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What you need to Know

A RAID Divemaster is one of the most highly respected ratings in the dive community and the first Pro level within the RAID system. RAID Divemaster is a 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, a RAID Divemaster course is for you.


It is required to talk with your RAID Instructor or Sandton Scuba & Swim to get the full details of the 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,
  • Nitrox
  • Advanced 35
  • Deep 40
  • First Aid
  • Navigation
  • 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 (e.g. Wreck Diver if your local region has a wreck site or Night and limited visibility Diver if there is a popular night dive in your vicinity).

You will require a minimum 25 hours of logged in-water experience and 60 logged dives in open water to become a RAID Divemaster. 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 less than 12 months old, that is signed-off 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 metres / 90 feet and have been trained to 40 metres / 130 feet.

Also at RAID we do not feel that good buoyancy control should be part of a specialty diver certification. If you have come through the RAID system you would have been taught to hover in the horizontal diver position. If not, there will be a workshop provided to train you in this vital buoyancy skill.

Take a look at the exceptional buoyancy control RAID International Training Director, Paul Toomer demonstrates is possible for all divers while doing through a RAID Technical Diver skill circuit drill in shallow water.

Course content

The RAID Divemaster course teaches you above all to be a leader among your peers and other divers generally. You will have the ability to lead and control dives, act as a safety and rescue person on organised dives, assist RAID Instructors in training and generally be in charge of organised dive activities.

Through a combination of our cutting edge online training and interaction with your RAID Instructor, your diving knowledge will be honed to a very high level, preparing you to look after others. This will ultimately prepare you for RAID Instructor training.

Your in-water skills will be refined to demonstration quality for dive students. You will also be prepared to support RAID Instructors during other practical parts of RAID training courses, including being trained to assess dive conditions and potential risks at dive sites.

Topics and practical workshops include:

Academic Section (all online):

  • Diving in General
  • Environment
  • Dive Equipment
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Rescue
  • Management

Practical Section:

  • Review of personal diving skills
  • Stamina and watermanship skills
  • Diver rescues
  • Dive briefing and dive site evaluations
  • Risk management exercises
  • Environment dive mapping
  • Assisting and conducting programmes

Part 1: Supervision of student divers

  • Assist with Open Water 20 Training
  • Assist with Advanced Training
  • Assist with Master Rescue Training

Part 2: Dive Leadership

  • Scuba Refreshers
  • Try Dives
  • Local Area Orientations
  • Dive leading certified divers on tour for pleasure


NOTE: Training is divided into two sections. Academic or Theoretical, which is provided for in the course manuals / materials provided online. These may be purchased (RAID STORE) directly or provided for by Sandton Scuba & Swim following your appointment. The second part is your practical training which is managed by Sandton Scuba & Swim and conducted by the appointed RAID Instructor. For the practical training costs, you must discuss this with Sandton Scuba & Swim.

Time to get started?

Sandton Scuba & Swim can help you get started today or go to to register and start your online theory.

How to start:

  • Go to
  • Click register at top right (unless you are already in the RAID system)
  • Go to an online store.
  • Purchase your Divemaster Course.
  • Start your online theory.
  • Contact Sandton Scuba & Swim to schedule your in-water training.

Contact Details

21 Van Riebeeck St, Norscot, Sandton, 2055