Oztek 2017 – On the Edge

MEMBER OFFER – The normal ticket price for the evening is $25.00 per person, but Sue has granted an exclusive discount rate for Explorer Club Members of just $20.00 when quoting the password, OZTekExplorer when booking on-line at: http://shop.oztek.com.au

Keeping alive the traits of vision, courage and tenacity that make diving exploration among the most compelling and relevant of high-risk enterprises, OZTeK2017 – to be held at the newly opened International Convention Centre, in Darling Harbour, Sydney over the weekend of the 18-19th March – presents an evening ‘On The Edge’; to be held in the OZTeK Exhibition Hall theatre at 6.30 pm on the evening of Saturday 18th March 2017.  (See details at: http://www.diveoztek.com.au/On-The-Edge )

A ticketed event with a special concession rate for all Explorer Club members (see below) the evening promises a rare opportunity to meet, listen to, and be enthralled by, three presenters whose exploits have become synonymous with adventure and excitement.

Offering a spellbinding not-to-be-missed glimpse into the high-octane world of exploration diving in both wrecks and caves, On The Edge will be Emceed by David Strike and feature presentations by three of modern diving’s most accomplished and talented underwater explorers, Jill Heinerth, Rod Macdonald and Paul Toomer.

Visually-stimulating and edge-of-the-seat exciting, the evening’s programme offers a snap-shot view into the world of technical diving and includes, Paul Toomer‘s talk:  Wrecked in Time: The agony and ecstasy of expedition diving, and the stories and anecdotes of missions to explore and document shipwrecks both ancient and modern.

Recently appointed Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Jill Heinerth will share stories from her expeditions to faraway caves around the world – from the Sahara desert to inside Antarctic icebergs, deep on the Challenger Sea Mount and beneath Bahamian islands.  Her presentation on ‘The Science of Cave Diving’ will offer a fast-paced multimedia show about tiny venomous creatures and ancient lofty stalagmites that tell the story of earth before man.

Switching from caves to Kitchener, the evening concludes with a world first.

Granted permission by the UK Secretary of State for Defence to dive the wreck of the WW1 armoured cruiser, HMS Hampshire – struck by a German mine on the 5th June 1916 and sinking off the Orkney Islands of Scotland in 70-metres of water – Rod Macdonald recently led an Explorers Club Flag Expedition to document and film the remains of this historic and seldom-visited wreck.

In a world exclusive that will be seen by a public audience for the first time, Macdonald’s presentation on ‘HMS Hampshire’ will be accompanied by stunning video clips and still images of the warship that became the tomb of Lord Kitchener of Khartoum; a controversial figure who was considered by many to be the greatest soldier of his time and the magic of whose name called into being the largest volunteer army that Britain had ever seen.

Appointed as the UK Secretary of State for War, Kitchener was on a mission to Russia to introduce some of his own efficiency to the armed forces of that country when HMS Hampshire met its fate.

An exciting programme with appeal to divers and non-divers alike, Explorers Club Members buying tickets to, ‘On The Edge’ on-line at: http://shop.oztek.com.au will enjoy an exclusive discount – just $20.00 per person – when they enter the password, OZTekExplorer in the Discount Code section of the payment page.

About Author

Damien Siviero

Damien is a photographer and International Fellow of the Explorers Club. He's been the first to locate, identify and document various shipwrecks and marine eco-systems through-out the Asia-Pacific region. He also holds the Webmaster role for the ANZEC chapter. Damien's been directly involved in the discovery of the shipwrecks MV Fairwind, SS Federal, MV Limerick, ex-HMAS Pioneer and Andreas’ Wreck (SS Yamba). He's helped lead explroation dives on various deep reefs in the Coral Sea and GBR. An avid cave diver, Damien has also documented many Florida and Mexico cave system, publishing a variety of photographic and video content of the area. Based in Sydney, Damien's focus is on searching for new shipwrecks and photographing marine life in the region. damiensiviero.com

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