Don't Miss The Anglesey ScubaFest This Weekend

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It is two days and counting until the UK diving event of the summer! This Friday (15th August) sees the start of the Anglesey ScubaFest.

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The weekend event, now in its third year, showcases British diving, and to this end brings together like-minded divers from all agencies to enjoy some great diving, trial new equipment and techniques, tuck into some great food, listen to some live music, and just generally have a good craic over some apres-dive beers. Download the packed 2014 Anglesey Scubafest Schedule here.

For non-divers this ScubaFest is the ideal opportunity to learn all about scuba diving and meet key people from the leading diver training agencies; BSAC, PADI, SAA and SSI.

For certified divers, there is a packed schedule of diving with plenty of shore diving on offer. If you want to boat dive, there are still a handful of RHIB diving spaces left - go to the website to secure your spot.

You can also try something new. Curious about freediving? There are four Static and Dynamic Apnea Freediving clinics running morning (10am) and afternoon (2pm) on the event beach. All you need is a wetsuit and a pair of socks to take part. Everything else will be provided.

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The same goes for sidemounting. Sidemount supremo Garry Dallas will be running Sidemount workshops and will be bringing rigged cylinders, harnesses and regs a-plenty

In between times you can refresh your rescue skills by getting up to speed with CPR!

There is plenty to keep the kids occupied with BSAC running Beachcomber and 'Beach Snapper' events on both days. And children aged 12 and under get free entry into theAnglesey Sea Zoo during this ScubaFest. Just say the two magic words at the ticket office; "Anglesey ScubaFest"!

Representatives from manufacturers including Apeks Aqua Lung, Huish Outdoors, Liquid Sports, Mares, Suunto and Weezle Diving will be on the beach at Porth Dafarch near Trearddur Bay, or Newry Beach in Holyhead (final location dependent on the weather), and will have plenty of shiny new gear for you to take for trial dives.

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a snapper, then the Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) has a special category for The Anglesey ScubaFest sponsored by AP Diving. This is free and anyone can enter. Simply take images of the ScubaFest event, i.e. divers getting ready, equipment, people having fun along the shore or at the event. You can enter a maximum of 2 images by 6.30pm on Saturday evening at the Outdoor Centre.

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BSAC Beachcomber at the Anglesey ScubaFest © Copyright BSAC - All Rights Reserved

There is still some space for camping at the Outdoors Centre - check out the website for details. Of course no ScubaFest would not be complete without some great entertainment. Two fabulous live bands are lined up to play on Friday and Saturday night, so come and grab a drink and dance the night away.

For more information, to book your accommodation, a band ticket or space on a RHIB dive, check out: www.theangleseyscubafest.com

Want to work for Mares / Head swim / SSI?

Mares / Head swim / SSI are currently recruiting for a temporary Area Account Manager in the United Kingdom

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The Company:

We have a long tradition of manufacturing quality engineered products and are considered one of the leading brands within the scuba diving market. Part of The Head Group we have a strong list of brands in a diverse range of watersports including Scuba diving, Spearfishing, Snorkelling, Swimming.

The Role:

Reporting to the UK category manager, you will be responsible for the development of existing accounts and new business acquisition within our southern sales territory. The initial contract will be temporary to cover maternity leave with the possibility of extension.

The role has a level of autonomy where you will be encouraged to develop and implement strategies to improve the business in your territory to meet the overall business plan. Usual business hours apply but weekend and evening work will be required as candidates will be responsible for, and required to attend, various promotional events.

You will be required to visit a variety of retail businesses to sell all brands in the water sport category including Mares Diving, Snorkelling and Spearfishing, Head swimwear and SSI scuba training. You will be expected to develop sales by effective account management and will be expected to identify and maximise opportunities.

This will be done by appropriate time management, accurate reporting and analysis of sales figures as well as the ability to close a deal, control margins and hit targets. In return you will get a competitive salary, circa £30k OTE depending on experience, laptop, company mobile, car allowance.

Role requirements:

Candidates will be educated to a high standard with a strong history in sales and marketing roles. Proficient in the use of excel, word and power point. They should be knowledgeable in the use of equipment in the Head Watersports range. You will need to be a certified scuba diver instructor. You need a full clean UK driving licence and own your own car and should be willing to take a medical.

Please apply in writing with a CV to Richard Corner

Jean-Claude Monachon joins Scuba Schools International

Scuba Schools International, a premier education and business support company is excited to welcome Jean-Claude Monachon as the Vice President of International Sales and Marketing for SSI.

Jean-Claude Monachon_SSI_Scuba Schools International_Scuba Sales and Marketing_Rosemary E Lunn_Roz Lunn_The Underwater Marketing CompanyJean-Claude joined PADI Europe in 1991. Since that time, Jean-Claude has been involved in every aspect of management and training for dive centers, resorts and dive professionals. With hard work, dedication and persistence, he became the PADI Europe CEO in 2001. Six years later, he was responsible for International Business Development and lately VP Sales & Marketing for the EMEA regions (Europe, Middle East and Africa). His focus was acquisition, retention, corporate identity and building brand awareness. Jean Claude’s experience also spans the globe in diving – managing a dive center and resort, representing manufacturing and all facets of dive training.  

Beyond the many years at PADI, Jean-Claude feels that a change in the industry will bring a boost of energy for Resorts and Retail businesses. Jean-Claude is a strong believer that the SSI Business Model - Swim, Snorkel, Free Diving and Scuba - supported by more than 50 local SSI Service Centers and subsidiaries will strengthen the customer service and bring SSI even closer to the diving market.

"We are very excited to have Jean-Claude join the ranks of SSI worldwide, stated Gerald Skrobanek, President. Jean-Claude is a breath of fresh air and we look forward to all the ways he can help us in both sales and marketing! It is inspirational to see an expert realize the ‘value of change,’ not only for the good of their own personal growth, but for setting direction in the industry.”

“It’s nice to be around people who are as passionate about diving as I am and I could not be more excited,” Jean-Claude Monachon, SSI Vice President of International Sales and Marketing.

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