Rebreather Association of International Divers

The Rebreather Association of International Divers (RAID) is a dive training organization which was founded in 2007 by Barry Coleman to support diver training for the Poseidon Mk VI Discovery Rebreather. It has since extended its scope to include open circuit scuba training and training for both recreational and technical diving sectors as well as snorkeling and freediving.

Rebreather Association of International Divers
AbbreviationRAID
MottoDive Training in a Class of its Own
Formation2007
Location
  • Gothenburg, Sweden
Region served
International
Chief Executive Officer
Jim Holliday
AffiliationsUS RSTC
Rebreather Training Council
Websitehttps://www.diveraid.com/

History

RAID was founded in 2007 by Barry Coleman to support diver training required for the Poseidon Mk VI Discovery Rebreather. RAID first developed training for rebreathers, they have since extended their programmes to include open circuit courses and both the recreational and technical levels.[1] RAID offers a complete range of online diver academic programs from beginner to instructor examiner levels in snorkeling, scuba and freediving.[2]

Paul V. Toomer, previously Director of Technical Training for Scuba Schools International, was appointed as Director of Diver Training for RAID in 2014.[3]

In June 2016 RAID joined the United States Recreational Scuba Training Council as the first associate member.[4] July 2016 they partnered with the Dive Pirates Foundation to bring adaptive scuba to more dive centers. Adaptive training is a system for adapting the skills training procedures to a better fit for the individual disabled but otherwise medically fit diver's personal requirements and abilities. The same theory, and skills training and assessment is used as for other divers.[5][6]

In October 2017, RAID obtained European Underwater Federation certification.[7]

Recognition

RAID is a member of the United States Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC).[8][9]

RAID is a member of the Rebreather Training Council.[10]

RAID obtained CEN and ISO certification from the EUF certification body in October 2017 for the following certifications:[7][11]

  • ISO 24801-2 - RAID Open Water 20
  • ISO 24801-3 - RAID Dive Master
  • ISO 24802-2 - RAID Open Circuit Instructor
  • ISO 11107 - RAID Nitrox Speciality
  • ISO 11121 - RAID Try Open Circuit Diving
  • ISO 13293 - RAID O2 Service and Gas Blender

Certification issued by RAID is approved by the UK Health and Safety Executive for divers whose duties are described in regulations 10, 12, and 13 of the Diving at Work Regulations 1997.[12][11]

Training system

RAID differs from the rest of the industry by having a comprehensive online training system. RAID claims to have the most advanced training model in the industry today, with over 60 programs online.[13] Their no classroom approach covers their entire spectrum of training from snorkeling to rebreather diving. Delivering theory training online with no paper, no book and no plastic has allowed them to claim they have zero environmental impact. Once a course is passed the learner has lifetime access to that material. However, if a course is not completed in 6 months the learner will have to re-register. Academic material and certification are linked to the registration so, each student must register for their own class.[14] Classes are available via an app on mobile device for both Android [15] and IOS.[16]

Certifications

Recreational Diving Courses

  • Try Scuba Diving[17]
  • Junior Scuba Diver (Ages 12 to 14)[18]
  • Junior Open Water Diver (Ages 12 to 14)[19]
  • Scuba Diver[20]
  • Open Water 20[21]
  • Explorer 30[22]
  • Advanced 35[23]
  • Master Rescue Diver[24]
Professional Recreational Courses

Rebreather Courses

  • Try Rebreather[29]
  • Rebreather Level 1 Open Water: Basic no-decompression training in diving with rebreathers for non-divers and open circuit divers to 20 metres.[30]
  • Level 2[31]
  • Level 3[32]
  • Level 4[33]
  • Specialty Rebreather[34]
Professional Rebreather Courses
  • Sport Rebreather Instructor: Instructor training to teach no-decompression diving on RAID approved rebreathers or open circuit to depths not exceeding 40 metres.[35]

Technical Diving Courses

RAID Technical programmes develop the diver to dive beyond recreational limits and incur decompression obligations.[36]

Open Circuit Tech Scuba Courses

  • OC Deco 40M/132 ft[37]
  • OC Deco 50M/164 ft[38]

Professional Open Circuit Tech Courses

  • OC Inst. Deco 50M/164 ft[39]

Closed Circuit Rebreather Tech Courses

  • RB Deco 40M/132 ft[40]
  • RB Deco 50M/164 ft[41]
  • RB Deco 60M/197 ft[42]
Professional Closed Circuit Tech Courses
  • RB Inst. Deco 50M/164 ft[43]
  • RB Inst. Deco 60M/197 ft[44]

Freediving Courses

  • WSF Basic Freediver[45]
  • WSF Freediver[46]
  • WSF Advanced Freediver[47]
  • WSF Master Freediver[48]
  • WSF Surf Survival[49]

See also

References

  1. "About Us". RAID website. RAID. 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  2. "RAID - Learn to Scuba Dive RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!". RAID website. RAID. 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  3. Liang, John (1 February 2014). "SSI's Paul Toomer Leaves to Join RAID International as Major Stakeholder". www.deeperblue.com. ISSN 1469-865X. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  4. "RAID Joins RSTC US Council". WRSTC. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  5. "Dive Pirates Expand Reach with New Relationship with RAID Organization". Dive Pirates. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  6. "Adaptive Scuba Diving". divepirates.org. Dive Pirates Foundation. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  7. "Training systems for Recreational Scuba Divers". EUF Certification International. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  8. "United States Agencies". WRSTC. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  9. Staff (28 June 2016). "WRSTC News and Information: RAID Joins RSTC US Council". wrstc.com. World Recreational Scuba Training Council. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  10. "Member Organizations". Rebreather Training Council. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  11. "Dive RAID". Diving Matrix. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  12. "Schedule 6 Recreational Diving". Diving at Work Regulations 1997 List of Approved Diving Qualifications (PDF). UK Health and Safety Executive. 18 March 2015. p. 25.
  13. "RAID About Us". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  14. "RAID FAQ". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  15. "LearnToScuba App". Google. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  16. "LearnToScuba App". Apple. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  17. "RAID Try Scuba Diving". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  18. "Junior Scuba Diver". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  19. "Junior Open Water Diver". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  20. "Scuba Diver". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  21. "Open Water 20". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  22. "Explorer 30". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  23. "Advanced 35". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  24. "Master Rescue Diver". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  25. "Divemaster". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  26. "Open Water Scuba Instructor". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  27. "Open Circuit Try Dive Instructor". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  28. "Master Instructor". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  29. "Try Rebreather". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  30. "Level 1". RAID. 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  31. "Level 2". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  32. "Level 3". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  33. "Level 4". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  34. "Specialty Rebreather". RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  35. "Sport Instructor". RAID. 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  36. "Tech Diving". www.diveraid.com. RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  37. "OC Deco 40M/132ft". www.diveraid.com. RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  38. "OC Deco 50M/164ft". www.diveraid.com. RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  39. "OC Inst. Deco 50M/164ft". www.diveraid.com. RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  40. "RB Deco 40M/132ft". www.diveraid.com. RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  41. "RB Deco 50M/164ft". www.diveraid.com. RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  42. "RB Deco 60M/197ft". www.diveraid.com. RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  43. "RB Inst. Deco 50M/164ft". www.diveraid.com. RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  44. "RB Inst. Deco 60M/197ft". www.diveraid.com. RAID. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  45. "WSF Basic Freediver". RAID. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  46. "WSF Freediver". RAID. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  47. "WSF Advanced Freediver". RAID. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  48. "WSF Master Freediver". RAID. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  49. "WSF Surf Survival". RAID. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
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