International Panel of Speakers to Appear at Rebreather Forum 3

3/7/2012 2:30:33 PM

Conference Features Leading Experts in Several Areas of Rebreather Technology

From May 18-20, 2012, experts from around the world are gathering in Orlando, Fla. to examine the state of rebreather use and to develop protocols and recommendations to improve user safety. Co-sponsored in part by DAN, PADI and the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), the Rebreather Forum 3 is a three-day program featuring rebreather specialists, experts, manufacturers, training and education leaders, scientists and dive safety researchers.

“Rebreather technology is developing at an increasingly quick pace,” said Dan Orr, president of DAN, Inc. “As a result, it’s becoming increasingly important the industry take stock of where the technology stands, both in terms of equipment and those who use it.”

Over the course of the three-day program, participants will have the chance to hear presentations on topics such as the state of recreational rebreather technology, a review of the available data for accident analysis, a review of the training and operational protocols, and an examination of the considerations for conducting extreme exposure dives.

“When Rebreather Forum 2.0 took place in 1996, rebreather usage was primarily restricted to the military,” said Petar Denoble, DAN senior research director. “There were less than 100 units in use outside the U.S. Navy. But that forum led to the start of increased usage among technical divers. Today, more than 10,000 rebreathers are in use. Rebreather Forum 3 may just do for recreational divers what 2.0 did for the technical community.”

Among the almost three dozen speakers scheduled to appear:

  • Dr. Petar Denoble and Dan Orr, “OC Diving Fatalities”
  • Dr. John Clarke, “Focus Zone 2: Design and Testing”
  • Kevin Gurr, “CO2 Sensors”
  • Jill Heinerth, “When Things Go Wrong”
  • Steve Lewis, “Discussions with Doppler”
  • Dr. Richard Vann, “U.S. Coastguard Role in Investigations” (listen to an interview)
  • Dr. Neal Pollock, “Thermal Physiology and Protection”
  • Dr. Andrew Fock, “Incidents Review”
  • Dr. Simon Mitchell, “Anatomy of a CCR Dive: A Comparison / Contrast”
  • Richie Kohler, “Failure is NOT an option: The importance of CCR checklists”
  • Bruce Partridge, “And Don't Get It Wet…”
  • Dr. Bill Stone, “Hazard Analysis and Human Factors in Rebreather Diving”

“For anyone interested in rebreather technology, this conference is an incredible opportunity to listen to and learn from the best in the field,” said Orr. “I don’t know of another time in the near future when so many experts will be gathered in one place to discuss something so exciting. I know I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”

Seven ticket options are available to conference attendees, ranging from a $290 conference-only ticket to a $1,050 all-inclusive package (includes accommodations). Registration is now open; don’t miss your chance to attend this landmark event. View the full event schedule and register today!

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