USSAC welcomes divers from other training agencies and as well as integrating you into the branch at your equivalent level we will offer you further training at the next BSAC level.
New members with other organisation qualifications are encouraged to continue their training and development as a diver within BSAC by training for higher qualification levels and by attending BSAC Skill Development Courses (SDCs). The Branch, or BSAC HQ, can tell you more about these SDCs.
Should a diver, qualified by another diver training organisation, wish to further their diver training with BSAC, the qualifications they already hold are recognised as a starting point for further training by the issue of a Statement of Alternative Training (SALT) page, issued as part of the training pack they purchase.
On completion of the course, the diver will be a BSAC qualified diver at that new grade.
With this process, the NEW member may train for the next higher BSAC qualification. The process has to assume that the person has only just obtained the certificate they hold. It cannot offer any credit for variables such as additional diving experience gained since the qualification was achieved, or training undertaken on incomplete courses. This process applies only to diving qualifications and not to diving instructor qualifications.
Below is a table of qualifications and the equivalent BSAC diver grade.
All ‘Entry Level’ qualifications (which typically do not include rescue training) such as:
CMAS One Star Diver
NASDS Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver
NAUI Scuba Diver and Advanced Scuba Diver
PADI Open Water Diver
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver/AOWD Plus
Royal Navy Ships Diver
SAA Open Water Diver
SSI Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver
All ‘Second Level’ qualifications (which must include rescue training) such as:
CMAS Two Star Diver
HSE Commercial Diver:
HSE Scuba Diver/HSE Surface Supply Diver/HSE Surface Supply (Top Up) Diver/HSE Closed Bell Diver (formerly HSE Diver Part 4, 3, 1 and 2 respectively)
NASDS Rescue Diver
NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver
PADI Rescue Diver
SAA Club Diver
SSAC Third Class Diver/Sports Diver
SSI Advanced Open Water Diver with ‘Stress and Rescue’ Speciality
Army Compressed Air Diver
All ‘Third Level’ qualifications (which must include dive leadership training) such as:
NASDS Dive Supervisor
SAA Dive Leader
SSI Dive Control Specialist
As the most common qualifcations we integrate are PADI Open Water or Advanced Open Water we will cover the process in more detail. While the Open Water and Advanced Open Water qualifications are equivalent to an Ocean Diver we like to do a skills review and ensure you are happy aspects such as rescue skills and diving in a dry suit.
- USSAC orders a crossover training pack for the next BSAC level, typically Sports Diver.
- Member provides proof of qualification to the DO who signs and certifies the SALT in their Qualification and Record Book
- Member attends theory lessons OT1 and OT4 which cover the BSAC system and the BSAC tables which differ from the PADI RDP and Nitrox
- Member attends two pool training sessions.
- The first session is a skills review which will go over the basic skills that were taught as part of the PADI Open Water course
- The second session will cover rescue skills, primarily the Controlled Buoyant Lift (CBL)
- If the member has no experience diving in a dry suit then we will offer this as it's own pool session where we will teach aspects such as suit care, buoyancy differences and ensure the member can perform the basic scuba and rescue skills in the suit
- Member should then go on one open water trip to one of the deeper inland training sites (Gildenburgh, Vobster or Stoney Cover) where we will ensure you are comfortable diving in a dry suit and also recap the basic skills and rescue skills
- Once these are all complete you are welcome to continue your training with the club with the Sports Diver course or dive as an Ocean Diver.
For more information please speak to the Diving Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.