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Learn to Dive With Halifax-BSAC

Start with our “Ocean Diver” Course

 Terms & Conditions. Not sure if diving is for you?

Then have a Try-Dive: Price £15.00

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From beginner to experienced, Halifax-BSAC provides a full training programme that enables trainees and experienced divers to progress through a framework of qualifications at their own pace.

The training program is structured in such a way that you progress from one level to another via a mixture of lessons in the pool, lessons in the classroom and lessons in open water, at the conclusion of each level you have to pass a multiple choice exam before you can proceed to the next level. The levels are:-



Ocean diver

This course provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving. The 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. Upon completion you can dive to a maximum depth of 20m with another diver of the same grade or above anywhere in the world that recognises your qualifications.



Sport diver

Sports Diver training builds a sound foundation of open water diving skills and experience with structured, practical lessons. Qualified Sports Divers are ready to take part in dives with other Sports Divers or higher. Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 35m after qualifying. Sports Divers can embark on the first stage of the route of instruction.

Upon completion you can dive initially to 20m progressing to 35m under the supervision of a Nationally Qualified Instructor (NQI). Plan and conduct dives that require decompression stops. Rescue a casualty and provide Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)



Dive leader

Dive Leader training covers responsibilities and safety of leading other divers. Practical lessons will give divers confidence to deal with emergencies. Leading a dive will develop enjoyment, confidence and experience as a diver.

Upon completion you will have rescue management skills. Dive initially to 35m progressing to a maximum of 50m. You will be competent to marshal and supervise branch dives to locations known to the branch. Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor.



Advanced diver & First-class diver

The Advanced Diver course further develops knowledge and skills. Divers gain experience in planning dives at different sites and different circumstances. Additional experience will be gained in using small boats, chart-work, navigation and many other related skills. BSAC consider this grade as being a fully trained diver.  Advanced Divers are eligible to progress to Advanced Instructor.

First class diver is 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.



As a branch we like to take divers to a least Sport diver level, this level contains a lot of rescue and first-aid skills. At the start of your training the training officer will introduce you to your instructor. Your instructor will take you through your pool training, although some weeks you may be taken in the pool by another instructor, (all instructors are volunteers and sometimes have other commitments like work etc). When you get to open water training you will be taken in the water by various instructors to get you used to diving with different people.

When you start your training you'll need to purchase your own mask, fins and snorkel. You'll also be issued with a set of the club's scuba kit (included in our training fees) to use in the pool during your pool training. Please note the training kit cannot be used in open water training.

When you progress to open water training we recommend that until you purchase your own kit you hire it. There are a few dive shops in the local area that hire kit at a reasonable rate, your instructor will advise you at the time as to where to go and what to get.

The Cost


Learn to Dive With Halifax-BSAC

Start with our “Ocean Diver” Course

Click HERE for Details, Terms & Conditions.

Not sure if diving is for you?   Then have a Try-Dive: Price £15.00
Click HERE for Try-Dive Details