Paul Rose – Defined By Diving

Paul Rose presents defined by diving at DiveStyle, October 8th 2012.

The beginning of autumn is not usually a thing to look forward to. The nights get longer, the days shorter and the weather starts to turn into that drizzly rain, the kind of rain that my mother use to say ‘soaks you to the skin’, to this day I am still not sure what that actually meant but then parents are great at giving those kind of statements.

Now, this autumn day was not going to be the same any any other autumn day, this autumn day was different because we had Paul Rose coming to give one of his superb presentations!

It had taken months of hard work and pestering (some may say the pestering was starting to board on stalking) but the hard work and constant calls had paid off. I had managed to get a slot in Paul’s extremely busy diary and secured him for that evening.

We also had Richard Cullen from Deptherapy come along as he would be giving an overview of the work that Deptherapy is doing, Paul is a great fan of Deptherapy so we charged a small entrance fee for the evening with all monies going to Deptherapy. This was further boosted by Richard Howes from Oceanic as he provided a Oceanic GEO 2.0 dive computer as a prize that we held a secret auction for.

A quick trip to Reading station to pick up Paul and then back to the Wokingham Waterside  Centre so Paul could do the meet and great before launching into his presentation.

Well to say the room filled with energy would be an understatement, he was like a whirlwind!

The presentation was fast paced, full of great stories, passion and superb pictures from some of the amazing places that he has visited during his diving and expedition carear.

Imagine taking a handful of popping candy (you may remember it as space dust), putting the whole lot in your mouth and taking a good drink of water. The inevitable explosion was the same as the energy that Paul put into his presentation.

To say he has had a colourful diving carear would be an understatement.

From the frozen poles as base commander in charge of all of the science support logistics, diving under icebergs, diving all over the world while filming the Oceans series to amazing diving in the UK with Britain’s Secret seas.

It was amazing to listen to what in any other environment would be a simple task can become a real concern, such as anchoring your vessel.

The images that Paul presented were extremely interesting, we saw a 2000 year old mummified seal , the bottom of lake Geneva and a black hole (not the one is space) so called because of the colour of the water.

We were given a great insight on how just un-glamorous the world of journalism and TV can actually be. Behind the scenes it is not all glitz and glamour and some of the working conditions can be challenging to say the least.

What really did come through during the presentation is that after all these years the passion for diving is still as strong. The long days, repetitive takes on set, the harsh weather, long journeys and time away for home has done nothing to dampen his inner diving spirit.

By the end of the presentation the room was aglow with both admiration of Paul and what he has achieved, curiosity on the topic of science support and regenerated enthusiasm for diving. I have a feeling there may be a few more science support applications happening in the near future.

I would love to put on another presentation by Paul but this tiem see if we could raise enough money to send at least 2 injured soldiers onto the Deptherapy program.

This time round me managed to raise £365, which is not bad for an attendance of 25 people.

Paul has many interesting projects coming in the near future so keep your eyes peeled as if they are as half as good as his past projects they will be well worth watching.

John Campbell
Owner – DiveStyle

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