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RAID Launches First Freediving Continuing Education Program

RAID, in conjunction with World Series Freediving (WSF), today launched the first all-digital freediving continuing education program at DEMA Show 2014 in Las Vegas.

Freediving instructor Mike Wells has teamed up with RAID as their International Director of Freediving.

“At RAID we are the first to come up with a truly comprehensive, fully documented online continuing education program for freediving,” Wells said. “Furthermore, the RAID Freediving program is directly linked to WSF and that in itself is something very awesome.”

Seven years ago, RAID CEO Jim Holliday teamed with Wells to develop with SSI’s freediving program.

“Back then, freediving needed validation from the wider diving community,” Wells said. “The challenge was to present a program that appealed to a broad adventure market world-wide. So I approached my long term friend Jim Holliday, who was CEO of SSI Australia at that time to gain his support to produce a program for SSI globally. More recently I approached Jim again with an even more ambitious freediving program for RAID.”

Together again under the RAID banner, Wells, Holliday and their respective teams have developed a revolutionary freediving program that has just taken the dive world by storm, presenting freediving as mass market adventure sport that will inadvertently form an opportunity for the world’s leading diving equipment manufactures to develop dedicated freediving lines to feed a new level of demand.

Wells says: “The program is entirely digital – the first such freediving program in the world. Secondly it is a whole new way to teach freediving; doing away with nonessential skills, the myths of old school freediving and stripping away the unnecessary romantisizing of freediving. We therefore have created a new program that fits a modern digital age and the modern tech savvy adventurer. This in turn creates a better learning experience and ultimately attracts far more people and produces far better freedivers”

RAID International Director of Business and Marketing Terry Cummins added: “With RAID we are developing a totally new global freediving community – no bubbles in sight, with its own modern and separate website that will however uniquely link the entire RAID global tribe of back gas divers and freedivers.”

Wells added: “This is just the beginning. We are going to blow your mind with what is coming next. We are also thinking of our many friends out there. For example, if you are an SSI Freediving Instructor you already understand the fundamentals of what we teach, so you can automatically get your RAID / WSF rating for a very small fee, including your first year’s membership free and several other immediate benefits. Also if you are a SSI Freedive Instructor crossing over to RAID will be a seamless exercise. We are of course looking for freedivers of all levels from other agencies joining us as well. I hope you will join me, we can have some fun together and really take freediving to the next level. Please come and visit me personally in the Philippines – we need some stars for our video we are shooting for the next freediving release early in the New Year.”

RAID International Freediving Education Teaser

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.