Open Water 20





You have always wanted to become a diver. You have seen the documentaries and you ask, can it really be that good? Nothing on earth, nothing you will ever experience, compares to becoming a scuba diver.

From the second you experience the magic of taking your first underwater breath you'll be hooked. As your RAID instructor teaches you how to float weightlessly in the water you will know you're preparing for a truly life changing experience.

Whether gliding over colourful reef, being surrounded by schools of fish, interacting with dolphins or exploring a wreck from a by-gone era the adventure never stops.

The RAID Open Water 20 program is our most popular global certification program. You will learn everything you need to know to explore the underwater world with confidence.



Your training starts online where you will learn all the important information about learning to scuba. Everything from the equipment you will use, the diving environment, the effects of depth and the skills you will learn in the water.


You will spend a lot of time in the pool (or pool like conditions) training and practicing at your own pace. This will make you very comfortable before you dive into the ocean.

In particular we make sure you learn to control your buoyancy as it is essential to diving safely, comfortable and allows you to glide through the water with ease.


After your pool or confined water sessions, you'll head to open water, where you and your RAID instructor will take you on a minimum of four scuba dives, usually over two to three days. You'll apply the skills you learned in the pool as well as having plenty of time for exploring the local dive site.


The RAID Open Water 20 Course takes about 3-4 days depending on local conditions and how much time you need to feel safe and comfortable in the water.


It is recommend you own the essential items like mask, snorkel and fins. Exposure protection may be provided by the dive centre but it is highly recommended that you purchase your own exposure equipment. Before you buy, make sure you speak to your RAID dive centre to get the equipment that is right for you. Most of the other items are generally provided for your course but make sure you ask your RAID Dive Centre.

Your RAID on line course includes all on line training materials which you can access for life. Upon completion you will be issued with your e-card which recognises you as an internationally certified diver.


The minimum age is 12 years old. Student divers who are younger than 15 earn the RAID Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to RAID Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15.

You will be required to a complete a dive medical questionnaire. If there are any potential issues you will need to complete a medical from a doctor.

You will need to demonstrate you can swim 200 meters/200 yards or snorkel 300 metres/300yards and tread water for 10 minutes

Why wait, start your adventure today with RAID!


NOTE: Training is divided into two sections. Academic or Theoretical, which is provided for in the course manuals / materials provided online. These may be purchased (RAID STORE) directly or provided for by your RAID Dive Centre following your appointment. The second part is your practical training which is managed by your RAID Dive Centre and conducted by the appointed RAID Instructor. For the practical training costs, you must discuss this with your appointed RAID Dive.    



As a certified RAID Open Water 20 Diver you are qualified to dive to a depth of 20 metres or 66 feet, you will be able to rent diving equipment, get air fills, go on charter dives and participate in a wide variety of diving activities.

We strongly recommend you join in on an organised dive soon after the completion of your course to consolidate your skills that you have learned.

You are also qualified and we recommend you join in on a RAID continuing dive education program. For a full list of RAID programs - click here!


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