RESA Standards; Teaching Mod 2 and Mod 3 Rebreather Courses

The Rebreather Education and Safety Association (RESA) was developed in order to aid in improving the education and safety in the rebreather industry and to ensure that the appropriate framework is in place that suits our growing industry.

This is a RESA standard for rebreather instructors that are already certified to teach Mod2 or Mod3 on one rebreather, and want to teach Mod2 or Mod3 on another rebreather.

RESA have been actively discussing rebreather training at the Normoxic (MOD 2) and Hypoxic (MOD 3) Trimix levels. Some instructors have been teaching advanced level courses to divers on units where the instructor only has minimal training. These instructors have only been required to pass a user course on the second and subsequent units. There have been no further industry-wide standards such as a minimum number of dives to have this privilege. Also, there has been no evaluation to prove that they understand the units properly.

Below is the standard that RESA members voted on. This standard was approved with a unanimous vote from both RESA Manufacturers and RESA Training Agencies. This standard is for Normoxic (MOD 2) and Hypoxic (MOD 3) Trimix training on additional rebreather’s only. For entry level training (MOD1) the instructor is required to be trained as a unit specific instructor by an IT for the specific rebreather.

The implementation date will be 1st January 2014.

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Hollis UK appoints new Sales Manager

Matt Armstrong, Kelvin Richards, Nick Hollis, Hollis, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving, rebreathers, Explorer rebreatherHollis UK has announced the appointment of a new Sales Manager.

Scuba diver Matt Armstrong will be joining the Devonshire based team in 2014. He will be responsible for the Hollis and Lava Core products, and looking after the UK Dealer base. Matt is replacing Richard Howes who has left for new pastures.

We wish both Matt and Richard well in their new roles.

Matt Armstrong has working in the UK Diving Industry for approximately 20 years.

Apeks Aqua Lung UK Appoints New Southern Sales Rep

Apeks Aqua Lung UK has appointed Christine Wilson as its new Field Sales Representative in the Southern region. Christine will be promoting both Aqua Lung, the name that first introduced the world to scuba diving, and Apeks, one of the world’s premium providers of diving regulators.

Christine Wilson, Apeks Aqua Lung, Dean Martin, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Scuba PR, Diving MediaWith a uniquely varied breadth of experience which includes FMCG retailing and mainstream Education, Christine is also a part-time PADI and SSI Instructor and is a keen technical diver enjoying Nitrox, Trimix and Rebreather diving.

Dean Martin, Sales Manager for Aqua Lung UK states “Christine brings an expansive background to the role and her capability across retailing and education is flanked by a strong knowledge of diving and dive equipment. We look forward to working with her and are already impressed by her experience and understanding of the Details by Aqua Lung range.”

Christine adds “I am really proud to have become part of the iconic Apeks and Aqua Lung team. I look forward to showcasing the technically inspired Apeks range of products and educating the growing number of female divers about the fantastic design aspects of The Details by Aqua Lung range.”

 

SSI joins HEAD / MARES

SSI are proud to announce HEAD / MARES has signed an agreement to acquire Scuba Schools International (SSI). The effective date will be January 1st 2014.

In recent years, SSI has become one of the fastest growing training agencies in the world. Dive Centers and Resorts alike are turning to SSI for the depth and quality of their training materials, plus their “signature” business support. With more than 40 years of experience, innovative products like Swim, Freediving and Extended Range keep SSI in the forefront of both the active diver and new consumer. This is only possible through the SSI network of 2500 plus Dive Centers and Resorts around the world providing "The Ultimate Dive Experience!"

Mares logo, Doug McNeese, Robert Stoss, Gerald Skrobanek, MARES, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Paul ToomerLooking at the depth of the HEAD product lines, one is struck by the obvious. Not only is HEAD one of the leading manufacturers of many well known sporting goods brands, they also own MARES, one of the world’s 3 leading diving equipment brands. Their products are a perfect match with SSI – Swimming, Snorkeling, Freediving, Spearfishing and Scuba. With direct subsidiaries in most developed countries, MARES also has distributors in 50 other countries.

You are probably wondering how will this change affect me? The short and simple answer is – it won’t. Rest assured, SSI will continue to focus on its current Business Model – Swim, Snorkel and Scuba. MARES will continue to build high quality diving equipment. You can expect the same emphasis on building strong relationships with both companies and “even more” with SSI’s development and quest for creating the finest education system in the diving industry. All will be based on supporting you, the retailer and resort, promoting equipment sales, continuing education and travel.

SSI logo globe, Doug McNeese, Robert Stoss, Gerald Skrobanek, MARES, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Paul Toomer, RF3, Rebreather Forum 3, EUROTEKIf you are concerned how this will affect your relationship with your current manufacturer or training agency – please don’t. SSI will continue to maintain relationships with ALL major manufacturers, just like MARES will with all other training agencies. In other words, there is no obligation for a MARES dealer to do business with SSI or an SSI dealer to do business with MARES. But, what you can count on is there will be many new business opportunities for you.

In order to integrate these two businesses, this merger will trigger various organizational changes. Our goal is to make this transition as seamless for you, our customers. All will take time in order for us to make the “right” decisions. For your comfort, here are some details to ease your mind:

The entire SSI management team will remain in place and continue their daily responsibilities.

Both the SSI USA and SSI EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) offices will be maintained. Some operational and back office functions will be merged into the HEAD/MARES organization:

SSI USA will remain the Service Center for the USA and Canada.

We hope you are as excited about the future as we are and what this can do for both companies and more importantly – YOU! What we can promise is unequaled business support for our dive centers and professionals. This will remain the pillar of our business.

Bringing these 2 companies together represents a huge paradigm shift for the diving industry and a tremendous growth opportunity. Welcome to a new direction, SSI / MARES. Prepare to be amazed!

Sincerely,

Doug McNeese, SSI
Robert Stoss, SSI
Gerald Skrobanek, MARES

Poseidon US Operations move from Texas to California

Poseidon Diving Systems, Inc. have moved from Texas and is now based in Los Angeles, California.

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Poseidon's new address:
1720 Main Street
Venice, CA 90291
USA

New phone: (310) 821-8800
New fax: (310) 821-7800
Main Email: usa@poseidon.com
Orders Email: orders-usa@poseidon.com

Are you a North Carolina diver? DAN has a free talk tonight!

DAN is renowned for their educational lectures and they regularly put on a series of free seminars at the DEMA Show that all dive professionals can access.

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For the last three years, DAN HQ in Durham (North Carolina) has been running a bi-monthly diving medicine / research / safety series of lectures at their office in West Colony Place. The talk is held on the first Wednesday of every other month at 19:00. This programme provides an excellent opportunity for anyone with a thirst for diving knowledge to listen to a variety of local experts discuss dive medicine, research, and safety.

Tonight's lecture (Wednesday 4th December 2013) is entitled "Cultivating Safe Behaviors in Recreational Diving," and will be given by Shabbar Ranapurwala.

For those of you unfamiliar with Mr Ranapurwala, he is a Research Assistant at DAN.

We have long known that a majority of the recreational diving fatalities and injuries are caused by preventable diving mishaps, errors or incidents. These mishaps occur due to human errors, equipment problems, or environmental conditions.Many groups have suggested that preventing mishaps may prevent injuries and fatalities. A pre-dive checklist sounds like a logical solution, however, only a minority of recreational divers actually use a checklist in the field.The purpose of this talk is to share the results of DAN’s summer 2012 randomized trial using a pre-dive checklist.

Doors will open at 18:15 for a pre-event social, and 'Down Under' very kindly serve light refreshments. The presentation begins at 19:00 and will last approximately 45 - 55 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Admission to the lecture is free, and no registration is required. So come early, come hungry and hear Shabbar wax lyrical about appropriate diving behaviours. Incidentally Shabbar Ranapurwala will also be giving the first lecture of the 2014 series. He will be discussing "Diving Injuries, Beyond DCS and AGE," on Wednesday 5th February.

Fourth Element seeks an Apparel Design Engineer

Want to work on the next generation of drysuits? The people at Fourth Element are hiring.

This is a unique opportunity for a talented, creative and technically adept individual to work with Fourth Element - an internationally recognized leader in the diving apparel sector - while being supported by academics from the fields of digital design and fashion based at Falmouth University.

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Based predominantly at Fourth Element’s premises in Cornwall, UK, this role will focus on the development of product design and manufacturing techniques, researching body measuring and pattern cutting technology to improve the fit of diving dry suits.

As a minimum you will have a degree level qualification in Apparel Design or Product Development, or closely related field. Additional design experience within a commercial environment and the managing of design projects would be desirable. You will have technical design experience including the use of pattern cutting and grading software e.g. Gerber systems.  Experience or knowledge of automated measurement technology/digital body scanning and how it is currently employed in the sector would be of benefit.

The role will involve working with, and liaising across, a broad spectrum of disciplines; from apparel design to digital technology and even computer science. Therefore you will need to be a team player and an effective communicator. Are you interested in diving, inspired by the potential of new technologies and committed to delivering high quality innovative outcomes? This is the opportunity for you! For more information and to apply for this position click here.