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BSAC training

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Scuba diving is a diverse and exciting sport, offering endless opportunities to learn.

From beginner to advanced, High Wycombe Sub Aqua Club provides the full BSAC training programme enabling divers to progress through a framework of qualifications at their own pace.

With BSAC there are five internationally-recognised diver grades, from the entry-level Ocean Diver through to First Class Diver. Plus, there are many skills courses (known as Skill Development Courses or SDCs) to cater for specific interests such as wreck diving, safety and rescue, photography, seamanship, technical diving or boat handling.

With BSAC, diving skills are taught progressively, with each new skill and experience built upon, step-by-step. The blend of theory, swimming pool and open water skills sessions along with continual technique practice enables you to develop your diving in a safe and enjoyable way.

Download BSAC Diver training progression chart to see all your training options, including ultimately becoming a club instructor yourself if you’d like!

As well as access to BSAC training High Wycombe Sub Aqua Club members get:

  • The opportunity to build on skills every week with our instructors
  • Access to the club’s resources – compressor, kit hire, boat and pool
  • Programme of diving trips, holidays and socials
  • Theory lectures are free to attend
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How we manage our training

We run Ocean Diver training one or two times per year and the other courses on an ‘as required’ basis. Theory lessons normally take place on a weekend with the pool lessons taking place on a Thursday evening at the Wycombe pool.

Throughout the year we run open water training at weekends and during the summer we hold weekly training sessions at Wraysbury on a Tuesday evening (late night opening).

We run open water training at Wraysbury, Stoney Cove, Vobster and in Portland, making use of the club RIB.

BSAC’s Diver Training Programme

BSAC provides a full Diver Training Programme that enables divers to progress through a framework of qualifications at their own pace.

The programme is designed to build confidence and self-reliance. Diving skills are taught progressively so that each new experience is built upon step by step.

Ocean Diver course

If you’re keen to learn to dive, the Ocean Diver course is the place to start. This entry-level open water diver qualification will equip you with the core skills to dive to a maximum of 20 metres in open water, in the UK and abroad. Contact us to get started!

Sports Diver Course

If you already have some experience with an entry-level qualification (Ocean Diver or equivalent qualification such as PADI Open Water) and want to take your diving to the next level, Sports Diver is your next step. You will broaden your experience and learn techniques to prepare you for diving to a maximum of 35 metres.

Dive Leader Course

This course is perfect for members who want to take a more active role in the club. As a Dive Leader you become a valuable team member as you’ll be trained to help organise activities at the club. The training also prepares you to dive to depths of up to 50 metres in a range of challenging conditions.

Advanced Diver Course

If you want to manage challenging diving activities and expeditions in places you haven’t been before, then Advanced Diver is the course for you. Advanced Divers are role models in BSAC clubs, able to lead groups in new situations, which can be remote and require detailed planning backed up by a huge amount of experience.

First Class Diver

Ready for the ultimate challenge? First Class Diver is BSAC’s top diving grade and reflects a high level of theoretical knowledge, organisational skills, personal diving ability and dive management skills. First Class Divers have gone on to lead groundbreaking missions worthy of national recognition.

Further information on the BSAC Diver Training Programme

Skill Development Courses (SDCs) and the Instructor Training Scheme can be found on the main BSAC website.

Visit training section on bsac.com