Scuba Diving Education & Training

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Jim Holliday Appointed As CEO Of RAID International


Jim Holliday has been appointed as the new CEO of dive training agency RAID International, the company announced this week. Holliday will also serve as CEO of RAID’s South Pacific Office. Additionally, he joins fellow members of the RAID International Board of Directors, including RAID Founder Barry Coleman and RAID International Training Director Paul Toomer. […]

RAID Launches New ‘Explorer 30′ Specialty Diver Course


Diver training agency RAID International has launched a new specialty diver course developed to bridge the gap between traditional open-water programs and more advanced programs. The Explorer 30 specialty, conceived to be an easy next step from the RAID Open Water 20 diver course, has minimal theory — all online — and a focus on […]

RAID International Revamps Entry-Level Diver Course


Diver training agency RAID International has launched an updated, entry-level Open Water Course, the company announced recently. According to RAID International Training Director Paul Toomer: “Divers are going to find this new and improved RAID entry-level course absolutely awesome. This has been a great team effort with every one of our highly experienced RAID executives […]

New FitDiver Magazine Makes Its Debut


ScubaFit founder Gretchen Ashton has debuted FitDiver Magazine, a new quarterly publication that features workouts and exercises for people who participate in watersport activities and travel to dive destinations. The debut edition is available for free online. The special edition, “Training for Palau,” is found in the Water Sports and Fitness newsstand categories. Beginning with […]

Third Edition Of ‘Best Dive Job’ Contest To Launch Soon


The third edition of “The Best Dive Job In The World” contest will launch in the coming days, according to contest organizer and Indonesia-based dive outfit Blue Season Bali. The lucky winner will get to train for free to become a PADI-certified dive instructor on the island of Bali. As Blue Season Bali says in […]

James Rogers Joins RAID International

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Diver training agency RAID International recently announced that James Rogers has been appointed to the position of Distributor for the U.K. and Malta with responsibility for RAID business development in that region. Beginning on June 1 and based in Newcastle and London, Rogers has started to work alongside U.K.-based and RAID International Training Director Paul […]

PSI-PCI, Discovery Diving Announce New Veterans’ Training Program


Professional Scuba Inspectors/Professional Cylinder Inspectors (PSI-PCI) and Discovery Diving Co. have announced a partnership to conduct training programs for military veterans. Under the partnership, PSI-PCI will provide its Visual Cylinder Technician program. “Teaching baby bubblers the basics of cylinder safety is important. Cylinder safety is everyone’s business,” explains PSI-PCI owner Mark Gresham in a press […]

Mares/Head Finalizes Agreement To Acquire SSI

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As first reported last week by, Mares/Head announced today the finalization of an agreement to acquire Scuba Schools International, effective January 1, 2014. As the two companies said in a statement released this week: In recent years, SSI has become one of the fastest growing training agencies in the world. Dive Centers and Resorts […]