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I am feeling quite proud and privileged to have been an advisor to the Natural History Museum Life in the Dark exhibition.
Sometimes being a diver and cave diver can lead to unusual events. Late last year I was contacted by the Natural History Museum in London asking a few questions on an exhibition they were planning.
The initial contact they made turned in to my being asked to act as an advisor and contributor to the exhibition.
Life in the Dark leaves daylight behind and allows visitors to put their senses to the test in a truly illuminating exhibition. You get to meet the creatures that thrive at night, in pitch black caves and deep in the sea. Visitors can enter the worlds of nocturnal animals and discover how they find their way around in their environment, hunt, mate and evade predators.
Part of the exhibition gives an insight in to how humans have discovered the creatures that live in the shadows, inhabit submerged cave passages or live in the cold, black deep oceans.
It was with the submerged cave passages that the museum wanted my help. As well as contributing toward a film and sound track I was asked to help construct a ‘cave diver’, to show visitors how we go about exploring the water filled subterranean world.
The start point was getting equipment manufacturers involved and my thanks go to AP Diving, Otter Drysuits, Apeks, Suunto and Nautilus Diving for all their help in providing everything we needed to build our cave diver.
As well as giving advise on the construction and display of our cave diver, I also gave a few ‘cave diving lessons’ to engineers and designers in order they better understood what we do when we cave dive and so allow them to more accurately portray the cave diver.
Regular trips to the museum, along with online consultations over the months of the build and subsequent installation of the cave diver were part of a fascinating cooperation and it was a privilege and pleasure to work with so many dedicated and professional staff at the museum.
Finally all was ready and although I was out of the UK on opening day I have seen the exhibition a number of times and it does not loose it’s appeal. It is truly an amazing and educational exhibition and well worth a visit.
My involvement with the Natural History Museum has not stopped and I have given a number of presentations to museum visitors as part of the Nature Live programme, with more lined up for November.
So if you have the time, do go and visit this wonderful exhibition and it the next Nature Live talks are planned for late November. More information on the exhibition can be found on the Natural History Museum website here http://www.nhm.ac.uk Dates and times for the nature Live talks will be published as soon as they are confirmed.
Possibly my favourite Florida cave. This video is from our January trip. We went back again in May for a trip through Rocky Horror and up through The Courtyard. I will post a video of that amazing dive soon. It is a beautiful cave.
Madison Blue Jan 2018
A few video highlights of our most recent cave trip to sunny Florida. just click on the link below to watch the video.
Spaces are available for this coming winter in Florida in November this year and early January 2019.
It's almost that time again. If you have not already booked then get in touch and reserve your place. It is going to be another amazing event.
Quite honoured to be asked to be the International Training Director for the National Association for Cave Diving (NACD).
The team! Many congratulations to Tim Nottage, Federico Mentegazzi and Luke Shepherd. NSSCDS & IANTD CCR Cave Divers. 18 dives and over 1300 minutes of cave time!
Click on this Youtube link below to check out the video. I was asked to help out with the filming of the latest promo video for cave diving in the park. We will be back there in a few weeks (sadly no spaces left on that course) and again in early December (we do have one space left for that cave course. It can be for OC Tech Cave or CCR Cave.
Apparently I do have too many under suits! So, in an attempt to slim down the collection some of them have to go. If there is no price listed then I am open to sensible offers. As before, I'm happy to meet at Vobster for collection or post out but shipping costs will need to be paid for. There are also some gas connection sets for Sentinel CCR at the bottom of the page.
Otter Arctic 200. I think it is a Large-Tall. £ offers
Weezle Extreme Plus in very good condition but no bag. Size large-tall. £75
Fourth Element Xerotherm Arctic top. Size L. £ offers
If you fancy doing something a little different over Christmas, we will be running an NSSCDS Deep Cave course in Florida. It will all kick off on 20th December and run though until 25th/26th although their is an option to stay for more diving combined with an IANTD Self-Sufficient Diver programme until 28th.
Conditions permitting we will be diving in some of the less visited sites such as the amazing Morgan Sink and we are planning at least one upstream and one downstream dive in the magnificent Eagle's Nest.
The programme can be done on CCR or Open Circuit, you just need to be cave certified with a few cave dives under your belt and CCR or OC Trimix. If you don't yet have your trimix qualification we can easily incorporate that in to the schedule and you would get to do your trimix course in caves!
Or...you could stay at home and watch the same Christmas TV repeats.
If you are interested or would like to know more please get in touch via the website contact form, vie email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call +44 (0) 7932 735619.
Once again the chaps at Vobster have very kindly asked me to be part of TEKCamp. 2015 looks set to be special and I hope to have a few surprises in store for attendees.
I will also be presenting at one of the lunch time talks. Not caves or cave diving this time but wreck diving and wreck exploration in the Black Sea off the coast of the Crimea.
A new website and a new blog to keep you up to date with courses and trips.