Our mission is to be the benchmark brand for quality dive training globally through improved technology, training techniques, a proactive quality control system and ensuring the highest standard of dive instructors. The measure of our success is not the number of divers we train but the quality of our divers, every diver we train is an ambassador for RAID
RAID Technical programs are more challenging and develop divers to dive beyond recreational limits and incur decompression obligations.
Building on the life support training already established in the strong RAID foundation programs, they take the diver to the next level based on time in the water and experience at depth.
Technical diving is not a light subject; it demands the diver to acquire a fair amount of diving experience to understand and master conventional diving before attempting decompression and mixed gas environments. There is no quick way to safe technical diving. Only time underwater and many hours of practice are some of the requirements to enter these courses.
Are you ready for that commitment?
The risks are greater, and the benefits are deeper!
The Open Water Diver course is an entry-level certification course for new divers.
Get Scuba Certified in 3 Steps:
1. Study & Pass the online course
2. Complete Water Skills Training
3. Go Scuba Diving!
Who is this course for?
The Open Water Diver Course is for anyone looking to Learn to Scuba dive and obtain a scuba diving certification.
You must be 10 years and over of age to take this course and be in good health.
What Do I Get With This Course?
Graduates will receive the RAID Open Water 20 or Scuba Diver electronic certification allowing for open water dives. RAID certifications are recognized and accepted world wide.
Completing the Water Skills Training
While you are completing the online course your dive Instructor will coordinate a time for you to complete the water training portion of this course.
Divers choose to become a RAID Dive Instructor for a variety of reasons. For some, gaining their RAID Instructor qualification is simply about sharing their passion for diving with others. For many, it's a ticket to dive around the world while being paid to do so. For others, it is about achieving a goal to reach the pinnacle of their chosen activity. A RAID Instructor certification can open the door to an exciting new career or enhance your enjoyment of diving.
What makes RAID the best choice for dive instructor training?
RAID has taken a different approach, and we believe a much better approach to dive training than other diver training agencies. We believe, and the evidence strongly supports our position, that training standards need to be raised. We believe this begins by making far better instructors. So if you truly want to be the "best of the best," then RAID is the choice for you.
It's not a case of it being a much more difficult path or even a much longer path, just in our opinion, ensuring you are prepared to take the responsibility of training people to dive safely and be able to work with dive facilities that put the quality of dive training above everything else.
RAID does not believe in going back to the "good old days" when it could take months of training to become a diver, but we believe divers should spend more time perfecting skills in the pool. For example, we believe that something as simple as raising open water training time from just 80 minutes to 120 minutes will make a big difference to diver safety.
As a prospective instructor, you know how long you can spend getting a diver comfortable in those first few dives and how invaluable an extra 40 minutes in the water will be to consolidating skills, especially when buoyancy control and other essential skills have already been perfect in the safety of a pool.
As stated, it's not so much about the difficulty of training (although there are additional prerequisites) but the focus and methodology of training. For example, as a RAID instructor, your buoyancy control will be exemplary. If it's not now, we will train you to ensure it is. The Divers Alert Network (DAN) reports poor buoyancy control is a major and unacceptable risk to diver safety, and that is why RAID has put so much focus on this skill and getting it right from the start.
We do require significantly more in-water hours than most other diver training agencies. That is, we require 100 hours, which is about twice the time of other agencies. We believe you need this level of experience to be truly confident as a dive instructor.
• To be a minimum of 18 years old.
• Have a diving medical not more than 6 months old signed-off on by a licensed medical practitioner.
• Completed and passed RAID Open Circuit Open Water, Advanced 35, Master Rescue, and Instructor Academic Sections Quick Quiz and Exams.
• To be certified as a RAID Divemaster or equivalent certification from a recognized training agency and/or complete, to the instructor's satisfaction, the minimum in water open circuit Divemaster skills.
• To have a minimum of 100 logged underwater hours on Open Circuit.
• To submit a RAID Master Rescue certificate, and/or equivalent and/or complete, to the satisfaction of a RAID Instructor Trainer, the in-water skills of the RAID Master Rescue Course.
• Submit a current Rescue Breathing/CPR/BLS Training and Oxygen Provider Instructor certificates. (DAN/equivalent).
• Documented proof of pre-requisite requirements must be presented to the RAID Dive Centre and Instructor Trainer for approval before any in-water training.
• Complete an Instructor Development practical program with a RAID Instructor Trainer or RAID Instructor Examiner.