On July 7 & 8, RAID UK descended on Manchester and Eccleston Delph for a RAID Instructor Exam. Five candidates were put through their paces as the future of RAID. The candidates had completed their Instructor Development programmes with three different RAID Dive Centres, involving four RAID Instructor Trainers based in the UK.
The two day RAID Instructor Exam adheres to the Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC) guidelines and involves several elements of examination. After completing the 7 day Instructor Development Programme, the instructor candidates are assessed on academic presentations, confined water skills, open water skills and rescue demonstrations. These elements are believed to be the essence of being a dive instructor.
Although a stressful two days of examination, the Instructor Exam is still one of the most rewarding experiences. Here is what the candidates had to say about it:
“Fantastic to be surrounded by such a wealth of knowledge and diving skill, picking up hints and tips along the way.” Lewis Brown, RAID Instructor
“It was the most stressful, fun and rewarding experience I have had!” Andrea McGeagh, RAID Instructor
The RAID Instructor Trainers also had something to say about the whole process:
“Unlike other agencies, where successful candidates have to wait up to two weeks for their qualifications to arrive and start teaching. With RAID the certification is immediate and they can get teaching straight away! The whole process from IDP to IE is thorough and strives to get the best out of the candidates.” Pete Black, Instructor Trainer
Want to be the future of RAID? Find out more about the Instructor Development Programme here.