Brand New Equipment Course

Managing Director at RAID UK & Malta
James Rogers
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We are proud to present the all new Equipment specialty. Following feedback from instructors and students, we realised that there was a need for an in-depth equipment program.

The new course introduces students to how scuba gear actually functions. This detailed understanding is then used to master techniques for quick fixes in the field – the type that could “save a dive” should an issue arise while setting up, and to also identify problems that require the attention of a trained service technician.

Most equipment courses on offer are completely dry. Students never leave the classroom. Once again, RAID break the mould with our distinctive approach to student training. A unique component of this specialty includes a confined water session where the instructor works with students to correctly configure their own personal equipment for ultimate streamlining, trim and buoyancy.

Students are also given the opportunity to try out different kit configurations to discover what works best for them – a fantastic opportunity for divers looking to invest in new equipment, but who are unsure which is most suitable.

Furthermore, the in-water training isn’t limited to confined sites. Students also have the option to take their newly fine-tuned set up into open water to test it out in real dive conditions!

We strive to provide the most up to date and relevant training in the diving industry. This new specialty proves that thinking outside the box leads to valuable training experiences. Just because a course has historically been taught a certain way doesn’t mean it must stay like that. Modern diving is leading the way.


Are you an instructor looking to gain this specialty rating? Get in touch with the office for more info.

Are you a diver interested in taking this course? Find a dive centre near you!


Renew Now: Be Part Of Something Big

Managing Director at RAID UK & Malta
James Rogers
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Rarely do you get the opportunity to be part of something that makes real change. As a RAID dive professional you can be part of a revolution in diver training.

RAID is on a mission to

  • Improve the quality of dive training
  • Improve the plight of the dive store and dive professional
  • Grow the diving industry

We want you to share and participate in our vision. This year we recognise those committed to positive change with our Foundation Member Card. All RAID Dive Professionals renewed by 1st October will receive a limited edition cCard.

For those of you who have not conducted RAID training for a while, we ask you to take a second look. We have completely rewritten every course from Try Dive to Instructor.

All our programs have been developed in close co-operation with leading dive schools around the world. They represent the absolute cutting edge in dive training.

We reduce paperwork and put more emphasis on practical training. We feature training in trim with neutral buoyancy from the outset.

Online theory is now very well presented and covers everything the market has requested. The Try Dive and Open Water course is designed to integrate seamlessly. The Divemaster Course properly prepares dive professionals with real world skills like cylinder filling and fundamental equipment knowledge.

All our programs put strong emphasis on protecting the environment.

As a RAID Dive professional you can be part of something big – a continuous and comprehensive upgrade of diver training to create better divers and a stronger industry.

Renew before the 1st October to receive your unique Foundation Member Card. In years from now you will hold this card and look back knowing you were part of something that changed the way divers are trained around the world.

Contact the office today:
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by phone: 0191 4324644

Renewal Deal Extended!

Managing Director at RAID UK & Malta
James Rogers
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RAID announces extension of renewal offer.

We are pleased to announce that after numerous calls for us to supply more information about the renewal offer, we have extended the deadline to 15th September.

If you renew before this date you will receive the RAID Equipment Instructor course and RAID Boat Instructor course free!

This is a great offer so get your renewal done before the deadline and we will attach the courses to your profile. All you need to do is finish the study and then contact your regional office for sign off.

To renew, contact the office.

Should you choose to renew before September 20 you will still receive a Boat Diver Instructor course for free.

These are two very important specialty ratings and we want you to have both.

We are currently offering a free Boat Diver Specialty with every course from Open Water to Instructor. If you’re taking students on boats or want to encourage them to dive from a boat this is a great tool to use. In order to sign them off as a Boat Specialist you obviously need the rating and now you can get this for free. This follows from the Boat Diving promotion we offered a few months ago.

The all new Equipment Course is something very exciting. It is the most comprehensive mainstream Equipment Specialty course in the industry and it is much more than just gear familiarisation. It also covers all the equipment knowledge we would expect an Instructor to have as a minimum to become a RAID Instructor. Therefore, as an existing instructor you should complete the on line training.  We will later in 2018 be modifying standards to make Equipment Specialist a pre-requisite for new Instructors.

The new Equipment Specialist will be live early next week. Pre requisite for sign off as an Instructor will be completion of the on line theory plus a manufacturer’s certificate for completing a workshop on their equipment within the last 3 years.