Whether you want to take theory sessions from the Diver Training Programme, find out more about a specific subject or sharpen your skills, we have a webinar for you.

We have been working with the Diver Resources Team and our incredibly knowledgable volunteers to create a programme of webinars that covers special interest, diver training and BSAC updates. We're sure to have something for you!

Disclaimer: These webinars are put together by volunteers. Neither the volunteers nor BSAC are liable for any damages arising from any action taken as a result of watching these webinars. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by BSAC. The views expressed by volunteers are their own.
 

 


Do I need to sign up for webinars in advance?

Training webinars: Yes, please sign up. To ensure your attendance is registered and counts towards your Diver Grade, you may be required to purchase a training pack. These are now available for all to buy on the BSAC Shop.

Special interest webinars: Simply click the booking buttons to sign up for the webinar in advance.

Booking for all webinars closes at 17:00 the day before the webinar.

Please note all times are UK (BST / GMT) unless otherwise stated 

 If you'd like to request specific training, please fill out this form. Any special interest topics you'd like featured? Or guest speakers you'd like us to ask? Please email us and we'll see what we can do!

Booking for all webinars closes at 17:00 the day before.
 

Week beginning 22 November

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Topic

 
Mon 22 Nov
19:30 - 20:30

Wreckspeditions: diving from Dunoon

Jason Coles, co-owner of Wreckspeditions and skipper of Starfish Enterprise will take you on a journey of dive sites in the Clyde, plus the expeditions that are possible and run around SW Scotland, including rarely dived sites around the Isle of Arran, Mull of Kintyre and Ailsa Craig with over 200 wreck sites and thousands of scenic options still waiting to be explored. Jason will cover the conditions you expect and how to experience the diving in this fabulous diving location.

Booking Closed

Booking Closed

Tue 23 Nov
19:30 - 20:30

Why invest in a website for your BSAC Club?

Kolodo, our digital partner, is holding a live webinar that will show you how, and why, you should get a website set up for your club. Kolodo was chosen in 2019 by British Sub-Aqua Club to deliver a website solution for all clubs that is on-brand and easy to use.

Free member booking

Wed 24 Nov
19:30 - 20:30

Ghost Fishing UK: ghost stories

In recent months, divers removing lost fishing gear from the seas has captured the public imagination and also excited a whole raft of recreational scuba divers. Chair of Ghost Fishing UK, Rich Walker, will go through some of the history of the charity and explain how it functions today. He’ll go into detail about the tools used to undertake this risky work, and the strategies the teams use to keep it effective, efficient and safe.

Booking Closed

Booking Closed

Thu 25 Nov
19:30 - 20:30

Diving Officer Q&A

Are you a newly-appointed Diving Officer? Maybe you fancy updating your knowledge? Diving Officer Q&A sessions are designed to get you virtually 'in the room' with BSAC's Coaching Advisor, Mark Paisey. You can ask any questions you may have and Mark will direct you to all the relevant information and support available to branch DOs.

Booking Closed

Week beginning 29 November

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Tue 30 Nov
19:30 - 20:30

NEW BSAC Primary Donate Workshop – course overview / Q&A

BSAC has just released its new Primary Donate Workshop, designed to support Twin-set Divers to safely dive using the alternative primary donate (PD) method in an out-of-gas situation. Find out about the course and who can teach it. Will include Q&A session.

Free member booking

Week beginning 6 December

Date

Topic

 
Mon 6 Dec
19:30 - 20:30

Making a difference-The power of citizen scientists

Making a difference-The power of citizen scientists Citizen science is proving pivotal in the collection of meaningful scientific data, it’s also a great way to learn new skills and exchange knowledge. There are many ways to get involved in all sorts of projects, particularly around and within Scotland’s coastal waters. BSAC diver and Seasearch Scotland coordinator Karen Boswarva is a self-proclaimed citizen science nut, she’s spent the last 20+ years volunteering on projects throughout the UK (and abroad). She’ll be taking a Scotland focus, talking not only about Seasearch but also:

    • The benefits of citizen science.
    • The importance of citizen science.
    • Types of citizen science (getting wet is optional).
    • Citizen science projects around Scotland (for all abilities).

There’ll be an opportunity for discussion at the end if you have a citizen science project you’d like to plug.

Free member booking

£3 non-member booking

Wed 8 Dec
19:30 - 20:30

Marine Conservation Society: Climate and blue carbon

Volunteer and Community Engagement Managers for the Marine Conservation Society, Jules and Kate, talk about their work on seagrass as part of a large, ambitious project in Southern England.

Until recently, not much was known about seagrass and other ‘Blue Carbon’ habitats outside of academic marine biology circles. As countries look to reduce climate de-stabilising emissions, and strive for net-zero, soaking up greenhouse gases by restoring natural habitats that lock up carbon is becoming more interesting to a much wider audience. Seagrass provides important habitat in the ocean for many species and can help to combat the biodiversity crisis too. It affects and is affected by climate change and provides us with other services we don’t see, and probably take for granted. This webinar will be looking at what threats there are to seagrass, what is being done about protecting and restoring it and how you can help.

Free member booking

£3 non-member booking

Week beginning 13 December

Date

Topic

 
Mon 13 Dec
19:30 - 20:30

Diving Belles: famous women in diving

In 2016, The Diving Museum held an exhibition on women in diving. To celebrate the event, they asked Reg Vallintine to present a talk on the subject at the museum; this is his talk. It is a light-hearted review of some of the most notable women in diving from the ancient Greeks to the present day, including some pioneering ladies in BSAC.

Ann Bevan is a diver, graphic designer, and volunteer at The Diving Museum of the Historical Diving Society.

Free member booking

£3 non-member booking

Week beginning 3 January

Date

Topic

 
Tue 4 Jan
19:30 - 20:30

Marine geology, seabeds and habitats of the south coast

Advanced Diver, Simon Winstanley, will provide a basic appreciation of the geology of the English south coast, discussing both vertical and horizontal planes as well as examining the sedimentary nature of the seabed and its classification.

The presentation will touch on the coastal areas (littoral zones) and provide an appreciation of different marine habitats allowing a diver to focus on the most likely phylum of plants and animals.

Booking coming soon

Week beginning 10 January

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Topic

 

Week beginning 17 January

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Topic

 
Wed 19 Jan
19:30 - 20:30

Newly-qualified instructors: help and guidance

Taking your first steps as a newly qualified diving instructor can sometimes be daunting! And integrating new instructors in your already established training team can also be challenging. In this session, Advanced Instructor, David Ashmore, will provide some help and guidance aimed at not only NQIs but also Training/Diving Officers, as well as committees. 

For NQIs, we'll talk through what your next steps could be and how to make sure you become the very best instructor you can be. 

For branches, we'll provide advice on how to make sure NQIs can be supported through those difficult first few courses as well as how to embrace those up-to-date methods and ways of teaching which they will inevitably bring to your instructor team.

Whilst this session is aimed at NQIs and TO/DOs, we welcome anyone who might be interested in the topic.

Booking coming soon
Thu 20 Jan
19:30-20:30

Be a better Dive Leader by applying human factors

Everyone loves a story. We will look at some real-life diving incidents involving Divemasters and draw human factors lessons from them. This is learning from others. Mike Mason will also provide some specific advice on how Dive Leaders can apply human factors to make their diving safer, more productive and more enjoyable.

Mike is an experienced military pilot in his day job and works as a Divemaster at weekends. He is also a BSAC Dive Leader. He is striving to improve diving safety through the application of human factors.

Booking coming soon

Week beginning 31 January

Date

Topic

 
Mon 31 Jan
19:30 - 20:30

Behind the scenes of Advanced Diver module AP2

Michael Benko, Diving Officer at Putney Sub-Aqua Club, will discuss his experience of completing his AP2 module on dive planning and management. The module is designed to teach you how to run a two-day diving event and the webinar will cover the research, planning and execution of Michael’s project diving an unknown barge outside Portland Harbour.

Booking coming soon
Wed 2 Feb
19:30 - 20:30

Jim and Ged's around the world diving adventure

Jim and Ged Brockett took time out between jobs to sail around the world diving at every location possible on the way. This is their story.

Booking coming soon

Week beginning 7 February

Date

Topic

 
Mon 7 Feb
19:30 - 20:30

Identifying motor torpedo boats

Brian Millar will cover the three classes of Royal Navy motor torpedo boats and how to identify them. This webinar comes from a diving project conducted off Portland to identify a motor torpedo boat wrecksite.

Booking coming soon
Wed 9 Feb
19:30-20:30

Dive Leader and the role in the community

Becoming a Dive Leader isn’t only about diving a little deeper or leading less experienced divers in the water. In this session, FCD David Ashmore will talk in detail about what, as a Dive Leader, you can do to make your club and the wider BSAC community a better place to be for everyone.

Whilst this session is aimed at qualified and trained Dive Leaders, it is open to anyone who is interested.

Booking coming soon

Week beginning 14 February

Date

Topic

 
Wed 16 Feb
19:30 - 20:30

Dive Leader: planning a diving day

In this session, FCD David Ashmore will explore in more depth the processes and practices used to plan and manage a diving day. This session expands on the information learned in DL module, DT8, but no prior knowledge is assumed or required. The session will cover planning a simple trip to a quarry, through to organising a day out with the club RIB.

Whilst this session is aimed at qualified and trained Dive Leaders, it is open to anyone who is interested.

Booking coming soon

Week beginning 21 February

Date

Topic

 
Mon 21 Feb
19:30 - 20:30

Trimix and the brain

More info and booking coming soon
Wed 23 Feb
19:30 - 20:30

Dive Leader: learning from incidents

Each year, BSAC publishes a detailed report on all of the diving incidents which occurred over the preceding 12 month period. Whilst reading the report is often a sobering exercise, in this session, FCD David Ashmore will talk about how we can turn this into a learning experience, how we can apply thought processes and techniques to prevent them from happening again.

Whilst this session is aimed at qualified and trained Dive Leaders, it is open to anyone who is interested.

Booking coming soon

Week beginning 28 February

Date

Topic

 
Mon 28 Feb
19:30 - 20:30

SCUBA, robotics and 3D imagery

This talk will highlight part of Karen Boswarva's (BSAC Marine Environment Specialist Scotland) PhD research conducted recently at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Oban. This work compared surveys conducted by scuba and remote operated vehicles (ROVs), testing 3D photogrammetry as a potential method for managing commercial shellfish species.

You will learn about:

  • remote operated vehicles (ROVs)?
  • king scallops (Pecten maximus)
  • 3D photogrammetry and how it could be used in marine management
Booking coming soon

Week beginning 7 March

Date

Topic

 
Mon 7 Mar
19:30 - 20:30

Marine identification: taxonomy and classification

BSAC's Marine Identification course is a great day event that will introduce a diver into the underwater world. Advanced Diver, Steven Winstanley, will provide additional knowledge to help understand the grouping and relations between different plants, animals and things!  

The presentation will scratch the surface of some questions like when is a plant not a plant; what looks like a plant but are animals; when is a coral not a coral; fish that dissolve their brain and become static digestive systems; what the difference between an anemone and a coral; and more.

Booking coming soon
Tue 28 Mar
19:30 - 20:30

Midlands Diving Chamber: hyperbaric medicine

Free member booking

£3 non-member booking

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