Coventry Dive Show and Pro Update 2020

The Coventry Dive Show is nearly upon us, and we’ve got 2 days of Pro updates scheduled for you.

Thursday 20th Feb – Instructor Trainer Update

Location: GODIVA suite
Time Table: 10.00 Start – 16.00 Finish
Main Presenter: Paul Toomer

Friday 21st Feb – Pro Member Update (Divemasters & Instructors)

Location: Vodafone Lounge

Morning Session, Members ONLY

10.00 – 10.15                    Welcome & Intros

10.15 – 10.35                     Emma Farrell – Freediving & Marketing

10.35 – 11.35                     Steve Lewis & Paul Toomer – Standard Update

11.35 – 12.10                     Olivier van Overbeek & James Rogers – New Courses & Products, Survey Presentation

12.10 – 12.20                    Coffee Break

12.20 – 12.50                    Olivier van Overbeek & James Rogers – Crossovers and IDP’s, Show Plan

12.50 – 13.30                    Team – 2019 Celebration & Recognition, 2020 Vision

Afternoon Session – Open to All industry Pro’s (upon registration)  

14.00 – 14.20                     James Sanderson – Aqualung Presentation

14.20 – 14.50                     Steve Lewis – Safe Diving Practices

14.50 – 15.30                     Olivier van Overbeek  & James Rogers – The Value of Good Instructors

15.30 – 15.45                     John Vickers – Blue Abyss

15.45 – 16.00                     Richard Cullen – Deptherapy

Sat&Sun 22&23rd Feb – Show Open To Public

During Saturday & Sunday all pro’s are invited and indeed very welcome to join the team on the RAID stand to represent the brand, and advise the audience on our cool products and diving ethos.

A Few House Rules:

  • Everyone is free to promote their own RAID courses
  • No Equipment sales on site please
  • No Flyers or Banners, if you have some, please do not position them on the stand
  • Be region aware, it’s better to bring someone into a RAID center in an area close to them, then to loose them to another agency

We will have available:

  • WiFi to use
  • Tables to use
  • Electricity
  • A meeting / consultation tent (this will require booking ahead of time)
  • Fridge/Coffee Area
  • Coat Storage, for dive centers only, please don’t offer this to anyone else.

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RAID UK & Malta X-Over 2020

RAID UK & Malta 2020 Crossover Update

In Collaboration with RAID International RAID UK & Malta have created special crossover packages for instructors and dive centres in regions covering: UK, Malta, Norway, Sweden, Egypt.

The packages cover not only the tuition from an approved RAID Instructor Trainer but also; all materials, 5 specialties, application fee’s, and 1 year of RAID professional membership.

For Dive Centres wishing to come on board, we extend this deal to 6 professionals (including dive masters) as well as your 1st year centre fee included.

Individual Suggested Price: £450*
Dive Centre Pack Suggested Price: £1000*
*Individual IT’s and centers may vary these prices as well as their specific offering.

Given RAID’s expansion in the market place and continuing development behind the scenes there has never been a better time to join this progressive agency that puts the quality back into diving.

RAID Instructor Trainers Available

UK- Scotland:
Kenny McGuire – Tec Diving Scotland
E: – M: 07968 165621

UK – North West:
Garry Dallas – Simply Sidemount
E: – M: 07740 46 47 48

Olivier van Overbeek – DiveLife / Diving Matrix
E: – M: +44 7961 466812

UK – North East:
Pete & Robyn Black – Deep Blue Pirates
E: – M: 07969825646

Gen MacCallum – Blue Water Training
M: 07792 305030

Malta & Gozo:
Rachel Vassallo – Ritual Dive Gozo
E: – M: +356 79260259

Toby van Pooss – Liquid Diver Training (Gozo)
E: – M: +356 7707 3027

Olivier van Overbeek – Diving Matrix (Waterworld Qawra)
E: – M: +44 7961 466812

Norway & Sweden:
Edd Stockdale – Gradient Technical (Sweden)
E: – M: +46793296609


May 2019

A new era of underwater exploration was ushered in as explorer Victor Vescovo and his team from the Five Deeps Expedition recently completed a series of manned submersible dives into the Mariana Trench, the deepest known area in the ocean.  RAID Instructor Kelvin Murray is Director of Expedition Operations & Undersea Projects with EYOS Expeditions and was onboard the mother ship as Assistant Expedition Leader.  EYOS Expeditions is the world’s foremost provider of private vessel expeditions and carry remarkable expertise within their ranks. Led by co-founder Rob McCallum, one of the world’s foremost experts in deep ocean exploration, EYOS have project managed the entire Five Deeps Expedition combining advanced submersible operations, ground-breaking science and filmmaking.

The previous 60 years saw only two manned dives into Challenger Deep, pioneered by Captain Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard aboard Bathyscaphe Triestein 1960, followed by James Cameron and his sub Deepsea Challengerin 2012. Vescovo and the Five Deeps team dived four times into Challenger Deep, and a fifth dive into the nearby Sirena Deep. Achieving a new record depth of 10,928 metres, Designed and built by leading manufacturer Triton Submarines, DSV Limiting Factoris now the world’s first and only commercially-certified full ocean depth manned submersible. 

Remarking upon these incredible dives to the deepest part of the ocean, Kelvin explained; “Every diver can relate to how the sub operates; maintaining buoyancy control, moving in a three-dimensional environment, responding to pressure changes…although 1100 bar is a pretty extreme ambient pressure!”  The submersible also incorporates rebreather technology. Within the titanium hull are banks of oxygen cylinders that trickle gas into the atmosphere, while sofnolime scrubber units run continuously to extract carbon dioxide. Gas sensors monitor the environment and alert the pilot to significant changes.

There has been a lot of focus on the sightings of plastic garbage in the Trench, and however disappointing this is, it is hardly surprising. Kelvin is quick to point out that the diving community is finely-attuned to the issues of ocean plastic; “I hope that other RAID divers and our colleagues across the scuba world can take some inspiration from the Five Deeps Expedition and do more to protect and conserve our oceans. We all have a part to play.”

While not every diver will be able to reach the deepest trenches of the oceans, Kelvin is convinced everyone can get involved; “The RAID system enables every diver with a broad training platform and a healthy spirit of adventure. Develop and use your skills – there’s still so much more of our underwater world to explore!”

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Early Renewal 2019/20

It’s August already, it’s crazy how quickly the year is moving. This means you have two months left before your Memberships expire. To help everyone, we want to avoid a mass rush to complete all our renewal requests on the 1st Oct, please consider renewing now until Oct 2020.

All current Dive Centres should contact their Regional Office to renew themselves and their training teams – for the UK and Malta use: or call 0191 4324644.

All current Instructors/ Divemasters should organise their renewal through their affiliated centre or log-in to their profiles and following the online renew prompts.

All new centres and Pro’s wanting to join RAID now, the perfect time, should call James – 07584 666672 or email

Early Renewal from TODAY!