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Thursday, February 16, 2012


The general public, sport and tech divers, diving operators, historians, students, underwater archaeologists, preservationists and all others are encouraged to participate in the 23rd Annual Maritime Symposium, co-sponsored by NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the University of Hawai`i Marine Option Program, and the Maritime Archaeology and History of the Hawaiian Islands Foundation. This year’s theme is: Diving into History: Technical and Sport Exploration of Shipwrecks. Come join the informal discussion! What do wreck sites tell us about out past? What wreck survey training might be available to recreational divers? How have other locations enhanced their wreck diving opportunities?

The symposium begins Friday, Feb. 17, 6:30 PM (free to public). Keynote speaker Dr. Della Scott-Ireton discusses Heritage Awareness Diving Seminars (HADS), an approved NAUI, PADI, and SSI course specifically geared to instructors, bridging the gap between academic and sport wreck diving. Participants must register to attend the Saturday and Sunday presentations (registration rates available at or at door). Presentations include more than 24 speakers covering: new submerged ship and aircraft discoveries by local divers; HURL’s recent discoveries of the S-4 and USS Bennington; wreck inventory for the main Hawaiian Islands; Maui’s WWII Legacy; potential for public maritime archaeology courses at local diving operations; current status of our Falls of Clyde; Manila galleon trade in the Pacific; Blackbeard’s flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge; international projects from the Marshall Islands, Tokelau, and Greece…and more. The symposium includes continental breakfast, informal receptions and pupus, and a conference BBQ.

WHAT: 23rd Annual Maritime Symposium “Diving into History: Technical and Sport Exploration of Shipwrecks”

WHEN: February 17-20, 2012

Public keynote talk: Dr. Della Scott-Ireton

Friday February 17 @ 6:30 PM

Symposium presentations

Saturday and Sunday February 18 and 19, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Optional field trip to HURL research facility for symposium participants

Monday February 20 @ 9:30 AM

WHERE: NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Pacific Islands Region

6600 Kalaniana`ole Hwy, Suite 302

Honolulu HI 96825

(third floor of Roy’s Restaurant building in Hawai`i Kai)

WHO: Contact NOAA heritage coordinator Hans Van Tilburg (808-271-4187) for details

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