FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is RAID compliant with the EU ISO Standards
RAID training standards are compliant with ISO Recreational Diving Standards listed below.
EN 14153-2/ISO 24801-2 / ISO 11207: RAID Levels 1 to 3
EN 14413 -1/ISO 24802-1/ ISO 11207: RAID Level 4
EN 14413-2/ISO 24802-2 / ISO 11207: RAID Instructor
ISO 13293 Oxygen and Mixer Blender
ISO 1121 Try Scuba Diving
PART ONE - FAQ BY DIVERS
Do I have to have any previous diving certification experience to do the rebreather diving course?
Can I start the RAID course before I contact a Dive Centre?
Yes, just log on and follow the registration procedures.
Do I have to have a dive buddy?
No, you will probably meet one during the in water training.
Do I have to complete all the academic learning before I contact a Dive Centre?
No, you can contact a RAID Dive Centre from the list, anytime before, during or after your academic on-line learning.
Do I have to complete the in water training at my local Dive Centre?
You can choose any RAID Registered Dive Centre for your in water training.
From the time I register until I get certified, how long do I have?
Can my family register for one course and we all get certified?
You can register for one course, and you will only get one certification. Each member of the family must earn his/her own certificate.
Do I have to fully complete one programme before I can start the next academic learning programme?
You can register for as many academic on-line programmes as you like, although you need to meet the prerequisites prior to any in water training.
Can I do a 'Try Dive' first before I decide to do a course?
Yes, just choose or contact a RAID registered Dive Centre and make arrangements with them for a Discover Rebreather session.
What happens if after 6 months I have not had time to get certified?
You need to re-register and start again as a lot of information may have been forgotten and revision is always safe.
What is the minimum age?
12 years to become a RAID diver, and 16 years for Level 3 and above.
Can I complete confined water with one Dive Centre and Open Water training with another?
Yes, you may want to do confined water locally, and travel to a tropical island for your open water.
Can I go directly to the exam, without completing the Quick Quiz?
No, the quick quiz is an important prerequisite.
How many times can I re-write the exam?
10 times, then if you don't pass you need to contact your Dive Centre for additional help.
Can I have someone to help me when I write the Quick Quiz and Exam?
Can I print out the PDF's from the academic presentation sections?
What happens when I have finished the course and get certified, do I still have access to view the relevant course material?
Yes. You are a life-long member.
Can I register for Level 2 while I am working through Level 1?
Is the RAID e-learning training programme only in English?
There are various languages. Further languages will follow.
Cross overs: if I am already a certified CCR or SCR diver what are the requirements?
Simple - read through the various levels of education and if you meet all the prerequisites then you may "cross over" at that particular level. In other words to enter any level in the RAID system the diver needs to meet all the prerequisites before registration and must provide documentation to the RAID Dive Centre and RAID Instructor when enrolling to complete the in water training section.
If I get any questions wrong, will the correct answers be provided to me?
YES - all the answers are in the manuals for investigation. There are many educational methods. The method RAID is employing is not for memory retention but for comprehension of a subject that requires understanding and investigation (open book quiz) and the ability to apply these with other cognitive skills to develop a diver to apply the understanding to survival skills ie diving. Basic memory retention without comprehension will not help a diver learn survival skills.
PART TWO - FAQ BY PROFESSIONALS
I am an OC Instructor and want to become a RAID OC Instructor?
Certified OC instructors from any recognised dive agency may cross over on-line to become a RAID OC Instructor (subject to General Diving Standards). Example: You must complete on-line academic portion of the RAID OC Level 1,2,3 and Instructor. The practical skills will be credited.
I am an OC Instructor, so why do I have to do Rebreather Level 3 before enrolling on the RAID Rebreather Instructor programme?
Rebreather Level 3 teaches the diver:
To cover risk management applications.
To use/handle a side sling cylinder and the required skills.
How to make a controlled ascent with an unresponsive rebreather diver, which requires additional skills.
To earn a 40m / 131ft certification.
Learn to dive with a unit specific rebreather and there after work up the required number of logged dives.
I am a Rebreather Instructor , how do I cross over to become a RAID Rebreather instructor?
To become a RAID Rebreather Sport Instructor, complete on-line rebreather Level 1,2,3 and Instructor.
Then complete the RAID Speciality Instructor, by completing on-line each Instructor Speciality Programme.
Following certification, a RAID Speciality Instructor may teach unit specific courses.
Rebreather instructors are automatically qualified to teach RAID OC training.
I am an OC Instructor with rebreather certification, how do I become a RAID Rebreather Instructor?
To become a RAID Rebreather Sport Instructor, complete on-line rebreather Level 1,2,3 Instructor
and Rebreather Speciality. If you have the required number of logged underwater hours then you will complete the Instructor Speciality and the relevant SIDP if required.
Requirements are subject to the specific rebreather instructor programme taken.
I am an OC Instructor with NO rebreather experience, how do I become a RAID Rebreather Instructor?
To become a RAID Rebreather Sport Instructor, complete on-line Open Circuit Instructor cross over, then complete the rebreather academic on-line Level 1,2 and 3.
Take a practical rebreather Level 3 programme and the rebreather speciality for the unit you wish to teach. After you have the required number of logged dives, enter the Sport Rebreather Instructor programme on-line.
Certification is subject to the detailed rebreather speciality.
Do I have to give up my existing instructor status with other organisations?
I am a Dive Master with no CCR dive experience - how can I do a cross over?
By completing rebreather Level 3, then enrol on the rebreather Level 4 programme. After you have the required number of logged dives, enter the rebreather Level 4 programme on-line.
As a RAID instructor, do I need civil liability insurance?
As a RAID instructor, do I have to work through a RAID Dive Centre?
Yes, as the Dive Centre will do the final signing of the certification on-line - see below.
What if I am a RAID Instructor, and there is no RAID Dive Centre in my area?
The way the programme is designed requires there to be a RAID Dive Centre managing both the training and final certifications. So choose the next closest RAID Dive Centre to you.
Can a student register on-line, through a Dive Centre only?
A student can register on-line through a Dive Centre or by him/herself, and then choose a Dive Centre listed.
Does the Dive Centre have to pay registration fees?
Yes, refer to General Diving Standards for fees.
COURSE TIME DURATION
What is the time duration of the courses after students have completed the e-learning section?
The times below are ONLY estimates and are subject to location and other requirements
Rebreather Level 1:
3/4 day course (depending on your instructor's schedule and unit speciality).
Rebreather Level 2:
3/4 day course (depending on your instructor's schedule and unit speciality).
Rebreather Level 3:
4 day course (depending on your instructor's schedule and unit speciality).
Rebreather Level 4:
6/8 day course (depending on your instructor's schedule and unit speciality).
Rebreather Instructor Development Programme:
8/10 day course (depending on your instructor's schedule and unit speciality).
Instructor Trainer Development Programme:
6 Day programme. (depending on your examiner's schedule and unit speciality).
Instructor Trainer Cross Over:
3.5 Day programme. (depending on your examiner's schedule and unit speciality).