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 be 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 classroom 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 a Sports Diver course.  This course builds on the knowledge and skills gained during the Ocean Diver course and qualifies 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 and visit our calendar  to see what is coming up.

Already Qualified BSAC or Non-BSAC trained

If you have taken a break from diving for a while and want to return to the sport, and were previously BSAC trained then BSAC HQ will almost certainly have your details on record.

We also welcome divers who have been trained by other diving agencies. You can dive using your current qualification level, or you can cross over most qualifications 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. If you crossing over to the BSAC training scheme it may increase the depth and experience range and open up more diving opportunities within the club. 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 and Accelerated Decompression Procedures skills development courses.

Rebreather diving – we have many members diving closed circuit rebreathers and can arrange try dives on this specialist 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 people who are keen to share their skills and compare the results at the club’s annual photographic competition.

Instructor Training

Many of our members have become instructors.  It is rewarding and is one way members contribute to club life. We actively encourage, support and mentor members wanting to train to be an instructor. The various levels of training are provided through BSAC regional courses and this ensures a high level of instructor excellence and safety. BSAC Instructor Training  Within the club we provide an environment where you can shadow a qualified instructor, practice teaching skills under supervision, and be supported in your journey to becoming an instructor.

BSAC regional training

Whilst we run a wide range of courses within our club, there are some we cannot support or that may not be running at a time that suits you. Each BSAC region has its own training team running courses which all full BSAC diving members may attend as long as they satisfy the minimum entry requirements.

Details of all regional Skills Development Courses and Instructor Training courses and how to book can be found in the BSAC events programme and also on individual regional web sites. BSAC Training Events, Southern Region Events,  South East Region Events