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RAID to have strong presence at OZTeK 2015




Diver training agency RAID will have a strong presence at OZTeK 2015 (Sydney Australia March 14/15) with a well-staffed booth (Booth #21) to welcome all those interested in finding out more about RAID as well as  an exciting seminar and training program during and before OZTeK. Visitors to the booth will be able to personally meet RAID International executive staff including Jim Holliday, Paul Toomer, Mark McCrum, Terry Cummins, RAID Asia Director Col McKenzie and from RAID Australia / South Pacific, Steve Bates and Brendon Holliday.

instructor-paultoomerA highlight of the RAID presence at OZTeK 2015 will Paul Toomer‘s two talks as part of a sensational Conference schedule. Firstly, Paul will present “Malta and Sicily: The Truk Lagoon of the Mediterranean”. Malta and Sicily were the scene of some of the heaviest shipping tolls of WWII, so the audience will be thrilled as Paul takes you through the discovery of some of the region’s magnificent shipwrecks and discusses the logistics of diving them.

Also as part of the OZTeK Conference Paul will present “Real Life Rescue”. In late 2012 Paul was put in the unenviable position of performing a rescue on a drowned rebreather diver.  Paul’s perspective on rescue is unique, somewhat outside the norm and certainly thought provoking. Paul will present what generally leads to problems and how the team dealt with and performed a successful rescue in this specific case with obvious messages to prevent other tragedies.

Mark McCrumb 1RAID will also hold two informative seminars during OZTeK 2015 presented jointly by Paul Toomer and Mark McCrum. Firstly, Paul and Mark will present “The RAID Difference”, where they will present why RAID is the fastest growing diver training agency on the planet, address the facts and dispel any misconceptions. In the second RAID Seminar presentation they will present an insight into how and why RAID has attracted so many of the industry’s major players from the shores of Australia right across the globe to the UK.

Check the official OZTeK 2015 Program for dates, times and room numbers for both OZTeK Conference presentations and the RAID Seminars.

RAID will also be conducting a pre-OZTeK training Sidemount training program utilizing in particular the presence of Paul, acknowledged as one of the leading tech trainers on the planet. Those interested should immediately contact RAID Australia/South Pacific to register interest.

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Frontline workers honoured with free dive trip to Yap



The remote island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia is among the few places in the world that remains free of Covid-19 thanks to its ocean border and a strict travel ban that has kept its residents safe.

Nonetheless, Yap has been affected, too. As one of the world’s premier, award-winning destinations for divers, this paradisiacal location in the western Pacific Ocean has had no outside visitors to its rich shores and reef for nearly a year. But while there may be no virus, the island hasn’t been cut off from the economic impact experienced around the globe.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers by A. Tareg

That didn’t stop Bill Acker, CEO and founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, from doing something, though.

Last March, soon after the island went into lockdown, Bill began to realize the effect of the virus on daily life beyond the island. “Yes, we are closed, have no divers, had to send our employees home and prepare for difficult times,” he said. “But we’re lucky in that we have, for the most part, avoided the human suffering and death this pandemic has caused.”

Thinking about the problems faced by his family business, they paled when he compared them to those endured by the healthcare workers who have been fighting selflessly around the clock for months on end for the well-being and lives of others.

“One evening, while checking the news online, I saw pictures of frontline workers who were tending to desperately ill and dying people when families and friends could not be with their loved ones. It was heartbreaking,” he added.

The next day, a meeting was held with the resort’s staff and Bill invited suggestions for ways they could do something to honor healthcare workers. The result was the idea to award twenty divers who are working on the frontline to save other’s lives during this pandemic while risking their own, with a free week at the resort.

Manta ray, Manta birostris, gliding over a cleaning station in M’il Channel, Yap, Micronesia by David Fleetham

Divers around the world who had been guests at Manta Ray Bay in the past were invited to submit the names of candidates for the award by December 31, 2020. “We received nominations for 126 individuals from as far away as Germany, the U.S., Australia and Canada,” he said. “It was not easy choosing the winners but our committee of staff members took on the job and selected the 20 finalists.”

“While trying to choose the people to reward for their hard work during this Covid-19 crisis,” Bill added, “by reading the nominations we saw that every one of the nominees was doing things above and beyond the call of duty. Sadly, we don’t have the finances to offer over 100 free weeks in Yap, but we do want to recognize the contributions all of them are making to our world. So, we are offering the rest of the nominees a free week of diving in Yap which includes room, hotel tax, airport transfers, breakfast, diving and Wi-Fi.  The only requirement is that they travel with at least three other people and stay in two rooms or more.”

“We do not yet know when Yap will open its borders,” said Bill, “but when it does, we will welcome these important guests to Yap to relax and dive with the manta rays and the other beautiful denizens of the ocean surrounding our island home. They are the true heroes of this devastating, historic time and we look forward to honoring them with a well-deserved dive vacation.”

Watch out for our exclusive trip report from a healthcare worker from the UK who is one of the 20 to have been awarded this amazing dive trip!

For more information on Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers visit their website by clicking here.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)



It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

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