Ocean Diver

Ocean Diver Qualification – overview

A BSAC Ocean Diver is someone who has gained open water diving experience and is considered ready to take part in dives partnered by a diver of the same, or higher, grade under a Branch Diving Officer or Dive Manager.  They are restricted to dives of a maximum depth of 20 metres, with no decompression stops, using 21%, 32% or 36% O2 breathing gas mixes.

Diving demands some theoretical understanding of related sciences and the subjects covered are both varied and interesting

 BSAC Ocean Diver has the following elements:

  • 6 classroom lessons
  • theory assessment
  • basic swimming assessment
  • minimum 5 sheltered water (pool) lessons
  • minimum 4 open water lessons/dives
  • minimum of 120 minutes underwater time

The theory lessons and pool sessions tend to take place during the winter period from October to March and you can work at your own pace.  Training is done by club members who have trained as instructors.  An Ocean Diver Student Training Pack will need to be purchased (current cost £40).  This contains the BSAC Diving Manual, a Qualification Record Book (QRB) binder/inserts, and the Ocean Diver student notes with A5 binder.  A log book will be needed to record details of all dives undertaken (current cost £5)

The pool sessions take place on Monday evenings from 9.00 to 10.00 pm at the Cheam Leisure Centre followed by a social gathering in the bar of a local pub!!

The theory lessons are arranged to suit trainees, usually in small groups, either in the evening  or at weekends.  Please remember that our instructors are giving up their free time to train you so you have to be flexible about when you are available.

The open water sessions will either take place at an inland dive site, or off the coast of Littlehampton, diving from the Club’s own rib.  These would usually be at the weekend, but can sometimes be arranged during the week.


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