Next Ocean Diver training course is planned to start on 26 August
We are an active training club and most of our members learned to dive with the club. All of our courses are run by members who have chosen to progress their training and become BSAC instructors. This is their way of putting back into the club what they took out when they first joined and learned to dive.
We usually run two beginners Ocean Diver courses per year as well as progression Sports Diver, Dive Leader and Advanced Diver courses. See the course overviews below.
Course dates are displayed on our Events Calendar and if you haven’t dived before we recommend you do a Try-Dive first. Before booking a Try-Snorkel, Try-Dive or signing up for a course you will need to complete a medical form. The button below directs you to the BSAC site where you can download and complete the form to ensure you are fit to participate (in some cases the form will refer you to get a medical diving assessment before you can take part).
Please get in touch using the Contact Us link. We can then arrange to give you a call or meet up for a chat.
If you’d like more information on additional special interest courses that BSAC run for its members, visit the BSAC website.
Ocean Diver is BSAC’s entry level scuba diving course and by the end of the course you will be able to dive confidently in controlled conditions to a maximum depth of 20 metres.
While you will need to be reasonably fit for the Ocean Diver course, it is by no means an endurance test. Provided that you are over the age of 14, a reasonable swimmer and in good health, you’re ready to take that first step to becoming a diver.
Through a combination of theory lessons, pool sessions and open water experience, you’ll learn your new diving skills progressively and at your own pace. You will develop your skills in the safe confines of a swimming pool or sheltered water before progressing to your first open water dives and your Ocean Diver qualification.
The course includes:
- Classroom theory lessons – at a time and location convenient to all
- Pool sessions in the Quarry Swimming Pool – On a Thursday evening from 8 – 9 pm
- A short multiple choice exam
- Open water dives – In an inland quarry (entry fees and equipment hire not included)
- BSAC Ocean Diver Student Workbook
- BSAC Qualification Record Book and Qualification Card
- BSAC Decompression Tables
- Use of all scuba equipment required to complete the pool sessions
As a newly qualified diver, you can continue on through BSAC’s diver grades and learn new specialist diving skills. You can dive regularly in the UK’s beautiful and diverse waters or add a new dimension to your next holiday abroad.
Ocean Diver courses typically commence in Late September and February subject to demand.
Have a look on the BSAC site for more details.
Typical cost of learning to dive with us
The cost of undertaking the Ocean Diver course is £100. This includes all the instruction, use of SSAC pool equipment, course pack (provided by BSAC) and Nitrox tables. It does not include any entry charges or kit hire charges for your open water weekend.
In order to qualify as an Ocean Diver you need to complete 4 open water dives. We usually do these at an inland quarry site and you will have to pay daily entry fees. Most quarry sites charge around £15 per day for diving and offer changing facilities, restaurant, gas fills, etc. We would normally expect you to complete your open water dives over 2 days.
SSAC pool equipment is not suitable for use in open water. If you do not have your own kit, you can hire it at quarry sites. Hire charges are typically £35 per day for a complete SCUBA set, including a semi-drysuit.
We often do the open water training over a weekend, so there will also be travel and accommodation costs.
Have a look at the following quarry site websites for more details of facilities and prices.