Training for BSAC Qualifications

As a BSAC club we provide full training to see that your diving skills are taught in a progressive way to help you build upon each experience step by step. Basic training starts in the safety of a swimming pool (at Wantage Leisure Centre, or Radley Abingdon), then progressing onto open water dives, with each step being signed off in your logbook. BSAC qualifications are recognised worldwide. There are 4 diver grades in the BSAC training system which are taught at our club.

Ocean Diver

This course provides you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving. Learning to dive is all about learning to use your equipment properly and safely. The Ocean Diver training course concentrates on preparing you for this in the safety of a swimming pool or sheltered water and then introducing you to open water in a controlled and safe manner. This also gives you the opportunity to practice safety skills in the company of a qualified instructor or experienced diver.

Sports Diver

In Sports Diver training, the emphasis is on building a sound foundation of open water diving skills and experience through a series of structured practical lessons. Once you have gained this open water experience with a qualified instructor, you are ready to take part in dives with other Sports Divers or those of higher grades.

Dive Leader

Dive Leader training concentrates on the responsibilities and safety aspects of leading other divers on an open water dive. Practical lessons in rescue management and rescue skills will give you the confidence and ability to deal with those unforeseen emergencies. Leading a dive will develop your enjoyment, confidence and experience as a diver.

Advanced Diver

The Advanced Diver course further develops your knowledge and skills. You will gain experience in planning and organising dives at different sites and under different circumstances. Additional experience will be gained in using small boats, chartwork. navigation and many other related skills. The BSAC consider this grade a fully trained diver.

Already qualified?

If you already have a diving qualification then Wantage Dive Club can offer you a regular programme of dives and the opportunity to learn advanced techniques and specialised skills. But the real advantage is in having a group of dive buddies who meet regularly, both for diving and social events, with whom you can gain further experience. You can start diving with the BSAC straight away. Your existing qualification will be recognised and you will be able to dive with our club once you have joined.

Progress your diving

Apart from the mainstream diving skills, there are many other areas of special interest that you may want to pursue. Some of these skills are taught within our club, others at regional BSAC events. These include: Rescue techniques, life-saving, first-aid, oxygen administration, Technical Diving, use of mixed gases and rebreathers, search & recovery, extended range diving, advanced techniques, Seamanship, boat handling, chartwork, navigation, outboard maintenance, Scientific, marine life identification, underwater archaeology, underwater photography, etc, etc


Our club has a lot of experienced instructors, some of whom have been diving for over 30 years. As you progress through your diver training you too can join the instructor training programme if you are interested.