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RAID Opens China Office with Strong Local Leadership

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RAID International have announced the opening of their China Office under the leadership of Edmund Yiu and Andreas (Andy) Baumgaertner.

Making the announcement, RAID Founder Barry Coleman said: “The RAID China office will administer RAID’s affairs in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Both Edmund and Andy are also Directors of Ocean Dimensions Limited, a company that has extensive knowledge of the region developed over several years. They know what it takes to develop and maintain a successful business, so we at RAID International could not be happier than to bring these extremely experienced industry personalities into the RAID global family.”

Born in Hong Kong, Edmund has over 17 years of recreational and technical diving experience with more than 3,000 logged dives conducted throughout various locations around the world. Through his wealth of experience, Edmund hopes to share his passion and experiences through RAID with new and established divers and dive centres so that they can enjoy quality dive training and profitable business growth with RAID whilst ensuring the development of the right attitude to the underwater environment and its conservation.

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Edmund Yiu

Edmund has achieved numerous Instructor / Instructor Trainer ratings from several diver training agencies and is currently certified as a RAID Open Circuit (OC) Instructor Trainer, RAID Deco 50 OC/CCR Instructor, RAID Sidemount Instructor, PADI Master Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer, PADI Tec Trimix Instructor, PADI Tec Sidemount Instructor, PADI Tec CCR Instructor, IANTD Normoxic Trimix Technical Instructor, to name just a few of his diverse qualifications in his never ending quest for personal development.

Andy has been an avid diver for the past 20 years and has been highly active as a professional scuba Instructor for the last 7. Born in Germany, he moved to Hong Kong in 2002, which gave his diving career a huge push with him completing Trimix and Wreck certifications with IANTD. In 2012, he broadened his diving horizons further, utilizing the KISS CCR, the Poseidon MKVI CCR and more recently by becoming one of the first Hollis Explorer Sport Rebreather divers in China. Andy also holds instructor qualifications for OC and CCR recreational and technical diving with PADI and of course RAID. Through his continuous drive for quality, Andy will bring a great amount of experience and knowledge to RAID.

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Andreas (Andy) Baumgaertner

In a joint statement Edmund and Andy said: “We cannot express more the tremendous excitement we share by joining the RAID Global Team. RAID China will bring to RAID strong administration skills, local experience and representation, of course the translation of the RAID materials and together with our RAID offices in Asia and Korea, be able to provide RAID Trainers and Examiners for both OC and CCR throughout the entire area.”

RAID Business and Marketing Director Terry Cummins welcomed the announcement and said: “The establishment of our China Regional Office is just another example of RAID’s impressive global expansion since our re-launch in 2014. RAID is truly a quality alternative to other training systems out there as evidenced by the quality of professionals we are attracting to RAID like Edmund and Andy from all over the world. Existing dive professionals and divers anywhere with a desire to come on board and join this exciting journey with us, that is, interested in becoming a RAIDer, should contact their local, full service, RAID Regional Office in Australia, Asia, China, Italy, Korea, Latin America, Middle East, Philippines, South Africa, UK/Malta or the USA.”

RAID Training Director Paul Toomer said: “The establishment of RAID China is an awesome development. I am absolutely thrilled! It fills yet another part of the globe where RAID is emerging as the training agency of choice of diving professionals unafRAID to take a serious look at us. We will be announcing RAID Crossovers in the China region and training for dive professionals at all levels in the near future along with the RAID Global Training Calendar for the remainder of 2015.”

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

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Win copies of Action Camera Underwater Video Basics, a Paralenz Vaquita and more!

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Dived Up Publications, Paralenz and Scubaverse have come together to celebrate the October 2021 release of Scubaverse Editor-at-Large Jeff Goodman’s Action Camera Underwater Video Basics: The Essential Guide to Making Underwater Films.

Share better underwater videos with Jeff’s book and Paralenz Vaquita.

Win a copy of Jeff’s new book, as well as a selection of other great prizes including a Paralenz Vaquita camera, rash guard and water bottles, in the free to enter prize draw.

1st Prize

  • 1x Paralenz Vaquita (RRP £659)
  • 1x Action Camera Underwater Video Basics (RRP £20)

2nd Prize

  • 1 x Paralenz rash guard (RRP £59)
  • 1x Action Camera Underwater Video Basics

3rd Prize (5 available)

  • 1x Action Camera Underwater Video Basics
  • 1x Paralenz water bottle (RRP £8)

4th Prize (3 available)

  • 1x Action Camera Underwater Video Basics

Enter now for free at www.DivedUp.com/prize-draw

No purchase necessary. Internet access and email address required. Winners will be chosen at random. No cash or alternative prizes offered. Open to over-18s only. Other exclusions apply. Closing date 23 November 2021. Draw will be made within 7 days of closing. Winners will be notified by email. See website to enter, for full prize details and terms and conditions.

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Fiji’s borders to reopen on December 1st 2021

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The island paradise of Fiji will be open to visitors once again starting this December. After nearly two years of being closed to the outside world, Fiji is ready to safely welcome its travelers back. The 333 islands are as beautiful as ever, brimming with idyllic turquoise waters, soft white sand beaches, and the vibrant “Bula Spirit” for which Fiji is known.

“It’s been almost two years since we welcomed international visitors. And in these two years, we’ve struggled, we’ve adapted, and we’ve prepared,” said Hon. Faiyaz Koya, Minister for Tourism.

“Today, our national airline is ready, our hotels and tour providers are ready, and Fijians are ready to safely welcome the world back. We are ready to let happiness find you again.”

Fiji will still have entry requirements in place to ensure the utmost safety of both visitors and locals. These include being a fully vaccinated traveler from a “Travel Partner” country such as Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Qatar, Germany, Spain, France, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Japan and most Pacific Island Countries and Territories.

Travelers from these countries will need to provide a negative PCR test taken less than 3 days prior to departure from home country and fulfil any obligation to take an additional test prior to returning back home, based on individual home country requirements. Unvaccinated children under the age of 18 will be able to travel to Fiji accompanied by a vaccinated adult. Travel insurance is, as always, highly recommended. For more information on country-specific travel requirements, please visit www.fiji.travel.

“We are ecstatic that Fiji will open its borders to international visitors before the end of the year,” says Tourism Fiji CEO Brent Hill.

“This is the moment we have been planning for nearly two years now and I can assure the world that Fiji is safe and ready to welcome you back. The islands are just as beautiful – if not more beautiful – than ever and the locals just as warm and friendly. Fiji is the vacation the world needs and deserves right now, and we can finally offer that again starting December.”

Tourism Fiji have been preparing for this moment. Travellers can book and travel in confidence with the Care Fiji Commitment, where they can stay in certified resorts, use certified transportation and experiences, and be assured that all tourism businesses they come in to contact with have a 100% vaccinated staff. Tourism Fiji started working on this programme when the pandemic first arrived in Fiji. Now they have over 206 CFC approved businesses, and over 320 nominated Wellness Ambassadors across Fiji.

Travellers can reserve their flights now at www.fijiairways.com. Check out diving and resort packages at Fiji’s leading Volivoli Beach Resort

Find out more about visiting Fiji at www.fiji.travel.

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Our special, extended, 14 night charter of MV Carpe Diem in the Maldives will visit some of our favourite sites in the central and near-south atolls. We will be spending 14 nights on-board, specifically because we want to travel and have time to enjoy the sites without rushing too much.

The boat will depart from Male on Saturday 23rd October and guests will disembark on Saturday 06th November. The route will incorporate our favourite manta points, shark diving points and spectacular coral reefs.

 

Please contact us for last minute prices on 01473921888 or email us at info@greatescapesdivingholidays.com

 

 

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