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RAID International have announced that PADI’s former Director of UK Business, James Rogers, has joined the organisation as its distributor in the UK and Malta.

Here’s the official press release:

James Rogers

RAID International is stepping up for its UK and Maltese members following the appointment of well-known dive industry personality James Rogers to the position of RAID Distributor for the UK and Malta with responsibility for RAID business development in that region.

James, who is based in Newcastle and London, has been working alongside UK based RAID International Training Director Paul Toomer and the rest of the RAID International team since the 1st June to promote RAID globally, applying his wealth of expertise and experience to grow and advance the business of diving.

James started diving in 1991 with a Bristol based dive centre and joined PADI in 1993. In addition to being an Open Circuit Instructor, James qualified as an SCR Instructor in 1997. He worked extensively with Douglas Nash, former Vice President of Sales and Marketing for PADI UK, to grow and advance the UK dive market. He served in various positions at PADI including Distribution Co-ordinator, Sales Consultant, Sales Manager, Director of Sales and Field Services, and Director of UK Business, working directly with most UK dive centres. 

James is also well known internationally. In his near 20 year tenure with PADI, he has been a regular attendee at international functions including all the UK Dive Shows and DEMA.

RAID already leads the way with the first fully online training platform; however it’s the redesign of the RAID courses alongside the new executive and key staff acquisitions that is truly exciting for the industry. James said: “RAID is utilising best practises of diver education and delivers a full range of diver training courses in ways never seen before. Simply put, it’s a “must” explore situation for all Dive Centres. Remember RAID speaks to non-divers as only a purely B2C online business model can, and allows its members to train divers professionally whilst strengthening, not weakening, the dive training experience”.

RAID has the philosophy to build its international and local teams with experienced staff that know the business on the ground. The RAID team now consists of individuals like James who have a wealth of industry understanding and personal energy to serve RAID customers and continue to improve the industry for everyone’s benefit.

Watch this space, more RAID news to follow soon. Remember, change is essential. Be unafRAID.

For more information about RAID International, visit www.diveraid.com.

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Join us in supporting Dive Project Cornwall Crowdfunder Project

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Do you have a moment to help protect our oceans?

We’re on a mission and have partnered with DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL to help protect our oceans for future generations to cherish and enjoy.

DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL is a unique EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE initiative, reaching over 3,000 schools with their Ocean Education Programme, inspiring the next generation to protect our oceans for everyone to cherish and enjoy.

At the heart of the project is a competition for 400 lucky teenagers to win the EXPERIENCE of a lifetime. They will take the learning from the classroom straight to the shores of Porthkerris on a 6-day, life changing trip where they will learn to scuba dive and be taught the importance of marine conservation. They will become ‘Ocean Influencers’ for the future.

DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL needs our help.

Can you join us with a gift to DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL?

Whether it’s £5 or £50, a gift from you to the DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL Crowdfunder Project will help their vision of protecting our oceans through the innovative experience designed for school children.

Will you join us and pledge to support 400 lucky teenagers learn from and EXPERIENCE the ocean like never before and give them an EDUCATION they can use to inspire others, not forgetting the memories that will last a lifetime?

For more information, you can read the DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL story HERE.

Help us create the next generation of Ocean Influencers with a donation to DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL and ensure our oceans (and planet) are protected for the future.

WWW.CROWDFUNDER.CO.UK/P/DIVE-PROJECT-CORNWALL

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Spring jellyfish blooms bring turtles to UK shores

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Marine Conservation Society’s wildlife sightings project asks beachgoers to share their discoveries and contribute to research

The Marine Conservation Society’s long-running wildlife sightings project focuses on two key species which arrive on UK shores: jellyfish and, as a result, turtles. Both species are vital in supporting ocean biodiversity and are indicators of climate change while being at risk from its impacts.

The charity is asking beach and seagoers to share when they spot either of these marine animals to support ongoing research.

During spring and summer, jellyfish arrive in the UK’s warming waters to feed on plankton blooms or, in fact, anything small enough to get caught. To that extent, jellyfish feed not only on plankton, but also the array of eggs and larvae of fish, crustaceans, starfish and molluscs which rely on plankton as a stage of reproduction.

With healthy fish stocks and rich biodiversity, jellyfish quickly become part of an effective food chain. Everything from tuna to turtles will feed on jellyfish of various sizes, so the population is well controlled. Supported by a rich and diverse ocean ecosystem, jellyfish link the microscopic world of plankton to larger marine animals and the ocean around them.

Jellyfish are especially appealing for marine turtles. Six of the world’s seven marine turtle species have been spotted in UK seas as a result of jellyfish blooms in spring and summer.

The largest sea turtle, and the most common in UK seas, is the leatherback which has a ‘vulnerable’ conservation status. Reporting sightings of these incredible creatures will support the Marine Conservation Society and others in understanding their movements, potential threats and how to better protect them.

Amy Pilsbury, Citizen Science Project Lead at the Marine Conservation Society, said:“For more than 17 years, beachgoers across the UK have been contributing to scientific research by sharing their wildlife sightings with us. It’s a key part of our work and plays a vital role in better understanding and protecting our ocean.”

In 2014, with partners from the University of Exeter, the Marine Conservation Society published the first paper from the survey data, confirming key information about UK jellyfish and including the first distribution maps of the surveyed species.

Since the 2014 paper, the wildlife sightings project has recorded notable events such as massive and extensive annual blooms of barrel jellyfish and several summers of Portuguese Man o’ War mass strandings.

The charity continues to run its wildlife sightings project to see what happens to the distribution and frequency of mass jellyfish blooms over time. The data will help to explore any links jellyfish blooms have with big-picture factors such as climate change.

Jellyfish can be spotted year-round in UK seas, but larger blooms are more likely to appear in spring, lasting through until autumn. Jellyfish sighting records from 2021 suggest that compass jellyfish are the most common around UK shores, making up 36% of reported sightings.

Jellyfish species Percentage of sightings reported
Compass jellyfish 36%
Moon jellyfish 17%
Lion’s mane jellyfish 15%
Barrel jellyfish 14%
Blue jellyfish 9%
Portuguese Man o’ War 6%
Mauve stinger 2%
By the wind sailor 1%

For more information on how to identify jellyfish and turtles, and to report a sighting, please visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website.

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