As a prospective instructor, you know how long you can spend getting a diver comfortable in those first few dives, and how invaluable an extra 40 minutes in the water will be to consolidating skills. Especially when buoyancy control and other essential skills have already been perfect in the safety of a pool.
As stated, it’s not so much about the difficulty of training (although there are additional prerequisites) but the focus and methodology of training. For example, as a RAID instructor your buoyancy control will be exemplary, if it’s not now we will train you to ensure it is. The Divers Alert Network (DAN) reports poor buoyancy control is a major and unacceptable risk to diver safety, and that is why RAID has put so much focus on this skill and getting it right from the start.
We do require significantly more in-water hours than most other diver training agencies. That is, we require 100 hours, which is about twice the time of other agencies. We believe you need this level of experience to be truly confident as a dive instructor.
Instructor Development Program (IDP) candidates must attend all the Instructor Trainer (IT) run academic PowerPoint presentations. These include:
Note: For recreational rebreather, there are similar standards relating to rebreather diving.
A RAID Instructor Examination (IE) is a two-day program that evaluates an instructor candidate’s teaching presentation abilities, academic knowledge, personal skill level, understanding of the RAID education and quality control system and their attitude and professionalism.
RAID IE’s are highly standardized and totally objective assessments of the candidate’s abilities. They are convened only by RAID Examiners, which may include RAID International and RAID Regional Office staff. RAID IE’s are conducted at various locations globally, and you should contact your RAID Regional Office for the location of an IE near you.
The IE will test standards, practical ability and the professional attitude of the candidates. It is a milestone in the Instructor training process and the goal for anyone wanting to become a high quality dive Instructor.
Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating from another recognised diver training agency may be eligible to enrol in the RAID Cross Over Program. This program recognises prior learning (RPL) and past instructor training. By so doing, it provides a pathway to become a RAID Instructor without you being required to go back to complete knowledge and skill assessment on skills and knowledge you should have already mastered. However, such individuals may have to undertake some additional training in respect to academic knowledge and skill development applicable to your current training agency and the level of training RAID requires.
Note that RAID generally requires a higher level of academic knowledge and in-water skill than most other training agencies. However, be aware the majority of the RAID Cross Over Program focuses on developing your knowledge and familiarity with the RAID system of training, rather than a desire on our part to completely retrain you.
You should not be the slightest concerned about becoming an instructor with an agency who puts quality before the quantity of divers trained. You might think it may in some ways limit your opportunities, but ironically the opposite is the case. It seems the world agrees with the position we have taken. Dive consumers have noticed that RAID has gone from a quality based concept to a movement that is sweeping the globe at an unbelievable rate.
Dive Centres that are joining RAID are seeing an increase in student numbers, because anyone serious about learning to dive appreciates our focus on a thorough and comprehensive approach to diver training. RAID Dive Centres are recognising that by increasing the quality of their training, they: