Views from the Conning Tower

Author and Guiness Book of World Records champion for freediving Richard Slater shares his tales about California diving adventures and deep sea exploration.

When: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: S.B. Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Wy., #190, Santa Barbara

Cost: Free - $5

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Lectures


Treasure hunts, world records, environmental mishaps and deep sea exploration: these are just some of the thrilling topics that diver and author Richard Slater will discuss during his talk “Views from the Conning Tower.” By sharing his stories, the Ventura County native will give people a sense of some of the dangers and joys of free diving, with a question and answer session afterwards. Slater’s diving-related talk is perfectly timed to correspond with the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s (SBMM) newly opened permanent exhibit Purisima, the world’s first diving lock-out bell. This talk gives visitors a chance to see the new exhibit and learn more about Santa Barbara’s history as ground zero for commercial deep sea diving.

Richard Slater background is as colorful as his stories. He has been diving off the California coast since the late 1940s and his studies at the University of Oklahoma, University of Southern California and the University of Sydney, Australia have earned him degrees in both geology and oceanography. As well, he has logged over 5,000 scuba and submersible dives around the world, set the Guinness World Record for the deepest free-ascent without equipment, and authored over 40 publications recounting his adventures. Slater has also made a name for himself as a geologist, educator, submersible pilot, Fullbright Scholar and more.

Slater’s lecture is the latest installment of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s ongoing Tuesday night lecture series. Purisima, the newly opened permanent exhibit at SBMM, mirrors some of the information that Slater will cover in his talk. For more information on the exhibit, visit

Cost: Free (members), $5 (non-members)

Phone: 805-962-8404

Event posted Dec. 29, 2011
Last updated Dec. 29, 2011


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