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RAID releases two new rebreather manuals at DEMA 2015

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RAID has announced the release of two new Rebreather Manuals at the DEMA Show 2015. The dive training agency has developed “equipment specific” eManuals for both the revamped Poseidon Mark 7 CCR and Oceanic Explorer. Both are extremely popular brands within the growing rebreather market.

Hollis Explorer - Academic TrainingOn making the announcement, RAID’s International Training Director Paul Toomer said: “RAID has taken not only the lead in developing online training eManuals for CCRs as far back as 8 years ago when our Founder Barry Coleman wrote the online training manual for the Poseidon Mark 6, but also rather than just having one generic CCR manual as some other training agencies do, we continue to write specific eManuals for each brand of CCR. We take the view that just one generic manual does not suit all CCRs. This philosophy at RAID improves the learning experience for RAID CCR divers by focusing on the actual kit they will essentially be using and also supports the RAID CCR Instructor by making the online theory and in-water components of the RAID CCR Courses more instructor responsive. Of course with the quality control system that RAID has in place across all its programs, means everyone is assured of the quality of training received.”

RAID CEO Jim Holliday said: “While we at RAID are fully aware rebreathers are currently still a niche activity and market for many, RAID’s heritage lies in tech. This is a field in which RAID still dominates while we have expanded strongly into all corners of diver training. Having said all that, most agree rebreathers are going to be the kit of the future. So there is an immediate need for a training agency like us to step up with our strong sense of support for our industry partners. These partners include Poseidon and Oceanic, both of whom have invested heavily in rebreather technologies and deserve our support. By giving them the online training manuals that are essential for safe diver education, we are also acknowledging they are amongst the ones that are making diving more exciting and attractive with their new technology releases. These are developments the entire dive industry needs to address and support for us all to prosper and grow.”

“We at RAID feel a partnership of this kind with equipment manufacturers is not something training agencies should be afRAID of, but rather it is an acknowledgement we are all in this together and how awesome the dive industry really is. For RAID the release of these 2 rebreather eManuals for Poseidon and Oceanic is not the end, but really the beginning. We will be, and are already in the process of, creating a number of other tools to help assist with the growth of CCRs. For example, my team already has two other CCR eManuals well into the development stage and even more at the concept stage in support of other CCR manufacturers. All we at RAID ask is that the dive industry supports us by utilising these products when they become available,” added Toomer.

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 on freediving at www.freedivingraid.com. You can find RAID’s Facebook page here.

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The Rescue – available on Disney+ tomorrow (Watch Trailer)

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If you missed the recent cinema debut of The Rescue film, you can watch it on streaming channel Disney+ from tomorrow December 3rd.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (Free Solo), The Rescue is the edge-of-your-seat account of the rescue of 12 Thai school boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave system in 2018.

The Rescue chronicles the dramatic rescue of the boys and their coach, trapped deep inside a flooded cave. Academy Award®-winning directors and producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin reveal the perilous world of cave diving, the bravery of the rescuers, and the dedication of an entire community that made great sacrifices to save these young boys. An outing to explore a nearby system of caves after soccer practice transformed into a two-week saga of survival and a story that would capture the world’s attention. With exclusive access and never-before-seen footage from the rescue, the film tells the story of the imagination, determination and unprecedented teamwork displayed during this heroic edge-of-your-seat mission with life-or-death stakes.

Check back for our review of The Rescue soon!

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Shark Guardian investigation finds endangered sharks for sale in Taiwan

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A field investigation into Taiwan’s shark fin industry was conducted by Shark Guardian between December 2020 and March 2021. The investigation obtained documentary evidence of fins from endangered shark species being openly offered for sale by over half of all shark fin traders surveyed in Taiwan’s southern fishing port of Kaohsiung.

Of the 13 shark fin processing and trading companies visited, more than half were found to be trading CITES- listed fins, and seven had shark fins from CITES Appendix II-listed species as part of their product range. One company saidthere was no difference in selling protected or unprotected species. Protected sharks’ products usually create a problem for international shipping only.”

The new report details how seven out of thirteen traders surveyed in Taiwan were found to be selling shark fins from silky sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks, mako sharks, thresher sharks and great white sharks in broad daylight – in contravention of Taiwanese and international law.

Over a three-month period, Shark Guardian investigators witnessed multiple shipments of shark fins from endangered species being unloaded at Donggang fish market which is in Taiwan’s southern city of Kaohsiung.

Alex Hofford, Marine Wildlife Campaigner with Shark Guardian, said “To save sharks and the marine environment, Taiwanese authorities should implement an immediate crackdown on its cruel and unsustainable shark fin trade, and should tighten up local laws to ban the domestic sale of shark fin as well as better enforce its international obligations under CITES. It is also high time that the Taiwanese government should rein in its out-of-control distant water tuna fishing fleet, who are a major supplier shark fin to Chinese markets. Whilst Taiwan is a beacon of democratic and progressive values in Asia, it is allowing its unsustainable and often crime-ridden fisheries sector to rape and pillage our ocean with impunity. This must stop. Taiwan needs to show leadership in environmental protection and must quickly clean up its act as regards its sleazy shark fisheries and trade sectors.”

During our investigation, Shark Guardian also found evidence of Taiwan-based online retailers selling fins of endangered species of shark in contravention of local and international law.

According to WWF, a third of all sharks and rays are threatened with extinction, yet fishing and trading in unsustainable shark fin remains a highly profitable, but environmentally destructive, enterprise for Taiwanese companies operating out of Kaohsiung.

Brendon Sing, Co-Director of Shark Guardian said “Clearly more must be done to protect sharks globally. There are over 500 known shark species with only a handful of them listed under CITES. Even then, CITES listed sharks are still traded illegally where monitoring and enforcement lack any power and expose loopholes in the system. As long as this continues, there is no real protection for any shark species regardless of CITES listing or not. Taiwan must be responsible and take positive action in response to this report.”

Shark Guardian believes that excessively large profit margins are the main reason why Taiwan has never acted to rein in its shark fisheries and trade.

Shark Guardian hopes that Taiwan can apply its progressive values towards preserving the marine environment by imposing a comprehensive ban on the physical and online selling all species of shark fin in Taiwan. Such a ban would go above and beyond what is required under international law, and Taiwan’s domestic laws can be changed with public support.

For more information about Shark Guardian visit their website by clicking here.

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