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
EN 14413 -1/ISO 24802-1/ ISO 11207
EN 14413-2/ISO 24802-2 / ISO 11207
PART ONE - FAQ BY DIVERS
Do I have to have any previous diving certification experience to do a rebreather diving course?
Not with a recreational designed rebreather.
Can I start the RAID course before I contact a Dive Centre?
Yes, you may start the theoretical section just log on and follow the registration procedures. To complete the practical learning you will have to contact and train through a RAID Dive Centre.
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, 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 program before I can start the next academic learning program?
You can register for as many academic on-line programs 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 Try Dive.
What happens if after 6 months I have not had time to get certified?
You need to re-purchase your course 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 15 years for Master Rescue / 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 Instructor or 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?
NOTE: only online materials are valid RAID documents.
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 Advanced 35 or Explorer 30 while I am working through Open water 20?
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 Instructor (subject to General Diving Standards). Example: You must complete the online Instructor Development Program and practical training with a RAID Instructor Trainer.
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.
Complete the online Instructor development course (IDP) and complete practical training with a RAID RB Instructor Trainer.
Following certification, a RAID Speciality Instructor may teach unit specific course/s.
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.
Requirements are subject to the specific rebreather instructor programme taken.
Complete the online Instructor Development Program (IDP) and complete practical training with a RAID RB Instructor Trainer.
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, (IDP and practical training with a RAID Instructor Trainer).
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 program on-line and complete practical training with a RAID RB Instructor Trainer.
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 - how can I become a RAID Instructor?
Apply to your closest RAID Dive Centre. You will enrol in the RAID Instructor Development Program (IDP) with a RAID Instructor Trainer. After successfully completing this course you will then be required to complete the RAID Instructor Examination which is conducted by a RAID Examiner. On passing this exam you will then be certified as a RAID Instructor, subject to the RAID General Diving Standards.
As a RAID instructor, do I need civil liability insurance?
Yes. Subject to local laws and regulations
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.
What if I am a RAID Instructor, and there is no RAID Dive Centre in my area?
The way the program is designed, requires there to be a RAID Dive Centre managing both the training and final certification/s. 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 RAID 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 local RAID regional offices for fees.