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RAID International Revamps Entry-Level Diver Course

Diver training agency RAID International has launched an updated, entry-level Open Water Course, the company announced recently.

According to RAID International Training Director Paul Toomer: “Divers are going to find this new and improved RAID entry-level course absolutely awesome. This has been a great team effort with every one of our highly experienced RAID executives having direct input on the revision of what was in any case, an excellent entry level course in the first place.”

The training agency has “renamed most of the RAID Courses recently and developed a new Continuing Education Flow Chart,” RAID International Recreational Training Director Mark McCrum said, adding:

In keeping with the descriptive name of all the RAID Courses we now call our entry level recreational program “Open Water 20,” referring to the depth limit (e.g. 20 meters/66 feet) this course’s training protocols reflect. We have kept reference to rebreather diving and nitrox solidly in there to maintain the growing interest in these areas of diving very early in the new diver’s experience; however we have now moved the detailed nitrox training out of what was called Level 1 and created a new, separate and easy to understand and master RAID Nitrox Course.

RAID International Business Director Terry Cummins said:

There have been several new features incorporated into this release including, easier to read format, new and updated photographs, new quizzes and final exam and in keeping with our pledge to have the latest information in all our RAID Courses, we have added some new and recent developments in technology.

We are proud of the fact that we have avoided the temptation of taking out some of the detailed knowledge and skills other agencies have chosen to leave out of their entry-level programs to make them more marketable. We feel the new RAID Openwater 20 Course is still the most comprehensive in the dive industry and of course, like all the other RAID Courses, all the RAID Open Water 20 Theory is conveniently online.

For more info, check out RAID International‘s website.


John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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