For an introduction to our underwater world we can offer a "Try Dive" experience in the relaxed environment of the swimming pool. This is a great way to see if our sport is something you will enjoy before committing to a full training course.
We offer BSAC training to the entry level of Ocean
Diver initially, which is a world recognised qualification, but just the start for those who really want to progress and get more from diving. You will have one of our qualified instructors
take you right through the theory and practical pool sessions before heading into the open water itself. As a club we are all volunteers so the training is paced at a level to suit each individual,
this may take a little longer than other commercial training agencies but we like to think we give a personal touch.
We welcome those with qualifications from other agencies and if you wish to become BSAC accredited, crossover training will give a like for like qualification. From here all the higher BSAC diver grades and skill development courses are open to you.
From beginner to experienced, BSAC provides a full training programme that enables divers to progress through a framework of qualifications at their own pace.
There are five internationally-recognised BSAC diver grades, from the entry level Ocean Diver through to our highest grade, First Class Diver.
There is also many ways to improve your divng with various SDCs (skill development courses
) and instructor training courses away from our club but still within the BSAC training programme.
BSAC Diver Grades
BSAC has been training people to dive since the early 1950s. During this time the Diver Training Programme has been regularly updated and improved to keep pace with developments in equipment and diving knowledge. The programme is designed to build confidence and self-reliance, whilst keeping safety uppermost.
Diving skills are taught progressively so that each new experience is built upon step by step. Following basic training in the safety of a swimming pool or protected area, students soon complete their first open water dives to achieve Ocean Diver certification. This progression continues to Sports Diver and beyond, where open water skills and techniques are further developed and experience gained.
All diver training courses are delivered through BSAC clubs, by qualified instructors over a series of weekly evening sessions and weekend open water training, with the opportunity for regular diving to hone your skills – this is YOUR diving journey and we are with you every step of the way.
You will learn to dive on this entry level course. Max depth 20m.
More information on the Ocean Diver course
Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 35m after qualifying. Sports Divers can embark on the first stage of the route of instruction.
More information on the Sports Diver course
Dive Leader training covers responsibilities and safety of leading other divers. Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 50m after qualifying. Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor.
More information on the Dive Leader course
Divers gain experience in planning dives at different sites and different circumstances. Additional experience will be gained in using small boats, chartwork. navigation and many other related skills. Advanced Divers are eligible to progress to Advanced Instructor.
More information on the Advanced Diver course
First Class Diver
BSAC's highest diving grade which requires a higher than average level of theoretical knowledge, organisational and personal diving skills.
We are now using the pool at St Marys School, Shaftesbury every Thursday evening for training and swimming from 8pm to 9pm,
Afterwards we meet at The Ship Inn, Shaftesbury for catching up with all club activities or just enjoying a drink with friends