From beginner to advanced, Barnsley BSAC Divers provide a full BSAC training programme that allows divers to progress through a framework of qualifications at their own pace.

In BSAC courses, diving skills are taught progressively – each new experience built upon, step-by-step. This combination of theory, pool sessions, open water skills and continual technique practice enables you to develop your diving in a safe and enjoyable way. All of our Instructors are DBS-checked.

Open Water training is conducted right here in the UK! We attend managed dive sites most weekends for training and fun. Have a look at the video opposite.

There are five internationally-recognised BSAC diver grades, from the entry level Ocean Diver through to First Class Diver. You can progress through these at your own pace – you are under no pressure to qualify. We also provide a number of short courses on various diving subjects – Dry-suit training, Oxygen Administration, Nitrox, and, many others.

Ocean Diver Course


If you’ve always wanted to learn how to dive, this course is for you. This course is for beginners and provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving.

The BSAC Ocean Diver course prepares for this in the safety of a swimming pool or sheltered water and an introduction to open water in a controlled, safe manner. Experience and confidence will be gained under the guidance of a qualified instructor. Maximum depth – 20m.

Training pack cost is £43 (in addition to club membership and pool use weekly for 1 year)

Sports 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.

Qualified BSAC Sports Divers can dive with other Ocean Divers or higher grade divers. Depth can be built progressively from 20m to a maximum of 35m after qualifying.

Training pack cost is £22 (in addition to club membership and pool use weekly for 1 year).

Dive Leader Course


As a BSAC Dive Leader you are are becoming an expert in your field of dive leadership. You will also be competent in planning dives for groups of divers and managing diving on the day including, if necessary, managing rescue situations.

This comprehensive course is a mix of classroom-based and practical lessons that will give divers confidence to plan, lead and manage dives, and deal with emergencies. After qualifying, and if you wish, depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 50m – this is the safe diving limit for breathing on normal air. Depth can be increased by qualifying under additional mixed gas courses.

Training pack cost is £22 (in addition to club membership and pool use weekly for 1 year).

Advanced Diver Course


As a BSAC Advanced Diver you are a highly qualified branch diver. This course is for divers who are interested in extending still further their skills in planning and supervising diving groups, expeditions, rescue management skills, whilst building seamanship and developing further leadership qualities.

The BSAC Advanced Diver course develops knowledge and skills. Divers gain experience in planning challenging dives at different sites and circumstances. Additional skills will be gained in using small boats, chartwork and navigation and many other related skills.

Training pack cost is £22 (in addition to club membership and pool use weekly for 1 year).

First Class Diver


BSAC’s highest diving grade requires a higher than average level of theoretical knowledge, organisational and personal diving skills. First Class Diver is a very challenging award to achieve. Since 1953 when the BSAC first formed, just over 1000 people have qualified as First Class Divers.

Study for the highest BSAC qualification grade requires time, effort and dedication. A number of challenging prerequisites must be met, many of which will require attendance at regional or national course events.

BSAC First Class Divers are assessed outside of the club through nationally conducted examinations.

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