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Instructor Trainer Mark Powell is now Director of Global Development

Mark Powell is now Director of Global Development

In 2017 Mark Powell became TDI / SDI's 'International Business' Manager. This job has recently been expanded to become a full-time role for the award winning author, instuctor trainer and 'tech-diving guru'. 

Mark Powell is uniquely qualified to help dive centers and professional members. Brian Carney

 

 

Peter Sotis sentenced to 57 months in rebreather smuggling case

Sotis was the 80% owner of Add Helium, a diving equipment and training company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The charges stem from the defendants’ scheme to cause the illegal export of rebreather diving equipment to Libya in August 2016.

If rebreathers are to be exported to any countries with national security concerns, such as Libya, it requires a license from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Rick Stanton was presented a Great Britain and Ireland Explorer Chapter Coin by Mark Wood on 21 November 2021

Rick Stanton presented with Explorers Club 'Chapter Coin'

100 of these coins have been especially crafted for the chapter.

The GB&I Chapter Coin is given to inspiring individuals and those who have contributed to exploration in extraordinary ways. Mark Wood, explorer

Polar explorer Mark Wood stated "As Chair of the Great Britain and Ireland Chapter I'm in a privileged position to meet some extraordinary people through my work. I had the honour of presenting Rick Stanton with the Chapter Coin."

Peter Sotis, pictured in 2013
Peter Sotis, pictured in 2013

Peter Sotis convicted of attempting to illegally export rebreathers to Libya

If the name Peter Sotis rings a bell, it is no coincidence. He was Rob Stewart's dive buddy when the filmmaker tragically lost his life on a deep rebreather dive in 2017, after which he was ostracised by the dive community as well as sued by Stewart’s family for his role in Stewart's death. Both the incident and the lawsuit have been covered in the magazine.

Dan Burton (left) with X-Ray Mag's editor in Jordan 2019
Dan Burton (left) with X-Ray Mag's editor in Jordan 2019

Dan Burton dies in a paragliding accident

Dan Burton was known to the international dive community as a true pioneer who, among many other endeavours, explored using technical diving in combination with underwater photography.  At least that is what he was up to when we first met in the 1990s.

Sacha Dench was attempting a 3,000-mile journey in a motorised paraglider ahead of November's COP26 UN climate change conference with Dan Burton working in support as her cameraman.

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Joe Porter pictured at 2016 Beneath the Sea Dive Show

Joe Porter - Founder of Wreck Diving Magazine - dies

He passed away on the evening of Monday 6 September 2021, after fighting a battle with Covid-19.

Joe, and his ground-breaking USA publication, were much admired around the globe. In 2008, the magazine won the inaugural EUROTEK Media Award because it had educated, inspired and influenced many divers in a positive manner. 

Wreck Diving Magazine is dedicated to the men, women and children who lost their lives in the tragedies contained within our publication and website. 

In Lieu of Flowers

Heidi Porter has requested that if you wish to send flowers at this time, please chose a charity that means something special to you, and make a donation in Joe Porter's name. 

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It didn't matter who Eric Grove was talking to, he was an engaged and animated speaker. He had a unique, passionate presentation style and distinctive voice

Eric Grove: Influential, Inspirational Maritime Historian, dies

Probably Britain's leading authority today on British Naval History with an encyclopaedic knowledge of contemporary warfare. Martin Edmonds

Update

Rear Admiral Iain Lower, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff, spoke at Eric Grove's funeral on 11 May 2021. His office kindly sent me Rear Admiral Lower's eulogy. 

Survey for instructors

Scubanomics is conducting research into the 'economics' of being a dive instructor. They are therefore asking active and non-active dive instructors - scuba diving and freediving instructors, instructor trainers, and course directors - to take part in a survey.

This should take approximately ten minutes to complete, and it is believed it is the first of its kind. 

The resulting data will be published, in order that the dive industry benefits from it. 

Interview with Bruce Partridge: Founder of Shearwater Research

Bruce Partridge, founder of Shearwater Research. Photo courtesy of Bruce Partridge.
Bruce Partridge, founder of Shearwater Research. Photo courtesy of Bruce Partridge.

Bruce Partridge is the founder of Shearwater Research, which makes high-quality dive computers, trimix computers and electronic control systems for rebreathers, with simple and intuitive user interfaces and a reputation for being reliable, user-friendly and easy to read underwater.