RAID Joins RSTC US Council

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The Recreational Scuba Training Council Board of Directors has confirmed that they are welcoming the diving training agency RAID as a member of the RSTC.A vote was held earlier this year and it was unanimously agreed that the Rebreather Association of International Divers will join the RSTC US as an Associate Member.

The RSTC announced changes to its membership criteria in November 2015 to accept members at two levels, Associate Member and Voting Member. This strategic change is driven by RSTC wishing to actively improve diver safety, and increase membership. RAID was the first training organization to answer that call.

RAID CEO Jim Holliday confirmed that “RAID is proud to be accepted as an RSTC Associate Member and RAID is committed to meet its commitment to help uphold the safety standards of the RSTC.

Dan Orr, RSTC Coordinator said, “we are very pleased to have another agency join our council.” He went on to say, “RAID was very enthusiastic and jumped at the chance to join. We look forward to their active participation.

RSTC training requirements are recognised around the world as the global industry standard. New members are assessed to ensure compliance with RSTC standards. Members must make an ongoing commitment to ensure compliance with RSTC standards.

Scuba training organizations interested in applying for membership with the RSTC may download membership information here.

RAID, which was founded in 2007, joins PADI, PDIC, SDI and SSI as members of the Recreational Scuba Training Council.

Watson DeVore Joins RAID Team

Dive Industry personality Watson DeVore has joined the dive training agency, RAID.

"What I enjoyed most about my time as Director of Education for SSI Globally was feeling like I was part of a family. When I left the dive industry, I thought it was for good, but I guess once you are in the dive industry for as long as I was, almost 26 years, it’s hard to leave something you are so passionate about. I am really excited to be back and most of all, I feel like RAID has put the family back together again.

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Steve Newman (left) and Watson DeVore (right) enjoying a beverage during Divetech's rebreather week, Inner Space 2013


Paul Toomer (former Director of Technical Training for SSI), Mike Wells (former Director of SSI Freediving), Jim Holliday (former CEO of SSI Australasia), Col McKenzie and his team from SSI Australasia and Mark McCrum (former Manager SSI Australasia) are all part of the team at RAID HQ. I working alongside them for years. I am also excited to be working with many of the former SSI distributors, now RAID around the world again.

It has also been great to see the rest of the RAID Executive team assembled. It’s almost like a whose who of the global dive industry. Colleagues include Terry Cummins (ex PADI VP) and James Rogers (ex PADI UK Director), and rebreather expert Paul Haynes. All these guys are committed to making some big changes in the dive industry and it will be wonderful to be part of something so new, yet based on an unbelievable wealth of industry experience.

Having personally co-authored and written more manuals than most people in the dive industry, I know the challenges with getting them right, especially the first time. For example, by the time you print a student manual, the information can be out of date. So with the 100% digital solution that RAID offers across 60 different courses, you will always have the most current information at your fingertips.

I did not make the decision to come on board with RAID lightly. I took a good look at how the programme was put together, and the way it handles quality control is simply unbelievable. The way the skills are taught in the water at the beginner level is not a re-write of old ideas or concepts, but rather a totally new way to teach. I believe this new way will improve the quality of diver training for years to come.

I also saw what RAID has been able to achieve corporately in such a short period of time since their re-launch early this year. Regional offices already in Australia, Asia, Africa, Italy, Korea, Philippines, Middle East, Latin America, UK and now the USA – You have to agree that this is impressive in anyone’s language and a testimony to what this global team is capable of achieving.

And again, one of the main reasons I have chosen to become a part of RAID is the fact that I will be working hand in hand with my longstanding family and friends from around the world."

 

High Profile Diving Educators Join RAID UK

***BREAKING NEWS***BREAKING NEWS*** Overnight training agency RAID has issued the following statement; "RAID UK along with RAID International is excited and very proud to announce two of the most prominent UK diving educators have joined the RAID Team. We welcome Paul Haynes and Charles Hawkes to RAID and as RAID Instructor Trainers.

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Paul Haynes

Paul and Charles need no introduction to the dive world and their respective resumes read like an encyclopaedia of diving. For example, Paul first dived in 1989 while serving as a Royal Marine Commando and quickly developed a passion for sports diving. As Director of Haynes Marine (www.haynesmarine.com), a specialist diving consultancy, with a strong background in sport, occupational and military diving, he is an enormously experienced Technical diver. Known for his North Sea deep shipwreck exploration, amongst his other credentials, Paul holds several rebreather instructor trainer qualifications with BSAC and PSAI. He has worked on many diving expeditions including on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the race to recover the ships bell from H.M.S. Prince of Wales, which was sunk in a depth of 75 meters / 225 feet in the South China Sea during WWII. Consequently Paul is a well sought after international speaker and because of his outstanding reputation within the Technical diving community and interpersonal skills, he will deliver an exceptional level of technical instructor development training for RAID UK and RAID generally.

On the other hand, Charles first started diving in 1976 in Fiji. He became a PADI instructor in 1986 and a PADI Course Director in 1998. He is a DSAT Tec Rec instructor Trainer. He also holds qualifications with DAN, TDI, ANDI, BSAC and IANTD. Charles has extensive dive retail experience, having managed and owned a busy five star IDC centre in Scotland for a number of years before becoming a freelance Course Director. More recently Charles has gained substantial experience working within the offshore and marine training industry, developing various training programmes and training systems including evaluating training techniques to include a variety of survival, marine, medical, radio and firefighting programmes.

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Charles Hawks

Together Paul and Charles are proven people trainers with versatile skills in sales, marketing and communication. They bring unique training techniques to RAID’s growing online training platform and will work closely with RAID UK Directors James Rogers and Paul Toomer in educating divers and instructors to the RAID diver training system. Paul Haynes said; "The highly innovative approach to online learning and documentation management pioneered by RAID, combined with elevated diving standards, low carbon footprint and a comprehensive suite of training programmes offers divers and diving Instructors an exciting and progressively structured personal development path.  As a consequence I am delighted to be asked to join the RAID technical training management team and feel privileged to be part of what I feel is the most exciting development in the sport diving industry for a generation". Charles Hawkes said; “In the world of global training and instruction more and more industries are choosing computer based training systems for their in house and remote training programs. It is refreshing to see the way RAID have collaborated with industry experts to produced their suite of outstanding diver programmes. I’m looking forward to helping them roll out their refreshing ideas and concepts”. RAID International CEO, Jim Holliday, says, “We’re not going to brag about the achievements we’ve made at RAID in such a very short time since our relaunch earlier this year. We just want people to consider us as a serious alternative to other training agencies by taking a look at the quality of instructors, stores and diving personalities that have come on board since our relaunch. These highly creditable dive industry personalities know we have something special and I would like to personally add my congratulations and welcome Paul and Charles to our team”. Visit: www.diveraid.com

 

   

RAID International Hits the UK

RAID International is stepping up for its UK and Maltese members following the appointment of well-known dive industry personality; James Rogers to the position of RAID Distributor for the UK and Malta with responsibility for RAID business development in that region.

Based in Newcastle and London, from 1st June 2014, James has started to work alongside UK based and RAID International Training Director; Paul Toomer and the RAID International Team generally, to promote RAID globally, applying his wealth of expertise and experience to grow and advance the business of diving.

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James Rogers / Photo Credit: Rosemary E Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

James started diving in 1991, with a Bristol based dive centre and joined PADI in 1993. In addition to being an Open Circuit Instructor, James qualified as a SCR Instructor in 1997. He worked extensively with Douglas Nash, former Vice President of Sales and Marketing for PADI UK to grow and advance the UK dive market. He served in various positions at PADI including Distribution Co-ordinator, Sales Consultant, Sales Manager, Director of Sales and Field Services and Director UK Business and as such worked directly with most UK dive centres.

James is also well known internationally. In his near 20 year tenure with PADI, James Rogers was a regular attendee at international functions including all the UK Dive Shows and DEMA.

RAID International Logo_Rosemary E Lunn_Roz Lunn_The Underwater Marketing CompanyRAID already leads the way with the first fully online training platform; however it’s the redesign of the RAID courses alongside the new executive and key staff acquisitions that is truly exciting for the industry. James said: “RAID is utilising best practises of diver education and delivers a full range of diver training courses in ways never seen before. Simply put, it’s a “must” explore situation for all Dive Centres. Remember RAID speaks to non-divers as only a purely B2C online business model can, and allows its Members to train divers professionally whilst strengthening, not weakening, the dive training experience”.

RAID has the philosophy to build its international and local teams with experience staff that know the business on the ground. So RAID executive now consist of individuals like James who have a wealth of industry understanding and personal energy to serve RAID customers and continue to improve the industry for everyone’s benefit.

Watch this space, more RAID news to follow soon. Remember, change is essential. Be unafRAID

Paul Toomer Joins RAID International

It is with immense pleasure that RAID (Rebreather Association International Divers) announces the appointment of Paul V Toomer as Director of Diver Training. Paul is a force of nature in the diving world and his unique approach is legendary. It is no surprise that since he became a Pro in 1997 Paul has reached the pinnacle of two of the World’s leading diver training agencies; teaching divers, instructors and instructor trainers.

Paul turned tech in 2000. After a decade of teaching rebreather and technical courses, he was headhunted by Scuba Schools International, where he worked with some great people as SSI’s Director of Training.

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RAID's new Director of Training; Paul V Toomer
Photo courtesy of Jason Brown - BARDOPhotographic.com

“I had an incredible time at SSI and I wish them well with the new merger”, stated Paul Toomer.“I just want to do something different and I relish challenges. Joining RAID is hugely exciting because we have so much potential. We are looking outside the diving industry to source ideas on how to kick it up a level. I have just read an article in a surf publication and found it inspirational. The magazine piece discussed how the ‘suits’ (big business) had sucked the life out of the sport and the way the ‘salts’ (the surfers) were trying to regain control. The parallel with the diving industry is striking. People would rather not pay to be lectured to; they pay to have fun. I see RAID as the vehicle to do this through its comprehensive online training system. Divers want 'state of the art' training where they have total control through a transparent online system, at whatever time or location is convenient for them.

Divers training with RAID (www.diveraid.com) benefit from the most advanced online system in the World. RAID quickly adapts to new developments and diver requirements creating programmes for the latest innovations in equipment, such as the Poseidon SE7EN rebreather. The agency has some of the most advanced training and proactive QA systems I have ever seen. I am impressed by founder Barry Coleman and the exciting techniques he has developed for training divers, both in and out of the water. RAID has a future like no other.

A good friend of mine once said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”. I believe RAID provides the solid base for the excitement and adventure to grow in diving. It is the ideal vehicle to bring the ‘rock and roll’ back into our incredible sport.”

Barry Coleman, founder of RAID stated, “I am excited to have Paul on board as a major stakeholder. His enthusiasm and adventurous nature coupled with a solid business head is needed by our sport. Ironically in its attempt to be more ‘professional’, diving seems have moved away from the free spirit that defined it. Paul has always refused to be constrained by diving ‘suits’.

Paul views life as one big adventure. It is obvious to anyone who meets him that he eats, sleeps and breathes diving. But you can also see that he never forgets his professional attitude to training divers. When you combine this ethos with a relevant knowledge base, plus an understanding of the modern business environment, you have the personification of what is needed to drag the dive industry kicking and screaming into the 21st century.”