The folks at Dive RAID International have released a major update to the training agency’s teaching standards.
RAID General Diving Standards (RGDS) Version 58 contains new course standards and conforms to new industry norms, the agency said this week.
If you’re a professional member of Dive RAID International’s team, you’ll need to download the agency’s new RGDS (V58) and read the updated “rules and guidelines.”
The new RGDS replaces all previous versions and contains changes to course structure, course parameters (such as the number of dives, student, instructor ratios, etc.). There’s also a completely revamped and expanded section presenting guidelines for instructor conduct, brand management as well as tips and suggestions for running RAID courses.
The new document also contains standards for several new courses added to the agency’s curriculum during the past two years (such as Cadet Try Dive and Indoor Diver launched earlier this year). In addition, there are updates to programs such as Nitrox Diver.
One other critical update has been to bring rebreather standards in line with the new ISO, Rebreather Training Council and Rebreather Equipment Safety Association standards.
RGDS V58 is the most comprehensive set of standards the agency has ever produced, according to a RAID spokesperson. The 180-page document has been developed primarily to protect RAID members, but most importantly to make sure that the agency’s students continue to benefit from the safest, most enjoyable, and thorough training experience possible.
The RGDS V58 is available from the member’s section of the Dive RAID website.