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New charges for Sotis (Add helium)and Emilie Voissem (Nexus Underwater)

Discussion in 'Scuba Related Court Cases' started by cerich, Oct 31, 2019.

  1. reefrat

    reefrat Manta Ray

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    Like a lot of people I got sucked in by the RebreatherWorld hype and in 2016 believed that AddHelium was THE place to do any CC training.
    The training was crap (although I didn't realize just how crap at the time!) and a number of conversations/meetings I had with Sotis gave me the impression he was something of a megalomaniac.
    A shame for the staff he had working for him, some of them were genuine diving enthusiasts and nice people.
     
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  2. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yes, they definitely are. I recall there being news of addhelium getting notified that he couldn't sell rebreathers to terrorists, then he publicly went about doing it anyway. He did get warned up front and ignored the warning. Unless maybe I just dreamed that up, but I'm certain it was discussed ad nauseam on SB in the past.

    As for Emilie...Several others on SB called that situation accurately the moment she took over for AH. If armchair quarterbacks on the internet could have nailed it instantly, she should have as well. Maybe sotis is one of those extremely charismatic guys that can convince people to do whatever he wants (charles manson, ian watkins, etc)?
     
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  3. JoeFriday

    JoeFriday Photographer

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    It is not just "weapons" that are restricted. A company I once worked for in a former life had to produce 2 different releases of software: 1 with encrypted communications and 1 without...
    Export of cryptography from the United States - Wikipedia
     
  4. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Yes. We let him (his employee you and I know and like) sponsor a couple of dive trips. We were paid up front. The last trip we ran was “sketchy”.
     
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  5. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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  6. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Spree Expeditions has an ITAR permit to export rebreathers to Cuba. It was included in the boat permit. It is do-able, but not easy.
     
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  7. St John the Diver

    St John the Diver Barracuda

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    Yes, they are.

    They are most certainly export controlled items.
     
  8. Tom Winters

    Tom Winters Instructor, Scuba

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    Gee, trying to promote recreational diving in Libya, advancing rebreather diving in the US, and a little collateral damage in the Keys and everyone just piles on this guy.
    Somehow, I never crossed paths with him.
    Oh well...
     
  9. michael-fisch

    michael-fisch Manta Ray

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    Visited his store, back when it was still located in Naples n found him to be a nice guy.

    Michael
     
  10. hroark2112

    hroark2112 Tech Instructor

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    They used to say that about Ted Bundy too. Such a nice guy.

    Met him a few times on boats. Thought he was arrogant and a bit condescending. Also listened to some of his lecture on GF, and vowed never to take training from him.
     
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