RAID 'FREe-Learning' Platform Gives Open Access to Online Training Programmes
Dive training agency RAID has made the entirety of its extensive online training material available for free.
From Wednesday, 1 April, the new 'FREe-Learning' platform is available to non-divers and divers alike, with only a simple registration on RAID's website required for access.
'We do not want to stand in the way of anyone staying engaged with the sport, especially now,' said Paul Toomer, president of RAID International, adding that opening up the company’s full curriculum for anyone to browse is part of what he refers to as 'The RAID Way'.
Explaining how the FREe-Learning programme works, RAID Product Manager Peter Nohren said that visitors to the RAID website can create an account, login and have immediate access to dozens of RAID diver training programs. 'That includes everything from Try Dive to Cave Instructor,' said Nohren. 'Even visitors who currently have not created a profile on the RAID site, will find becoming a member of the RAID tribe and setting up a personal profile is a very simple process.'
'Once that’s done,' said Nohren, 'they can work their way through programmes chapter by chapter, quiz by quiz, and learn something interesting. Perhaps something they want to pursue and earn certification for when that’s possible. We realise that right now, most of us are not able to get our usual underwater fix, but with RAID’s FREe-Learning, you can get ready for when we can.'
Once it becomes possible for dive centres to open again, student divers who have completed their online programmes will be able to choose a RAID dive centre at which to finish their training which will grant them access to the final exam for the programme they have undertaken, before beginning practical training sessions with their chosen instructor.
'During these trying times, it is often easy to have a knee-jerk reaction and become reactive and not proactive,' said Toomer. 'We are providing options to our dive centres and professionals that will actually make a difference. We are not keen on just making press releases that don’t actually say anything. We are also not wanting to use the pandemic as some sort of profit centre. And most importantly, we will not release initiatives that will only last while we are in times of suffering and are then taken away when the world returns to normality.”
For more information or to sign up for the new FREe-Learning program, visit www.diveraid.com.