If you learn to dive with a BSAC club, the answer to this question is that it depends…
To be an Ocean Diver you need to complete six classroom lessons, five sheltered water (pool) lessons and four open water lessons (plus some other bits, like theory and swimming tests).
Scuba diver training in a BSAC club
Your training might be organised in different ways, for example doing all the theory sessions in one weekend, or doing one a week for seven weeks. Obviously, doing it in one sitting means you can be qualified quicker!
So, you could be finished very quickly, or it might take you a little while. Your club will want to make sure that you are safe and happy underwater, which means they’ll be looking after you through your training so that you can be a safe diver while doing lots of exciting diving.
Diving in the sea
In terms of getting into the sea, you need to be confident and competent in sheltered water first. Many clubs start their open water training in quarries, which provide predictable conditions and are often well set up for new divers. Having said that, Ocean Diver training in the sea is definitely possible.
How to get started
The best thing to do is have a chat with someone in your local club (the Diving Officer or Training Officer are good bets) to see what they are planning. Find your local club.
I’m interested in doing a try dive (taster session), help me get started
Send your postcode to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you your three nearest scuba clubs. Or if you fancy a chat call us 0151 350 6226 (Mon - Fri, 9 - 5:30).