Scuba Schools International Appoints Technical Training Director, Adam Wood

Scuba Schools International (SSI), a premier education and business support organisation, is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Wood as SSI Technical Training Director.

Adam Wood, SSI, Scuba Schools International, Steve Newman, Corrie Harris, technical diving instructor, Doug McNeese, Robert Stoss, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Divemaster Scuba Nottingham, Tech XR, XR, TXR As one of the new breed of young dive professionals, Adam is striving to raise the bar of technical diving and challenge old perceptions and philosophies to make exceptional divers and instructors. Adam's passion is teaching, passing on knowledge & skills in Technical, Sidemount and Closed Circuit Rebreathers, both at user, instructor and instructor trainer level. He is focused on making diving aspirational, cool and exciting with the goal attracting a new divers and retaining old ones.

Adam owns one of the UK's largest certifying dive centres and is one of a select group of SSI Recreational, Technical and CCR Instructor Trainers. He was also a contributing editor to the new XR & TXR Technical & Technical CCR Materials for SSI. As one of the hardest working people in diving you can find Adam teaching almost every day either in one of the UK's satellite centres or in worldwide destinations.

"Having seen the benefits the SSI system brings to the dive centre I now want to blur the lines between recreational and technical diving whilst making the higher end of technical diving more extreme and safer than ever!" "I have supported the production of the recent XR and TXR materials and am underway with the next new releases – you better be excited!" commented Adam Wood, SSI Technical Training Director.

Robert Stoss, SSI President said "It is great to have Adam on board, we have been watching him grow in the technical diving auditorium and this is an excellent opportunity for us both, he knows how to structure new technical programs and understands how they will be implemented within the successful dive centre. He has a number of great projects planned for 2014 and with the new opportunities available within SSI we can take technical diving to the next level."

Adam has been lucky to be invited to be involved in some exciting projects around the world. More recently he has been contracted to work with and train the BBC Natural History unit, acting as trainer, technical advisor and dive supervisor.

TeXpediationR is a project Adam hopes will flourish, allowing all divers to participate in Expedition diving at their own level. Adam has acted on screen, been an aid to under water filming and provided logistical and technical support for worldwide projects, most recently he has been filming with the BBC in North Carolina inside the wreck of the Aeolus with over 200 Sand Tiger sharks.

Remember, SSI is not just a certification agency. WE ARE YOUR PARTNER IN BUSINESS! What we offer around the world is way ahead of even much larger industries. If you want to break the bonds that hold you back from reaching your potential, either email us or visit our website.

Juergensen Marine appoints new distributor; SubGravity

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Juergensen Marine Hammerhead rebreathers prepped, ready to dive at Divetech's Inner Space
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Juergensen Marine, Inc. - a leading supplier of advanced expedition-grade rebreathers - is proud to announce an exclusive distribution deal with Utah based SubGravity. SubGravity will be taking over the sale and distribution of the "Hammerhead" line of closed circuit mixed gas rebreathers.

Juergensen and SubGravity owners; Randy, Josh and Michael Thornton have long co-operated in sales as well as training, and see many benefits for the rebreather community. "It is really great to extend our relationship with the Thorntons" said Juergensen Marine President, Kevin Juergensen. "They have become our 'go-to guys' for the majority of our training for many divers and instructors from all over the globe. Having them handle our worldwide distribution makes perfect sense when you consider how extensive their diving and business experience is."

"We have been diving Hammerhead rebreathers since they were first introduced, and we feel that they are a phenomenal product," stated Randy Thornton, CEO of SubGravity. "We are excited about this and intend to extend formal distribution to Europe and Asia."

SubGravity will be handling Hammerhead CCR sales and service. Meanwhile Addison based Juergensen will cover replacement products and upgrades for the Hammerhead line of products, and the Optima rebreather for DiveRite.

For further information please email Juergensen Marine or SubGravity direct.

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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DEMA 2011; Hollis Gear acquires Recreational Rebreather design from VR Technology

Explorer Sport Rebreather, Hollis, CCR, DEMA 2011, Nitrox, PADI, Rebreather, Rosemary E Lunn, Rosemary Lunn, Roz Lunn, SCR, Type R, VR TechnologyHollis Gear is due to unveil a “game changer” in the world of Rebreather technology this afternoon at DEMA 2011.

Hollis Gear and VR Technology have teamed up to co-launch the Explorer Sport Rebreather. This is neither a fully closed circuit Rebreather nor a pure semi-closed system, but an intelligent hybrid that utilizes the best of both worlds. Apparently it's compact, lightweight and extremely easy to use.

The Explorer is unique in using a single gas; Nitrox, and is electronically controlled to achieve an optimal balance of PPO2 and dive time. Plug and Play absorbent cartridges, easy guided setup with “go or no go”, CO2 tracking, and 2 hour design duration should make this a dream for any recreational diver. It's also designed to meet the PADI 'Type R' requirement.

Visitors to DEMA can visit Stand 1747 for more information.