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RAID Announce Hollis Explorer Rebreather Specialty



RAID logo 2Diver training agency RAID has announced the release of its Hollis Explorer Rebreather Specialty. Like all RAID rebreather programs, the materials include specific materials dedicated to the Hollis Explorer.

Much like the Hollis Explorer being a unique rebreather, so is the RAID program. Divers are introduced to the benefits of the Hollis eSCR (Electronic Semi Closed Rebreather) system via a bespoke, specific academic manual. In addition to this there are specific Confined and Open Water manuals outlining specific safety skills needed to operate the Hollis Explorer safely. There is nothing generic about this program; it is all about this one rebreather.

Instructors can now conduct the RAID Hollis Explorer program for those who have never dived before as well as experienced divers.

RAID worked hand in hand with Hollis to make the training agency’s Hollis Explorer Rebreather Specialty a reality.

Nick Hollis, CEO for AUP (American Underwater Products – Hollis/Oceanic) had this to say about the release of the program: “Hollis International is thrilled that RAID has designed a program as unique as the rebreather itself. Well done to all those involved at RAID.”

Edd Stockdale, the primary author of the program, was equally as excited: “The release of the new RAID Hollis Explorer Program is exciting, especially as it is the first course with material designed specifically for the eSCR. It has been a challenging six months developing not only the student manuals but all the other material for the course, both instructor level material and exams. I am extremely happy to see the program launched and look forward to developing both divers and instructors on this unit. A combination of RAID’s leading online education system crossed with unit dedicated course structure offers students the best program available to become a Hollis Explorer diver.”

The process for becoming an instructor is relatively simple. Existing RAID instructors need to complete the diver program and then gain 50 hours of experience on the unit before attending an Instructor program with a RAID Hollis Explorer Instructor Trainer.

Contact your RAID Regional Office now for further details:

Watch a video of Edd Stockdale talking about RAID’s new Hollis Explorer Rebreather Specialty:

Marine Life & Conservation

Jeff chats to… Rowen Hemsley-Harding, third place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Rowen Hemsley-Harding, third place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Rowan’s film – Ocean Art and Facts – can be seen here:

Fourth in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.

For more information please visit:

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NUPG Lockdown Best of…



Usually the January NUPG meeting involves a guest judge coming to Manchester to talk through the very best images members had taken in the previous 12 months. However, this year, due to COVID19 restriction many of the members had not had the chance to dive. The NUPG committee decided to change the rules a little. So this year members judged a series of Best of the Century images online and were also invited to take part in a lockdown underwater bath tub category.

There were five categories for members to enter. Here are the winners of each…

British and Irish Close Up

Octopus in St Abbs Marine Reserve by Mike Clark

British and Irish Wide Angle

A Basking Shark off the coast of Cornwall by Nick Robertson-Brown

Overseas Close Up

A squid at night in the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia by Ken Byrne

Overseas Wide Angle

Hammerhead Sharks in the Red Sea by Justin Beevor

Under Bath Water

Lockdown fun in the tub by Caroline Robertson-Brown

The next NUPG meeting will be held on Monday 8th February and the guest speaker is John Bantin.

For more information on the NUPG please visit their website by clicking here.

Header image: Lionfish hunting in the Red Sea by John Spencer

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