Beginners

BSACs entry level qualification is ‘Ocean Diver’, which is equivalent to PADI Open Water Diver, CMAS 1* etc and is internationally recognised.

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.

The course consists of seven lectures (on Thursday evenings), a theory test, five pool sessions (on Monday evenings) and four open water dives where you will be assessed to demonstrate that you have mastered the required skills for the qualification. The course fees of £200 include the course training pack, theory lessons, pool lessons and use of club kit during pool and open water training. Course fees don’t include entry to open water training sites (usually £10-15 a day), or air refills on open water training trips (usually about £5 a fill).

You will also need to provide your own mask (goggles), hood, gloves and drysuit – we can provide advice and help in sourcing these.

This Year’s Training Program

Date Class Time Location
Thu 25 Oct Training Introduction 19:30 Earth Sciences
Mon 29 Oct Pool 1 Group A 19:45 Chesterton Pool
Mon 5 Nov Pool 1 Group B 19:45 Chesterton Pool
Thu 8 Nov OD Theory 1 19:30 Earth Sciences
Mon 12 Nov It’s a Knockout 19:45 Chesterton Pool
Thu 15 Nov OD Theory 2 19:30
Mon 19 Nov Pool 2 Group A 19:45 Chesterton Pool
Thu 22 Nov OD Theory 3 19.30 Earth Sciences
Mon 26 Nov Pool 2 GroupB 19.45 Chesterton Pool
Thu 29 Nov OD Theory 4 19.30 Earth Sciences
Mon 21 Jan Pool 3 Group A 19:45 Chesterton Pool
Thu 24 Jan OD Theory 5 19:30 Earth Sciences
Mon 28 Jan Pool 3 Group B 19:45 Chesterton Pool
Thu 31 Jan OD Theory 6 19:30 Earth Sciences
Mon 4 Feb Pool 4 Group A 19:45 Chesterton Pool
Thu 7 Feb OD Exam 19:30 Earth Sciences
Mon 11 Feb Pool 4 Group B 19:45 Chesterton Pool
Mon 18 Feb Pool 5 Group A 19:45 Chesterton Pool
Mon 25 Feb Pool 5 Group B 19:45 Chesterton Pool