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 training sessions and open water dives, followed 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.

 

Ocean Diver

You will learn to dive on this entry level course. Max depth 20m.

More information on the Ocean Diver course

 

Sports Diver

Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 35m after qualifying. Sports Divers can embark on the first stage of the route of instruction.

More information on the Sports Diver course

 

Dive Leader

Dive Leader training covers responsibilities and safety of leading other divers. Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 50m after qualifying. Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor.

More information on the Dive Leader course

 

Advanced Diver

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. This level is not available in Egypt please contact BSAC HQ.

 

Skill Development Courses (SDCs)

Diving is a diverse and exciting sport, offering endless opportunities to build your experience, learn new skills and explore new diving horizons.

More information on SDCS courses

 

 

OCEAN DIVER

 

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to dive, this course is for you. This course is for beginners and provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving.

 

The BSAC Ocean Diver course prepares for this in the safety of a swimming pool or sheltered water and an introduction to open water in a controlled, safe manner. Experience and confidence will be gained under the guidance of a qualified instructor. Maximum depth - 20m.

 

Prerequisites

To enrol on the BSAC Ocean Diver Course you must be 12 years or older. You need a basic level of comfort in the water and you will have to demonstrate that you can swim 200m in swimwear.

 

What you’ll learn

The BSAC Ocean Diver course has three main stages:

 

  • 1. Lessons and theory assessment on the basic principles of scuba diving
  • 2. Five confined water dives to learn the basics in the water (usually in a swimming pool)
  • 3. Five open water dives to further develop your scuba diving skills

 

The fun bit

Will hopefully be from start to finish! 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.

 

Qualification and what that means

A BSAC Ocean Diver is defined as a diver who is 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.

 

Ocean Diver Training Pack

When you sign up for the course with the branch you will be provided a pack as part of your course which includes all the learning materials you need for the BSAC course. The pack includes: Qualification Card application, Qualification Record Book and an A5 binder with your Student Diver Notes.

 

The following recommended kit is available from the branch shop:

 

  • Dive Profile Red Logbook
  • BSAC Air & Nitrox Decompression Tables

 

How to do this course

You can do this course by joining a our BSAC club and training with other club members, or at our BSAC Centre where you can do the course in four or five days*.

 

* The BSAC Ocean Diver course normally takes five days but is performance dependent and could take longer.

 

 

sport Diver

 

Want to build on your skills after doing an Ocean Diver course?

 

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 qualifying*. 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.

 

Prerequisites

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

 

Sports Diver Student Notes

When you sign up for the course with our branch you will be provided a pack as part of your course which includes all the learning materials you need for the BSAC course. The pack includes: Qualification Card application and an A5 binder with your Student Diver Notes.

 

Recommended gear

At this stage it would be anticipated that you have your own full equipment - rental is available but not provided with the course

 

How to do this course

You can do this course by joining a our BSAC club and training with other club members, or at our BSAC Centre where you can do the course in four days.

 

* The BSAC Sports Diver course normally takes four days but is performance dependent and could take longer.

 

 

Dive Leader

 

Want to plan and lead on dives, organise and manage groups of divers and develop rescue management skills?

 

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 qualifying, and if you wish, depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 50m. Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor.

 

Prerequisites

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)

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*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.

 

Dive Leader Notes & Manual

When you sign up for the course with our branch you will be provided with a pack as part of your course which includes all the learning materials you need for the BSAC course. The pack includes: Qualification Card application and an A5 binder with your Student Diver Notes.

 

Recommended gear

At this stage in your diving development you will should already own your own diving equipment such as mask, fins, snorkel, BC, regulators, computer and DSMB. We would also recommend some other items (if you don’t have them already) including:

 

  • Waterproof first aid kit
  • Diver safety pack
  • Dive management boat slate

 

How to do this course

You can do this course by joining our local BSAC club and training with other club members, or at our BSAC Centre where you can usually do the course in six days.

 

* The BSAC Dive Leader course normally takes six days but is performance dependent and could take longer.

 

 

advanced Diver

 

Want to manage and supervise adventurous and challenging diving expeditions and activities?

 

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, chart work and navigation and many other related skills. Advanced Divers who are Open Water Instructors are eligible to progress to Advanced Instructor.

 

Prerequisites

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 management 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.

 

Experience dives

The BSAC Advanced Diver syllabus includes open water lessons and experience dives which should total a minimum of 20 dives and 600 minutes underwater time since qualifying as a Dive Leader. To ensure that students receive experience in a range of conditions, the open water dives must include the conditions in the following list. To ensure consolidation of the skill requirements, each of the conditions should be experienced on at least three dives:

 

  • planned decompression dive - dive involving at least two planned decompression stops
  • dive in tidal waters - dive involving a direct descent following a shot line, to dive on a specific site in a slack water window.
  • drift dive - dive to a minimum depth of 15m in water moving at a speed which precludes a return to the point of entry

 

Only one of the above conditions may be logged per dive. In addition to the above, a further six dives should include at least three of the following conditions:

 

  • navigation dive - dive requiring navigation around a site.
  • search dive - a dive involving the utilisation of underwater search techniques.
  • no clear surface dive - a dive involving no clear surface, either cavern, wreck penetration or ice diving.
  • mixed gas dive - a dive involving use of mixed gas, either closed circuit rebreather or open circuit.
  • advanced decompression dive - a dive involving advanced decompression techniques and emergency gas deployment using decompression trapeze or lazy shot.
  • surface location dive - a dive involving the surface location of an unknown site using surface searching techniques, followed by suitable precautions when diving an unknown site.

 

Of the 20 dives:

 

  • at least ten should be carried out from boats.
  • on at least ten the student should act as dive leader
  • at least six should show depth experience greater than 30m
  • on at least five occasions the student should act as Dive Manager (including taking responsibility for carrying out all planning activities):
  • at least two should be full day diving activities, to sites which are unknown to the student Dive Manager
  • at least one should be for a duration of at least two days, involving overall planning of the event
  • the remaining two may be to either known or unknown sites

 

 

Qualification and what that means

A BSAC Advanced Diver is defined as a diver who is comprehensively trained, experienced and responsible and who can manage and supervise:

 

  • a wide range of adventurous and challenging diving activities
  • branch diving expeditions to explore unfamiliar locations
  • branch diving activities including dives utilising developing technology and techniques

 

While Advanced Divers do not necessarily need to be qualified to use emerging technologies themselves, they need to know sufficient about them to understand how to safely incorporate them within branch diving.

 

Advanced Diver Student Notes

When you sign up for the course with our branch you will be provided with a pack as part of your course which includes all the learning materials you need for the BSAC ….. course. The pack includes: Qualification Card application and an A5 binder with your Student Diver Notes.

 

Required gear

Full diving equipment.

 

Recommended gear

At this stage in your diving development you will almost certainly already own your own diving equipment. We would also recommend some other items (if you don’t have them already) including:

 

  • The Expedition Manual (highly recommended)
  • Navigation and seamanship products
  • Diver safety products
  • Dive Guide books

 

How to do this course

You can do this course by joining our local BSAC club and training with other club members.

 

 

Skill Development Courses (SDCs)

 

Diving is a diverse and exciting sport, offering endless opportunities to build your experience, learn new skills and explore new diving horizons.

 

BSAC offers a wide range of special interest courses, designed to ensure you get the very best out of your diving. Our programme of Skill Development Courses (SDCs) are regularly held by Regional Coaching Teams, BSAC Centres and can be staged in Clubs.

 

So, whether your interest is in rescue, wrecks, technical, marine life or photography, there is a BSAC specialist course for everybody.

 

Our current courses include:

 

CLUB DIVING

 

  • Accelerated Decompression Procedures (ADP)
  • Buoyancy and Trim Workshop
  • Compressor Operation
  • Dive Planning and Management
  • Equipment Care
  • Marine Life Appreciation
  • Mixed Gas Blender / Nitrox Gas Blender
  • Search and Recovery
  • Wreck Appreciation
  • Twin-set Diver

 

SAFETY AND RESCUE

 

  • Advanced Lifesaver Award
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • First Aid for Divers
  • Lifesaver Award
  • Oxygen Administration
  • Practical Rescue Management

 

SEAMANSHIP

 

  • Boat Handling
  • Chart work and Position Fixing
  • Diver Coxswain Assessment
  • Outboard Engine and Boat Maintenance

 

SPECIAL INTEREST

 

  • Underwater Photography
  • Ice Diving
  • BSAC Beachcomber

 

TECHNICAL

 

  • Mixed gas open circuit courses:
  • Sport Mixed Gas Diver (Gas Mix: 20/30, up to 50m)
  • Explorer Mixed Gas Diver (Gas Mix: 18/35, up to 60m)
  • Advanced Mixed Gas Diver (Gas Mix: <18/>35, up to 80m)

 

Rebreather and mixed gas rebreather courses:

 

  • CCR Inspiration Evolution/Vision Diver
  • Sport Mixed Gas CCR Diver (Gas Mix: 20/30, up to 50m)
  • Explorer Mixed Gas CCR Diver (Gas Mix: 18/35, up to 60m)
  • Advanced Mixed Gas CCR Diver (Gas Mix: <18/>35, up to 80m)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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