BSAC Diver Training

As a BSAC affiliated club, we are proud to be able to offer a range of BSAC accredited dive qualifications. All training courses are delivered by DBS checked, internationally qualified, volunteer members of our Club. A summary of the courses can be found below. For further information or to register your interest in any of the programmes please contact the Training Officer.

Ocean Diver

If you’re keen to learn to dive, the BSAC’s Ocean Diver course is the place to start. This entry-level open water diver qualification will equip you with the core skills to dive to a maximum of 20 metres in open water, in the UK and abroad.

The BSAC Ocean Diver course is open to anyone from the age of 12. 

You’ll just need to demonstrate that you can comfortably swim 200m in a pool, and the only kit you’ll need is a swimsuit and towel.

As part of your training you will:

  • Learn how to use basic dive gear, including your mask and snorkel. 

  • Control your buoyancy and underwater movements.

  • Understand your basic scuba diving safety skills – you’ll find out the importance of time, depth and gas.

  • Discover how to plan and manage your diving.

This course includes six theory modules, at least five sessions in a pool or sheltered water, and at least four open-water dives.

Our ocean diver course is continually assessed. So, after your classroom and in-water training and a short theory exam,  you’ll have the grounding to continue your scuba diving journey as an open water diver.

Sports Diver

If you are an Ocean Diver who wants to do more, the Sports Diver course will give you the freedom to explore. Being a Sports Diver allows most people to do all the diving they want in the UK and abroad.

If you already have some diving experience with an entry-level qualification and want to take your underwater adventures to the next level, Sports Diver is your next step in BSAC’s Diver Training Programme.

You will broaden your experience in a variety of challenging open-water conditions, and learn essential techniques to prepare you for diving to a maximum of 35 metres. Following successful completion of this course you will be able to spot if something is wrong and what to do in an emergency including self-rescue, recovery of unresponsive divers, and basic life support – these are among the most valuable skills any diver can learn.

The course includes six theory modules, a practical session on how to support a Dive Manager, a sheltered-water rescue skills session, and six open-water dives with plenty of time to practise your skills.

To enrol on a Sport Diver course you must have successfully completed an Ocean Diver course (or have equivalent certification from another recognised training agency) and be aged 12 or older, but you need to be 14 or older to progress to depths greater than 20m post qualification.

Dive Leader

Do you want to extend your personal diving skills and plan and lead dives for others?

Are you ready to learn how to manage groups of divers, and develop your rescue-management skills? If so, Dive Leader is the exciting next step in your development as a diver.

Also if you want to become an Open Water Instructor with BSAC you need to be a Dive Leader.

This course is perfect for BSAC members who want to take a more active role in their club.

As a Dive Leader you become an essential team member helping to organise activities at your BSAC club.

The training also prepares you to dive to depths of up to 50 metres in a range of challenging conditions, following a series of post-qualification depth progression dives.

To enrol on a Dive Leader course you must have successfully completed a Sport Diver course (or have equivalent certification from another recognised training agency) and be aged 14 years or older.

Sports Divers aged between 12 and 14 can complete the elements of Dive Leader training that do not require diving deeper than 20m.

Advanced Diver (Expedition Diving)

Are you ready to take others on an adventure? If you want to manage challenging diving activities and expeditions in places you haven’t been before, then Advanced Diver is the course for you.

Advanced Divers are role models in BSAC clubs, able to lead groups in new situations, which can be remote and require detailed planning backed up by a huge amount of experience.

Advanced Diver training is essential for Dive Leaders who want to organise diving to places they’ve not been before, or Open Water Instructors who want to become Advanced Instructors.

On this course you will further your skills in rescue management and seamanship – using small boats as diving platforms, do your own chartwork and navigation – and develop your leadership qualities and dive organisation skills.

To enrol on an Advanced Diver course you must have already successfully completed a BSAC Dive Leader course (or have equivalent certification from another recognised training agency) and you must be at least 14 years old.