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GO Diving Show ANZ welcomes Avatar’s John Garvin


John Garvin

John Garvin is an Australian screenwriter, accomplished technical diver, underwater explorer and diving supervisor, who ran the diving operations for several James Cameron films including Avatar – The Way of Water, Avatar 3, James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D and Sanctum, and he will be gracing the Tech Stage at the GO Diving Show ANZ in September.

John actually wrote the screenplays for Sanctum and James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D, and in 2023 ran the commercial diving sequences for the Netflix feature Last Breath.

He is a technical diving instructor trainer specializing in closed circuit rebreathers, and wrote the Technical Diving International training manual for AP Diving’s Inspiration and Evolution rebreathers.

John is a founding member of the Caicos Caves Project, an organization dedicated to exploring and mapping the underwater caves in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

In 2002, his company provided the logistics and safety diver support for Tanya Streeter’s world record breaking freedive to 160m. He was also the diving officer and project manager (sub internals) for the Deepsea Challenger submersible during James Cameron’s historic solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

John has appeared in several films and documentaries, including Sanctum, James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D, Extraordinary People and Freedive.

Prior to his diving career, he played the lead role in the West End rock’n’roll musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and continues to enjoy his lifelong passions – diving,  filmmaking and playing rock’n’roll.

The GO Diving Show ANZ

This annual event, taking place this year on 28-29 September at the Sydney Showground at the Olympic Park, is aimed at showcasing the very best of our underwater world to everyone from raw novices who are either contemplating getting into diving, or have completed their entry-level courses, to advanced divers, right through to technical divers and veteran CCR divers.

There are an array of stages – the Main Stage, the Photo Stage, the Australia/New Zealand Stage, the Inspiration Stage and the Tech Stage – that will play host to dozens of speakers from around the world, as well as a host of interactive features to suit young and old, from VR diving experiences, trydives, a demonstration pool, Bruce the rodeo shark, mermaids, and much more.

Surrounding the stages and features will be a broad range of exhibitors, from tourist boards and tour operators to resorts, liveaboards, training agencies, retailers, manufacturers, and conservation organisations.

The 2024 GO Diving Show UK, now in its fifth year, attracted more than 10,000 attendees over the weekend, and spanned an area of 10,000 sq m of exhibition space, and the Australia and New Zealand variant aspires to reaching this level in coming years.

Entry to the inaugural GO Diving Show ANZ is completely free – register here to get your tickets for what is undoubtedly the diving event of 2024 in Australia. Parking is also free and the venue is easy to get to with plenty of transport options, so get the dates in your diary now and prepare for an epic weekend celebrating all forms of diving.

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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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