London Diving Chamber Dive Lectures

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Lowther Lodge, Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London

The Dive Lectures are a series of public lectures that have been hosted at the Royal Geographical Society in London every year since 2005 as part of an ongoing programme[1] of events by the Society and the London Diving Chamber[2] to promote exploration and adventure sports. Featuring keynote presentations by well-known figures in diving, television, exploration, photography and environmentalism, the lectures have developed into a well-attended social and professional forum for the British scuba industry as well as a popular fund-raising occasion for diving-related charities.

Dive Lectures[edit]

The first Dive Lecture was inaugurated in March 2002 under the auspices of the London Diving Chamber which provides NHS-funded recompression to divers with Decompression Sickness (DCS) together with other Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) treatments from its recompression chamber at The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth in St. John's Wood, London.

Sometimes held annually, sometimes biannually, the lectures are free to attend but also act as fund-raising occasions for diving-related charities such as The Scuba Trust,[3] an organisation helping divers with disabilities.

In 2005, the lectures took up their now regular venue at the RGS. Initially, they were held in the Map Room of Lowther Lodge, subsequent events have been held in the 500-seat auditorium, The Ondaatje Theatre.[4]

The explorer and TV presenter Paul Rose addresses the 2017 Dive Lecture in The Ondaatje Theater at the Royal Geographical Society, London

Representative Speakers 2007-17[edit]

From its inception in 2002, the London Diving Chamber Annual Dive Lectures has attracted well-known figures from the diving world and celebrities interested in diving to speak to its audience. In its earliest years, the event was introduced by Lloyd Grossman and Mariella Frostrup, and speakers included Paul Toomer, Phil Docking and Bob Cole. Since 2007 speakers have included:

Year Introduction Speaker 1 Speaker 2
2018 Didier Noirot (confirmed) Ahmed Gabr (confirmed)
2017 Dawn Kernagis Paul Rose (TV presenter)
2016 John Prescott Pat Spain Graham Hancock
2015 Dr Alex Mustard Monty Halls
2014 Andy Torbet Doug Allan
2013 Paul Rose (TV presenter) Mike Pitts
2012 Rick Stanton Monty Halls
2011 John Boyle Dr Jon Copley
2010 Danny Crates Trevor Norton Monty Halls
2009 Mike Valentine Tim Ecott
2008 Monty Halls Mike Pitts
2007 Terence Stamp Rick Stanton Monty Halls