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.

Qualification and what that means

A BSAC Ocean Diver is defined as a diver who is competent to conduct dives:

  • to a maximum depth of 20m.
  • with another BSAC Ocean Diver or with a BSAC Sports Diver, 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 mandatory decompression stops.
  • under the on-site supervision of a Dive Manager with respect to site selection, conditions and dive plan.

Diving Officer

The Diving Officer in the club is the person who awards qualifications. If you have finished all your lessons let him know and get your certificate signed.

Davs Brander

Diving Officer

We don’t just offer core qualifications, we also offer skill development course qualifications.  Whether you want to learn how to improve your buoyancy and trim, decrease your decompression time or appreciate the marine environment. we can support you though.