Equipment Care

Learn what you can do to maintain the condition of your diving equipment. Simple repairs and fault diagnosis can prolong the life of your diving equipment.

Dive Planning and Marshalling

An opportunity to understand the responsibilities of planning and organising a dive. The course covers how to record dive information and planning for diving emergencies.

Search and Recovery Techniques

Learn how to locate and record an underwater feature or wreck. The course also gives practical experience of underwater lifting techniques and the use of buoyancy.

Diving Operations Specialist

Not a course, but a qualification awarded to holders of the BSAC suite of Technical awards.

Full Face Mask

Covers the construction and use of a range of full face masks for recreational and technical diving.

Life Saver Award

The primary aim is to examine, under pool or sheltered water conditions, lifesaving proficiency specifically applicable to divers. A secondary aim is to examine the ability of divers to make use of their rescue skills in more general non-diving situations. The examination covers rescue methods suitable for use from shore or boat, by rescuers as they are likely to be dressed at the time, using aids that may reasonably be expected to be available.

Advanced Life Saver Award

To examine lifesaving proficiency specifically applicable to divers in realistic open water conditions. The examination also covers First Aid for injuries likely to be encountered in diving and diving related activities.

First Aid

To teach the basics of First Aid likely to be needed in the sports diving environment making use of the resources likely to be available at the time. This will include the improvisation of dressings, splints, etc., using materials and equipment commonly available on site or in the boat.

Oxygen Administration

To teach the administration of oxygen as a means of increasing the effectiveness of First Aid treatment of diving accidents. 

It is implicit in this definition that the treatment takes place on the surface, either in a boat or on dry land. There is no question of administering oxygen to a submerged diver.

Rescue First Aid Award

To introduce more advanced first aid skills such as the use of resuscitators, airways and neck stabilisation. The course also builds on oxygen administration procedures and includes refresher training in general first aid techniques.

Compressor Operation

To instruct members in the safe and correct procedures for operating a high pressure air compressor; for filling cylinders from a compressor and from an air storage bank; and for good compressor management.

Boat Handling Course

The course is designed to give students, with little or no boat handling knowledge or experience, instruction in small boat handling, including techniques relevant to diving, and related safety knowledge.

Chartwork and Position Fixing

To instruct members in the basic techniques of marine navigation to a level which will help them as active divers in planning and managing dives undertaken by a typical BSAC Branch.

(The course comprehensively covers the requirements of Dive Leader lesson LT7 and is a training option for BSAC Advanced Diver).

Nitrox Diver Course

Advanced Diver Course

Extended Range Diver

To promote more efficient, successful and safe deep diving techniques.

To encourage a responsible and flexible approach to extended range diving.

To identify the areas of potential problem, discuss the possibilities of management and resolution in practice. To provide a pool of information from which may be selected whatever is achievable and relevant to any specific extended range dive being considered.

Ocean Diver

This course provides you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving. Learning to dive is all about learning to use your equipment properly and safely. The Ocean Diver training course concentrates on preparing you for this in the safety of a swimming pool or sheltered water and then introducing you to open water in a controlled and safe manner. This also gives you the opportunity to practice safety skills in the company of a qualified instructor or experienced diver.

Sports Diver

In Sports Diver training, the emphasis is on building a sound foundation of open water diving skills and experience through a series of structured practical lessons. Once you have gained this open water experience with a qualified instructor, you are ready to take part in dives with other Sports Divers or those of higher grades.

Dive Leader

Dive Leader training concentrates on the responsibilities and safety aspects of leading other divers on an open water dive. Practical lessons in rescue management and rescue skills will give you the confidence and ability to deal with those unforeseen emergencies. Leading a dive will develop your enjoyment, confidence and experience as a diver.

Advanced Diver

The Advanced Diver course further develops your knowledge and skills. You will gain experience in planning and organising dives at different sites and under different circumstances. Additional experience will be gained in using small boats, chartwork. navigation and many other related skills. The BSAC consider this grade a fully trained diver.

First Class Diver

The BSAC's highest diving grade which requires a higher than average level of theoretical knowledge, organisational and personal diving skills. The First Class Diver award is a culmination of a number of years' of diving experience. BSAC 1st Class Divers are assessed through nationally conducted examinations.