Ocean Diver Training

Many of our new members join us as novices, looking to learn to dive and get their first qualification.  When you first join the club you can try diving for the first time safely in the university pool, while this can’t compare to diving in the sea it gives you an idea of what it is like to take your first breaths underwater.

To complete your first qualification, Ocean Diver, you’ll be invited to attend a welcome talk and then there are six lectures where you learn everything about the basics of diving.  There are five pool sessions where you learn about all the key skills to keep you and your buddy safe.  Once you’ve passed all your sheltered water lessons you progress to open water where you repeat the skills you’ve learnt and experience open water for the first time to complete your qualification.

You can read more about the annual Ocean Diver training trip in our trip reports.

What Qualification Means

A BSAC Ocean Diver is defined as a diver who is competent to conduct dives under the following conditions:

  • To a maximum depth of 20m.
  • With another BSAC Ocean Diver, a BSAC Sports Diver or a Diver of Equivalent Qualification from another agency, within the restrictions of the conditions already encountered during training.
  • With a Dive Leader or higher grade, to expand experience beyond the conditions encountered during training, under the supervision of a Dive Manager.
  • Not requiring any planned mandatory decompression stops.
  • Under the on-site supervision of a Dive Manager with respect to site selection, conditions and dive plan.
What qualification requires

Ocean Diver training cosists of 3 main elements: Theory, Sheltered Water and Open Water. All the elements are supervised by a BSAC Qualified Open Water Instructor and taught by qualified Assistant Diving Instructors or higher grade.

Theory Element

The theory element of the course consists of 6 theory lessons, assesed at the end by a multiple choice exam. Attendance at all theory lessons is mandetory before taking the exam. The lessons are as follows:

  • OT1 – Adapting to the Underwater World
  • OT2 – The Body and the Effects of Diving
  • OT3 – Going Diving
  • OT4 – Dive Planning
  • OT5 – What Happens If?
  • OT6 – Enjoying Your Diving
Sheltered Water Element

Sheltered water lessons take place at the university pool. There are 5 lessons to complete. The lessons consist of introducing new divers to the skills they need to be able to safely dive. The lessons themselves are not assesed directly but they all need to be completed to qualify. The lessons are the following:

  • OS1 – Being Underwater
  • OS2 – Basic Skills
  • OS3 – Developing Skills
  • OS4 – Beyond the Basics
  • OS5 – Safety Skills
Open Water Element

The open water element is the final part of the course. It conists of 4 specific lessons and ‘experience dives’. The experience dives compliment the lessons, making sure that new divers are familiar with a range of conditions before being let loose! The experience dives are often done at the same time as the lessons and often need no further dives to qualify, occasionally they are done after the lessons if the range of conditions are not avaliable during training.

The open water lessons are as follows:

  • OO1 – Introduction to Open Water
  • OO2 – Developing Open Water Skills
  • OO3 – Open Water Rescue Skills
  • OO4 – Buddy Diving Skills

There are many experience dives that you could do, of which you need at least 4 of them to qualify.

Questions About Ocean Diver Training?
Katie Eminson

Katie is in charge of Ocean Diver training, if you have any questions or would like to get involved in the next course, get in contact with her by emailing training@uonsubaqua.com or through the training officer page!