BSAC Ocean Diver

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to dive, this course is for you. This course is for beginners and provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving.

Want to learn to dive?

The BSAC Ocean Diver course prepares for this in the safety of a swimming pool or sheltered water and an introduction to open water in a controlled, safe manner. Experience and confidence will be gained under the guidance of a qualified instructor. Maximum depth - 20m. Prerequisites To enrol on the BSAC Ocean Diver Course you must be 12 years or older. A basic level of comfort in the water is important and you will have to demonstrate that you can swim 200m in swimwear.

What you'll learn

The BSAC Ocean Diver course has three main stages:

1. Lessons and theory assessment on the basic principles of scuba diving

2. Five confined water dives to learn the basics in the water (usually in a swimming pool)

3. Five open water dives to further develop your scuba diving skills

The fun bit Will hopefully be from start to finish! Learning to dive is a life changing experience for many people. Breathing underwater for the first time is something you will never forget and the experience of learning with others is great fun. Your instructor is trained to look after you every step of the way.

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.
  • Mock Ocean Diver Training Pack Contents

    Learning materials

    When you sign up for the course with your branch you will be need to obtain a pack as part of your course which includes all the learning materials you need for the BSAC Ocean Diver course. The pack includes:

  • Qualification Card application
  • Qualification Record Book
  • An A5 binder with your Student Diver Notes.
  • (Note: if you are doing the training outside of your branch, eg with the Coaching team, then you will need to obtain the pack in advance through your branch)

    Required gear

    Swimwear and towel.

    Recommended gear

    Although the diving equipment is provided, Ocean Diver trainees may wish to buy their own mask and snorkel. You may also wish to use a pool suit for added comfort during the pool lessons.

    The following recommended kit is available from the BSAC shop: Dive Profile Red Logbook BSAC Nitrox Decompression Tables More products to go with your BSAC Ocean Diver course

    How to do this course with DSAC

    If you are interested taking the first step towards learning to scuba dive with Droylsden Sub-Aqua Club then contact Ian Wilson about joining our branch, his details are at the bottom of the page. Once you're a member we can start the training and organise the learning materials plus BSAC membership.

    I can mention many moments that were unforgettable and revelatory. But the most single revelatory three minutes was the first time I put on scuba gear and dived on a coral reef. It's just the unbelievable fact that you can move in three dimensions - David Attenborough
  • What are the costs?

    The currect costs of membeship of both Droylsden Sub-Aqua Club and BSAC can be downloaded by clicking the button above, the current BSAC training pack costs are also on there. If you have any questions please contact Ian Wilson who's details are at the bottom of the page

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