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Conservation showcased at GO Diving Show

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Scientist, conservationist, speaker, writer, photographer, Course Director and ocean advocate David Jones is taking to the Inspiration Stage at the GO Diving Show in March.

He will be talking about the work of his conservation organisation Just One Ocean, and there will be plenty of opportunities to get hand's on with marine science on his stand at the show as well.

David Jones

In his previous life, he spent 17 years in the Army as a military engineer, diver, and Bomb Disposal Officer. His time in the military included five years’ service with the Gurkhas, as well as command of the Army Diving School and a Bomb Disposal Squadron.

After he retired from the army, he had a successful career in the diving industry which included running his own diving business and working on several TV and film productions alongside the likes of David Attenborough, Bear Grylls and Ben Fogle.

He joined the Plastic Oceans Foundation in 2009 and was heavily involved in the production of the documentary film A Plastic Ocean. He has undertaken a great deal of academic research and work about ocean plastic pollution and is a well-known speaker on the subject appearing on TV news as well programmes such as the One Show and the Victoria Derbyshire Show.

He has also presented to numerous academic and environmental conferences and speaking events around the world. Through his work on marine plastic pollution, he became increasingly exposed to the plethora of other issues facing the oceans and, as a result, decided to establish his own conservation organisation, Just One Ocean, to try and make a difference in these other important areas of concern.

The organisational mission focuses on utilising science, communication, and education to protect the ocean for future generations.

David has an MSc in Coastal and Marine Resource Management, speaks Nepali with a very British accent, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

The GO Diving Show

The GO Diving Show returns to the NAEC at Stoneleigh Park, near Kenilworth, on 2-3 March, this time taking in all three halls and expanding to 10,000 sq metres of exhibition space.

As well as the Main Stage, there are also dedicated stages for UK diving, technical diving, underwater photography and inspirational tales, plus the ever-popular Cave, the giant trydive pool. and, new for 2024, an interactive bouldering wall and a dual VR diving simulator so you and your ‘buddy' can venture off ‘underwater' together, all scattered among an ever-increasing array of stands from tourist boards, manufacturers, training agencies, resorts, liveaboards, dive centres, retailers and much more.

Tickets, which are valid for the entire weekend and include complementary parking, are available now, priced at £25.

Scuba Diver magazine subscribers receive a special discounted rate (£11.68), and those who have completed a Discover Scuba Diver session, or an open water/advanced open water (or equivalent – see website for full list of relevant courses from PADI, BSAC, NAUI, RAID, SAA, SSI and SDIsince 1 April 2023, are eligible for FREE tickets. Verification of subscription or course completion is required for these special offers.

BSAC, PADI, SDI, NAUI, RAID, SAA or SSI diver? Get in touch with your training agency for special member discounts on tickets that will save you ££££s!

The 2024 show also sees the Ocean Film Festival taking place on the Saturday evening – settle in and watch a host of award-winning films on our giant screen on the Main Stage. Entrance to the Ocean Film Festival is included in a weekend show ticket, meaning it represents even better value for money! (A ticket to just the Ocean Film Festival on the Saturday evening is £14.94).

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Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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