RAID Open Water Scuba Instructor
Being an Open Water Scuba Instructor is a career you can truly enjoy. If you are looking for a career in diving, becoming a Snorkel & Dive Safari Scuba Instructor is the best choice you can make. Teaching scuba is easier than most people think and today’s scuba instructor is a healthy outdoors person who loves travelling and meeting other people.
Divers choose to become a Dive Instructor for a variety of reasons. For some, gaining their Open Water Scuba Instructor qualification is simply about being able to share their passion for diving with others, or as a ticket to dive around Planet Ocean while being paid to do so. For others, it is about achieving a goal to be the best of the best and to get diving’s Black Belt. Even others see an Instructor certification as a serious and challenging new career away from more mundane occupations. All these reasons have one thing in common – a rich and rewarding vocation out on the ocean, river or lake amongst the elements of nature and interacting with like-minded people.
RAID has taken a different approach, and we believe in 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 Open Water Scuba 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 120 minutes will make a big difference to diver safety. As a prospective Open Water Scuba Instructor, you know how long should be spent 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 can be perfected in the safety of a pool. As stated, it’s not so much about 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 compared to 100 dives, because dives can generally average 30 minutes or even less, so it must be about total time underwater.
RAID believe you need this level of experience to be truly confident as an Open Water Scuba Instructor. We base our philosophy on the enormous experience of our team.
RAID was founded 16 years ago, some 5 year ago a group of highly qualified and experienced Instructor Trainers recognised the need to improve the quality of dive training and rallied around RAID to bring change to the industry. Check out the list of people on the RAID team, including executives and trainers from the world’s largest training agencies. A Summary of RAID Basically, RAID started as an idea and is now sweeping the world with high profile instructor trainers from other diver training agencies joining us almost daily. It’s an indication the time has come for change. The belief that quality training is more important than the quantity of divers trained and by being unafRAID to stand up and lead change, will ensure we end up with a better dive industry with quality Open Water Scuba Instructors that truly want to share their passion for diving.
- 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 the online Quick Quizzes and Exams for:
- RAID Open Circuit
- Open Water.
- Advanced 35.
- Master Rescue.
- Deep Diver.
- Nitrox Diver.
- To be certified as a RAID Divemaster or equivalent from a RSTC recognised training agency
- Complete to the satisfaction of the RAID Instructor Trainer, 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 prerequisite requirements needed to be presented to the RAID Dive Centre and Instructor Trainer for approval prior to any in-water training.
- Complete an Instructor Development Programme (IDP) with a RAID Instructor Trainer or RAID Instructor Examiner.