If you learn to dive with a BSAC club, the answer to this question is that it depends…

To be a qualified Ocean Diver you need to complete six theory lessons (either in-person or via eLearning), five sheltered water (pool) lessons and four open water lessons (plus some other bits, like theory and swimming tests).

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  1. Sign up for eLearning today - get started on your training with our online platform.
  2. Work your way through your theory modules online - work at your own pace with instructors on hand to help.
  3. Hook up with a BSAC club or training centre to complete your practical training and become a fully qualified Ocean Diver. 

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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 learning to dive, how do I get started?

Sign up to learn to dive with a BSAC Training Centre (to learn in around five days) or find a local club (to learn over a period of weeks/months). If you train with a centre, you can always join a club later. 

Important note: if you're already a member, you can access your learn to dive training options here.

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