Many people believe that technical diving is all about going deep and they are correct in a limited sense. The main aspect about technical diving is about ascending or returning safely to the surface.
When technical diving you will spend a great deal of your time between 40 m/132 ft and the surface. In fact it is a disproportionate amount of time when compared to the time you spend at depth, therefore if you are not very good with buoyancy or understanding your equipment when diving between 40 m/132 ft and the surface, do not think about technical diving.
This course is designed to build a solid foundation for your future diving and developing the skills needed in this programme that will help you reach the surface safely in the future. This is not a simple recreational programme - this is a foundation.
Minimum age is 18 years at the start of training.
A non certified diver - wanting to learn to dive this unit specific rebreather and enter the RAID training programme:
A non certified diver CANNOT complete this programme.
Certified Rebreather or Open Circuit Diver - wanting to extend their experience to dive this unit specific rebreather and enter the RAID training programme:
A certified diver from another recognized training agency wishing to complete a cross over will complete the RAID core Rebreather Level 3 programme where the diver meets the relevant prerequisites and the required skills in this Speciality: - refer to the RAID General Diving Standards.
RAID Certified Rebreather Diver - wanting to extend their experience to dive this unit specific rebreather:
For a RAID certified Rebreather Level 3 diver and above, the skill requirements of this Speciality will be "stand-alone" and your RAID rebreather Speciality instructor will discuss the various training dives and how each skill will be approached.
RAID Certified Rebreather or Open Circuit Diver - wanting to extend their experience to dive this unit specific rebreather and go to the next level:
RAID divers may only start at the Rebreather Level 3 or higher provided they meet all the prerequisites, complete all the skills in the basic RAID core rebreather level of training (for example, Rebreather Level 3), and the additional specified skills of this Speciality course.
These Standards are forming part of, and are in addition to, the RAID General Diving Standards.
At all times during this programme a minimum 7 lt/53 cu ft SSAA cylinder, with first and second stage regulator (preferably with the second stage regulator connected to a necktie on all dives), LP Hose and SPG.
IN WATER TRAINING
For your instructor to be able to incorporate all the skills required in this Speciality, the dive times specified in your RAID core rebreather level of in water training shall be extended by a minimum of:
Confined water: 1 hour (60 minutes) extra
Open water: 1 hour (60 minutes) extra
The minimum times for a cross over stand alone course shall be:
Confined water: 2 hours (120 minutes) extra
Open water: 2 hours (120 minutes) extra
The minimum logged hours, as detailed have been completed.
All confined and/or open water skills have been acknowledged and accepted on-line (through the RAID web site) as mastered by your certifying RAID instructor and yourself.
The RAID Dive Centre has confirmed certification on-line through the RAID web site.
INSTRUCTOR CROSS OVERS
Instructor Cross Overs are available on request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The above is subject to RAID General Diving Standards and change without notice.