An extensive programme of learning
We run courses from introductory ‘try dives’ to BSAC Dive Leader each year at the club. You can progress from your first breath underwater to managing your own dive trip. Read more below about each step along the path…
It will cost you £20 for the experience, which is refunded should you choose to join the club. It’s safe, exciting and great fun!
These evenings kick off at 7pm with a presentation about our club, including our affiliation to BSAC (the British Sub-Aqua Club), the training we offer, and the diving we do both in the UK and abroad. You’ll then get in the pool for a short swim test (just a few lengths and a duck dive to retrieve an object from the deep end) followed by a snorkelling lesson, after which we get you into scuba gear to experience what it’s like to breathe underwater for the first time. All you need to bring on the night are a towel, swimming attire, and an old T-shirt (the thicker the better) to help keep you a bit warmer in the water.
If you’re interested, just email Sasha: firstname.lastname@example.org who will let you know what to do.
the BSAC “Ocean Diver” course is for you. It is designed for beginners and provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving. Initial lessons take place in the safety of a swimming pool or sheltered water followed by an introduction to open water in a controlled, safe manner to a maximum depth of 20m. Experience and confidence will be gained under the guidance of a qualified instructor. To enrol on the course you must be 12 years or older and be able to demonstrate a basic level of comfort in the water, swimming for 200m in swimwear.
You’ll learn to be a BSAC Ocean Diver in three stages:
-Lessons and theory assessment on the basic principles of scuba diving.
-Five confined water dives to learn the basics in the water (usually in a swimming pool).
-Five open water dives to further develop your scuba diving skills.
Learning to dive is a life changing experience for many people. Breathing underwater for the first time is something you will never forget and the experience of learning with others is great fun. Your instructor is trained to look after you every step of the way.
When you have qualified as an Ocean Diver you will be competent to conduct dives:
-to a maximum depth of 20m.
-with another BSAC Ocean Diver or with a BSAC Sports Diver, within the restrictions of the conditions already encountered during training.
-with a Dive Leader or higher grade, to expand experience beyond the conditions encountered during training, under the supervision of a Dive Manager.
-not requiring mandatory decompression stops.
-under the on-site supervision of a Dive Manager with respect to site selection, conditions and dive plan.
You will be given a pack as part of your course which includes all the learning materials you need for the BSAC Ocean Diver course. The pack includes: The Diving Manual, BSAC Qualification Record Book, Qualification Card application and an A5 binder with your Student Diver Notes.
You will need to bring swimwear and towel with you to Tuesday night training sessions. Although the diving equipment is provided, Ocean Diver trainees may wish to buy their own mask and snorkel.
If you’re interested, email and he’ll let you know when the next Ocean Diver course is scheduled.
BSAC Sports Diver training builds on the scuba skills you learnt in the Ocean Diver course (or entry level qualification from another agency) and helps develop your confidence, skills and experience in the water to allow you to enjoy a wider range of diving sites and conditions. The course builds a sound foundation of open water diving skills and experience with structured, practical lessons. This is a good way of getting more dives under your belt while learning under the supervision of a qualified instructor.
Qualified BSAC Sports Divers are ready to take part in dives with other Ocean Divers or higher grade divers. Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 35m after qualfying*. Sports Divers can embark on the first stage of the route of instruction.
*To complete the depth progression you need be over 14 years old. Those under 14 years can qualify to Sports Diver but can dive to a maximum depth of 20m.
To enrol on the BSAC Sports Diver Course you must be 12 years or older.
You must have already successfully completed a BSAC Ocean Diver course (or qualifying certification from another recognised training agency).
What you’ll learn
You’ll hone your scuba skills and experience in various areas including rescue skills, Surface Marker Buoys (SMBs) and Delayed Surface Marker Buoys (DSMBs), navigation, techniques with equipment, and more about breathing gas. In addition, BSAC Sports Divers are taught how to support a Dive Manager by acting as their deputy as the first step in developing this important role in support of safe diving. The BSAC Sports Diver course has both practical and classroom lessons run in an integrated sequence. The course includes a sheltered water lesson and five open water lessons.
The fun bit
You will love the variety in this course. To ensure you experience a range of conditions, your instructor will include five types of dive from the following for you to experience: shore dive, nitrox dive (using a breathing gas >21% Oxygen up to a maximum of 36% (nitrox)), dive using a shot line, low visibility dive, drift dive, small boat dive, large boat dive, wall dive or a dive in protective clothing (wet suit or drysuit).
Qualification and what that means
A BSAC Sports is defined as a diver who is competent to:
• conduct dives to 20m (if you choose to do the post qualification progress dives, the depth is increased in 5m increments to 35m)
• conduct dives with a BSAC Ocean Diver within the restrictions of the conditions already encountered by the Ocean Diver
• conduct dives with another BSAC Sports Diver, within the restrictions of the conditions already encountered during training.
• Conduct dives with a Dive Leader or higher grade, to expand experience beyond the conditions encountered during training, under the supervision of a Dive Manager.
• use breathing gas mixes up to Nitrox 36
• plan and conduct dives requiring mandatory decompression stops
• rescue a casualty and provide basic life support
• support the role of Dive Manager by acting as a competent deputy
As a BSAC Dive Leader you are are becoming an expert in your field of dive leadership. You will also be competent in planning dives for groups of divers and managing diving on the day including, if necessary, managing rescue situations. This comprehensive course is a mix of classroom-based and practical lessons that will give divers confidence to plan, lead and manage dives, and deal with emergencies. Leading a dive will develop enjoyment, confidence and experience as a diver. After qualfying, and if you wish, depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 50m. Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor.
To enrol on the BSAC Dive Leader Course you must be 14 years or older*. You must have already successfully completed a BSAC Sports Diver course (or qualifying certification from another recognised training agency).
*Sports Divers who are aged 12-14 are able to complete those elements of Dive Leader that do not require depths in excess of 20m)
What you’ll learn
You will learn dive leadership skills through 12 classroom lessons, seven open water dives, two dry practical lessons and 20 dives (which may include the open water lessons) in a range of conditions. The BSAC Dive Leader course covers the role of the BSAC Dive Leader, Dive Planning and Management, Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) use (midwater deployment), dive leading demonstrations, basic life support with Oxygen administration and practical management of diving incidents, casualty assessment, dive planning, shot recovery by simple lift and review of rescue skills.
Qualification and what that means
A BSAC Dive Leader is defined as a diver who:
• can plan and lead a range of dives including those requiring detailed dive, gas and decompression requirements planning.
• has rescue management skills.
• is competent to manage and supervise branch dives to locations well known to the branch.
• can conduct dives with divers of any grade, to expand their experience beyond that previously encountered by those divers, under the supervision of a Dive Manager.
• can conduct experience building dives with trainee Ocean Divers, within the restrictions of the conditions already encountered by the trainee Ocean Diver, and under the supervision of a Dive Manager.
As a BSAC Advanced Diver you are a highly qualified branch diver. This course is for divers who are interested in extending still further their skills in planning and supervising diving groups, rescue management skills, whilst building seamanship and developing further leadership qualities.
The BSAC Advanced Diver course develops knowledge and skills. Divers gain experience in planning dives at different sites and circumstances. Additional skills will be gained in using small boats, chartwork and navigation and many other related skills. Advanced Divers who are Open Water Instructors are eligible to progress to Advanced Instructor.
To enrol on the BSAC Advanced Course you must be 14 years or older. You must have already successfully completed a BSAC Dive Leader course (or qualifying certification from another recognised training agency).
What you’ll learn
You will learn dive planning and managment skills through four classroom lessons, two open water lessons, two dry practical lessons and 20 dives (which may include the open water lessons) in a range of conditions, since qualifying as a Dive Leader.
• The BSAC Advanced Diver course covers:
• The role of the BSAC Advanced Diver
• Advanced diving
• Organising diving from different platforms
• Review of diving conditions and on-site first aid
• Expedition planning
• Diving and rescue skills review
• Rescue skills and management review
• Dive planning and management
The BSAC Advanced Diver course has relatively few ‘formal’ practical lessons and is much more heavily based on a structured broadening of experience, particularly dive management.