations can be very challenging. In particular, evacuating a diver for recompression therapy can be a costly, difficult, and potentially hazardous undertaking.

Almost paradoxically, the least serious DCS cases are often the most troublesome in respect of management decisions. For example, does a diver with pain in the elbow and patchy tingling in the forearm require evacuation from a remote site for recompression treatment? There has certainly been a long standing view that recompression is a standard of care for all divers diagnosed with DCS, but is this really necessary for minor symptoms?”

Over the last five years battery technology has improved at such a rate that four-hour burn times can be considered normal for heated vests. This dynamic product helps keep a diver's torso warmer than a passive undersuit.

Today there is quite a choice in the market place, and as a result, heated vests are becoming more affordable and in reach of every day divers. Are heated devices the magic bullet for solving thermal stress? Dr. Neal W. Pollock, an environmental physiologist and research director at Divers Alert Network, will be speaking about the “Myths and Misconceptions of Thermal Stress and Physiology.”

“Diving is carried out in a tremendous range of thermal environments and conditions. The extremes demand extra consideration, but, ultimately, a well- equipped polar diver can be more comfortable than some tropical divers. Potentially more important than comfort, though, is the fact that thermal status can dramatically influence decompression risk.

This presentation will consider the impact of thermal status on comfort, performance and decompression safety. One of the hot areas (pun intended) for diving equipment is ‘active heating.’ Technological improvements are providing divers with more options, but it is important to be mindful of risks as well as benefits.”

If you are a rebreather diver, or considering becoming one, then Dr. John R. Clarke’s presentation entitled “Diver Beware: Troubling New Issues with Diving Equipment during Navy Accident Investigations” will be of interest to you.

Dr. Clarke is the scientific director at the U.S. Navy Experimental Diving Unit. His talk will cover the investigation into the triple fatality at the Aberdeen Proving Ground and why the Navy SEAL divers encountered breathing difficulties whilst diving on rebreathers.

It would seem the discussion about deep stops never seems to go away. There has recently been a very long passionate thread on one of the diving forums about Deep Stops. The U.S. Navy researched this popular decompression method and Dr. David Doolette of the US Navy Experimental Unit will be presenting on this controversial topic. You may be surprised by his answers.

And you will get the opportunity to hear from a unique diver. National Park Service Underwater Archaeologist Dave Conlin survived a CNS toxicity hit with seizure and loss of consciousness approximately 30 minutes into a 36 metre / 120 foot dive. Due to the quick reactions of Conlin’s dive partner and the rest of the NPS team, he survived the accident with no residual effects. Dave will be talking about his dive and 'the lessons learned from a dual sensor failure at Lake Mead'.

There are also some quite amazing adventure talks. What is it like to dive inside an iceberg? Discover a 16th century warship after searching for it for two decades? Rescue trapped military personnel from the 'wrong side' of a flooded cave? Hear these and other exciting diving stories from renowned explorers and catch up with what is new equipment wise in the specialist exhibition.

Do you need to be an ardent techie to attend this? No! Just a diver or instructor hungry to know more about diving. Whether you're a budding tekkie, a hard-core explorer or simply interested in spicing-up your diving, TEKDiveUSA is for you. You will leave empowered and enthused. And if you are one of the first 400 divers to book your ticket, you will also leave TEKDiveUSA with something valuable and very useful. A gorgeous heavy-duty limited edition dry bag worth US$75 specifically designed and manufactured for TEKDiveUSA.2014 by Fourth Element.

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Primary source ► TEKDiveUSA 2012
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