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UASBC’s Shipwrecks 2015 Conference – ‘Arctic Exploration’ on May 9, Vancouver


Without any doubt, the Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia’s most popular and exciting, non-diving event is our annual SHIPWRECKS conference. While you will need to leave your regulators and scuba tanks at home for this event,  there will be no shortage of diving stories, and divers to meet, at this annual one day conference, held this year at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.

SHIPWRECKS began in 1986 and the success of this annual UASBC event has continued to this day. The one day event includes a daytime session feature multiple captivating guest speakers, as well as a Woodward lecture and dinner.

The day program features Marc-Andre Bernier of the Chief of Parks Canada’s Underwater Unit, Jim Delgado of NOAA and Shipwreck Hunters, DIVER Publisher Phil Nuytten in a panel discussion on uw technology in the Arctic, and author David Woodman plus a half dozen well-known divers and arctic maritime historians.

That program is only $45 including lunch.

Marc-Andre Bernier is the key note speaker at the Evening Banquet – his evening presentation will be on John Franklin’s Erebus –  Marc-Andre will have spent 3 weeks diving under the ice on the Erebus just before Shipwrecks 2015. The banquet is only $50.

The latest issue of DIVER, now in the mail, carries a piece about the dives in April that will be made on Erebus jointly by the Parks Canada Underwater Archaeology service, headed by Marc Andre Bernier, and the navy divers from Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic and Pacific.

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