Ocean Diver is the first step towards becoming a SCUBA Diver. This course is for you. For beginners. It provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving.
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. Gain experience and confidence under the guidance of a qualified instructor. Maximum depth – 20m.
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. Every step of the way, your Instructor will look after you .
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.
Your training will begin in the pool (at the Ivo Centre, St Ives), alongside a series of classroom lessons. Once this has been completed, your training will continue with in-water lessons and experience dives in the open water environment.
These are usually undertaken at the inland sites of Gildenburgh (Whittlesey) or Stoney Cove (Leics).
Your membership fee includes the use of club equipment to complete your pool lessons, your study notes needed for the theory lessons, as well as your dive book to chart your progress.