As a branch of BS-AC Sub-C-Divers offers a range of diver training courses to suit all levels of ability from complete beginner to experienced diver.

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 –  contact us for more information.

BS-AC offers five levels of structured diver training, starting with Ocean Diver.

Sub-C-Divers offers the Ocean Diver training course, the entry level for beginners and first time divers. Trainees accompanied by a parent/carer  may start at the age of 12.  The course 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 Ocean Diver training, you must first join BS-AC – Prices can be found HERE.. There is a charge of £77 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.

2020/21 Sub-C-Divers membership is £110.00 per year and £32.00 per year for students in full time education.   

The BS-AC Ocean Diver certificate allows you to dive with another person of the same or higher qualification than yourself to a maximum depth of 20m under the supervision of a Dive Manager. Once the Ocean Diver certificate has been obtained, further levels of training can be undertaken. These are:-

  • Sport Diver
  • Dive Leader
  • Advanced Diver
  • First Class Diver
For more information about learning to dive with BS-AC, click here or contact Sub C Divers

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
  • Advanced Lifesaver Award
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • First Aid for Divers
  • Lifesaver Award
  • Oxygen Administration
  • Practical Rescue Management
  • Boat Handling
  • Chart work and Position Fixing
  • Diver Coxswain Assessment
  • Outboard Engine and Boat Maintenance
  • Underwater Photography
  • Ice Diving
  • Mixed gas open circuit courses:
  • Sport Mixed Gas Diver (Gas Mix: ≥20/≤30, up to 50m)
  • Explorer Mixed Gas Diver (Gas Mix: ≥18/≤35, up to 60m)
  • Advanced Mixed Gas Diver (Gas Mix: <18/>35, up to 80m)
  • CCR Inspiration Evolution/Vision Diver
  • Sport Mixed Gas CCR Diver (Gas Mix: ≥20/≤30, up to 50m)
  • Explorer Mixed Gas CCR Diver (Gas Mix: ≥18/≤35, up to 60m)
  • Advanced Mixed Gas CCR Diver (Gas Mix: <18/>35, up to 80m)