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The RAID Way™ in Cyprus

Inside the world-class wreck of Zenobia

Cyprus, like so many spots in the Mediterranean, offers an unforgettable experience for scuba divers. Diverse marine life—and plenty of it—contribute to truly remarkable underwater beauty. So, whether you’re a seasoned diver or a beginner looking to explore the deep blue sea, this island nation is worth adding to the “must dive” spots.

The great news is that diving in Cyprus has received a significant boost with the arrival of Dive RAID International and The RAID Way™ in the guise of brand-new Instructor Trainers for the agency. Known for the skills-based training methods, the island’s new instructors will have a positive impact on Cyprus’ scuba diving tourism and on the overall quality of the diving services provided.

Starting right now, Dive RAID International divers in Cyprus can feel confident taking advantage of top-notch diving courses, from beginners to advanced divers with these newly-certified professional members.

Having Dive RAID International in Cyprus also means that there will be professional instructors who are highly trained and certified. This increases the overall safety and quality of the diving experience.

(L to R) PJ Prinsloo, Godfrey Mathews, Nicolas Pantopiou, Christos Patsalides.

Furthermore, this development boosts the scuba diving industry of Cyprus and its reputation on a global scale. While Cyprus doesn’t have all the wrecks that Malta has for example, it does have the great Zenobia,onsidered one of the best wreck dives in the world. The Zenobia was a roll-on roll-off ferry that sank in 1980. Now, it is home to a variety of marine life including groupers, barracudas, turtles, and more. It’s a great spot for experienced divers.

“Our guys” are primarily based up in Ayai Napa and Proturas, that is really the main beach tourist area, and has a number of shore entry dive sites. However, they can set up an expedition to other areas if you have a specific dive in mind.

Tourism in Cyprus is growing, it’s almost back to 2019 levels with about 3,5 million visitors a year. The island is also investing huge amounts of money on new developments. For instance, a $1,5 Billion new Marina is being built in Larnaca. With shipwrecks, marine parks, and caves, Cyprus has something for every diver. Now with Dive RAID International in the picture, Cyprus’s scuba diving scene has leveled up and can compete with top scuba diving destinations around the world.

So, regardless of your preferences—looking to learn how to dive or an experienced technical diver looking for new challenges—you can thank RAID Director Training, PJ Prinsloo, Regional Office manager, Christos Patsalides, and newly certified RAID ITs, Godfrey Mathews and Nicolas Pantopiou, for being there to offer a safe and fun experience exploring the diverse underwater sites waiting for you in Cyprus.