2013 Annual Conference

October 4th-6th, 2013
2013 Annual Conference
This year, the Historical Diving Society USA will be holding its annual conference at Divers Academy International in Erial, New Jersey on October 5th. Come join us for a program of presentations and tours of the school. The evening banquet will be held on the fantail of the USS New Jersey moored in the Delaware river a short distance from the conference hotel. Download the Flyer.


Georgann and Mike Wachter
Armored Warriors of the Deep. Early hard hat divers called their dive suits “dive armor”. This program tells the story of the development of diving, and the influence it had on Great Lakes treasure and salvage work. Soon diving developed into underwater construction jobs that could be hazardous as one Chicago hard hat diver found out. A demonstration of some commercial equipment completes this story.

Bernie Chowdhury
Salvage at Scapa Flow, Scotland. Scapa Flow, in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, remains the world’s cold water diving “Truk Lagoon” and is Europe’s most popular cold water wreck diving site. In June 1919, 74 German warships from the World War I High Seas Fleet scuttled themselves rather than be captured by the British. The ensuing salvage of these ships – many of which had fought at the Battle of Jutland – remains unprecedented. Seven of the major wrecks, as well as many others, remain for divers to explore in this unique destination. Slide presentation.

Robert Croft
Bob Croft is introducing his book, Bob Croft, The Navy Diver Submariner “Father of American Freediving”.  His presentation is autobiographical covering his life as a free-diver who, in 1967, became the first person to free-dive beyond the depth of 200 feet while breath-holding. Croft was a US Navy diving instructor in 1962 at the US Naval Submarine Base New London submarine school in Groton, Connecticut.  Bob has inside stories and exciting history to share about training prospective submariners how to escape from a disabled submarine, which could be resting on the sea bottom.

Glenn Butler and Dave Kenyon
The history of the Tarrytown Labs and hyperbaric research with the late Dr. Bill Hamilton, the development of  NITROX – 31 ATM. Dave and Glenn’s presentation will focus on the history of the Union Carbide – Ocean Systems Laboratory and  research with the late Dr. Bill Hamilton. They will discuss decompression table development, Rapid Compression to 31 Atmospheres, Underwater Habitat living, the development of  NOAA NITROX tables, Using Nitrox to repair the Hubble Space Telescope as well as the future of Hyperbarics in Deep Underground Tunneling using Helium / Neon gas mixtures.

Stan Waterman
Stan Waterman’s attraction to the underwater world began as a schoolboy in 1936 when he first dived with a Japanese Ama diver’s mask in Florida. Between 1954 and 1958 he operated a dive business in the Bahamas with a boat he had built specially for diving. His first 16mm film on diving was produced during those years. For the next fifteen years, Mr. Waterman continued to record his worldwide journeys and exploits on film; most were ultimately purchased as television documentaries. In 1965 he took his entire family – wife and three children – to Tahiti. Their careers as television stars were launched when National Geographic purchased the rights to air his film of that year-long experience.


Main Programs to be held at Divers Academy International
1500 Liberty Place, Eriel, NJ 08081-1139
1 800-238-DIVE

Friday, October 4, 2013

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Meet and Greet at Wyndham Hotel – 400 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Light food provided – Casual dress

Saturday, October 5, 2013 – Daytime Program

8:30 a.m. Bus departure from Wyndham Hotel for DIVERS ACADEMY INTERNATIONAL

9:00 a.m. Welcome Coffee Time

NOTE: Throughout the day there will be on-going equipment demonstrations of instructional apparatus at Divers Academy as well as exhibits of historical gear.

9:30 a.m. Introduction: Sid Macken, President, Historical Diving Society Tammy Brown, Director, Divers Academy International

9:40 Speaker: Glenn Butler and Dave Kenyon

10:45 a.m. Break 15 min.

11:00 a.m. Speaker: Georgann and Mike Wachter

11:45 a.m. Break/ Lunch Courtesy of Divers Academy International

1:30 p.m. Speaker: Bernie Chowdhury

2:30 p.m. Break 15 min.

3:00 p.m. Speaker: Bob Rusnak

3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:15 p.m. Bus departure from Divers Academy to Wyndham Hotel

Saturday, October 5, 2013 Evening Banquet

6:00 p.m. Bus departure from Wyndham Hotel to Battleship New Jersey on the Camden Waterfront. www.battleshipnewjersey.org. Evening attire (informal/dressy-casual) .Brief tour of battleship available if desired.

6:30 p.m. Cocktail Hour (Cash Bar)

7:00 p.m. Welcome Remarks – Sid Macken, President, Historical Diving Society


Awards and Presentations

Keynote Presentation by Stan Waterman

9:30 p.m. Firepower Demonstration

10:30 p.m. Bus departure from Battleship New Jersey to Wyndham Hotel

For information contact Jan via email.

The Historical Diving Society, USA appreciates the support of these companies and individuals whose sponsorship makes this year’s conference possible. Become a Sponsor.

Platinum Sponsor 
Divers Academy International
Gold Sponsor
Association of Diving Contractors International
Gold Sponsor
Association of Commercial Diving Educators
Gold Sponsor
Global Diving and Salvage
Bronze Sponsor
Hammerhead Marine Services, LLC
(239) 415-2625
Bronze Sponsor
American Marine Corporation
Bronze Sponsor
Bob Rusnak

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