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RAID Open Water Instructor

BECOME A RAID DIVE INSTRUCTOR

Divers choose to become a RAID Dive Instructor for a variety of reasons. For some, gaining their RAID Instructor qualification is simply about being able to share their passion for diving with others. For many, it's a ticket to dive around the world while being paid to do so. For others, it is about achieving a goal to reach the pinnacle of their chosen activity.

Divers choose to become a RAID Dive Instructor for a variety of reasons. For some, gaining their RAID Instructor qualification is simply about being able to share their passion

A RAID Instructor certification can open the door to an exciting new career or simply enhance your enjoyment of diving.

What makes RAID the best choice for dive instructor training:
RAID has taken a different approach, and we believe a much better approach, to dive training than other diver training agencies. We believe, and the evidence strongly supports our position, that training standards need to be raised. We believe this begins by making far better instructors. So if you truly want to be the "best of the best" then RAID is the choice for you.

It's not a case of it being a much more difficult path or even a much longer path just in our opinion ensuring you are prepared to take the responsibility of training people to dive safely and be able to work with dive facilities that put the quality of dive training above everything else.

RAID does not believe in going back to the "good old days" when it could take months of training to become a diver but we do believe divers should spend more time perfecting skills in the pool. For example, we believe that something as simple as raising open water training time from just 80 minutes to 180 minutes will make a big difference to diver safety.

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 60 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 difficulty of training (although there are additional pre requisites) 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.

http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/articles/The_Ups_and_Downs_of_Buoyancy_Control

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 beleive you need this level of experience to be truly confident as a dive instructor.

RAID Open Water Instructor

Pre Requisites:
• To be a minimum of 18 years old.
• Have a diving medical not more than 6 months old signed-off on by a licensed medical practitioner.
• Completed and passed RAID Open Circuit Open Water, RAID Advanced 35, RAID Master Rescue and RAID  Instructor Academic Sections Quick Quiz and Exams.
• To be certified as a RAID Divemaster or equivalent certification from a recognised training agency and/or complete, to the satisfaction of the instructor, the minimum in water open circuit Divemaster skills. 
• To have a minimum of 100 logged underwater hours on Open Circuit.
• To submit a RAID Master Rescue certificate, and/or equivalent and/or complete, to the satisfaction of a RAID Instructor Trainer, the in-water skills of the RAID Master Rescue Course.
• Submit a current Rescue Breathing/CPR/BLS Training and Oxygen Provider Instructor certificates. (DAN/equivalent). 
• Documented proof of pre-requisite requirements needed to be presented to the RAID Dive Centre and Instructor Trainer for approval prior to any in-water training.
• Complete an RAID Instructor Development practical programme (IDP) with a RAID Instructor Trainer or RAID Instructor Examiner.

RAID Instructor Development practical programme (IDP)

RAID Open Water Instructor

Course Content & Core Modules

RAID Instructor Development Program (IDP) candidates must attend all the Instructor Trainer (IT) run academic PowerPoint presentations. These include:

  • IDP Orientation
  • Course Structure and Standards
  • Teaching RAID Courses
  • Student Administration
  • Developing Presentations - class, confined and open water
  • Risk Management
  • The Business of Diving and RAID
  • The RAID Instructor Evaluation
  • Complete the Risk Management Schedule (RMS) Workshop
  • Complete at least one dive site briefing using the RAID Dive Site Briefing Slate and integrate the RMS
  • Complete at least one Dive Evaluation Checklist
  • Complete the De-Briefing and RAID Counselling Workshop
  • Complete relevant stamina exercises
  • Complete the rescue workshop
  • Complete the online theory training

SPECIFIC DISCIPLINE MODULE
Candidates must also:
1. Present and pass at least two academic teaching presentations
2. Present and pass at least three confined water presentations
3. Present and pass at least three open water presentations
Note: Each in-water presentation will consist of 2 skills
4. Present and pass at least one practical application
5. Review the relevant sections from Life Support Review (See Appendix)
6. Review all prescribed knots

For Recreational Open Circuit (OC)
• Pass the OC in-water pro-skill circuit evaluation
• Attend the Nitrox Speciality Instructor Workshop
• Attend the Deep Speciality Instructor Workshop

Note: For recreational rebreather, there are similar standards relating to rebreather diving.

RAID Instructor Examination (IE)

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 IEs 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 IEs are conducted at various locations globally and you should contact Diving Bali 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.


Further Information: RAID OC Instructor Program

 

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