Time Table & Speakers


Saturday March 3rd

Sunday March 4th

Paul “Duxy” Duxfield – Take it Easy with Duxy

Duxy has been a regular figure on the dive industry scene for the last 15yrs.

Upon returning from Egypt in the early noughties where he worked as a guide, he quickly established himself as the ‘go-to guy” for newbies to give the best advice upon starting out in underwater photography. Being sales manager at the two biggest UW photo retailers in the UK, he also found time to write for the popular diving press and has conducted over 50 underwater photo workshops here and around the world. Alongside his regular club and dive show appearances.

Endlessly patient and full of infectious enthusiasm he likes nothing more than helping people with their questions about underwater photography from what camera to buy, and then on how to use it and the necessary accessories to go with it. His mantra has always been ‘Best Advice’ even if that meant losing a sale occasionally, building up trust amongst the people he dealt with.

This year on the prompting of a couple of his trip regulars and stalwarts of the club and competition scene Phil and Anne Medcalf he joined with them to start up Blue Duck Photography drawing on all their skills so they could join forces and deliver the very best in sales and photo training. They’ve already had a very fast start and been delivering photo and digital editing advice to dive clubs around the country in a very short time”

 Nick Blake – Working with Natural Light

You only have to look at Nick’s website to see that he loves working with natural light – and has produced some stunning images using it.  In this talk he will cover how light behaves under water, when shooting with natural light works, the techniques he uses and how he has made successful use of locations he has dived.

Nick started diving as a teenager in the 1980s but his longstanding interest in photography only moved underwater in 2004.  That was with an Olympus compact camera, after which he moved on to Nikon DSLRs and currently shoots with a Nikon D810 full frame camera.  He credits one to one tuition and encouragement from Martin Edge as being instrumental to his development and success.

His competition successes in recent years include the Grandmaster award in the UnderwaterPhotography.com international photo competition, winner of the Advanced British & Irish category in the BSoUP/Diver Print competition and British Underwater Photographer of the Year in the 2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year competition .

 Ken O’Sullivan – ‘Ireland’s DEEP ATLANTIC’

Ken O’Sullivan has been a natural history filmmaker, cameraman and ocean conservationist for twelve years. He has produced, directed and shot natural history documentary series for RTÉ & TG4 and worked as freelance cameraman / director for BBC NHU, CBC Canada, ITV and cinematographer for TV commercials and drama projects.

Ken is currently shooting and presenting
‘Ireland’s DEEP ATLANTIC’ for RTÉ an ambitious natural history project exploring Ireland’s deep Atlantic waters for the first time in any TV production.

Ken also produced IFTA nominated, The Silver Branch, a creative, feature-length documentary for Irish Film Board on changing nature of our connection with landscape in Ireland, intended for a theatrical release.

Ken is a passionate marine conservationist and heavily involved in conservation projects on sharks, skates and rays, as well as cetacean research in Ireland, working closely with academic institutions, the Marine Institute and various conservation organisations.
Barry McGill – Exploration & Discovery in the North Atlantic – A Tale of Liners & Battleships

Barry McGill is a based deep wreck photographer and CCR instructor trainer with Indepth Technical. His main area of focus is exploration of deep water shipwrecks around the Irish coastline and he has been fortunate enough to discover and explore many significant virgin shipwrecks.

The presentation will contain many underwater images and film, including the use of 3D photogrammetry and will give an insight into the rewards and challenges of diving the iconic wrecks of the Lusitania and H.M.S. Audacious.




 Cathal Mullane – Cave Diving the Burren

Cathal Mullane is a cave diver, caver and CFT club instructor based in Limerick.  Trained by Martyn Farr and the late Artur Kozlowski, he has been active in the Clare and South Galway region for the last 10 years.  Cathal’s presentation gives an insight into the types of caves beneath the Burren, exploration projects ongoing and the equipment needed underground and underwater.


Yvonne Lynch –  A Rebreather Perspective

Yvonne learned to dive with Dalkey Scubadivers in 1995 and has been an active member of the club since then.  An instructor now, she loves to help new divers discover the joy and wonders of diving.  She took up rebreather diving in 2014.  Last year, she became the first Irish woman to dive the Lusitania.  She is looking forward to sharing her experiences of becoming a rebreather diver at Dive Ireland 2018.

Stewart “Stewie” Andrews – Jutland, WWI’s Greatest Sea BattleStewie Andrews has been fortunate to dive many deep wrecks around Europe, though his favourite dives are still the war losses off Donegal, including the ‘classics’ such as the battleship HMS Audacious (64m) and the ocean liner HMS Justicia (70m). Stewie has been involved in many virgin wreck dives including a very deep dive on RMS Empress of Britain (163m).

Stewie’s talk covers the history and exploration of the Jutland wrecks off Denmark, from the greatest sea battle of WWI, which involved 250 vessels and the loss of over 8,500 brave men. The expedition was sponsored by CMAS and UNESCO.

Stewie Andrews has been fortunate to dive deep wrecks off Ireland, the English Channel, Denmark, Greece and Norway. Diving for 30 years and rebreather diving for 14 years, his favourite dives are still the war losses off Donegal, including the ‘classics’ such as the super-dreadnought battleship HMS Audacious (64m). Stewie has been involved in many virgin dives on wrecks such as HMS Curacoa (125m), HMS Carinthia (115m), RMS Amazon (117m), SS Flavia (105m), HMS Viknor (86m), as well as some very deep dives such as SS Assyria (140m) and RMS Empress of Britain (163m). He has been involved in several TV documentaries and has been on both sides of the video camera. In 2014, he took up the challenge of deep wreck photography. Stewie’s talk covers the history and exploration of the Jutland wrecks off Denmark, from the greatest sea battle of WWI.


Paraic Slattery – Rescue 118

Paraic is previous member of Aughinish Diving Club. He learned to fly helicopters in 2007 and after a number of years flying to Oil Rigs in the North Sea, he is now a pilot based in Sligo working for the Irish Coast Guard Helicopter, Rescue 118. The Rescue Helicopter is a Sikorsky S92A. Paraic’s talk will give a general overview of Helicopter Search & Rescue in Ireland and interaction with the diving community.
Pertti Arvonen  – Underwater navigation with the new technology, UWIS

Pertti Arvonen is CEO of UWIS Oy from Finland. He has 20 years experiences in global industry, mainly from power electronic sector. He is co-founder of UWIS Oy which was established at summer 2014 for only one purpose – to create the new navigation and communication system for divers.

UWIS-system and technological innovation behind it, rose from the need of navigation during the rescue mission. This system brings all the same features available for underwater world which are commonly used above the water surface, provided by satellite location systems.

UWIS-Tracker shows 3D locations of max 100 divers, support max 100 different messages and point of interests.

It stores diving data to log files for secondary analysis. Underwater it supports several paired display units like Alltab tablet, Mobile phones, GoPro cameras and later dive computers. In the near future it is possible for diver to follow the whole group and send messages from the diver to the others or with the boat personnel.

The main target for the system was and still is to provide helping tool for professional diving, rescue missions and searching. It also helps dive operators to control big diving groups and avoid anyone getting lost. Above the all it gives divers the opportunity to enjoy the freedom of diving.

Please visit in www.uwis.fi

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQEclZZX1u4

Rory & Tony O’Callaghan – SeasearchRory O’Callaghan is the National Coordinator for the National Marine Monitoring Scheme (Adopt a Site). An initiative that began in 2017 encouraging clubs to record biodiversity at their local sites, to date over 3,000 species records have been submitted to the National Biodiversity Data Centre thanks to this scheme



Tony O’Callaghan is Seasearch Coordinator for Ireland since 2012 and a Seasearch Observer tutor since 2013.  The Seasearch Coordinator  in Ireland reports to the overall UK Seasearch coordinator & the CFT Scientific Officer.

Seasearch Ireland will be running a program of talks and discussions on various aspects of marine conservation and practical uses of citizen science in the marine environment. This will include talks on kelp monitoring in Galway Bay, using drones to study marine sites, seal behaviour and much, much more. We’ll also be hosting a discussion panel on the value of citizen science and the various citizen science projects in the marine environment that divers can become involved in. Following on from our successes in expanding the Adopt a Site scheme in 2017 we’ll be providing updates on it, Seasearch activities in 2017 and looking forward to 2018. In addition to all the talks we’re looking forward to saying “Hi” to all our recorders and hoping to welcome a few more to the Seasearch project in 2018.


Simon Berrow – The Shannon Estuary Dolphin

Simon Berrow is Chief Science Officer and Acting CEO of the IWDG. He is a founder member of the IWDG and has been co-ordinating its activities since his return to Ireland in 2000. He is Project Manager of the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation ( www.shannondolphins.ie ) based in Kilrush, Co. Clare.

Although the Shannon dolphins have been studied since 1993, still relatively little is known about their ecology and behaviour.  We still do not really know how many dolphins use the Shannon estuary, wether the numbers are increasing or stable or the social structure of the dolphins.


Tom Doyle  – An introduction to jellyfish – ambassadors of the marine environment

Dr Tom Doyle is a marine biologist with expertise in jellyfish and animal biotelemetry (satellite tracking). He is internationally recognised in the field of gelatinous zooplankton (jellyfish), with particular expertise on the socio-economic impacts of jellyfish (development of treatment for jellyfish stings, negative interactions with salmon aquaculture) and mapping the broadscale distribution and abundance of key gelatinous groups. He has deployed satellite tags, data loggers and acoustic tracking devices on various marine species (inc. sea bass, blue sharks, leatherback sea turtles and even jellyfish) to determine animal movements, migration patterns and behaviour. Tom also carries out research on marine litter and microplastics (sources of marine litter, ingestion and food web transfer of microplastics). Tom is currently a lecturer in Zoology at NUI Galway but in April 2018 he will be moving to the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, at University College Cork.

To find out more about the Irish Underwater Council visit www.diving.ie.