2012 HDS USA Conference at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara California

This Year the HDS USA will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary. We are very excited about this years event and will add more information to this page as the schedule and guest are confirmed. Download flyer here –HDS Conference 2012


Friday November 9, 2012, 6.30 pm – 10 pm
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Welcoming Reception and the Exhibit Opening of the Dan Wilson Helium Dive.

Saturday November 10, 2012 9 am – 5 pm
HDS 20th Anniversary Conference
The Garvin Theater, Santa Barbara City College.

Speakers program:
Don Barthelmess, Dan Wilson’s Record Helium Dive
Bob Ramsay, The Challenger Deep.  1870-2012
James O’Dell, Navy Underwater Demolition Teams
Ben Hellwarth, SeaLab
Dave Kenyon, Purisima’s Other Life

HDS Awards Banquet, 6.30 pm – 10 pm
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Santa Barbara Harbor
Guest Speaker. A member of the HDS Advisory Board

HDS Hans Hass Diving To Adventure Award. Dr. Sylvia Earle
HDS Diving Pioneer Award. Torrance Parker and Leonard Greenstone
HDS E.R. Cross Award. Christopher Swann
HDS Nick Icorn Diving Heritage Award. Don Barthelmess

Sunday November 11th 9am – 2pm
Classic Diving Equipment Exhibition and Demonstration 10am – 2pm.
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara Harbor
For details contact Jeff Thielst at thielst@sbcc.edu or 805-965-0581 ext. 2718

Conference tickets $25. Awards Banquet tickets $50. Save $10 on a combined Conference/Banquet ticket for $65 if purchased before October 1, 2012. Tickets available from hds@hds.org, or 805-934-1660.

Hotels offering a 10% room discount for HDS conference attendees to be announced.