Ocean Diver is the BSAC entry level course. Qualified Ocean Divers are permitted to dive with experienced divers, or divers of a similar grade within specific limits. Ocean Divers are qualified to dive to a maximum of 20 metres.
The Ocean Diver course consists of:
- 5 pool sessions
- 7 theory lessons (held after the pool session)
- 5 open water dives
- a theory test
The exact number of pool sessions or open water dives may vary slightly depending on ability, as we make sure everyone progresses at a safe rate.
The pool and theory sessions are held by the club’s instructors on Tuesday evenings at the Queen Mother’s Sports Centre, and afterwards at the Jugged Hare pub.
The open water dives are conducted over a weekend at an inland site, often Stoney Cove.
The training is designed to help new divers understand how to use scuba equipment, safety issues, and provides practical experience of diving. The open water dives give you the chance to try your new skills outside of the pool. You will start with a shallow dive to get you settled, before getting progressively deeper over the weekend.
BSAC provides more information about the Ocean Diver training course.
After completing the Ocean Diver course, you can continue training with the next course, Sports Diver
Updated June 2015