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Cave Diving Experts Jill Heinerth and Steve Lewis Join RAID

Diver training agency RAID has just announced some exciting news for their Cave Diving technical program with the addition of Cave Diving experts Steve Lewis and Jill Heinerth coming on board to produce the state of the art cavern and cave programs.

Steve Lewis is a technical diving instructor trainer, prolific author, and an adventure travel, marketing, and training consultant for various clients in the public and private sectors. He is an avid cave diver, but also has a particular interest in WWII shipwrecks. Lewis was elected to The Explorers Club in May 2005 for his exploration of deep wrecks in North America’s Great Lakes, and is a member of the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS). He is also a recipient of the Sheck Exley International Safety Award. He has been a member of several expeditions, and in 2007 led a team that assessed the Bell Island iron ore mine for “condition, safety and feasibility” of future research.

Jill Heinherth is a pioneering underwater explorer and filmmaker.  Her photography and writing have been featured in prominent publications around the world. In recognition of her lifetime achievement, Jill was awarded the inaugural Medal for Exploration by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and was appointed as their first Explorer in Residence. Recognizing a lifetime devoted to water advocacy, Jill was also awarded the Wyland Icon and Sea Hero of the Year awards. Jill is a motivational speaker, prolific author of numerous books on technical diving and pioneer in the field of technical rebreather and cave diving. She founded to spread water literacy and information that helps people to become better stewards of our water resources.

RAID Training Director Paul Toomer had this to say:

“I cannot believe that RAID has attracted two of the most influential divers in the world today. I have been friends with Steve and Jill for quite a few years but I could only dream of being able to entice two instructors of this caliber to our ‘little’ agency. I think the cave world will be stunned by what Steve and Jill are producing. The program promises to be extremely cutting edge and forward thinking. Steve, Jill and RAID are planning a full range of periphery materials like videos, cue cards, slates etc., and also a full range of marketing materials. Just 10 years ago I was watching Steve and Jill dive and teach cave and now here we are working together. All I can say is, get ready for some serious cave action.”

The RAID cavern and cave programs are scheduled for release in December 2016/January 2017.

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Stephan Whelan
Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans. In 1996 he set up and has grown the site to be the most popular diving website and community in the world.


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