BSAC - Sports Diver Course

Course Overview

The BSAC Sports Diver Course is divided into four elements:

  1. Theory Lessons:
    The course begins with a series of six Theory lessons. Theory lessons may be sub-divided into shorter lessons if limited availability of classroom time makes it necessary.
    • Sport Diving
    • Diver Rescue
    • Equipment and Techniques
    • Planning for Deeper Diving
    • Air Planning & Systems
    • Going Diving
  2. Sheltered Water Training:
    These lessons are designed to prepare the student for the open water environment and therefore contain essential practical skills.
    • Rescue Skills
  3. Open Water Dives:
    Open water dives provide the student with an opportunity to put into practice the theory and practical elements learned in the classroom and sheltered water. In Sports Diver training, the emphasis is on building a sound foundation of open water diving skill and experience through a series of four open water experience dives supervised by a BSAC Nationally Qualified Instructor and partnered by a BSAC Assistant Club Instructor (Dive Leader).
    • Sports Diver Refresher/Orientation
    • Diver Rescue
    • Use of Surface Marker Buoy (SMB)
    • Simulated Decompression Dive
    • Compass Nafigation/DSMB Development
    • Dive Leading/Basic Skills Review
    • Assistant Dive Marshal
    • Diving Experience
  4. Sports Diver Theory Assessment:
    Following a successful result the Sports Diver qualification should be awarded.


To produce a diver who has gained open water diving and diver rescue experience and is considered ready to take part in dives partnered by another diver. Sports Divers who have gained the qualification of BSAC Assistant Club Instructor may partner BSAC Club Divers on Branch dives subject to the approval of the Branch Diving Officer. BSAC Sports Divers are restricted to a maximum depth of 35 metres.

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