Welcome to 2012!
It is truly hard to believe, but this is UTD's third anniversary, and what an incredible ride the past three years has been. Before I outline what to expect from UTD in 2012, I want to say thank you for your support and friendship. I personally believe that every UTD instructor, dive master, student, member, diver and supporter is part of UTD’s success and part of the UTD team.
Let’s go back and take a look at what we were able to accomplish in 2011:
This is of course a very short list of the happenings throughout 2011. However, overall you can see that we have spent the last three years building the various components of a UTD/DIR Back Mount System, Z-Side-Mount System and MX-Z Rebreather System. By components we mean the actual physical equipment, the training programs to support the education, the instructors who can provide the training, and the training materials to support those classes. These three years of building and developing the 3 independent systems or "tools" that are ALL compatible, scalable and can easily be integrated into a Unified Team has certainly being a great experience. The most important thing is that they all meet the 10 UTD covenants and make MIXED TEAM DIVING effortless.
So where to from here.....Well, it gonna be exciting year for sure. In 2012 we are going to expand the use of these 3 different configurations - “tools”, into a large variety of UTD Projects conducted around the world. These UTD Projects include everything from local recreational based UTD Projects, such as fish counts, to more technical based cave surveys, to broader based projects such as working with governments to document their cultural heritage. You will see a new UTD Projects section http://www.unifiedteamdiving.com/group/utd-projects on the website, that has the general information on about each of the UTD Projects, their ongoing efforts and their findings. We will also be holding a "Project Leadership Seminar" in the middle of 2012. (We will be announcing the dates) This will help develop Project Leaders throughout the world. Keep in mind, now that we have the 3 “Tools” to support any environment, the instructors to develop the divers and many trained and experienced UTD Divers and Members in place to help with these goal-orientated dives, it is certainly going to be easier to co-ordinate some fantastic exploration efforts this year and years to come.
In the other facets of UTD you will find:
UTD Education: We are continuing to expand our reach with both translations of materials and IDC’s throughout the world, including going into Brazil with the appropriate language translations - Portuguese. We will be adding new printed materials including an Open water Manual. We will also be releasing the new iPad Classroom application 2.0 and many many more exciting things from our training department.
On the equipment side, we will stay focused on the five (5) signature series lines we have - Z-System Side Mount, Alpha Trim Devices, MX Rebreathers, Vision Lighting, and Solar Dry Suit heating. We will continue to market them towards divers who are looking for equipment that integrates into the UTD philosophy. We have hired a design consultant who will be helping us upgrading the website (look and feel). We will also continue to increase our Dealer Network by attending DEMA and other trade shows throughout the world.
On the community side, as mention earlier, we have added a "goal oriented diving" program called UTD Projects, we continue to expand UTD Adventures. In addition to Cave Week (Nov 2012 - http://www.unifiedteamdiving.com/page/cave-week-2-tulum-mexico-nov) and Wreck Week (Aug 2012 - http://www.unifiedteamdiving.com/page/wreck-week-mv-tala-egypt), we will be hosting more dives and more projects. We hope to see many of you participating.
Finally, we want to take one more opportunity to thank you all again for supporting us as we continue to work tirelessly to support you. Our phones are always on and email always works, so please, call us anytime you need anything. We welcome your ideas, constructive criticism, or random call to say hello. Best of luck to all and we at UTD look forward to another great year.
CEO UTD International LLC.