About BSAC Diving Conference 2019

Building on the success of the 2017 sell-out conference, the 2019 event on Saturday 26 October 2019 will have more of what members love – breakout sessions, an impressive external speaker line-up and plenty of networking opportunities – all in the top-rated (by previous delegates) venue, The Vox.

Download the full programme and event information

What to expect at this year’s event…

World-renowneddiving medicine expert Dr Neal Pollock will take to the BSAC stage to talk on ‘The future of diver protection’. Neal will consider the changing nature of equipment dependency in our sport and juxtapose human physiology alongside recent, emerging and future technologies to demonstrate how both risks and protections are evolving and are likely to continue evolving.

A much-sought after speaker on the international dive event circuit Professor Simon Mitchell will also be speaking at the conference. In his talk – The shortest road to increased safety in diving – Simon will surprise those familiar with his talks and delight all, as he draws deep on his wealth of professional experience and knowledge to distil for us all, what every diver wants to know…how to deliver extraordinary gains in our own personal diving safety.

Other guest speakers include:

RNLI crew members will be sharing their experience and insights from diving ‘shouts’ with delegates in their talk: Saving divers at sea. They’ll be getting everyone involved with what’s planned to be an interactive talk with members.

Scotland Conservation Officer at the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Catherine Gemmell will offer a practical guide for clubs to help them become even more environmentally responsible.

Conceiver of Blue Planet II, the talented James Honeyborne will talk about ‘Ocean exploration and wildlife film making.’

Mental health expert and BSAC Instructor Eugene Farrell will talk about how the diving community can play a positive role in mental health.

Lieutenant Jen Smith will be sharing new images and 3D Photogrammetry models of HMS Royal Oak, now a designated war grave, lying in 33 metres of water in Scapa Flow.

Also at the conference…

  • Hear from your National Diving Officer, Dai Atkins
  • Choose from 14 breakout sessions
  • Training and safety developments
  • 2019 Incident Report and lessons learned
  • Post-event beers (or something else) for all, thanks to blue o two
  • Post-conference dinner at Hilton Metropole (limited availability)
  • More to be announced!


As last year, conference tickets will give members access to the Dive Show all weekend (
short walk from conference venue).