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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Do I have to register first before I can purchase a course?
Yes once registered you may buy all your courses at the ONLINE STORE and there is no time limit.

Once I have registered and purchased a course do I have to register again to purchase another course?
No, there is no need to register again. You can buy at the ONLINE STORE as many courses you like once registered with the same login.

Do I have to have any previous diving certification experience to do the MK6 Discovery rebreather diving course?
No.

Can I start the RAID course before I contact a Dive Centre?
Yes, just log on and follow the registration procedures and purchase your course through the online store.

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 to do the practical in water training?
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?
6 months.

Can my family register for one course and we all get certified?
You can purchase a 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 purchase 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 purchase the course and start again as a lot of information may have been forgotten and revision is always safe.

What is the minimum age?
15 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?
No.

Can I print out the PDF's from the academic presentation sections?
Yes.

What happens when I have finished the course and get certified, do I still have access to view the relevant course material?
Yes.

Can I purchase Level 2 while I am working through Level 1?
Yes.

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.

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 RAID OC Level 1,2,3 and Instructor. Thereafter there is a cross over programme for RAID OC instructors to teach rebreathers.

I am a Rebreather Instructor , how do I cross over to become a RAID Rebreather instructor?
To become a RAID Registered Sport CCR Instructor (Discovery & Sport Vision), complete on-line CCR Level 1,2,3 and Instructor.
Then complete the RAID Speciality Instructor (Classic, Evolution, unit specific etc), by completing on-line each Instructor Speciality Programme.
Following certification, a RAID Speciality Instructor may teach unit specific courses AND RAID Registered Sport CCR's.
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 Registered Sport CCR Instructor (Discovery & Sport Vision), complete on-line CCR Level 1,2,3 and Instructor.
Take a 6 day Instructor Development Course.

Do I have to give up my existing instructor status with other organisations?
No

I am a Dive Master with no CCR dive experience - how can I do a cross over?
By completing complete Level 4 and sending copy of the existing certification.

As a RAID instructor, do I need civil liability insurance?
Yes

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?

These times/days below depend on your instructor's schedule.

Level 1:
4/5 day course - 5 hours underwater on a RAID CCR; 4 hours underwater on open circuit.

Level 2:
3/4 day course - 6 hours underwater on a RAID CCR; 4 hours underwater on open circuit.

Level 3 - Rescue:
4/5 day course - 6 hours underwater on a RAID CCR; 5 hours underwater on open circuit.

Level 4 - Divemaster:
6/8 day course - 7 hours underwater on a RAID CCR; 6 hours underwater on open circuit.

Open Circuit Instructor:
6/8 day Instructor Development practical programme with Instructor Trainer.
OC Instructor Cross Over to RAID OC Instructor:
Practical training at Instructor Trainer's discretion/judgement.

OC Instructor Cross Over to RAID CCR Instructor:
Practical training at Instructor Trainer's discretion/judgement as diver is already a certified RAID speciality rebreather diver.

Rebreather Instructor:
6/8 day Instructor Development practical programme with Instructor Trainer.

Rebreather Instructor Cross Over:
Practical training at Instructor Trainer's discretion/judgement.

Speciality Instructor:
Complete Speciality Instructor Development programme.

Instructor Trainer:
4/5 day Instructor Development programme.

Instructor Trainer Cross Over:
3.5 day cross over programme.

Instructor and student certification ID numbers - Why does RAID not have these numbers?
I hope you enjoy reading this number 456372899

Perhaps the question should be - why do the other Agencies still have ID numbers in this electronic age. ID numbers were developed when technology was not advanced enough to track membership effectively. Today we have such technology and we have ability to do so much more.

By simply using a members name, e-mail address and pass word we are able to know and confirm every single RAID member and their status without fail 24 seven. RAID members are not just numbers, they are people with their own unique identity expressed in their own names, e-mail address and pass word.

The days of issuing numbers to people went out with the arch. It may be hard for people to accept advances and move with the times. RAID moves with the times, they are not afraid to embrace modernisation. Those with Google accounts will know they do not have a Google ID number.

Does not having an ID number for membership mean RAID is not professional?
Does a question like this need answering -really!?

We are not afraid to drop the old and take up the new

Thanks for read this number 456372899!

Become a RAID member and get your name back!

 

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