The RAID Instructor program is the final step in your quest to become a RAID Open water Scuba Instructor.

The RAID Open Water Scuba Instructor rating sets you apart from the crowd. To achieve this level of certification, you will develop a thorough understanding of RAID’s teaching philosophy, become fluent with both classroom and open water presentations, fine tune your skills to what the dive industry demands, and become familiar with the General Standards and Procedures that RAID have set worldwide. Once certified, RAID Instructors may conduct the entire range of RAID programs – from Discover Scuba through to Dive Control Specialist. Then it’s just a matter of where you would like to work around the world.

How do I do the course?

There are three stages to complete in becoming a RAID Open Water Scuba instructor

Prior to the start of an Instructor Training Course (ITC), you must complete all ITC knowledge reviews. This is accomplished by self-study using the RAID Instructor manual and the Assistant Instructor / Instructor crew pack.

Stage #1 – Assistant Instructor Course

  • On day 1. After your orientation, you will learn the RAID System of Education and learn how to develop both class and ocean presentations. After a short break, you will gain experience in the RAID Discover Snorkeling and Discover Scuba programs, followed by the RAID Standards and Procedures examination.
  • Day 2. After completing your first academic teaching presentation, you learn how to conduct open water training dives. After lunch, you will then give 2 confined open water teaching presentations followed by a skill circuit, where you will be evaluated and graded on your performance.
  • Day 3. As a confident Instructor, you need to be able to teach a variety of courses, so you will now learn how to teach RAID’s Navigation and the Night/Limited Visibilty Specialty courses, followed by another academic teaching presentation. After lunch you will be in the ocean giving two open water teaching presentations followed by a Sterss Rescue Workshop.

Congratulations, at this point you will now become an Assistant Instructor!

From here you have two options. Gain some experience as a working RAID Assistant Instructor within the dive industry, or take the next step and continue through to the RAID Open Water Scuba Instructor Course.

Stage #2 – Open Water Scuba Instructor Course

  • Day 1. After your orientation, you will go over topics such as an overview of the Diving Industry, completing the RAID General Standards and Procedures again to really hone in your knowledge to ensure mastery of the exams, Legal Responsibilities and Risk Management, the Role of the Media and Prescriptive Teaching, followed by the RAID Scuba Diver and the Open Water Scuba Diver courses.
  • Day 2. After giving the first of your academic teaching presentations you will learn how to teach the Dive Tables, teaching children and the RAID continuing education philosophy. After lunch, you will discuss the business principles for the diving professional and learn about the Adventures in Diving program.
  • Day 3. After giving your second academic teaching presentation, you will cover topics such as Specialty courses, the Master Scuba Diver, Stress Rescue Diver and Dive Control Specialist courses. After lunch its to the pool to give two confined water presentations followed by a skills circuit. You will then complete an Adventures in Diving and Rescue Diver Workshops.
  • Day 4. You will now give your final academic teaching presentation followed by diver retention programs and dive theory exams. In the afternoon you will give your last two open water presentations and complete the Rescue Diver workshop.

After day 4, you are now ready to take the RAID Instructor examination.

Stage #3 – The RAID Instructor Examination

The final stage in becoming a RAID Open water scuba instructor is the RAID Instructor examination. This is your chance to show RAID and your peers how good you really are.

The RAID exam is conducted by the friendly Instructor Examiners from RAID Headquarters. During the exam, you will be examined on all the areas that you covered in your Instructor Training Course. This will include;


  • Friday Evening: Five theory exams-Physics, Physiology, Equipment, RDP and Skills and the Environment. To pass, you will need to score a minimum of 75% on each exam.
  • Saturday: One knowledge development teaching presentation scoring at least 3.5 out of 5 points.
  • Standards Exam- To pass, you will need to score a minimum of 75%. One confined water teaching presentation with at least a score of 3.4 out of a possible 5 points.
    Five skill demonstrations scoring at least 17 out of 25 points, with no skill scoring less than 3 points.
  • Sunday:Two open water teaching presentations earning an average of 3.5 out of 5 points.
    Finally a Rescue Evaluation. To pass, a successful demonstration must be given.

Upon successful completion of the RAID Instructor Exam, you will achieve the rating of a RAID Open Water Scuba Instructor. 

Educational Tools

During your instructor development Course, RAID Standards require you to have the following;

  • RAID Instructor Manual
  • RAID Instructor Candidate Workbook
  • RAID Open Water Diver Manual
  • RAID Stress Rescue Diver Manual
  • RAID Confined Water Preparation slate
  • RAID Aquatic Cue Cards – Confined Water
  • RAID Open Water Lesson Planning slate
  • RAID Aquatic Cue Cards – Open Water
  • RAID Rescue Exam booklet
  • RAID Dive Control Specialist Exam booklet
  • RAID Navigation and Night/Limited Visibility specialty outlines
  • The Law & The Diving Professional
  • The Business of Diving


  • Certified as a RAID Dive Control Specialist or equivalent
  • At least 18 years old
  • Submit a medical statement for diving conducted within the past 12 months
  • Been a certified diver for at least 6 months, have logged at least 60 open water scuba dives and have proof of experience in deep, night and navigation diving (to attend the Instructor course).
  • Submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months.
  • Submit photocopies of Open water, Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster certification cards or any equivalent diving certifications.

NOTE: To progress into the RAID Instructor Exam, you must have at least 100 logged dives.

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