RAID General Diving Standards (RGDS) Version 54.4.7 Released

These standards reflect RAID’s ISO ratings and are designed to the highest industry standards.

Areas of immediate new interest within the standards are RAID’s change, like other mainstream training agencies, to allow training to start at 10 years old for junior divers. Instructors training junior divers are encouraged to visit our blog, in addition to reading the new standards, as the use of training credits varies from 10-11 year old who will use a junior open water credit and 12-15 year old who will use a open water 20 qualification with various junior diver restrictions.

Other new additions alongside the new look and feel of the document are the new RAIDaptive courses including an entry-level program, a buddy diver program and a specialty program. In the technical area RAIDs new OC Deco 40, 50 and 60 diver and instructor programs will catch the eye and need review.

Again with RAID these standards are out of date if downloaded off your professional log in profiles, they continue to appear on the log in page for you, the look and feel is greatly improved with index hyperlinking for ease of document navigation.

RAID RGDS are just that now, the instructor ‘how to teach’ guides are all freely available to qualified instructors through their instructor login profiles through the course materials held there.

Don’t delay! Get online and review this great new document and remember it is a standard to review the course standards before teaching.

YouTube Channel

As RAID continue to grow we are adding to our teaching resources available at no additional cost to our instructors, divemasters and students. Recently we have been working hard to create open circuit skills videos that complement the RAID Open Water 20 course materials for students. These can be found, along with other useful videos, on the Dive RAID YouTube channel.

The videos break down the skills into step-by-step guides for students to watch before their confined sessions or as a resource when a student is struggling with a particular skill.

On the YouTube channel you can also find a great video from the RNLI on diver safety. This video can be used as a educational resource for all level of diver and can be shared on social media or embedded onto your dive centre website.

Calling for help and visibility on the surface

This video makes up part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI UK) sponsored Sea Survival program. Being seen on the surface and knowing how to call for help once on the surface, are of vital importance when diving. This video discusses both points from a surface supervision and rescue point of view, and not merely form a diver perspective.

Mobile log in for

We have identified that 75% of log-ins to the RAID system come through the mobile site, as technology and mobile applications improve, these figures will continue to grow. It is clear that we will need to resource the mobile site more in the future and this is one of our priorities at RAID.

We recommend that you make yourself familiar with the RAID system through the mobile version of the site. In the future we will be converting the desktop site to match the mobile site so that both versions are the same.

The Great Northern Dive Show 2018

Join us in February at The Great Northern Dive Show. Once again RAID UK & Malta are proud to be supporting The Great Northern Dive Show, which is held next year at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester.

Following the success of this years event, TGNDS next year is set to be another extravaganza! Growing every year in popularity with both visitors and exhibitors; it is a great place to meet diving legends and grab a bargain from manufacturers.

Come along and visit our stand for a chat about everything RAID plus catch some great guest speakers, other exhibitors and demonstrations in the dive tank.

Tickets are available online now! Click here to get yours!

RAID Connect 2018

In 2018 we want all of our divers to enjoy some great diving with our RAID centres, to help achieve this we are arranging the RAID Connect initiative across our territory. Catch up with like-minded divers, clubs and centres for various kinds of diving and socializing in the UK and Malta.

If you would like your dive centre or club to be involved in or host a RAID Connect event please contact us. Make sure you keep up to date with our event calendar to see all the latest events and follow us on Facebook for more dates and information.

Some dates already in the diary are:

The Great Northern Dive Show 17th & 18th February – Manchester

RAID Connect Malta 20th – 27th February – Malta

C&C Marine Centre Launch 7th & 8th July – Largs, Scotland

Plus dates for diving the Farne Islands and St Abbs coming soon!

Contact us to get involved. Got a dive event coming up at your dive centre? Contact us to make it part of the RAID connect 2018!