Training

Aberdeen Sub-aqua club is a branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) and all our training is in accordance with the BSAC Diver Training Programme . Standards of training and qualifications are common throughout all the BSAC branches, therefore, your qualifications will be accepted by all other BSAC branches and recognised throughout the world.

The BSAC diver training scheme is designed to build confidence and self-reliance, whilst keeping safety uppermost. Diving skills are taught progressively so that each new experience is built upon step by step.

New members who already have BSAC's Ocean Diver qualification, or its equivalent from another agency, can continue to Sports Diver training with the club. If new members with more advanced qualification they can enter BSAC's training scheme at the appropriate level.

Sports Diver

In Sports Diver training, 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.

The Sports Diver Course consists of the following elements:

- Six classroom lessons

- A theory assessment

- A dry practical lesson

- One Pool lesson

- One optional Refresher/Orientation dive

- Five Open Water lessons.

- One dry practical lesson

BSAC Sport Diver cludes training in the use of NITROX

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.

The Dive Leader Course consists of the following elements:

- Twelve classroom lessons

- A theory assessment

- Seven Open Water lessons

- Two dry practical lessons

-Twenty dives (which may include the Open Water lessons), in a range of conditions, since qualifying as a Sports 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.

The Advanced Diver Course consists of the following elements:

- 4 theory lessons

- 2 dry practical lessons

- 2 open water lessons

- Theory assessment

- 20 dives in range of conditions

The course has relatively few 'formal' practical lessons and is much more heavily based on a further structured broadening of experience in a wide range of conditions.

Training programme

The training programme is built around the needs of those people training with the club and availability of suitably qualified instructors. The programme is reasonably flexible to allow for the life commitments of the trainees. Training usually takes place at one of the local coastal dive sites or in the quarry at Boddam depending on the depth and conditions required for the particular training exercise.