Training

DSC_1770Welcome to Bracknell’s underwater world!

Bracknell Sub Aqua Club welcomes all to our club, whether you have never dived before and want to start from the beginning, or are already an experienced scuba diver.

We offer a full training programme of BSAC Diving and Snorkelling courses that enable divers to progress through an internationally recognised framework of qualifications at their own pace. Training is delivered by qualified BSAC instructors within the familiar, friendly confines of the club. Members do not pay tuition fees for in-house training courses although there is usually a small fee for training manuals and sometimes some expenses.

Whatever your underwater interests are, our Training Officer is always happy to discuss how we can help you achieve your goal.

Entry Level – Ocean Diver     

For anyone new to diving, we can start by introducing you to the underwater world with a try dive in our pool. If you enjoy the try dive, and we hope and expect that you will,  you can join an Ocean Diver course for our entry level diving qualification. Students between 14 and 18 years need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (See also BSAC policy for dive training for minors.)

Training is usually conducted in a group and consists of both theory and practical (in water) lessons.  For initial pool activities we aim to have one instructor per two students. This means that you can build confidence and friendships within a peer group, while still getting individual attention.  The club ethos means you can learn at a pace that suits you. Your diving safety, confidence and competence is our only focus.

Progress your diving 

Once you have qualified as an Ocean Diver  you may wish to develop your skills and experience further.  The next stage (aside from going diving!) is to join an Advanced Ocean Diver or Sports Diver course.  These courses build on the knowledge and skills gained during the Ocean Diver course and qualify students to progress deeper and potentially stay underwater beyond ‘no-stop’ diving.  There are then a number of options available to further develop your skills: you can continue along the diver training programme:  Dive Leader, Advanced Diver, as well as a number of Skill Development and Technical Diving courses. See the progress your diving page for a full list of courses.

Already qualified with BSAC, SSI or PADI?

If you have taken a break from diving and want to get back in the water, we’d love to meet you. We can assess or refresh your diving skills, you’ll be amazed at how much you remember.

We also welcome divers trained by other agencies. You can dive using your current qualification, or you can cross over to a BSAC equivalent and continue you development under the BSAC umbrella. Find out here how your current dive qualification relates to those of BSAC. Crossover courses, designed to  refresh skills and plug any gaps, are tailored to the individual depending on dive qualification, experience, and the length of time since originally qualifying.

Technical Diving

As you progress with your diving you may be interested in exploring more technical diving options. Listed below are a selection, many of which can be taught by our in-house instructors.

Deeper diving on specialist breathing gases – currently the club record is in excess of 150m using a blend of Nitrogen, Oxygen and Helium.

Sports Mixed Gas / Accelerated Decompression Procedures – development courses that train you to dive safely longer and deeper using a specialist mix of breathing gases.

Rebreather diving – we have many members diving closed circuit rebreathers and can arrange try dives and training on this equipment.

Wreck diving – the UK is one of the greatest wreck diving sites in the world and Wreck Appreciation training is available.

Photography and videography – Bracknell Sub Aqua Club is home to some exceptionally gifted photographers who are keen to share their skills and compare the results at the club’s photography competitions.

Instructor Training

Many of our members have become instructors which is rewarding and contributes to club life. We actively encourage, support and mentor members wanting to train to be an instructor. Instructor Training is provided through BSAC regional courses, ensuring a high level of excellence and safety. Within the club you can shadow a qualified instructor and practice teaching skills under supervision.