The Training


Burntwood Sub Aqua club is a member of the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC).  The BSAC has long been recognised as a top diver training agency across the whole world

A BSAC qualification will be accepted wherever you dive and you will be regarded as a safe, well trained diver.   A BSAC club is a great way to learn scuba diving safely

Training consists of both theory and practical lessons.  A low instructor to trainee ratio (often 1:1) ensures you learn at a pace that you can cope with and is tailored to your needs.  As you can see,  an instructor is close at hand to help with anything you need.

BSAC Diving Qualifications are as follows:

  • Ocean Diver
  • Sport Diver
  • Dive Leader
  • Advanced Diver
  • First Class Diver

BSAC Diver Grades

Following basic training in the safety of a swimming pool or protected area, students soon complete their first open water dives to achieve Ocean Diver certification. This progression continues to Sports Diver and beyond, where open water skills and techniques are further developed and experience gained.

Ocean Diver
This course provides you with the essential knowledge and basic skills for open water diving.   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
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 as being 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' diving experience. BSAC 1st Class Divers are assessed through nationally conducted examinations.

 Most members who have reached Sports Diver status start to accumulate specialist qualifications, as below.  This enables them to become far more adventurous diving and of course increases overall confidence.  Some of the popular courses from the many available are:

Lifesaver Award Boat Handling Navigation
Recovery and Lifting Chartwork Marine Life Identification
First Aid VHF Radio Practical Rescue Management
Advanced Lifesaving Oxygen Admin
Advanced Deco Procedures Buoyancy and trim

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