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RAID invites divers to reboot their SCUBA skills



Even the most experienced diver knows that “Scuba skills are perishable:” so, if you haven’t been diving for a while, it’s probably time for a REBOOT. RAID’s new program is there to help certified divers who have been unable to dive for a while, refresh their knowledge and bring their in-water skills back to the level needed to be safe, comfortable, and competent once again.

Explaining the new on-line course, VP Training, PJ Prinsloo said: “Scuba Reboot was the missing piece of RAID’s program. Our instructors were telling us that Scuba Reboot would be a terrific addition filling an obvious need right now with so many divers finally getting an opportunity to go diving after what’s been a longer than usual break <between seasons>.”

And Prinsloo added that Scuba Reboot has a couple of additional benefits for divers and RAID’s teaching professions.

“Of course, the primary audience for a reboot is our RAID students, but this course also works for ANY diver who is curious to find out what diving The RAID Way™ is all about. The course is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase what makes our way of teaching and our agency’s approach to dive planning and execution a little different.”

He added that as a one-day condensed refresher, RAID instructors can also use the Scuba Reboot program to assess the skill level and in-water comfort of candidates for RAID ConED programs.

“An instructor who is unfamiliar with a student’s abilities can use this new program as a structured one-day review to be sure that they are ready to take on an advanced RAID program, and that they will get the maximum value from it.”

Every student taking this course must be a certified Cadet Diver, Junior Open Water 20 Diver or Open Water 20 Diver or equivalent from a sister agency. (Minimum age to join this course is 10 years old — with parent or guardian’s permission and with modifications to instructor-student ratios.)

The course includes a comprehensive revision of academic knowledge, and at least one confined water or pool session working on basic skills. An additional open water dive is optional.

After successfully completing the Scuba Reboot program, divers earn a Scuba Reboot e-card to record the completion of their update program.

Contact your local RAID Dive Centre for more details. Current RAID professionals should contact their local Regional Office for the full course standards.

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Palaemon Divers shortlisted for top Business Award



North West-based Dive Centre, Palaemon Divers, has been shortlisted for Leisure and Tourism Start Up of the Year with Start Up Awards 2023.

Palaemon Divers is delighted to be named a finalist in the Awards which celebrate Start Up Businesses and what they have brought to the economy within three years of their launch.

Palaemon Divers was started by Leanne Clowes in the midst of COVID lockdowns. Leanne walked out of her well paid corporate sales job with no savings after a redundancy in a previous role and spending the majority of the year before COVID to follow the dream! After the redundancy and COVID, life struck just a little differently and the pull to become a full-time dive instructor became impossible to ignore!

So with that… notice was handed in, no savings, nothing physical to start being a full time dive instructor other than personal kit at the time – oh and the fact, Leanne was actually an Assistant Instructor at the time and hadn’t attended the instruction exam at that point as there had been none going on through COVID obviously!

However, the first Instructor Exam that was happening out of COVID was booked onto – no pressure at all with no full time job, no money as a back up, mortgage and bills to pay…

Leanne started freelancing as an instructor in the North West using various outdoor locations for training, and the business snowballed and quickly gained its first physical dive centre in January 2022 along with finding their own private in-water training facility at Princes Dock in Liverpool. Since then, 100s of new people from Liverpool and further afield have been introduced to the amazing sport of scuba, and experienced the abundant life under the surface of the dock itself.

In a time of no travel to outside your area or abroad, Palaemon Divers found something new and exciting to introduce the city of Liverpool to those who spend five days a week in the office looking down at the dock and not really being able to appreciate what the dock actually means to Liverpool!

It became apparent during 2022, that although Liverpool was fantastic, more growth was on the cards which came in the form of a second location, Palaemon Divers – Warrington. The second dive centre is an ex micro brewery in Warrington with a central location close to the M6, M62 and M56, spread over two floors which includes a classroom, workshop, compressor and a floor dedicated to retail.

The efforts in building this business have not gone unnoticed with the shortlist for Startup Awards, and also another shortlist which will be announced in the next month.

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Gear Review: Quilted Polar Hat from Otter Watersports (Watch Video)



In a video shot exclusively for, Jeff Goodman reviews the Quilted Polar Hat from leading drysuit manufacturer Otter Watersports.

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