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.