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RAID UK & Malta’s Team Grows Again

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RAID UK and Malta are pleased to announce a new Recreational Instructor Trainer in Malta – Toby Van Pooss – and a move to the UK for another – Olivier Van Overbeek.

For over two years, Oli has been flying the flag for RAID in Malta. His time has been extremely productive – not only has he been delivering high quality RAID training, he has also helped to boost the number of RAID Dive Centres and Professionals in the region.

Oli is now moving to the UK to further develop Diving Matrix and continue supporting RAID activities. Although Oli will be based in the south, he will provide training all over the UK plus Malta will still feature as one of Diving Matrix’s Technical Training locations of choice. He leaves a pioneering RAID footprint on the Islands and RAID congratulate him on his efforts over the least two years.

Toby Van Pooss is an experienced Instructor Trainer and owner of New Dimensions Scuba. RAID feel that Toby’s background will further develop and support members in Malta and Gozo.

To further assist the growing infrastructure in Malta, RAID also welcomes one of the island’s top Technical Instructors Steve Wilkinson. Steve will offer recreational and technical training, as well as supporting the Maltaqua team with the RAID product.

All Dive Centres and Professionals interested in standing out from the crowd are encouraged to contact the RAID UK & Malta head office to discuss the transition further.

For further information, head to www.diveraiduk.com

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Jeff chats to… Rowen Hemsley-Harding, third place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Rowen Hemsley-Harding, third place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Rowan’s film – Ocean Art and Facts – can be seen here:

Fourth in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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NUPG Lockdown Best of…

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Usually the January NUPG meeting involves a guest judge coming to Manchester to talk through the very best images members had taken in the previous 12 months. However, this year, due to COVID19 restriction many of the members had not had the chance to dive. The NUPG committee decided to change the rules a little. So this year members judged a series of Best of the Century images online and were also invited to take part in a lockdown underwater bath tub category.

There were five categories for members to enter. Here are the winners of each…

British and Irish Close Up

Octopus in St Abbs Marine Reserve by Mike Clark

British and Irish Wide Angle

A Basking Shark off the coast of Cornwall by Nick Robertson-Brown

Overseas Close Up

A squid at night in the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia by Ken Byrne

Overseas Wide Angle

Hammerhead Sharks in the Red Sea by Justin Beevor

Under Bath Water

Lockdown fun in the tub by Caroline Robertson-Brown

The next NUPG meeting will be held on Monday 8th February and the guest speaker is John Bantin.

For more information on the NUPG please visit their website by clicking here.

Header image: Lionfish hunting in the Red Sea by John Spencer

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