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BSAC

BSAC offer a highly respected training and diving programme which is recognized the world over for its quality of training and development of the sport. A not-for-profit organization, it is the National Governing Body for diving in the UK. For those wishing to develop their diving skills in a club environment with diving trips in the UK and overseas there is no better starting point.

Content of BSAC Courses

BSAC courses are offered in over 300 BSAC professionally run and accredited centres in the UK and overseas. You can take part in a diver training programme either as a complete novice or on one of the many speciality courses designed to improve your skill level or technical knowledge. Once you have completed a BSAC course overseas you may wish to continue your training at a UK club or vice versa.

For a list of our partner BSAC Dive Centres overseas see here.

BSAC Ocean Diver Referral from £150

This is to complete the practical side for those who have previously completed their theory and possibly initial qualifying dives in the UK or elsewhere. If you have completed your theory and confined water skills within the past 12 months and produce the BSAC certification authorized by your instructor, your open water dives can be completed abroad. This options is very popular for those who wish to complete their qualifying dives in warm waters overseas. Final certification fees are approximately €35 and manuals will be charged in additional to course fee.

BSAC Ocean Diver (from 5 days) from £249

This is a five day course and divided in five parts: Theory, sheltered water lessons (usually a swimming pool), theory and practical assessment plus five open water dives to a maximum depth of 20m.

The Ocean Diver student pack which includes your qualification record book, the BSAC’s Diving Manual and a student study book. The price of the course includes the hire of all equipment, tuition and study books. Certification is additional (£35).

BSAC Sports Diver

You can join a BSAC Sports Diver course after you have completed the Ocean Diver course or other entry level qualification from one of the other training agencies. A qualified BSAC instructor will reinforce and expand your theory knowledge. Lessons are structured and practical allowing you gain confidence and experience with more open water dives. Depth of dives will gradually progress up to a maximum of 35m after qualifying. To dive at 35m you will need to be at least 14 years old. Those under 14 years can take the Sports Diver qualification but will only be able to dive to a depth of 20m.

The next stage of BSAC training can cover:

BSAC Dive Leader This course covers dive leadership skills including planning dives for groups, managing the day’s diving and, if required, taking the lead role in a rescue situation. After qualification, depth of dives can gradually be built to 50m. Dive leaders are able to profess to take the Open Water Instuctor qualification.

BSAC Advanced Diver This qualification allows you to further expand your skill in planning and supervising dive groups, rescue management and leadership. Lessons cover planning divers in differing dives sites and conditions. Seamanship is covered with theory and practice in use of small boats, using charts and navigating and more. Qualified Advanced Divers can progress to a Advanced Instructor course.

First Class Diver This is the highest diving qualification with BSAC. It is a challenging course both from the level of theory knowledge required and type of diving experience necessary to pass. As of May 2010 only 926 divers have achieved this qualification since 1953.

For more information see www.bsac.com

For details of BSAC courses, liveaboards and BSAC led groups overseas call us on 01273 844919.


Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.