Saturday, July 13, 2024

Paul Toomer Takes On New Role At RAID


Dive RAID International President Paul Toomer announced this week that is stepping aside to take up new duties as vide president of product development and member relations.

In this new role, Toomer will work with PJ Prinsloo to develop new courses and update the more than 120 programs the agency currently offers.

Paul Toomer and his family (Image credit: Dive RAID International)
Paul Toomer and his family (Image credit: Dive RAID International)

Toomer will also head up the new Training Advisory Group (TAG) at RAID. This group has been set up to give professional advice to RAID’s executives while helping to keep standards current and new courses relevant in the recreational scuba, freediving, technical scuba and rebreather markets.

According to Toomer:

“Prior to taking on the president’s job, under the previous company ownership, I thrived as Director Diver Training. It was a job I loved, and I am very happy to think that I’ll be involved once more in Training Department business. As the agency has expanded its reach during the past 12 months, keeping up with the daily demands of our membership worldwide has more than doubled because our network of dive centres and professionals has grown. And so, I’m excited that this new position means I’ll be able to share some of that workload, and keep the level of customer service among the highest in the industry.”

He added:

“Under the new management team, RAID is more stable now than it’s ever been. And on a personal note, as the company moves forward in 2023, I will be able to spend more time with my family, and on personal projects without negatively affecting its continued growth. This is a perfect balance for me and for RAID.”

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.