V54 Training

General (Training Procedures)

Administration

If a student does not complete the online course Quick Quiz or Exam in front of the RAID Instructor and the Instructor was not always in attendance during the Quick Quiz or Exam, then the student must complete the appropriate Quick Quiz at the Dive Centre to demonstrate knowledge and confirm that the academic work was done by them.

Point 8 page 7 – RGDS V54 4.6

How To Order From RAID

 

The year has started with another flourish of RAID activity, and our members will need service support from their RAID Regional Office (RRO) from time to time.

Here’s a guide on how to order from RAID UK & Malta in 2018.

 

Buying Credits

Dive Centres should always buy their credit directly from their RRO. The trade level pricing we offer makes RAID a leader in materials use and supply.  Minimum stock levels can be maintained using the “credit bank” on your dive centre profile. The 2018 Pricelist is available (get in touch if you’ve not yet received it) and the good news is that RAID pricing has remained unchanged this year!

The Dive Centre can buy goods and services for their “instructional team”. For example, if you have four instructors affiliated to your centre, all wanting to renewal their Membership at the same time, the centre can do this through the RRO, potentially saving money too. The requirement is that all goods and services bought through the RRO are paid for for by the Dive Centre and not the individual RAID Members.

 

Merchandise

RAID UK has a selection of physical merchandise available (see Pricelist). As these will need to be shipped, we reserve the right to charge shipping fees to cover our costs here, and we don’t profit on our shipping costs to you!

 

c-Cards

Plastic c-Cards have a set fee to Dive Centres (only £7.50) allowing for a £15/£20 retail point to our divers. This includes all shipping (standard post or international post) with a 3-7 working day delivery pledge. Large Dive Centres may want to consider a c-Card printer for their facility, allowing them to instantly print cards for their students.

 

Payment

We accept all credit and debit cards, with no additional fees. We don’t offer any payment terms, so all invoices must be paid in full up front. Please check if additional charges from your bank are added on international orders – these are at your own cost.

 

Instructors not affiliated to a RAID dive centre are unable to deliver RAID courses. However, they can still purchase courses and services for their own personal development through the RAID website shopping cart.

 

 

We hope this helps – let’s get busy.

Blue Duck Photography Partners with RAID

Blue Duck Photography and RAID are pleased to announce their partnership for a new underwater photography course. It will be available to all who are interested in underwater photography; with everything from the important features to consider when thinking about buying an underwater camera to using it effectively alongside all the important accessories now available. Plus how to integrate camera and skills learnt out of the water with the correct emphasis on diving and environmental awareness.

Digital photography is advancing at a rapid pace, with more divers than ever before keen to record their aquatic adventures. So Blue Duck Photography needed a dive agency partner that placed emphasis on high quality in water skills from the outset. Great trim, buoyancy control and safety protocols were what highlighted RAID as the agency they wanted to hook up with. Looking around they found that there was a dearth of up to date information on how a budding underwater photographer could easily learn the underwater photo skillset in a safe and productive manner.

The course will initially be structured in a two part format. Part one will concentrate on starting out looking at the kit you need, plus the features and accessories that are important. It will then progress through shooting in available light, starting with automatic and program modes, and then on to shooting using fully manual controls. Understanding the light we have, the direction it’s coming from and how much of it there is available, is the cornerstone of all photography; so it’s vital that you get a good foundation in this to start off with. This will follow on to shooting using artificial light, as a way to enhance colours and illuminate your shots. Finally how to successfully mix both available and artificial light.

The ultimate goal is to get the sort of shots that you want rather than what the camera dictates. Once you’re armed with this fundamental skillset, we’ll look at the different types of underwater photography, from shooting reefscapes, coral gardens and stately wrecks using wide angle lenses, all the way down to shooting the smaller creatures, and on to the really teeny stuff like nudibranchs and weird crustaceans with add-on macro lenses. This will be underpinned at all times with environmental awareness and safety to the fore. We’ll even help you with guidance on how to find the marine life, and then finish off with a primer on digital photo editing to finesse your pictures for the web or to proudly put up on your wall.

Blue Duck Photography are Phil and Anne Medcalf in partnership with Paul ‘Duxy’ Duxfield. Phil and Anne are drawing upon their skills gained as keen underwater photographers active on the competition scene, alongside their professional lives as nurses and nurse trainers.

Duxy has been around in the world of underwater photography for 15 yrs working as a sales manager for the two of the biggest underwater photography retailers, and then onto leading trips and workshops all over the world, and is a regular contributor for dive magazines as a photo journalist. Together they realised that there was a gap badly needing to be filled in the correct tuition and advice given to new underwater photographers.

Alongside the tuition and training, Blue Duck Photography give talks to dive clubs the length and breadth of the country, and provide a bespoke retail service only selling equipment that they know and use themselves, utilising their mantra of ‘best advice’.

“RAID invites the best possible authors and co-authors to write and help write our training materials, whether its Jill Heinerth and Steve Lewis for our Cave courses or Paul Haynes for our Rebreather Core Knowledge manual we’re proud to have their expertise within our training platform. Paul (Duxy) and I have known and worked with each other two decades, that allows me to say, I’m excited by what this collaboration with the Blue Ducks team will bring to the industry. Their passion, knowledge and experience is the perfect fit for RAID and subsequently, all divers interested globally in starting or being better at underwater photography.”

James Rogers, Director, RAID UK & Malta

The online course will be available before the Summer to anyone, and then Part II which will cover in water skills and assessment by a RAID instructor will follow soon after.

Contact Blue Duck Photography via email at info@blueduckphoto.com to express your early interest.

Barry McGill joins RAID

Barry McGill is an Irish based deep wreck photographer and technical diving instructor trainer with Indepth Technical, he specialises in teaching CCR and Mixed Gas CCR on both APD and JJ units. Barry started diving in 2000 aged 16 and became heavily involved in technical diving in 2003 and has been diving CCR since 2004. Barry became an advanced nitrox instructor in 2008 and has progressed to the level of CCR Trimix (100m).

Barry runs fully supported technical diving trips to the iconic wrecks of North Donegal (Malin Head), off the North coast of Ireland each summer. These trips allow technical divers to fully explore the breath-taking shipwrecks with the help and guidance of Barry’s experience diving in this area since 2003.

In his free time, Barry loves to focus on this passion for exploration of deep water shipwrecks around the Irish coastline and he has been fortunate enough to discover and explore many significant virgin shipwrecks. Exploring iconic shipwrecks such as the R.M.S. Justicia, H.M.S. Audacious and R.M.S. Lusitania left a significant impression on Barry, helping to develop his desire to discover and explore shipwrecks. Barry has organised and led many deep wreck expeditions exploring the deep wrecks off the North coast of Ireland, which included the S.S. Empress of Britain in 162m and S.S. Transylvania in 130m. Barry has also been part the teams that first discovered and explored the wrecks of HMS Curacoa in 125m (410ft), White Star Liner Carinthia in 116m (380ft), HMS Hurst Castle in 85m (279ft) and World War 1 German U-boats UB 124 and U45 in 65 m (213ft).

Barry will be helping RAID UK & Malta by supporting our dive centres in Ireland. He is also at the Dive Ireland International Expo, Limerick on 3rd & 4th March.

Bay Divers join RAID

RAID are pleased to announce another centre chooses the new RAID way; Bay Divers, led by Karl Kruger an experienced former military diver. Karl has dived extensively throughout the world and has developed a passion for wreck diving and exploration.

Karl is a multi-agency Recreational and Technical instructor, and likes what he’s seen, heard and learnt about RAID after taking the time to examine it.

“RAID’s rebreather, technical and ResEx platforms offers something different that I really like, with deep rebreather diving as my main focus ” says Karl, who has dived his JJ-CCR to depths in excess of 100 metres and has been involved in a number of exploration projects, one of which is still on-going.

James Rogers – Business Director (RAID UK) is quoted “With increasing organic growth like this within our RAID ranks, RAID’s fourth year under new ownership is looking bright, how much do you know about the fasting growth diver training agency in the world today?

Visit www.diveraiduk.com or www.diveraid.com for more information. Or contact the UK office to find out how to join RAID now.