The diver training program will take you from Ocean
Diver up to Advanced Instructor at your own pace. There is no pressure to complete any of your training by a certain time;
you will complete your training when you are ready. The training covers theory through a series of lectures and naturally,
practical training in the use of equipment, techniques and life saving.
Levels of training
This course provides
you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving. Learning to dive is all about learning
to use your equipment properly and safely. The Ocean Diver training course concentrates on preparing you for this in the safety
of a swimming pool or sheltered water and then introducing you to open water in a controlled and safe manner. This also gives
you the opportunity to practice safety skills in the company of a qualified instructor or experienced diver.
In Sports Diver
training, the emphasis is on building a sound foundation of open water diving skills and experience through a series of structured
practical lessons. Once you have gained this open water experience with a qualified instructor, you are ready to take part
in dives with other Sports Divers or those of higher grades.
Dive Leader training
concentrates on the responsibilities and safety aspects of leading other divers on an open water dive. Practical lessons in
rescue management and rescue skills will give you the confidence and ability to deal with those unforeseen emergencies. Leading
a dive will develop your enjoyment, confidence and experience as a diver.
Diver course further develops your knowledge and skills. You will gain experience in planning and organising dives at different
sites and under different circumstances. Additional experience will be gained in using small boats,
chartwork. navigation and many other related skills. The BSAC consider this grade as being a fully trained diver.
First Class Diver
highest diving grade which requires a higher than average level of theoretical knowledge, organisational and personal diving
skills. The First Class Diver award is a culmination of a number of years' diving experience. BSAC 1st Class Divers are
assessed through nationally conducted examinations.