From beginner to experienced diver, BSAC provides a full training programme that enables divers to progress through a framework of qualifications at their own pace.
There are five internationally-recognised BSAC diver grades, from the entry level Ocean Diver through to the highest grade, First Class Diver.
BSAC Diver Grades
BSAC has been training people to dive since the early 1950s. During this time the Diver Training Programme has been regularly updated and improved to keep pace with developments in equipment and diving knowledge. The programme is designed to build confidence and self-reliance, whilst keeping safety uppermost.
Diving skills are taught progressively so that each new experience is built upon step by step. Following basic training in the safety of a swimming pool or protected area, students soon complete their first open water dives to achieve Ocean Diver certification. This progression continues to Sports Diver and beyond, where open water skills and techniques are further developed and experience gained.
All diver training courses are delivered through BSAC clubs, by qualified instructors over a series of weekly evening sessions and weekend open water training, with the opportunity for regular diving to hone your skills. You can also complete your training over a shorter period of time through a BSAC centre.
With BSAC, the choice is yours – this is YOUR diving journey and we are with you every step of the way.
We offer limited places to train as an Ocean Diver where you will learn all the basic skills you need to dive on this entry-level course. This course is taught by our own instructors who volunteer their skills. As an Ocean Diver you will be qualified to dive to 20m.
Training materials + Log Book: £48
We will also support members who take on a PADI Open Water Course with our local dive shop, Surrey Dive Centre. The PADI Open Water Course is another entry-level course where you will learn similar skills to BSAC Ocean Divers. Currently we are confirming the cost of this course with Surrey Dive Centre.
Ocean Diver Training 2016
More information on the Ocean Diver course
Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 35m after qualfying. Sports Divers care taught to be more independent divers, with an introduction to planning trips and rescue skills. Following the Sports Diver course, you can embark on the first stage of the route of instruction.
Training materials: £30 (+£10 for crossovers eg PADI OW/AOW)
More information on the Sports Diver course
Dive Leader training covers responsibilities and safety of leading other divers. Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 50m after qualfying. Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor.
Training materials: £40
Divers gain experience in planning dives at different sites and different circumstances. Additional experience will be gained in using small boats, chartwork. navigation and many other related skills. Advanced Divers are eligible to progress to Advanced Instructor.
More information on the Advanced Diver course
First Class Diver
BSAC's highest diving grade which requires a higher than average level of theoretical knowledge, organisational and personal diving skills.
More information on the First Class Diver award