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Training with BSAC

We encourage diving development

The Club is affiliated with the British Sub Aqua Club and through this members can obtain scuba qualifications.

Regular Pool Sessions are conducted at the British Club. Please see the Calendar for details.

At present we have several members qualified as Instructor and Assistant Instructor to conduct and support certification under the auspices of BSAC. Please contact our Training Officer if you would like to follow up here.

 

Back to Top Free Flow Divers' Training Options

Free Flow Divers has now affiliated to BSAC, The British Sub Aqua Club, as Branch 2459.

This means that we can offer Diver training within the club, and also members can have access to BSAC courses run regionally and internationally.
FFD is not exclusively for BSAC trained divers and recognises that training, from whatever source is a good thing.


Back to Top Other Agency Qualifications

The table below gives a simple outline of the similar levels of diver training.

BSAC PADI SSI NAUI CMAS
Ocean Diver
Open Water Diver
Open Water Diver
Open Water Diver
1 Star
Advanced OW Diver
Open Water Diver
Open Water Diver
Sport Diver
Rescue Diver
AOW with Stress and Rescue
Open Water Diver
2 Star
Dive Leader
Dive Master
Dive Master
Dive Master
Advanced Diver
3 Star
First Class Diver
4 Star


All divers are able to join BSAC, and there is no requirement whatsoever to carry out any crossover to the similar BSAC grade. If any diver would like to continue training, they are accepted as the equivalent, and can enroll on the next training level.
Another option is for members to pursue training with other diving organisations, such as PADI, SSI and NAUI, or even technical diving agencies such as IANTD, TDI etc. The majority of courses and qualifications are recognised, allowing the diver to dive to their qualification within the club.

There are other agency instructors who are members of the club who we would be happy to put you in touch with to meet your training needs.

Look here for details of the PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) training courses

Under the auspices of BSAC, FreeFlowDivers offers training from entry level diver through to Sport Diver and Dive Leader training, as well as a number of Specialty and Skill Development Courses such as Nitrox Diving, Oxygen Administration, Practical Rescue Management and many more. Details of current courses - please contact our Training Officer. For full details of training available through BSAC , please check the BSAC Web site

A summary of the BSAC Diver Grades are given below.


Back to Top Ocean Diver

A diver who is competent to dive with another Ocean Diver or with a Sports Diver, within the restriction of conditions already encountered during training. They can conduct dives with a Dive Leader (or higher) to expand their experience beyond conditions encountered during training, under the supervision of a Dive Marshal. Ocean Divers are initially restricted to the maximum depth experienced during training, but this can subsequently be extended progressively, under the supervision of a Nationally Qualified Instructor (NQI), to a maximum of 20m. Ocean Divers will not have sufficient experience or knowledge to be partnered with trainee divers or to take part in stage decompression stop dives. Ocean Divers can only conduct dives where other suitably qualified divers, who can act as surface support, are present and the dive is properly Marshalled.


Back to Top Sport Diver

A diver who is competent to dive with another Ocean Diver, within restriction of conditions already encountered by the Ocean Diver during their training and under the supervision of a Dive Marshal. Sports Divers can dive with other Sport Divers within the restrictions of conditions already encountered during their training or previous experience and can dive with a Dive Leader (or higher) to expand experience beyond that previously encountered, under the supervision of a Dive Marshal. Sports Divers can dive to a depth which is initially limited to 20m but which can subsequently be extended progressively, under the supervision of a Nationally Qualified Instructor (NQI), to a maximum depth of 35m. Sports Divers will have sufficient experience or knowledge to conduct stage decompression stop dives and provide full rescue and CPR.


Back to Top Dive Leader

A Dive Leader can plan and lead a range of dives including those requiring detailed dive, air and decompression requirements planning. They have the skill and level of knowledge to progressively extend both their own and others experience. Dive Leaders are competent to marshal and supervise branch dives to locations well known to the Branch or using experienced Charter Boat skippers, or in conditions not normally described as 'challenging'.
Dive Leaders can dive to a depth which is initially limited to 35m but which can subsequently be extended progressively to a maximum of 50m. They can dive with any grade of diver including trainee Ocean divers, on dives supervised by a Dive Marshal. Dive Leaders can also progressively expand their own experience when diving with other Dive Leaders.
Training for Dive Leader involves much greater emphasis on gaining broader experience to supplement the 'formal' lessons.


Back to Top Advanced Diver

A diver who is comprehensively trained, experienced and responsible and can manage and supervise a wide range of adventurous and challenging diving. This will include organising diving expeditions to explore unknown locations and branch activities including dives utilising developing technology and techniques.
Training towards Advanced Diver relies much more on the progressive build up of experience than on 'formal' lessons.


FFD recommend training through the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).

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