Diver Training

New to scuba diving and want to find out more? 

You probably have lots of questions… Is scuba diving for me? How long does it take? Is it safe? Will I like it? How much does it cost? And probably many more.

People can learn from age 12 upwards. Barnsley BSAC Divers offers a full Diver Training Programme that allows you to progress through a framework of qualifications at your own pace – from complete beginner all the way up to Advanced diving. We also provide a number of speciality certifications – Dry-suit, Oxygen Administration, Nitrox, and, many others.

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.

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 our video for a taste of open water training.

Learning to dive is an adventure of a lifetime!

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What does it all cost?

Training, diving and qualifying with Barnsley BSAC is great value with upfront costs for adults of just over £100 and around another £150 over the course of your training. This includes your BSAC registration (£60), branch fee (£9.17 per month) and other sundries such as training packs, kit hire and dive site entrance fees. That’s great value at £250!!

Family, junior and student member costs are much lower – please ask!

What if I already have a dive qualification?

Did you qualify with PADI, SAA, SSI or another agency? Great! – you can start diving with us straight away! You would need to join BSAC (£60) and pay our branch fee (£9.17 per month) – and that’s it!

If you did decide to progress your training, then we can offer BSAC cross-over courses to the appropriate level. The first training pack costs £33. Additional packs cost £22.

Diver Qualifications

Barnsley BSAC Divers offers four core diver qualifications that are internationally recognised and certified to the ISO/IEC 24801 recreational diving standards. You will receive a qualification record and certification card which enables you to prove your qualifications when booking dive trips or hiring scuba equipment abroad.

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 £33 (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).

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