A RAID Divemaster is one of the most highly respected ratings in the dive community. It’s the first Pro level within the RAID system and the prerequisite to becoming a RAID Dive Instructor. As a RAID Divemaster you can plan, organise and lead dives for certified divers.
If you love diving and want to share your passion with others, if you are looking for an exciting career or to travel Planet Ocean with a professional credential under your belt, the RAID Divemaster course is for you.
You’ll need to talk to one of our Freestyle Divers RAID Instructor Trainers to get a personalized list of requirements and prerequisites for this course.
The following is an indication of the requirements to become a RAID Divemaster. You must first complete as a minimum the following RAID courses (this information does not cover everything):
- Open Water 20
- Advanced 35
- Deep 40
- First Aid
- Master Rescue Diver
We also highly recommend you complete at least two other specialty ratings that will help build on your professional standing, such as those that may be useful and unique to your area of employment (for diving in the UAE or Oman, Wreck Diver, Night and limited visibility Diver or Ecological Diver would all be good choices).
You will require a minimum 25 hours of logged in-water experience and 60 logged dives in open water to become a RAID Divermaster. We feel this is essential to set you up for completing the course and to take on the necessary responsibilities that come with a professional level qualification. You will also need to have a diving medical completed that is less than 6 months old and signed-off on by a licensed medical practitioner.
Note that at RAID, we require a higher standard of training than most other diver training agencies at all levels. It is not that the RAID training is more difficult, it is just more comprehensive and therefore we believe that we typically train better divers. If you have undertaken training from another training agency, we do recognise this training. However, in most instances, you will find you need to do some additional training prior to starting with RAID, especially if you have only fulfilled the minimum requirements required by most other agencies. For example, you will be required to provide documented evidence of at least 5 hours of diving to more than 27 meters / 90 feet and have been trained to 40 meters / 130 feet.
At RAID, good buoyancy control is taught in every class from Open Water onwards. We do not believe that it should be taught in a separate specialty diver certification. If you have come through the RAID system you will have already been taught to hover in the horizontal diver position since the beginning. If not, there will be a workshop provided to train you in this vital buoyancy skill.
You can find more information on the requirements and content of the RAID Divemaster course on www.diveraid.com.