RAID International backed by Inverness Graham Group

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Inverness Graham Investments, a private investment firm based in Philadelphia, announced today that its recreational safety education portfolio company, Kalkomey Enterprises, LLC, has invested in the RAID Scuba Diver Training agency.

“We’ve been carefully researching the options to enter the scuba market for some time. We chose RAID because it has the values we look for in a company; world class programs driven by an enthusiastic and passionate team that is making Scuba fun for everyone involved,” said Inverness Graham Managing Principal, Michael Morrissey. “Their vast array of training programs and impressive technology platform make them a perfect match to partner with Kalkomey. This marriage positions RAID to challenge the current industry paradigm, which is exactly what we were looking for.”

Kalkomey is the leader in online recreational safety education for state required certifications and is an official provider of recreational safety education materials for all 50 states, as well as Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. Using a web‐based delivery model, Kalkomey has helped millions of students get educated to safely boat, hunt, and operate off-road vehicles and snowmobiles.

Jason Alexander, Kalkomey CEO said, “Our research indicates that people interested in outdoor recreation participate in many different activities over their lifetime. We believe there is enormous demand among the millions of Boat-Ed and Fresh Air enthusiasts we’ve already trained, as well as the hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts that we newly teach each year, that will want to try scuba diving! We’re excited about the opportunity to apply our expertise in parallel industries to drive these potential customers through the doors of dive centers that join the RAID movement. Together with RAID we know we can truly Partner with dive shops to help their businesses grow and thrive.”

RAID is a rapidly emerging dive training brand globally with a mission to innovate the dive industry through digitizing education, systems and processes. Operating in more than 60 countries worldwide, RAID’s state of the art online training platform features the most comprehensive online, pro-active quality assurance system in the industry. The virtually paper-free RAID training system has recently been recognized for ISO compliance, and its programs were also found to meet the RSTC’s minimum standards paving the way for RAID’s membership with the RSTC.

“The RAID system focuses on training divers on critical skills such as proper trim and neutral buoyancy in the diver position, we believe it’s essential to also train dive professionals on those same skills to ensure they are best serving the needs of their students to be divers, not just certified,” said Jim Holliday who will continue on leading business operations as President of RAID.

About Inverness Graham Investments

Headquartered in Newtown Square, PA, Inverness Graham is an operationally focused private investment firm with over $500 million of assets under management. Inverness Graham acquires high growth, innovative manufacturing and services companies. Our approach is as unique as our heritage. Founded by senior executives of the Graham Group, a family owned multi-national industrial concern, we bring unparalleled resources developed over a 50-year operating history to support our portfolio companies. Inverness Graham partners with businesses to provide the financial and operational support necessary to accelerate growth. Learn more at www.invernessgraham.com.

About Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc.

Kalkomey has trained and delivered more than two million safety certifications for active outdoor enthusiasts, utilizing online and face-to-face coursework in boating, hunting, snowmobile, and more. Kalkomey operates in all fifty US states, as well as Canada, and is the leading provider across all of North America. Kalkomey was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX. Learn more at www.kalkomey.com.

New RAID Merchandise Available

Robyn Black

Robyn Black

Membership Services Coordinator at RAID UK & Malta
Robyn has been diving since she was 13 years old. She's a RAID IT and avid marine biologist with a passion for UK diving. Robyn also handles all membership activities for RAID UK & Malta.
robyn@diveraiduk.com
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Deep Blue Pirates logo as an example

RAID UK & Malta are offering custom logo softshell jackets. They are water resistant and breathable with three external pockets plus an internal phone pocket. The cuffs are adjustable as is the elasticated hem; creating a smart but comfortable jacket for all seasons.

Jacket including one RAID logo as standard is £45. Additional RAID logos are £3 each. The addition of a dive centre logo is also possible depending on order quantity.

For more information or to place an order please contact Robyn robyn@diveraiduk.com

Please use the chest size chart below as a guide (for ladies size 8-10 is a XS).

RAID UK Gains Two New Instructor Trainers

Robyn Black

Robyn Black

Membership Services Coordinator at RAID UK & Malta
Robyn has been diving since she was 13 years old. She's a RAID IT and avid marine biologist with a passion for UK diving. Robyn also handles all membership activities for RAID UK & Malta.
robyn@diveraiduk.com
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In February Gen MacCallum and Kenny McGuire became recreational open circuit RAID Instructor Trainers. RAID UK & Malta would like to congratulate and welcome Gen and Kenny to the Instructor Trainer team. They both bring a vast wealth of diving experience to the team and we are looking forward to training more Instructors with them soon!

Here is a little background information on both Gen and Kenny:

Kenny started diving in 1990 and now runs C&C Marine in Largs, Scotland. He continued RAID as an instructor in 2014.

“2018 is already awesome!! I’m an Open Circuit Instructor Trainer, First Aid & Oxygen Instructor Trainer with an Agency that treats you as family and not a number. I am looking forward to seeing what future brings!”

 
 
 

Gen started diving in 2001 and now operates in connection with Skegness Aquarium. Gen is also a member of the RAID team delivering accredited first aid training.

“To say the ITP course in Tenerife with Paul Vincent Toomer was a blast would be an understatement, and for me to say that I am now at the top of the ladder – well it still hasn’t sunk in fully and I really can’t wait to teach my first Instructor Development Program knowing that I have such an amazing dive family behind me.”

Blue Duck Photography Partners with RAID

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Blue Duck Photography and RAID are pleased to announce their partnership for a new underwater photography course. It will be available to all who are interested in underwater photography; with everything from the important features to consider when thinking about buying an underwater camera to using it effectively alongside all the important accessories now available. Plus how to integrate camera and skills learnt out of the water with the correct emphasis on diving and environmental awareness.

Digital photography is advancing at a rapid pace, with more divers than ever before keen to record their aquatic adventures. So Blue Duck Photography needed a dive agency partner that placed emphasis on high quality in water skills from the outset. Great trim, buoyancy control and safety protocols were what highlighted RAID as the agency they wanted to hook up with. Looking around they found that there was a dearth of up to date information on how a budding underwater photographer could easily learn the underwater photo skillset in a safe and productive manner.

The course will initially be structured in a two part format. Part one will concentrate on starting out looking at the kit you need, plus the features and accessories that are important. It will then progress through shooting in available light, starting with automatic and program modes, and then on to shooting using fully manual controls. Understanding the light we have, the direction it’s coming from and how much of it there is available, is the cornerstone of all photography; so it’s vital that you get a good foundation in this to start off with. This will follow on to shooting using artificial light, as a way to enhance colours and illuminate your shots. Finally how to successfully mix both available and artificial light.

The ultimate goal is to get the sort of shots that you want rather than what the camera dictates. Once you’re armed with this fundamental skillset, we’ll look at the different types of underwater photography, from shooting reefscapes, coral gardens and stately wrecks using wide angle lenses, all the way down to shooting the smaller creatures, and on to the really teeny stuff like nudibranchs and weird crustaceans with add-on macro lenses. This will be underpinned at all times with environmental awareness and safety to the fore. We’ll even help you with guidance on how to find the marine life, and then finish off with a primer on digital photo editing to finesse your pictures for the web or to proudly put up on your wall.

Blue Duck Photography are Phil and Anne Medcalf in partnership with Paul ‘Duxy’ Duxfield. Phil and Anne are drawing upon their skills gained as keen underwater photographers active on the competition scene, alongside their professional lives as nurses and nurse trainers.

Duxy has been around in the world of underwater photography for 15 yrs working as a sales manager for the two of the biggest underwater photography retailers, and then onto leading trips and workshops all over the world, and is a regular contributor for dive magazines as a photo journalist. Together they realised that there was a gap badly needing to be filled in the correct tuition and advice given to new underwater photographers.

Alongside the tuition and training, Blue Duck Photography give talks to dive clubs the length and breadth of the country, and provide a bespoke retail service only selling equipment that they know and use themselves, utilising their mantra of ‘best advice’.

“RAID invites the best possible authors and co-authors to write and help write our training materials, whether its Jill Heinerth and Steve Lewis for our Cave courses or Paul Haynes for our Rebreather Core Knowledge manual we’re proud to have their expertise within our training platform. Paul (Duxy) and I have known and worked with each other two decades, that allows me to say, I’m excited by what this collaboration with the Blue Ducks team will bring to the industry. Their passion, knowledge and experience is the perfect fit for RAID and subsequently, all divers interested globally in starting or being better at underwater photography.”

James Rogers, Director, RAID UK & Malta

The online course will be available before the Summer to anyone, and then Part II which will cover in water skills and assessment by a RAID instructor will follow soon after.

Contact Blue Duck Photography via email at info@blueduckphoto.com to express your early interest.

Barry McGill joins RAID

Robyn Black

Robyn Black

Membership Services Coordinator at RAID UK & Malta
Robyn has been diving since she was 13 years old. She's a RAID IT and avid marine biologist with a passion for UK diving. Robyn also handles all membership activities for RAID UK & Malta.
robyn@diveraiduk.com
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Barry McGill is an Irish based deep wreck photographer and technical diving instructor trainer with Indepth Technical, he specialises in teaching CCR and Mixed Gas CCR on both APD and JJ units. Barry started diving in 2000 aged 16 and became heavily involved in technical diving in 2003 and has been diving CCR since 2004. Barry became an advanced nitrox instructor in 2008 and has progressed to the level of CCR Trimix (100m).

Barry runs fully supported technical diving trips to the iconic wrecks of North Donegal (Malin Head), off the North coast of Ireland each summer. These trips allow technical divers to fully explore the breath-taking shipwrecks with the help and guidance of Barry’s experience diving in this area since 2003.

In his free time, Barry loves to focus on this passion for exploration of deep water shipwrecks around the Irish coastline and he has been fortunate enough to discover and explore many significant virgin shipwrecks. Exploring iconic shipwrecks such as the R.M.S. Justicia, H.M.S. Audacious and R.M.S. Lusitania left a significant impression on Barry, helping to develop his desire to discover and explore shipwrecks. Barry has organised and led many deep wreck expeditions exploring the deep wrecks off the North coast of Ireland, which included the S.S. Empress of Britain in 162m and S.S. Transylvania in 130m. Barry has also been part the teams that first discovered and explored the wrecks of HMS Curacoa in 125m (410ft), White Star Liner Carinthia in 116m (380ft), HMS Hurst Castle in 85m (279ft) and World War 1 German U-boats UB 124 and U45 in 65 m (213ft).

Barry will be helping RAID UK & Malta by supporting our dive centres in Ireland. He is also at the Dive Ireland International Expo, Limerick on 3rd & 4th March.