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New SDI TDI Magazine Launch a huge success
December 28, 2006 – Topsham Maine
The verdict is in and International Training has another publishing hit on its hands with Diving Adventure Magazine.
Issue one of Diving Adventure was off-press just in time to be previewed during DEMA in November, but has now been distributed to all active SDI, TDI and ERDI members in North America as part of their membership perks. As well mailing has gone out to more than 15,000 recently certified SDI, TDI and ERDI divers.
The 68-page premier issue of Diving Adventure featured profusely illustrated articles by Doug Perrine, Bret Gilliam, and Stan Waterman, and the response to both the magazine’s look and content has been extremely positive.
“Certainly of all the new initiatives and product releases we announced in 2006,” said Steve Lewis, “Diving Adventure seems to have made the biggest splash with our members and their diving customers. In fact, we have had very positive feedback from non-divers who’ve managed to get their hands on a copy!”
Lewis, director of product development for International Training and managing editor of the magazine explained the thinking behind the magazine was to produce a quality product that celebrated the underwater experience. “Even though Diving Adventure is intended to be one of the principal ways we communicate with our members, we did not want to fill its pages with “trade news,” and messages from Headquarters. We keep that for our member’s newsletter. The magazine is to promote our sport and the fun and adventure divers enjoy.”
Even though the primary audience for Diving Adventure is North American divers and diving professionals, the articles in issue one highlighted diving activities as far away as South Africa and the Solomon Islands. “This global view is something we feel is an important focus for our magazine,” commented David Burroughs, V-P Sales and Marketing for International Training and director of sales for Diving Adventure. He went on to explain, “Travel is an important aspect of diving’s appeal to the general public and the potential of sales based on travel and travel product is huge for dive stores and training centers, and so we will continue to feature dive articles dealing with exotic locations and featuring the excellent standard of photography apparent in issue one.”
Industry Leaders Announce Major Joint Sponsorship Agreement: John Chatterton and Richie Kohler of “Shadow Divers” fame to work together with SDI/TDI on important industry projects and programs.
Scuba Diving International (SDI) and Technical Diving International (TDI) today announced that John Chatterton and Richie Kohler have signed a mutual sponsorship agreement. This wide-ranging and comprehensive agreement is a natural extension of the existing relationship between the two explorers and the SDI/TDI organization.
The agreement allows SDI/TDI to incorporate Chatterton and Kohler’s high profile presence and following into many of the organization’s upcoming training programs and worldwide promotions. In addition, SDI/TDI will provide a proven distribution network and international outlets for current projects Chatterton and Kohler are developing including the highly successful “Dive Portal DVD” series.
According to Brian Carney, SDI/TDI President, “This agreement is the natural next step that comes from our existing relationship with John and Richie. Our goals and visions for the future of the dive industry are nearly identical and that creates many important new opportunities. We look forward to improving the future of diving for all of us by working together in the same direction.”
Chatteron agreed. “SDI/TDI is cutting edge. These guys think like us. They aren’t afraid of trying something new. That’s important in today’s ever-changing marketplace. SDI/TDI reflects our values as divers and our vision as educators. It’s a great match.”
Carney said that the duo, who also appears on the History Channel’s “Deep Sea Detectives” television series, would continue to be valuable resources for SDI and TDI through public appearances, technical consulting, editorial writing and in other important promotional areas.
Perhaps the most visible promotional vehicle right now is the “Dive Portal DVD” series. Developed by Chatterton and Kohler, this impressive DVD series provides some of the most outstanding underwater imagery ever captured including opportunities to join the ‘Shadow Divers’ on some of their underwater expeditions.
Since the release of the first edition of the DVD magazine earlier this year, thousands of divers have been able to experience the exceptional videography, impressive interview and valuable content. The second “Dive Portal DVD” is scheduled for release in early December.
“Dive Portal is an important tool that affords John and I an opportunity to bring the audience – both divers and non-divers alike – into the underwater world with us,” Kohler explains. “Not everyone is going to be able to explore deep wrecks or historical sites, but through modern technology, our team can certainly give them a vivid, clear image of what some of those dives are like.”
First-Ever Ventilator Dependent Diver Reaches Major Milestone: Matthew Johnston, a 29-year-old Minnesota man, who has been living with muscular dystrophy for more than 20 years reached a major milestone by making his first open-water dive. Now you can help fight muscular dystrophy while helping one determined diver realize his dream.
SDI Receives EUF Certification Scuba Diving International continues to receive international recognition and acceptance. Following a mandatory audit of all programs, standards and training, the European Underwater Federation Certification Body (EUF) has given their stamp of approval for all SDI courses.
ERDI Expands Into South America SDI/TDI Instructor Trainer Marco Aurelio Reis became the first ERDI (Emergency Response Diving International) Instructor registered in South America. He has already certified around 200 brazilian firefighters and understands the needs of those participating in public safety diving.
Nimrod Explorer Offers More SDI As one of the Premier Liveaboard vessels in Australia’s famed Far North Queensland, Nimrod Explorer welcomes discerning divers from around the globe. SDI Australia is therefore very pleased to announce that all Instructors operating on their trips now offer s range of SDI Specialty Diver Training, specializing in SDI Computer Nitrox and Solo Diving.
TDI Rebreather Training on the President Coolidge In August, Aquamarine is hosting a CCR Training and Dive trip with Jason Blackwell of Dive Dive Dive in Brisbane, one of Australia’s foremost CCR Instructors and TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer. Along for the trip will be four new Dive Rite Optimas and six Ambient Pressure Inspirations. Jason will be running TDI Courses in both units.
TDI Australia Welcomes Leading Melbourne Technical Dive Centre TDI is pleased to announce that Diver Instruction Services have successfully completed their TDI Crossover and welcome them as a TDI Dive Facility. Based in the North Melbourne suburb of Ringwood, DIS, as it is known to the local divers, is owned and operated by Paul Leslie.
TDI/SDI Spain Expands TDI/SDI Spain has taken on a new staff member. His name is Carlos and he is excited to be part of the ever growing International Training family. Carlos comes from a varied background in sports training and is a certified recreational and a commercial diver.
Parli Italiano? SDI recently announced that its Open Water Diver course materials are now available in Italian. These new materials were introduced this March at EUDI in Genova, Italy. They join a number of TDI materials that are already available in Italian.
More SDI/TDI Materials in Russian: The SDI Open Water Diver, Easy Nitrox Diving and Deeper Diving with Computers manuals are now available in Russian, along with the TDI Nitrox, Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures manuals. These translations are part of an ongoing effort to make SDI and TDI materials available in a variety of languages for students around the globe.
Sign Up for Dive Newswire: SDI and TDI regularly take advantage of the opportunity Dive Newswire provides to keep not only our members, but the entire dive industry updated on SDI/TDI products, programs and services. You can sign up at no charge to receive Dive Newswire’s weekly e-mail newsletter. Just use any of the links appearing below.