If you have never dived before you might want to consider a try dive before embarking on a full diver training course. Sub-C-Divers can arrange this – BOOK A TRYDIVE
BS-AC offers Seven levels of structured diver training, starting with Discovery Diver. Trainees accompanied by a parent/carer may start this course aged of 10.
The courses includes a number of sessions in the swimming pool, some classroom theory lessons and finally a series of “open
water” assessments. This course is suitable for anyone who is in good health, has a reasonable level of fitness and is able to
satisfactorily complete a 200 meters swim test.
All training is undertaken by fully qualified BS-AC instructors who are also members of the Sub-C-Divers. There are a number of
skills that must be learned in the swimming pool before moving on to the open water stage, these will be taught over a number of
weekly sessions. The number of sessions required varies from person to person and there is no time limit, what is important is that
each trainee is entirely competent and comfortable with each skill before moving on to the next.
In order to undertake Diver training, you must first join BS-AC – Prices can be found HERE.. There is a charge of £73 to cover the cost of the training materials which include lecture notes to accompany the classroom theory lessons, a full colour Diving Manual, Divers log book and your qualification record book which you will need to present when you go diving in the future.
Sub-C-Divers membership is £150.00 for the first year, reducing to £110.00 per year thereafter and £85.00 per year for students in full time education.
This course is a subset of the BSAC Ocean Diver course. If you’re short on time but really want to become a diver, Discovery Diver might be right for you.
Discovery Diver might be the right choice for you, particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily with a dive guide. This course is an intermediate step for earning an Ocean Diver qualification if that’s your ultimate goal.
What is the Discovery Diver Course?
BSAC’s Discovery Diver course is open to anyone from the age of 10.
You’ll just need to demonstrate that you can comfortably swim 200m in a pool, and the only kit you’ll need is a swimsuit and towel.
The skills you’ll learn
Your instructor will start by getting you comfortable breathing underwater in a pool or sheltered water and then develop your skills so that you are competent to dive safely in open water. After that, you’ll head out for a series of at least two open water dives to develop your skills and confidence in open water.
On your BSAC Discovery Diver course, you will:
- Learn how to use basic dive gear, including your mask and snorkel
- Control your buoyancy and underwater movements
- Understand your basic scuba diving safety skills – you’ll find out the importance of time, depth and gas
- Discover how to plan and manage your diving
BSAC’s Discovery Diver course includes three theory modules, three pool or sheltered water modules, and at least two open-water dives.
What you’ll be able to do
As a qualified Discovery Diver, you can dive in open-water in controlled conditions to 12m under the direct supervision of a Dive Leader or higher-grade diver.
If you want to expand your experience by exploring different locations and conditions, you can easily do this accompanied by a Dive Leader or higher-grade diver, while under the supervision of a Dive Manager.
Your open water diving certification will be recognised worldwide. That means you will be qualified to use breathing gas mixtures of up to 36 per cent Nitrox to increase your safety on dives (you’ll learn all about Nitrox on the course). Many ‘learn to dive’ courses don’t teach Nitrox, but at BSAC we believe they are important skills to start learning from the start of your scuba journey.
Please note: Discovery Divers are not qualified to carry out any dives requiring mandatory decompression stops.
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.
BS-AC 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, BS-AC Centres and can be staged in Clubs.
So, whether your interest is in rescue, wrecks, technical, marine life or photography, there is a BS-AC specialist course for everybody.
Our current courses include:
- Accelerated Decompression Procedures (ADP)
- Buoyancy and Trim Workshop
- Compressor Operation
- Dive Planning and Management
- Equipment Care
- Mixed Gas Blender / Nitrox Gas Blender
- Search and Recovery
- Wreck Appreciation