Ian France – joins RAID


James Rogers

Managing Director at RAID UK & Malta
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“For the last, almost 10 years, I have been working as a full time technical, cave and mine diving Instructor Trainer, but recently I have been looking for new and fresh challenges.

I have watched RAID grow over the last 6 years and liked their philosophy and commitment to modern quality diver training. Whilst I did have the opportunity to join them years ago, the time wasn’t right for me, but things change.

James Rogers – Managing Director RAID UK is quoted as saying; ‘there is a small and select group of top industry trainers with Ian’s reputation; we’re excited to have him on the team’.

I’ve accepted a position to work with RAID in several key areas, bringing my real-world and relevant experience, professionalism, and expertise (primarily in technical, cave and mine diving) to strengthen their UK and International teams.

In my role as a RAID IT I will not only be working with technical divers, but I will also have a large input in the recreational diving arena as well. This is an extremely exciting project since I will be able to work with all levels of Dive Centres and Dive Professionals, whether they are open water divers, technical, cave or mine.

Please get in touch.

I will work alongside James and Oli van Overbeek (UK Training Manager) at RAID UK on specific project and business development, and at RAID International I will be working with the Global Director of Training (Steve Lewis), assisting in the creation of more quality courses, content, standards, and SOP’s.

Most importantly, I will still remain on the frontline of diver education as I believe this the best way to stay grounded, develop the agency, and its products that fit the needs of the most important part of this industry – the diver.

Exciting times….”


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Training Manager
E: oli@diveraiduk.com
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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: kjm@instructor.net – M: 07968 165621

UK – North West:
Garry Dallas – Simply Sidemount
E: garry@simplysidemount.com – M: 07740 46 47 48

Olivier van Overbeek – DiveLife / Diving Matrix
E: oli@divingmatrix.com – M: +44 7961 466812

UK – North East:
Pete & Robyn Black – Deep Blue Pirates
E: info@deepbluepirates.net – M: 07969825646

Gen MacCallum – Blue Water Training
M: 07792 305030

Malta & Gozo:
Rachel Vassallo – Ritual Dive Gozo
E: Rach@ritualdive.com – M: +356 79260259

Toby van Pooss – Liquid Diver Training (Gozo)
E: fluiddivertraining@gmail.com – M: +356 7707 3027

Olivier van Overbeek – Diving Matrix (Waterworld Qawra)
E: oli@divingmatrix.com – M: +44 7961 466812

Norway & Sweden:
Edd Stockdale – Gradient Technical (Sweden)
E: edd@gradient-scientific.com – M: +46793296609


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.
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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


James Rogers

Managing Director at RAID UK & Malta
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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: info@diveraiduk.com 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 james@diveraiduk.com

Early Renewal from TODAY!

RAID Merchandise For Renewing Members


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We have some very special prices on our RAID Merchandise for renewing members.


If you'd like to purchase any products then get in touch!


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