Our Qualifications

Core Qualifications

As a club we offer diver grade courses which are the fundemental levels that diver training is built on. They are the used as the baselayer for more specific training, where a minimum diver grade is required to enroll on certain skill development courses to ensure that participants are suitably knowlegable and experienced for the training that they want to undertake.

Ocean Diver

New to diving? Ocean diver is our foundation course that introduces a complete novice to the basic principles of Scuba Diving. After all the course requirements are met you will be qualified to:

  • Dive to 20m with a buddy under supervision of a dive manager
  • Dive with the club on club trips
  • Dive anywhere in the world by showing your qualification card

For more information on the Ocean Diver Course check out the Ocean Diver Training page!

Sports Diver

Already qualified as an Ocean Diver but want to extend your knowlege, improve you skills and be trained to conduct deeper and decompression dives using enriched air as a breathing gas? These are all things that qualifying as a sports diver does!

If you are already qualified with another agency that isn’t BSAC, you may be qualified to start the sports diver course with no further training! Check out the Crossover Divers page for more information on continuing your training with us!

Once you have completed the course you will be able to:

  • Dive to 35m with a buddy under supervision of a dive manager
  • Dive using Enriched Air/Nitrox using Nitrox decompression tables
  • Conduct decompression diving using advanced equipment with the right supervision and further training

For more information on the Sports Diver Course check out the Sports Diver Training page!

Dive Leader

Are you an experienced diver, already qualified as a Sports Diver or hold an equivalent qualification with another agency, who wants to start passing their knowlege onto less experienced divers? Then Dive Leader is the course for you. The course takes an experienced diver and teaches advanced diving skills, such as shot recovery and diving in an overhead environment. It also teaches advanced rescue techniques and rescue management, including oxygen administration, as well as introducing the student to the key skills needed to lead less experienced divers on experience building dives.

If you are already qualified with another agency that isn’t BSAC, you may be qualified to start the Dive Leader course with no further training! Check out the Crossover Divers page for more information on continuing your training with us!

Once you have completed the course you will be able to:

  • Dive to 50m on air with a buddy under supervision of a dive manager
  • Lead trainee divers on experience building dives
  • Take the Practical Instructor and Theory Instructor exams to qualify as an Open Water Instructor

For more information on the Dive Leader Course check out the Further Training page!

Skill Development Qualifications

Skill development courses are effectively ‘add ons’ to your diver grade courses. They range from Boat Handling to Advanced Decompression Procedures and Resuce Management. There are too many SDCs to list here, however below is a small sample of what we can offer. For the full list check out the BSAC website and if any take your fancy get in touch with us to see if we can get it organised for you!

Boat Handling

Ever fancied driving a high powered RIB? The boat handling course teaches you how to drive the club boats, seamanship techniques and other important information to help you operate the club boats safely.

Practical Rescue Management

Practical rescue management teaches you how to handle an emergency in the rare event that one occours. It covers everything from recovering an unconcious diver to helping a winchman if a helicopter evacuation is nessesary. In addition it covers how to best minimise the risks of a situation and preserve life should a diver become in serious trouble when they arrive at the surface.

Twinset Diver

The twinset diver SDC teaches a sports diver (or higher) about diving with manifolded twin cylinders. The course covers the fundementals of twinsets, emergency drills and the advantages and disadvantages of diving using a twinset longhose kit configuration.

This course is reccomended for more advanced divers who want to take their diving to the next level, by adding the ability to do deeper, longer decompression dives because of the extra gas and redundancy that a twinset offers!