A Divemaster is one of the most highly respected ratings in the dive community and the first pro level within the RAID system of training, education and certification.
Although some may find that the Divemaster rating suits their professional needs and is a rewarding full-time or part-time career in its own right, a Divemaster can also be a stepping stone and is a prerequisite to becoming a Dive Instructor.
By becoming a RAID Divemaster you can plan, organise and lead dives for certified divers. You can also assist in diver training and even conduct some training independently of an Instructor. It is easier than most people think.
RAID also highly recommend you complete at least two other speciality ratings that will help build on your professional standing, such as those that may be useful and unique to your area of employment (e.g. Wreck Diver if your local region has a wreck site or Drift Diver if there is a popular drift dive in your vicinity).
Dive Newcastle feels this is essential to set you up for completing the course and to take on the necessary responsibilities that come with a professional level qualification.
RAID requires a higher standard of diver training than most other diver training agency at all levels, It is not that the diver training is more difficult, it is just more comprehensive and therefore we believe that Dive Newcastle typically train better divers.
If you have undertaken training from another WRSTC training agency, we do recognise the training; however in most instances, you will find you need to do some additional training prior to starting with RAID, especially if you have only fulfilled the minimum requirements required.
RAID, we do not promote buoyancy control as part of a specialty diver certification. If you have come through the RAID system you would have been taught to hover in the horizontal diver position. If not, there will be a workshop requirement to train you in this vital buoyancy skill.