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Dive training agency RAID launches ‘FREe-Learning’ platform


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RAID, always the innovator, has made sure that everyone, from non-divers to instructor trainers, can have complete access to every level of their extensive online academics and quizzes – for FREE.

RAID announced today that all RAID programmes will be available to everyone visiting and registering on The new FREe-Learning landing page will be live as of Wednesday, 1 April, but this is no April Fool. RAID was the first fully online diver training agency, and now they think the time is right to launch RAID’s next-generation innovation – FREe-Learning.

Paul Toomer, President of RAID International, said that opening up the company’s full curriculum for anyone to browse is part of what he referred to as ‘The RAID Way'.

Toomer explained: “We do not want to stand in the way of anyone staying engaged with the sport, especially now.”

Peter Nohren, RAID Product Manager, added that the initiative will allow visitors to the RAID website to login and have immediate access to dozens of RAID diver training programmes. “That includes everything from Try Dive to Cave instructor. 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,” Nohren said, “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.”

At that time, Toomer explained, “RAID members can pick a dive centre to finish their programme, open up the final exam for the courses they’ve completed (as long as they meet the prerequisites) and go diving, with their instructor of choice.

“During these trying times, it is often easy to have a knee-jerk reaction and become reactive and not proactive. RAID are providing options to their 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.”

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Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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