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Skill Development Courses (SDCs)

Diving is a diverse and exciting sport, offering endless opportunities to build your experience, learn new skills and explore new diving horizons.

SDC graphicDevelop your diving - Skill Development Courses

BSAC offers a wide range of special interest courses, designed to ensure you get the very best out of your diving. Our programme of Skill Development Courses (SDCs) are regularly held by Regional Coaching Teams, BSAC Centres and can be staged in Clubs.

So, whether your interest is in rescue, wrecks, technical, marine life or photography, there is a BSAC specialist course for everybody.

Our current courses include:

Accelerated Decompression Procedures (ADP)
Buoyancy and Trim Workshop
Compressor Operation
Dive Planning and Management
Equipment Care
Marine Life Appreciation
Mixed Gas Blender / Nitrox Gas Blender
Search and Recovery
Wreck Appreciation
Wreck Diving

Twin-set Diver

Advanced Lifesaver Award
Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
First Aid for Divers 
Lifesaver Award  
Oxygen Administration    
Practical Rescue Management
RNLI Diver Sea Survival Workshop

Boat Handling
Chartwork and Position Fixing
Diver Coxswain Assessment 
Outboard Engine and Boat Maintenance

Underwater Photography
Ice Diving
BSAC Beachcomber

Mixed gas open circuit courses:
Sport Mixed Gas Diver (Gas Mix: 20/30, up to 50m) 
Explorer Mixed Gas Diver (Gas Mix: 18/35, up to 60m) 
Advanced Mixed Gas Diver (Gas Mix: <18/>35, up to 80m) 

Rebreather and mixed gas rebreather courses:
CCR Inspiration Evolution/Vision Diver
CCR Poseidon Se7en Diver 
Sport Mixed Gas CCR Diver (Gas Mix: 20/30, up to 50m)
Explorer Mixed Gas CCR Diver (Gas Mix: 18/35, up to 60m)
Advanced Mixed Gas CCR Diver (Gas Mix: <18/>35, up to 80m)  


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Instructor Resources


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Running a Course

Short Courses

Advice and Guidance on how to manage all aspects of running an SDC in your branch

Wreck Diving

Expanding diving course syllabi

Further divers' experience

BSAC Diver

Technical course syllabi

Longer, deeper, safer

Boat Handling

Seamanship course syllabi

Safe on the sea

Coral on Rock

Scientific course syllabi

Specialist skills


Rescue course syllabi

Learn skills that save lives


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