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RAID DEMA Seminars Include Expansion of Offerings and New Adaptive Program – ‘RAIDaptive’



RAID North America President Watson DeVore announced two seminars during the upcoming DEMA conference. In the first seminar, RAID International’s Director of Training, Paul Toomer will present “Why Choose RAID?” to showcase the breadth of programs and courses in a 100% online system.

“We are proud of our courses and our industry-leading method of delivery via computer or smartphone.  Whether you are teaching recreational scuba, technical diving, any rebreather model, or freediving, RAID has robust training material that matches the standards of industry to the aspirations of our customers,” remarked Toomer.  Toomer will be presenting on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 11:00 am local time.

In the other seminar, RAID will also be introducing their new program to bring adaptive training into its training offerings to serve the disabled diving community. Called RAIDaptive, it will include standards that blend safety and inclusion.

“This has been a goal of ours for some time, and with the help of new partners with experience in this field we are able to now make this a part of our training agency offerings,” explained DeVore.  “It not only includes future divers, but also a way for instructors to use our program to offer adaptive training, whether they are RAID certified or through another agency.  Our goal was to make this process more accessible to the dive industry as a whole in hopes to expand the universe of instructors who can train adaptive divers.”

“I am so happy to be here as part of RAID and the launch of RAIDaptive instantly makes this program accessible to all instructors internationally, regardless of agency,” said Executive Vice President Barbara Thompson, who will present the RAIDaptive program on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 11:00 am local time.

To learn more and meet RAID members first hand go to Booth # 3283.

RAID is a culmination of worldwide SCUBA diving and training experience and skill development combined and presented with today’s latest technology, considered one of the most comprehensive e-learning programs in the world.  Learn more at


Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy



According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!



As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on

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