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Dive RAID Cave Instructor Level 1

The cave 1 is the cave fundamentals course and includes a range of modern manuals with quizzes and exams. The skills learned in this course are focussed on diving cave safely and responding to emergencies while in the overhead. Divers are certified to make limited penetrations of up to 300 metres/1000 feet and can make one Tee to explore a passage. There are no gaps, or jumps included in cave 1, but we have allowed divers to use the rule of thirds rather than sixths.

Dive RAID Cave Instructor Level 1

PURPOSE and CERTIFICATIONLIMITS
- This course is designed to safely train Instructors to teach and certify RAID Cave 1 divers.

INSTRUCTOR PREREQUISITES

- Be a minimum of 18 years old.

- Submit current Rescue Breathing, CPR Training and Oxygen Provider certificates.

- Documented proof of prerequisite requirements must be presented to the Dive Centre for approval prior to any in water training.

- Certified and in status as a RAID Open Circuit Instructor.

- Certified RAID Nitrox and RAID Deep 40 Instructor.

- Certified RAID Cave 2 diver or equivalent.

- Submit proof of at least 100 logged hours, cave dives.

- Certified and current Rescue Breathing/CPR/BLS Training and Oxygen Provider Instructor

- RAID Cave courses must be completed with a diver approved O2 kit and field first aid on site.

- Submit a dive medical passed by a certified diving physician

- Submit proof of liability insurance where applicable.

CAVE INSTRUCTOR CROSS OVER PREREQUISITES

- As per the standards for INSTRUCTOR PREREQUISITES above.

- Cross over Instructors need to complete a RAID OC Instructor cross over program and then a RAID Cave Instructor cross over.

- Instructors will need to submit proof of equivalent status’.

RAID CAVE COURSE CERTIFICATION STANDARDS

 PRESENTATIONS: Instructor Candidates must:

- Present and pass at least one academic teaching presentation

- Present and pass at least one confined water presentation

- Present and pass at least one Open Water presentation

- Each in-water presentation will consist of 2 skills.

- Present and pass at least one practical application.

- Present a RISK Management profile on the Dive Site

NOTE: These sessions can be role play or with actual new cave students.

 RAID CAVE STAMINA EXERCISES

In water, too deep to stand up in, all Instructor Candidates must:

- Swim 600 metres without stopping, using any combination of swim strokes, without the use of swimming aids, within 20 minutes. 

- Swim 800 metres without stopping, using only mask, snorkel and fins, (no other swimming or buoyancy aids) within 15 minutes. 

- Swim underwater for 25 metres without surfacing, using only mask, snorkel and fins - no diving in or pushing off from the side.

- In only a bathing suit and without the use of buoyancy or swimming aids, tread water without allowing the face or mouth go underwater at any time for 15 minutes. 

- In full OC SCUBA equipment, as worn for the discipline and for the environment in which they will be diving, tow an inert diver who is also equipped with full SCUBA equipment, for 150 metres.

- Following exhalation, do not remove the second stage mouthpiece and swim horizontally for 10 metres to a dive buddy who is facing the opposite direction.  While signalling out of air, retrieve the regulator donated by the buddy, clear and breathe from it. After 3 full “sanity” breathes, signal OK and swim 50 metres within 4 minutes. Divers may not come to the surface at any time.

- As per exercise 6 but with the out-of-air diver wearing no mask.

NOTE: All swim tests must be passed before the end of the program. If any swim is failed it can be redone at any time prior to certification. Any swims that may have been completed within the last three (3) months may be credited.

PRO SKILL CIRCUIT DEMONSTRATION AND EVALUATION
All RAID Instructors must demonstrate and pass the following skills from the Cave 1 and 2 programs. Scores are awarded as per the standard RAID evaluation criteria.

- Stage remove and replace underwater.

- S-Drill

- Neutral buoyancy and trim.

- Frog Kick

- Reverse Kick

- Modified Flutter

- Helicopter Turn

- Proper gas switch procedures.

- Gas sharing swim using long hose.

- Gas sharing ascent using long hose.

- Lost mask procedures

- Shutdown right hand side while hovering.

- Shutdown left hand side while hovering.

- Diagnostic shutdown while hovering

- Unresponsive diver swim and ascent

- Inflator failure

- Line laying procedures

- Touch contact, blind exit line work.

**In addition, Instructors using sidemount will be required to demonstrate a:

- Free flow second stage – feathering

- Shutdown right hand side while hovering.

- Shutdown left hand side while hovering

** This circuit must be completed in confined water or a swimming pool.

RAID CAVE INSTRUCTOR TO IT RATIOS

- Confined Water Training - Maximum ratio: 6:1 with a maximum depth of 6m

- Open Water Training: - Maximum ratio: 3:1

When the visibility is less than 5 metres then the ratio is reduced to 2:1.

IN WATER TRAINING

- Dive times for the instructor course are a minimum of:

- Confined water: Adequate time to show competency of all skills.

- Open Water: 5 hours underwater (surface to surface)

CERTIFIED RAID INSTRUCTOR

- A certified RAID Cave instructor is defined as an in-status RAID Cave instructor or higher.

- Instructor must be a RAID sidemount instructor to teach Cave 1 and 2 in sidemount configuration.

- The instructor must be present and in direct supervision for all segments   of   training.

RAID CAVE CERTIFIED RAID ASSISTANT

- A RAID DiveMaster or higher who is certified as a RAID Cave 2 diver or higher.

MAINTAINING RAID INSTRUCTOR CAVE STATUS

- To maintain current Instructor Status, Instructors must teach at least two cave divers per year at their highest level. Instructors that are unable to achieve this may have to do a refresher.

- RAID requires all Cave 1 instructors to complete 10 cave dives outside of training per year.

RAID SIDEMOUNT TRAINING
- The Sidemount instructor may be combined with the Cave Instructor course if the instructor candidate is a certified sidemount diver and meets the sidemount instructor prerequisites.

Instructor Trainers wishing to combine Sidemount and Cave Instructor must hold the IT level in both. Instructor candidates wishing to participate in the combined training program MUST meet all prerequisites.

When combining these programs, the combined required hours and dives for both programs need to be completed.

RAID Cave EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

As per Cave 2 Diver standards.

RAID CAVE 2 INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION
- Will be awarded once the following minimum criteria have been met.

- All Quizzes and exams are completed and passed.

- All confined and Open Water skills are completed and signed off through the RAID Website by both the Instructor Trainer and Instructor candidate.

- All their training dives are logged online in their personnel e-Logbook.

- The RAID Dive Centre has confirmed certification online through the RAID website.

Dive RAID Cave Instructor Level 1

 

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