From beginner to experienced, BSAC provides a full training programme that enables snorkellers to progress through a framework of qualifications at their own pace.
Since the 1950s the Snorkeller Training Programme has been updated and improved to keep pace with developments in equipment and snorkelling knowledge. The programme is designed to build confidence and self-reliance, whilst keeping safety uppermost.
The BSAC snorkeller grades are:
- Dolphin Snorkeller
This course is aimed at younger children and introduces snorkelling via a series of seven progressive fun in water sessions. Each session is named after a different type of dolphin, and completion of a session results in the award of the corresponding dolphin sticker. Once students have collected a complete set of dolphin stickers, they can be awarded the grade of BSAC Dolphin Snorkeller. Dolphin Snorkellers who wish to continue their snorkel training need only to purchase the Snorkel Diver manual and complete the Snorkel Diver classroom lessons and knowledge assessment to be awarded BSAC Snorkel Diver.
- Snorkel Diver
There are classroom sessions to teach the theoretical knowledge of snorkelling, coupled with practical lessons in the pool or in sheltered water. The practical training is identical to the content of Dolphin Snorkeller. The training is structured and progressive, building skills and confidence.
- Advanced Snorkeller
There are classroom sessions to teach more advanced theoretical knowledge of snorkelling, coupled with practical lessons in Open Water. An Advanced Snorkeller is a comprehensively trained, experienced and responsible snorkeller.