BSAC Diving Conference 2024
    19th October 2024 - The Vox Conference Centre, NEC, Birmingham
    BSACDiving Conference
    Join 800+ fellow members, clubs and centres at BSAC’s event of the year. Everyone’s invited!
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    What's on at Conference
    This not-to-be missed event for members will have something for everyone - breakout sessions, the latest news from BSAC, an impressive external speaker line up, plenty of networking opportunities and an exhibition area. Join us!
    Buy tickets up to 28th July to receive the Early-bird benefits – save £7.50, free parking and enter into free prize draw to win a Scubapro Luna 2.0 dive computer worth £460!
    Win a Scubapro Luna 2.0 worth £460
    BSAC latest updates

    Hear from your new National Diving Officer, Sophie Rennie

    Guest speakers

    Be inspired by our top speakers! Hear from a mix of experts and pioneers in our sport.

    Breakout sessions

    Choose from 13 interactive breakout sessions on wide-ranging topics to support members.

    2023 Incident Report

    To be released on the day - hear the latest diving safety learnings from BSAC’s safety advisors.

    Specialist workshops

    Bespoke workshops for key volunteers including Diving Officers, newly qualified open water instructors, Welfare Officers and more.

    Drinks reception

    Enjoy a beer (or something else) at the end of the day.

    Exhibition area

    Meet our brilliant sponsors – AP Diving, In2 Publishing, Malta Tourist Authority, Otter Drysuits, Regaldive and Scubapro.

    Free parking

    Allocated cark park for early-bird ticket holders. Saving members £17.95

    Secure your place today – Early-bird ticket sales close midnight Sunday 28th July.

    Conference Speakers
    Meet our speakers! Listen to fascinating talks and latest developments from BSAC and the diving world. More to be announced, watch this space.
    Andy Torbet
    Andy has presented 22 TV series’ on various channels and has written over 300 articles, mostly about technical and cave diving.
    Dan Orr
    Dan is the President of Dan Orr Consulting and retired President of Divers Alert Network (DAN).
    Gaia Vince
    Gaia Vince is a science writer, broadcaster and Anthropocene researcher exploring the interplay between human systems and the planetary environment.
    Conference Schedule
    We have a packed programme planned with 26 sessions and more than 30 speakers. See a few of the highlights on this page below.

    To check out the full programme with timings either visit the ‘Schedule’ web page or download the two-page schedule PDF

    (Please note there may possibly be small changes to the final programme)

    Main hall
    • Living with oceans on a hotter world

      Over the coming decades, oceans will continue to absorb the extra heat from the atmosphere, owing to our greenhouse gas pollution. This is already having a dramatic impact on marine ecosystems, from dying reefs to storm battered coastal erosion, to Arctic ice melt and rising sea levels. Divers are some of the first people to observe and document these changes, and they are also some of the first responders on the forefront of repair. This talk will look at how we expect the world's oceans to change, how that will impact people, and some of the ways we can combat the damage.

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    • Mistakes divers make

      With his BSAC Diving Conference talk – Mistakes Divers Make - Dan will share his decades of knowledge to help us all become safer divers.

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    • BSAC Diving and Training update

      Sophie Rennie, BSAC's new National Diving Officer (NDO) and Sophie Heptonstall, Head of Diving and Training, take to the stage to give an extensive and entertaining update on the world of BSAC training.

    • Secrets of the Baltic Sea

      For hundreds of years the Baltic Sea has been vital in the maritime trade of Northern Europe and an area of extensive naval conflict in that time, resulting in thousands of lost vessels. Due to the conditions many of these are preserved in a state that they were sunk and offer insight into the stories and histories of their time.

      Badewanne are a team of dedicated wreck explorers that, for the last 25 years, have discovered these lost vessels, document them and bring their stories to share with the world. This presentation will give an insight into recent work on significant World War I and II wrecks in the Gulf of Finland. 

    • Andy Torbet
      Opening up our sport - The future of BSAC snorkelling

      Andy's longest running series is his monthly column for BSAC’s SCUBA Magazine on nothing more extreme than snorkelling! Which, incidentally, was meant to be a short nine-month run... 12 years later he’s still going.

    • Revisiting the Mona's Queen

      Mona’s Queen was built in 1934 to serve as a passenger ship bringing tourists to the Isle of Man, but as war broke out her Merchant crew was tasked with moving troops across the Channel. During the evacuation of Dunkirk the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company made a significant contribution, rescuing at least 1 in 14 of each life saved. A magnetic mine sank the Mona’s Queen on her second trip to Dunkirk with loss of 24 lives.  In 2023, a dive team from the Isle of Man returned to the wreck.

    Conference Sponsors
    Connect with these leading dive brands who are generously supporting the 2024 Conference.
    Conference Venue
    The Vox is a modern conference venue located at Resorts World on the NEC site. The Vox Conference Venue, Resorts World, Pendigo Way, Birmingham, West Midlands B40 1PU. Bring the family! If you have non-diving family members there’s plenty on offer in Resorts World – outlet shopping centre, spa, cinema and many restaurants.
    Buy Tickets
    Early birds catch the worm! Secure your place today...
    Early-bird ticket
    £32.50

    • Includes free parking worth £17.95
    • Save £7.50 on standard price
    • Includes entry into draw to win Scubapro Luna 2.0 computer worth £460

    Standard ticket
    £40.00

    • On sale from 29th July 2024

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