BSAC Sports Diver

Want to build on your skills after doing an Ocean Diver course?

Want to build on your skills after doing an Ocean Diver course?

BSAC Sports Diver training builds on the scuba skills you learnt in the Ocean Diver course (or entry level qualification from another agency) and helps develop your confidence, skills and experience in the water to allow you to enjoy a wider range of diving sites and conditions. The course builds a sound foundation of open water diving skills and experience with structured, practical lessons. This is a good way of getting more dives under your belt while learning under the supervision of a qualified instructor.

Qualified BSAC Sports Divers are ready to take part in dives with other Ocean Divers or higher grade divers. Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 35m after qualfying*. Sports Divers can embark on the first stage of the route of instruction. *To complete the depth progression you need be over 14 years old. Those under 14 years can qualify to Sports Diver but can dive to a maximum depth of 20m.


To enrol on the BSAC Sports Diver Course you must be 12 years or older. You must have already successfully completed a BSAC Ocean Diver course (or qualifying certification from another recognised training agency).

What you'll learn

You’ll hone your scuba skills and experience in various areas including rescue skills, Surface Marker Buoys (SMBs) and Delayed Surface Marker Buoys (DSMBs), navigation, techniques with equipment, and more about breathing gas. In addition, BSAC Sports Divers are taught how to support a Dive Manager by acting as their deputy as the first step in developing this important role in support of safe diving. The BSAC Sports Diver course has both practical and classroom lessons run in an integrated sequence. The course includes a sheltered water lesson and five open water lessons.

The fun bit

You will love the variety in this course. To ensure you experience a range of conditions, your instructor will include five types of dive from the following for you to experience: shore dive, nitrox dive (using a breathing gas >21% Oxygen up to a maximum of 36% (nitrox)), dive using a shot line, low visibility dive, drift dive, small boat dive, large boat dive, wall dive or a dive in protective clothing (wet suit or drysuit).

Qualification and what that means

A BSAC Sports is defined as a diver who is competent to:

  • conduct dives to 20m (if you choose to do the post qualification progress dives, the depth is increased in 5m increments to 35m)
  • conduct dives with a BSAC Ocean Diver within the restrictions of the conditions already encountered by the Ocean Diver
  • conduct dives with another BSAC Sports Diver, within the restrictions of the conditions already encountered during training.
  • Conduct dives with a Dive Leader or higher grade, to expand experience beyond the conditions encountered during training, under the supervision of a Dive Manager.
  • use breathing gas mixes up to Nitrox 36
  • plan and conduct dives requiring mandatory decompression stops
  • rescue a casualty and provide basic life support
  • support the role of Dive Manager by acting as a competent deputy
  • Mock Sports Diver Training Pack Contents

    Learning materials

    When you sign up for the course with your branch you will be need to obtain a pack as part of your course which includes all the learning materials you need for the BSAC Ocean Diver course. The pack includes:

  • Qualification Card application
  • An A5 binder with your Student Diver Notes.
  • (Note: if you are doing the training outside of your branch, eg with the Coaching team, then you will need to obtain the pack in advance through your branch)

    Required gear

    Swimwear and towel.

    Recommended gear

    Although the diving equipment is provided, Ocean Diver trainees may wish to buy their own mask and snorkel. You may also wish to use a pool suit for added comfort during the pool lessons.

    The following recommended kit is available from the BSAC shop: Dive Profile Red Logbook BSAC Nitrox Decompression Tables More products to go with your BSAC Ocean Diver course

    How to do this course with DSAC

    If you meet the prerequisites for this diver grade and are interested in doing this course with Droylsden Sub-Aqua Club then contact Fiona Hamilton about joining our branch, her details are at the bottom of the page. Once you're a member we can start the training and organise the learning materials plus BSAC membership.

    My favourite thing to do on this planet is to scuba dive - Buzz Aldrin ( Apollo 11 Astronaut )
  • What are the costs?

    The currect costs of membeship of both Droylsden Sub-Aqua Club and BSAC can be downloaded by clicking the button above, the current BSAC training pack costs are also on there. If you have any questions please contact Fiona Hamilton who's details are at the bottom of the page

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