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Ontario Underwater Council

Mission: to promote the sport of scuba diving in Ontario through safety, advocacy,
cultural & environmental awareness
, self-governance.....and fun!

A Don't Miss Event for Ontario Divers!

Ontario Underwater Council invites you to attend:
“An Evening for Divers by Divers” 
Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Registration: 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Programme: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Canadian Air & Space Museum
“The Blue Room”, 65 Carl Hall Road, Toronto, Ontario  


“NOT just another ear lecture”
by Dr. Frans Cronje. Frans will present an unparalleled look at the practical, real-life aspects of diving and the human ear. Rated by a certain OUC President as one of the best (most relevant, most useful, most entertaining, and most engaging) presenters at DEMA 2009, Frans will have you equalizing in ways you never even knew existed! You will also gain deeper insights into how the human ear works, the various stressors that diving puts on the different parts of the ear, and how to prevent, and treat the most common ear issues. Dr. Cronje is in high demand internationally and will be in town to lecture to Defence Research and Development Canada, and has graciously volunteered to present to us on one of his few free evenings.

Frans Cronje is the Founder, President and CEO of Divers Alert Network of South Africa. He received his medical degree and a masters degree in Aerospace Medicine from the University of Pretoria cum laude in 1991 and 1997 respectively. He completed an academic Fellowship training in Diving, Hyperbaric and Underwater Medicine at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA in 2003. He is considered the pioneer of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in Southern Africa and has dedicated 17 years of his professional career to introduce and expand this scientific, therapeutic modality in South Africa. Formerly also in private medical practice at the first private hyperbaric medical facility in South Africa he is now a researcher and senior lecturer at the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Division of Community Health, University of Stellenbosch. He is the current President of the International Congress of Hyperbaric Medicine and served previously as President of the Southern African Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association (SAUHMA). He is also the founding President of the Wound Healing Association of Southern Africa (WHASA). He has a special interest in the ENT aspects of aerospace, diving and hyperbaric medicine. 

~45 minutes plus 15 minutes Q&A

 Diving the RMS Britannic” by Terry German. Terry will present on his adventures and exploits in diving the wreck of the RMS Britannic, and the challenges his team had to surmount to make the mission a success. The Britannic lies at a depth of ~400’ and the all-Canadian team Terry was a member of was the 12th to dive on the ship since it was discovered by Jacques Cousteau in 1975. 

Terry German is a renowned Ontario cave and technical diver and has been diving since he was certified by a Hamilton-based scuba club in 1969. He has been exploring the marine environment for nearly four decades and has been documenting underwater adventure on film and video for most of that time. Through “Extreme Explorer Productions” he has contributed expertise and experience to a number of underwater initiatives including:-           Kim Martin’s “Leopard Frog Cave Project”, a 10-year long initiative in Tobermory, Ontario, exploring, mapping, and documenting a sump cave passage to a length of 6,500’. -           Bernie Chowdhury’s “Iceland Cave Diving Expedition”-           John Moyer’s “Artworks Recovery Expedition” to the wreck of the Andrea Doria

 ~30 minutes plus 10 minutes Q&A

“Drugs and Diving”
by Dr. Debbie Pestell. Debbie will present in lay-person’s terms on the topic of diver safety and fitness to dive while on prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, illicit drugs, herbal medication & supplement quasi-drugs, drugs used in immunizations, and “vice” drugs such as nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol. She will also touch on diving with the conditions these drugs are used to treat.

L. Cdr. Debbie L. Pestell, MD is the Consultant in Diving and Submarine Medicine for the Canadian Forces.  She is currently posted to the 5th Maritime Operations Group in Halifax, NS and has served in the Navy for 20 years.  After spending 3 years as a ship’s Medical Officer with the West Coast Fleet in Victoria, BC in the mid-1990s, she completed 2 years of post-graduate training in diving and hyperbaric medicine with the US Air Force and US Navy in San Antonio, TX and Panama City Beach, FL.  She served as the Consultant in Diving Medicine at DRDC Toronto from 2001-2006 before being posted to Halifax with her husband Dr. David Sawatzky and their 2 young children in 2006.  Debbie is also an ACUC open-water recreational Scuba diver.

~ 30 minutes plus 10 minutes Q&A


Prices are $10.00 for OUC Members and $20.00 for non-Members (special bundled ticket price includes 1 year membership)

To purchase tickets please click here

Note 1: OUC Members receive preferred pricing AND preferred notice via member-provided e-mail addresses.
Note 2: These speakers and presentations are in high demand and seating IS limited so this event is expected to sell out very quickly. Please book early to avoid disappointment

Proceeds of this event will go directly towards fulfilling OUC’s mission of “Helping support and promote the sport of scuba diving in Ontario through safety, advocacy, cultural and environmental awareness, self-governance, education, and fun!”


By Car:
From the 401 East or West, exit at Keele Street North. Turn right on Sheppard Ave, and follow Sheppard to the entrance to Downsview Park. Turn right into the park (onto John Drury Road) until you reach Carl Hall Road. Turn left at Carl Hall and continue east over the railway tracks to the Museum, which is on your right hand side. Parking is free.

By Bus: Take TTC Bus Route 101 Downsview Park and get off at the John Drury Road stop. Walk 7-8 minutes to the Museum.

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