Dive RAID International has introduced its new Indoor Diver program, a beginner’s course for divers that prefer to dive in aquariums or other indoor facilities.
The Indoor Diver was launched as a stand-alone certification and requires students to complete the same online academics, quizzes, and final exam as RAID’s full open water program. Students also need to complete at least four confined water level dives that don’t have a minimum time limit.
The course also requires four open water level dives with at least two hours of underwater training.
Additionally, the course requires indoor dives 5 to 8 to have the same requirements as open water dives 1 to 4 from the Open Water 20 program, except that they’re completed in an indoor environment. The minimum dive time for each dive is 30 minutes.
Once certified, a RAID Indoor Diver will be able to dive autonomously with a buddy with a similar or a higher level of certification and experience to a maximum depth of 18 meters/60 feet in an indoor environment only.
RAID’s Vice President of Diver Training PJ Prinsloo explained:
“We have been working on this program for some time to make sure that it conforms to RAID’s high-level skill requirements while making it appropriate for a community looking for something that relates to their needs.
“As well as serving its primary purpose as a stand-alone in the marketplace, RAID has developed a comprehensive upgrade process so that Indoor Divers can ‘upgrade’ their experience and certification to the high standards of RAID’s OW20 program.”
For more info, RAID says to contact your local RAID Dive Center or send an email to [email protected].