We bring you all the topics that will be covered by our experienced speakers at the Scuba360 Business Forum. Hear from industry leaders and key players presenting subjects from sustainable dive tourism to career possibilities for the disabled. This is a major opportunity for businesses in Asia Pacific to share information and get the inside track on the trajectory of the industry.

Citizen Science, Diving Tourism and the Power to Protect

Marine wildlife watching is one of the fastest growing tourism industries in the Philippines. Unregulated and poorly managed tourism practices are increasingly becoming the norm in many locations. The engagement of the diving community through citizen science can promote sustainable diving practices while providing long-term datasets for the proper management of key biodiversity habitats. Education, communities’ participation and tourist engagement are essential for the long-term conservation of coral reef ecosystems throughout Southeast Asia. The Philippines is leading the way with many successful shark and turtle citizen science programmes.

Presented by Alessandro Ponzo

21588262_xxlA New Turtle Adventure: Diving Tourism and Citizen Science – How Your Dive Can Make a Difference

Even with some form of protection in place in many countries in Southeast Asia, all species of sea turtles are endangered and every year fewer females return to lay their eggs on our beaches. With most of their life cycle spent offshore, studying the dynamics of sea turtle populations is costly and often impossible for researchers. A new initiative in the Philippines is allowing divers to join conservation efforts and to contribute through their photographs. These images can deepen our understanding of the turtles’ movements and habitat use, providing essential information to protect them before it’s too late.

Presented by Alessandro Ponzo

Saving Seahorses Means Saving the Seas

Learn how the world of business can be a notable partner in seahorse conservation. From participating in science to engaging with clients, the dive and tourism industries can make the ocean healthier.

Presented by Amanda Vincent

Scuba Therapy for the Disabled

This talk discusses how financial reimbursement to care, nurture and protect life beneath the sea, using disabled commercial divers, could serve to clear sediment from the sea that could be harvested for pharmaceutical and cosmetic purposes.

Presented by Jim Elliot

Underwater Technical Commercial Training for the Disabled

This presentation explains the viability of training the disabled and others to become commercial environmental divers and underwater landscape artists using commercial diving equipment and modification of existing technology for use underwater.

Presented by Charles Rowe

How Protecting Marine Flora and Fauna Can Reward Your Dive Business

This session addresses the establishment of a garden beneath the bay to nurture and protect marine flora and fauna as an underwater showcase for tourism and a subsea laboratory. Recycling of materials into the concrete artificial reefs serves as a foundation for the underwater garden.

Presented by Charles Rowe

Indonesia

The Role of the Dive Industry in Marine Conservation

The dive industry is fortunate enough to experience the joys of the underwater world while earning a livelihood from it, but with that joy comes a responsibility to protect and conserve. There are numerous ways in which a dive operator or company can get involved in conservation, particularly if in conjunction with the local communities. As the dive industry brings significant income into the surrounding areas, this talk examines how the influence our industry has can be used to best effect. 

Presented by David McCann

Dive Tourism and Its Impact on Marine Conservation and Livelihoods for Local Fishers

Dive tourism focuses on coral reefs in the tropics, which is also home to some of the world’s poorest communities. Providing livelihoods for fishers is important to reduce pressure on coral reefs. This research investigates what dive tourism does for marine conservation and livelihoods and the effect on coral reefs and levels of destructive fishing and overfishing. A model of best practice for dive tourism’s contributions to marine conservation will also be developed.

Presented by Judi Lowe

Scaling Up Sustainable Marine Tourism Initiatives in the Coral Triangle

This presentation will discuss the significant role that sustainable marine tourism plays in protecting and sustaining the extraordinary biodiversity of the Coral Triangle. It will also touch on the various ways that sustainable marine tourism initiatives can be scaled up across the region through the adoption sustainable tourism guidelines and standards for developments and investments in the Coral Triangle’s marine protected areas.

Presented by Rili Djohani

Working with Local Communities to Promote Sustainable Marine Tourism

This talk discusses, from the private sector’s perspective, how and why it makes sense to work with communities to promote sustainable marine tourism and protect coral reefs in Pemuteran, North Bali. One of these projects is the Reef Gardeners, which trains and creates jobs for young fishers to actively protect the coral reefs. Reef Gardeners, trained as PADI Rescue Divers, remove crown-of-thorns starfish and Drupella snails, repair broken corals, monitor Biorock installations, and maintain the Temple Garden.

Presented by Chris Brown

Using Technology to Strengthen Sustainable Marine Tourism in the Coral Triangle

This session discusses how new technology can strengthen marine resource management and sustainable marine tourism initiatives on the ground, increase engagement, and play a role in scaling up the best practices across countries.

Presented by Mark Kaplan

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Change Is Sweeping the Scuba Industry – What You Don’t Know Will Kill Your Business

There is a big shift happening that’s affecting the dive industry and it’s being driven by a type of consumer who is geared to make or break your business. Armed with a new set of values, this growing consumer segment is putting new demands on traditional dive business model. In this session, you’ll learn about the wave of change this consumer is creating, what you need to know about this “consumer-who-cannot-be-ignored”, and specific steps to take (and dangers to avoid) to position yourself to attract this growing market segment – and keep yourself in business.

Presented by Laurie J. Wilson

The Elephant in the Ocean – Dive Industry Leaders Speak Out About Ocean Issues We’ve Been Ignoring

The “elephant in the ocean” is an obvious industry issue that is either being glossed over or completely unaddressed. It is the idea that the largest terrestrial animal on the planet would be impossible to overlook if it were found basking in diving hotspots. In this session, you’ll hear from some of the top thinkers in our industry who are willing to speak up about “the elephant”, and how dive businesses are taking lead roles in facing the elephant head on. Hear from Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Stan Waterman, Sharon Kwok, John Thet, and more.

Presented
by Laurie J. Wilson

The Economic Value of Muck Critters

While muck diving is booming in popularity, research and conservation has not followed suit. This presentation explains just how much money is generated by muck dive tourism and which are the top species generating this income. The talk will explain the general profile of muck divers and how this information can lead to better conservation practices.

Presented by Maarten De Brauwer

Innovation in Underwater Optics

Presented by Edward Lai

Launch of Deepblu Innovation

Media launch event introducing Deepblu, where the company will unveil its social network platform tailored for divers as well as the next innovation in dive computing: the COSMIQ Dive Companion.

Presented by Brad Chen and James Tsuei

Scuba360 Business Forum Time-Table

FRIDAY, 15 APRIL

Time

Speaker

 Topic

1000 – 1100

 

SSI Members Update

 

 

 

1100 – 1200

 

SSI Members Update

 

 

 

1200 – 1300

Beauchat

Beauchat Seminar for Asia Distributors (By invitation Only)

 

 

 

1300 – 1400

Beauchat

Beauchat Seminar for Asia Distributors (By invitation Only)

 

 

 

1400 – 1500

Beauchat

Beauchat Seminar for Asia Distributors (By invitation Only)

 

 

 

1500 – 1600

 

Opening Ceremony

 

 

 

1600 – 1700

 

Opening Ceremony

 

 

 

1700 – 1800

Indonesia Tourism

Press Conference

SATURDAY, 16 APRIL 2016

Start Time

Speaker

 Topic

1010 – 1040

 

 

1050 – 1120

Charles Rowe

Underwater Technical Commercial Training for the Disabled

1130 – 1200

Chris Brown

Working with Local Communities to Promote Sustainable Marine Tourism

1210 – 1240

Laurie Wilson

The Elephant in the Ocean – Dive Industry Leaders Speak Out About Ocean Issues We’ve Been Ignoring

 

1250 – 1320

Brad / James

Launch of Deepblu Innovation

1330 – 1400

Mark Kaplan

Using Technology to Strengthen Sustainable Marine Tourism

1410 – 1440

Judi Lowe

Dive Tourism and its Impact on Marine Conservation and Livelihood for Local Fishers

1450 – 1520

Amanda Vincent

Saving Seahorse Means Saving the Seas

1530 – 1600

Alessandro Ponzo

Citizen Science, diving tourism and the power to protect

1610 – 1640

Rili Djohani

Scaling up Sustainable Marine Tourism Initiatives in the Coral Triangle

1650 – 1720

Indo Tourism

Sustainable Tourism (Sbj to Change)

1730 – 1830

Panel Discussion

Sustainable Marine Tourism

(Speakers Presenting on Sunday)

Judi Lowe (Moderator)

Charles Rowe

Chris Brown

Laurie Wilson

Mark Kaplan

Amanda Vincent

Alessandro Ponzo

Rili Djohani

John Thet

SUNDAY, 17 APRIL 2016

Start Time

Speaker

 Topic

1010 – 1040

Jerker Tamelander

TBC

1050 – 1120

Charles Rowe

How Protecting Marine Flora and Fauna can Reward your Dive Business

1130 – 1215

Edward Lai

Innovation in Underwater Optics

1225 – 1255

Alessandro Ponzo

A New Turtle Adventure: Diving Tourism and Citizen Science – How your Dive can Make a Difference

1305 – 1335

Laurie Wilson

Change Is Sweeping the Scuba Industry –
What You Don’t Know Will Kill Your Business

1345 – 1415

David McCann

The Role of the Dive Industry in Marine Conservation

1425 – 1455

Maarten De Brauwer

The Economic Value of Muck Critters

1505 – 1535

Jim Elliot

Scuba Therapy for the Disabled

1545 – 1615

Mark Kaplan

Using Technology to Strengthen Sustainable Marine Tourism in the Coral Triangle

1625 – 1655

Judi Lowe

Dive Tourism and its Impact on Marine Conservation and Livelihood for Local Fishers

1705 -1805

Panel Discussion

The Impact of Climate Change towards Marine Tourism

 (Speakers Presenting on Saturday)

Charles Rowe

Jerker Tamelander

Alessandro Ponzo

Laurie Wilson

David McCann

Maarten De Brauwer

Jim Elli
ot

Mark Kaplan

Judi Lowe