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RAID Releases New Basic Wreck Course

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RAID International has announced the release of the first in their new series of wreck diving courses; the RAID Basic Wreck Course. On making the announcement RAID International Director Terry Cummins said: “We at RAID believe this is the most diver responsive wreck program ever released. Many divers feel wreck diving is a super advanced form of diving, when in reality it does not have to be that way. In the RAID Basic Wreck Course we acknowledge some divers just want to go down and look around the wreck site and may never want to penetrate the inside, or in other cases the wreck is just not suitable for penetration with artefacts spread across the bottom. Unfortunately, this means that many other courses do not deliver the sort of relevant information these divers need to enjoy such a dive. So what we have with the RAID Basic Wreck Course is a program that responds to 80 percent of wreck dives the average diver will do – all very none technical, in shallower depths, but at the same time extremely informative and enjoyable. And of course, like all RAID Courses, all the academic section of the course is online.”

The RAID Basic Wreck Course brought together keen and experienced wreck diving enthusiasts like Paul Toomer, Mark McCrum and Karl Grady. Well known wreck researcher Joane Edney assisted with ground breaking sections on wreck conservation and preservation. Cummins himself has a long history in wreck diving, is an OZTeK and other awards recipient and has personally developed the RAID 10 Point Guide to Wreck Diving which is a great guide to how all divers should approach wreck sites. Cummins added: “As the primary author, I was lucky enough and honoured to have a tremendous team working with me to cover not only the practical side of basic wreck diving, but also experts like Joane Edney to cover important issues like wreck conservation and preservation that just don’t appear in other wreck courses. The result is a program with information found no other place.”

RAID International Training Director Paul Toomer said: “We conducted a Beta Test on the new RAID Wreck Diver programs and Deep 40 Course in the UK and were super impressed with the input we received. The RAID wreck diver programs are unique in the diving industry. For the first time there are state of the art programs enabling divers to engage in wreck diving in a manner that suits their own desires. These programs have been designed, written and reviewed by some of the world’s leading wreck explorers. They are highly informative and go way beyond the scope of any other recreational wreck programs available on the market today”.

When asked why he thought the new breed of RAID wreck diver courses were so special, Toomer replied: “Divers can choose to swim safely, photograph and map wrecks from the outside on our RAID Basic Wreck Diver Program or take things to a whole new level with the soon to be released RAID Advanced Wreck Diver Program.”

RAID International Recreational Training Director Mark McCrum said: “the Basic Wreck Course covers general information about wreck diving, but also goes into specific detail on equipment required and various gear configurations, dive management and open water considerations.” McCrum concluded: “At RAID we are proud to have created a wreck diver program that has cutting edge ideas, sensible practical training and seamless integration to our other RAID programs. It is a great addition to the RAID extensive list of courses.”

RAID International CEO Jim Holliday added: “What the RAID Team has produced with this course is ground breaking. For a long time I have been hearing that many divers just want to go down and look at a wreck, tick the box as it were and do not want to do a whole lot of extra training to make their way inside when that may never be their intention.”

One of the key features is the program allows Open Water 20 divers to take the course. Knowledge and dive credits dovetail into the new RAID Advanced Wreck Course, also due for release this month. Cummins stated: “You will have to wait for what we have in store for you with the Advanced Wreck Course, but I must say that one is awesome and again brought together some of the most experienced wreck and overhead environment diving educators available.”

To learn more contact your local RAID Regional Office or find all the information you need on all RAID programs at www.diveraid.com and www.freedivingraid.com.

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Jeff chats to… Ana Filipa Sobral, Founder of The Manta Catalog Project in the Azores (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Ana Filipa Sobral, Founder and Project Leader of The Manta Catalog Project in the Azores.

Ana Filipa Sobral is a marine biologist and conservationist based in the Azores Islands. She moved to the Azores in 2011 and once there, realised that this was one of the few places in the world where Sicklefin Devil Rays (Mobula tarapacana) gather in large groups, making it a strategic place to study them. She started the The Manta Catalog Project and through this project, collects photo ID and occurrence data on Mobulid Rays, with the precious help of divers and dive operators as citizen scientists.

Ana is also finishing her PhD which focuses on population genetics and connectivity of migratory elasmobranchs in oceanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The main goal fueling my research has been to help fill the knowledge gaps on elasmobranch biology and ecology to ultimately assist in the design of effective conservation and management plans aimed at protecting their populations in this remote region of the North Atlantic Ocean.

You can find out more about Ana’s important work at: https://mantacatalogazores.wixsite.com/mobulaid/project.


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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Dive Holiday Deals from Diverse Travel

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Planning your next dive holiday? Check out the latest special offers from UK-based Tour Operator Diverse Travel and get yourself a great dive holiday deal!

INDONESIA | MY Emperor Harmoni | Bali, Sumbawa & Komodo | 15 – 23 September 2022

Save up to 1/3 off a trip to Indonesia!

Your chance to dive Bali, Komodo and Raja Ampat aboard the NEW luxury MY Emperor Harmoni for less!

Launching in September 2022. Emperor Harmoni is Emperor Divers Indonesia’s brand new liveaboard.

Built of Sulawesi Ironwood and offering a truly new experience to liveaboard holidays, experience a true sense of sailing the Indonesian seas in freedom, style, comfort and confidence with her two engines. Enjoy spacious diving and relaxation areas or relax with a massage on deck.

Example price based on Bali departure to Komodo

WAS £2900 / NOW from just £1995* per person based on sharing a twin luxury cabin including:

  • 1 night in Bali before the boat departure with airport transfers
  • One way flight from Labuan Bajo to Bali after the liveaboard with 20kgs baggage
  • 7 nights onboard MY Emperor Harmoni with 3 meals a day, afternoon snacks, unlimited drinking water, tea & coffee
  • All diving with guide, cylinders & weights, Marine Park & Port Fees
  • Free Nitrox
  • 1 cocktail party on a local island (weather allowing)
  • Return airport transfers

* Price excludes international flights, these can be quoted at the time of reservation

Booking deadline: Subject to availability.

Other Dates available – book before 30 September!


MALTA | Dolmen Hotel | 28 September – 05 October 2022

With easily accessible dive sites offering great visibility, caves, overhangs and swim-throughs, with few currents, Malta is an ideal diving holiday location.

A modern hotel, with spacious, comfortable guest rooms and a choice of restaurants with delicious international and national cuisine. Several wonderfully relaxing bars, outdoor and indoor pools, plus a casino and several function rooms.

Price from just £975 per person and includes:

  • Flights from Gatwick to Malta with 23kgs baggage
  • 7 nights in twin room
  • Bed & Breakfast meal plan
  • 5 day / 10 dives diving with guide, tanks & weights

Booking deadline: Subject to availability – alternative dates available


MALDIVES | Emperor Atoll | Best of Maldives | 10 – 18 September  2022

This popular liveaboard and her crew give a personalised welcome to small groups of no more than 12 guests.

Built to high, comfortable standards she measures 26 metres and accommodates guests in 6 twin-berth cabins, all with air-conditioning and private bathrooms.

From just £1925 per person based on sharing a twin cabin including:

  • Flights from London to Male with 30kgs baggage
  • 7 nights in shared cabin
  • 3 meals a day, afternoon snacks, unlimited drinking water, tea & coffee
  • 6 days’ diving – total of 17 dives (incl. 1 night dive), guide, cylinders & weights
  • Free Nitrox
  • 1 BBQ dinner on uninhabited island (weather allowing)
  • Malé city tour (on request)
  • Return airport transfers

Booking deadline: Subject to availability.


EGYPT | Emperor Superior | Reefs & Wrecks | 11 – 18 November 2022

A very popular liveaboard, Emperor Superior offers fantastic diving in comfortable surroundings. Her experienced crew make this one of the best for divers in the Red Sea.

NOW from just £1255 per person based on sharing a twin cabin including:

  • Flights from Gatwick to Hurghada with 23kgs baggage
  • 7 nights in shared cabin
  • 3 meals a day, soft drinks, red wine with dinner
  • 6 days’ diving, guide, 12ltr tank & weights, Marine Park fees and port departure fees
  • Free Nitrox
  • Airport transfers

Booking deadline: Subject to availability. Limited spaces available.


EGYPT | Emperor Echo | South & St Johns Itinerary | 05 – 12 January 2023

Jump on board the latest addition to the Emperor fleet and enjoy diving the famous sites of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer. Great value for money and perfect for small groups of buddies with a ‘Book 5 and 1 dives for FREE’ offer all year round.

Price NOW from just £1035 per person based on sharing a twin cabin/room including:

  • Flights from Gatwick to Hurghada with 23kgs baggage
  • 7 nights in shared cabin
  • 3 meals a day, soft drinks, red wine with dinner
  • 6 days’ diving, guide, 12ltr tank & weights, Marine Park fees and port departure fees
  • Free Nitrox

Booking deadline: Subject to availability – limited flight seats at this price.

Alternative departure airports available at a supplement.


All offers are subject to availability. Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002, email the team at  info@diversetravel.co.uk or click HERE to see the latest special offers on their website.

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Save up to 1/3 off a trip to Indonesia! Your chance to dive Bali, Komodo and Raja Ampat aboard the NEW luxury MY Emperor Harmoni for less! Launching in September 2022. Emperor Harmoni is Emperor Divers Indonesia’s brand new liveaboard. Built of Sulawesi Ironwood and offering a truly new experience to liveaboard holidays, experience a true sense of sailing the Indonesian seas in freedom, style, comfort and confidence with her two engines. Enjoy spacious diving and relaxation areas or relax with a massage on deck. Example price based on Bali departure to Komodo WAS £2900 / NOW from just £1995* per person based on sharing a twin luxury cabin including: 1 night in Bali before the boat departure with airport transfers One way flight from Labuan Bajo to Bali after the liveaboard with 20kgs baggage 7 nights onboard MY Emperor Harmoni with 3 meals a day, afternoon snacks, unlimited drinking water, tea & coffee All diving with guide, cylinders & weights, Marine Park & Port Fees Free Nitrox 1 cocktail party on a local island (weather allowing) Return airport transfers * Price excludes international flights, these can be quoted at the time of reservation Booking deadline: Subject to availability. Other Dates available - book before 30 September! Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk. More Less

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