RAID - Open Water Instructor Course


A RAID Instructor certification can open the door to an exciting new career or simply enhance your enjoyment of diving,  share their passion for diving with others, dive around the world while being paid to do so, achieving a goal to reach the pinnacle of their chosen activity...

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.

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

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.


• 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, Advanced 35, Master Rescue and 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 Instructor Development practical programme with a RAID Instructor Trainer or RAID Instructor Examiner.


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
    • Teaching Divemasters
    • 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 and Dive Evaluation Checklist
    • Complete the De-Briefing and RAID Counselling Workshop
    • Complete relevant stamina exercises
    • Complete the rescue workshop
    • Complete the online theory training
    • Complete the Open Circuit Try Dive workshop

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

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

5. Review the relevant sections from Life Support Review (See Appendix)
6. Review all prescribed knots

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

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 your RAID Regional Office for the location of an IE near you.



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 recognizes 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.

RAID Cross Over consists of the following:

• Overview of the RAID system 
• RAID Administration
• RAID Instructor level theory overview
• Workshops on the RAID, Try Dive, Deep and Nitrox Programs
• Water skills unique to the RAID system
• The RAID signature buoyancy workshop.

RAID - Open Water Instructor Course