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SDI/TDI/ERDI Announce Visual Inspection Procedures Training Programme for November




SDI/TDI/ERDI’s International Training (ITI) is offering a one day ‘Visual Inspection Procedures Program’ in the US on Saturday November 22nd, 2014.

The course will be held only a few blocks from the Las Vegas Convention Center in a comfortable conference facility. The course will train new and experienced employees, or those just wishing to gain more knowledge, on the information needed to properly inspect a high pressure cylinder. The only prerequisite for this one day program is that the participant is at least 18 years old.

The course goes above and beyond just inspecting cylinders. The participant will also review U.S. laws and regulations, take apart and rebuild high pressure valves, understand the basics of high pressure compressor systems, learn about cleaning cylinders and valves, and review safe handling and filling techniques.

The course is compliant with OSHA and NFPA standards and meets the three year HAZMAT requalification for prior cylinder inspectors. This course is developed by an ISO certified agency and backed by a worldwide insurance carrier.

The course cost for NEW – never trained individuals is $275. This cost includes books and registration. If the participant is a current inspector and has been trained in the past, by any organization, and can show proof of that training, the refresher cost is only $225.

Contact SDI/TDI/ERDI HQ for more information or to enroll. The VIP program will also be conducted at the following events:

  • Beneath The Sea, Secaucus, NJ – March 2015
  • Our World Under Water, Chicago, IL – February 2015
  • The Scuba Show, Long Beach, CA – June 2015
  • FDIC, Indianapolis, IN – April 2015

More events and locations will be added as dates, times and locations are finalized.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Jeff chats to… Jo Cutler, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Jo Cutler, a contestant in 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.

Jo’s film – An Evolving Story – can be seen here:

Fifth 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 will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.

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Miscellaneous Blogs

The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Stephan Whelan



Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Stephan Whelan.  Stephan is the Founder and Publisher of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans and led him to become one of the leading figures in the diving media industry.

Stephan got bitten by the diving bug early in life. His first scuba experience was a try-dive when he was eight years old on a family holiday in Europe, and from that moment, he was addicted. He learned to dive properly with BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) as soon as he could at school and then did his BSAC Assistant Instructor when he turned 16. By the time he was heading to university in 1996, he was hooked on teaching and diving as much as he could.

By the time he started studying at university, he decided to have a go at flexing his web-design skills by publishing some of the stories he had built up about various ‘challenging’ students and dives he had encountered, and so (as it was known then) was created. He published numerous personal stories until 1998 when other writers began enquiring about contributing to the site with their tales, and it was at this moment he decided to make it more like a magazine format and began asking for volunteer helpers. He got a couple of editors on board, and plenty of writers began contributing. (or DB as it’s become to be known) is now one of the most-popular diving websites in the world and has grown to publish over 9,000 articles covering all sorts of topics like Freediving, Scuba Diving, Ocean Advocacy, and Diving Travel all the while keeping over half-a-million passionate divers from the diving community connected every month through the forums, large social media following, mobile app, and recently launched podcast.








Find more podcast episodes and information at and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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