We had an outstanding fair in Birmingham at the
EuroTek show. Although the traffic in England was a nightmare. I had
the opportunity to meet many people I knew only from the digital
highway. For us it was a fantastic weekend and I would like to
complement you three for the good event! The atmosphere in England
was outstanding and it was a real pleasure to meet people who live
there life almost similar to me! I can imagine that you will be
asking yourself if it was worth all the stress and energy, well
there is just one answer, YES! Be sure that this event will be in
the mind of many people for years. It contributes to the future of
technical diving and is worth a fortune! Personally I had the
opportunity to talk to many great names in the industry! FANTASTIC!
|The Introduction of Therebreathersite:|
|Jan Willem Bech is the owner of the 'The Rebreather Website' and will exhibit at EuroTek.08 with his collection of old rebreathers. Jan from the Netherlands will be on hand to pass on rebreather information to people visiting his stand about rebreathers in general and will be showing around 25 historic rebreathers including rare examples such as the French DC55 and the Canadian SIVA as well as his Pirelli’s which he tells us are worth a fortune…… Jans website was one of the earliest dedicated CCR sites to spring up on the internet visit his site here >> http://www.therebreathersite.nl|
Jan Willem Bech started his addiction to diving in 1989 after an
introduction dive in Dutch waters and he soon became an addict. His
wife Caroline also did the necessary training and they went on to
dive in more than 15 different countries worldwide.
After he became an instructor he still wanted more from his diving so in 1999 he started to dive with rebreathers and realized there was a whole new exiting diving world out there to be explored. It was the combination of the technique, adventure and training that triggered his particular interest.
As the years passed by, Jan spent more and more time on technical training with his instructor Rob Postma and then especially with the CCR trimix training in France with Inspiration inventor Dave Thompson.
Being a full trimix CCR diver it was possible to undertake some very
exiting diving projects, and one after the other soon followed! To
be able to share his new experiences and passion he decided to use
the Internet and created www.therebreathersite.nl.
In those days there was not a lot to be found on the web about rebreathers except on the Internet sites of Dave Sutton, NW design and Kerry McKenzie.
|After he started to document the Inspiration rebreather a considerably large Internet site evolved rather rapidly and before long the site attracted international attention.Inspired by all the great new contacts the next step to further develop the Internet site was easily taken. After trying to bring structure in all the information about rebreathers, Jan soon discovered that there were a lot of ways it could be done.|
A next logical step was to add a database for the Semi-closed and
Closed-circuit rebreathers. However he decided to use another method
for collecting all the information. Parallel on the website he
developed several pages with several knowledge areas.
By now the SCR and CCR rebreather, but also the MCCR, areas are now constantly updated. A historical section is also added but the most recent pages focus on atmospheric dive suits.
By also keeping Therebreathersite.nl up to date with all kind of
basic main diving knowledge it’s used daily as a source for
information by training agencies and research workers. By publishing
this treasure of information Jan has acquired a lot of friends all
over the world!
Left: Jan Willem Bech (left) diving in France
|The Introduction of Hydrogom:|
“OLDIES FROM THE PAST”, shown at the Hydrogom
Respiratory Equipment Stand at Eurotek.08
|After many years of diving and snorkeling Jeroen Gompelmans owner of Hydrogom became more and more interested in every piece of equipment that was linked to diving and the techniques it used. As he reached the age of 20 in 1989, he started to collect all kinds of breathing apparatuses.|
|The Staff and organisers:|
EuroTek diving technologies conference is organised by Technical divers Leigh Bishop & Carl Spencer. Both are well known in the diving industry as speakers at international diving conferences and shows but more so for their technical diving expeditions. Both men were members of the 2003 Titanic expedition, Spencer returning back to join the live Discovery Channel expedition led by James Cameron. They are deep wreck technical divers and together have dived Britannic and many other deep ocean shipwrecks. Both are fellow international members of the Explorers Club and have travelled around the world together on many shipwreck expeditions. Having spoken extensively at world wide diving conferences for over a decade they are now bringing all their knowledge and experience together to host the EuroTek 2008 show. During August of 2008 Carl Spencer and Leigh Bishop welcomed Roz Lunn aboard the team as a co organiser. Roz is of course a diver and works for herself as the 'Underwater Marketing Company'. She has been on several working deep wreck expeditions such as Britannic as well as working on Television series such as Deep Sea Detectives for the History Channel.
|The preparation and the trip:|
|Posters, rebreathers, standmaterials, displays, cards etc etc.......|
|this is called a garage ....?|
|small box with 50 kgs of russian gear|
|my dear CDBA completely restored ;) (still waiting for 4 spare masks....)|
|The materials easily fitted in the big trucks we took .....|
|I thought we were going to a diving show?|
|Building the stand|
|In England it seems to be normal people start building the fair at 6:00 in the morning. We arrived at the ICC exactly in time and started building the stand with 8 friends. Still very grateful they helped us with this big job!|
|the first visitors arriving!|
|after some negotiations with the safety guys we finally finished the stand at 9:00|
|The first day:|
|of course there are many more pictures: here|
The Branded table of Therebreathersite and Hydrogom. We were privileged to have Rick Stanton joining us on the table.
Read more about Rick here:
|My wife Caroline seems to have fun!|
|Final Day, day 2|
|There are even visitors who actually put on the old gear|
|Mr. alex spying a 1972 scubapro mask|
|See you in 2010 on EUROTEK 2010|
|I would like to thank all the visitors of the stand and hope to receive all promised materials, old rebreathers, manuals and regulators. If you have anything you might think it would fit in this collection, please let me know. Just send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org|
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