BSAC Ocean Diver Course.

Our next course starts soon. Here are the list of dates, and fees for the course.

The cost of learning to dive (through Exeter BSAC) is £306.50. BSAC qualifications are accepted all over the world.

These fees don’t ‘just’ include the course, but one years membership of Exeter BSAC, plus BSAC insurance. 

Use the ‘contact us’ page if you want to know more, or come and have a try-dive in the pool on a Tuesday evening. Booking try dives is essential (because we will have to bring kit for you) …. so just use the contact us page to book. Thanks.

Sports Diver – the next course will start reasonably soon. Use the contact us page if you want to know more, or sign up for this course.

Try Dive

If you want to ‘have a go’, then simply book a try dive. Most people find this one hour session a lot of fun. You can then decide about going on to the Ocean Diver course.  Full instruction and kit are provided. Adults pay £20 and under 16’s only £15. Try dives are currently at the Riverside pool on a Tuesday evening.

Enter the Riverside Leisure Centre (don’t pay at reception), turn left and go through the double doors. We will be in the area just beyond the double doors.

Contact our Training Officer to book

Try Dive comments ……

Try dives are fun. They are a ‘taster’ session to see if you like it, and want to learn to dive. 

They aren’t a full course, but enough to most people to decide if they want to go further.

Provided you’re in good health, learning to dive is not difficult.




If you’re already certified, but haven’t dived in a while,  then we can organise a refresher course for you in a nice, warm swimming pool. That covers a review of dive practice and safety skills. That’s important if you want to get back in the water and not be a danger to yourself or other divers.

It’s a great way to get confident again before going back in the sea. We can provide kit for you to use in the pool, and if you’re an Exeter BSAC member, then this training is free of charge.

For non-members, if you’ve not dived for more than 2 years, then you will need two pool sessions (@ £30 each).

Contact the Training Officer for more details.  

Ocean Diver

The starting block to all BSAC diving. Every diver starts with theory lessons as well as practical pool sessions. Usually 2 evenings a week for 6 weeks, and then a theory test. After this, there are 4 sea dives before you are qualified. This qualification allows you to dive to a depth of 20 metres (65 feet), anywhere in the world, and also includes some rescue skills. 

BSAC qualifications are welcomed all over the world. 

Contact our Training Officer for costs

Advanced Ocean Diver

BSAC have introduced a new course, which fills a gap between Ocean Diver and Sports Diver.This course teaches you some of the aspects of diving deeper than 20 metres, and allows you to participate in more activities than just the entry level course.

Contact our Training Officer for costs

Sports Diver

Diving to 20 metres depth is OK, but there are some great sites and shipwrecks just slightly deeper than this. The Sports Diver course pushes your depth limit down to 35m (115 feet).

This course teaches you advanced diving techniques, and also improves your underwater rescue skills. It is a great course to take.

Contact our Training Officer for costs

Dive Leader

You’re now experienced enough to dive within all recreational diving limits (50m), plus solve almost every problem that appears. The Dive Leader course teaches you how to safely organise diving, plus how to supervise inexperienced divers.  

This course is complex, and achieving Dive Leader status shows people you are a serious scuba diver.

Contact our Training Officer for costs

Onward and downward (literally)

From Dive Leader there’s lots more you can learn, then pass those skills on to others. The next steps are Assistant Instructor, Advanced Diver, Open Water Instructor, Advanced Instructor, and then on to National Instructor.

BSAC diving qualifications are not gained quickly, and training to Dive Leader is thorough, and can take several years. Diving experience can’t be bought, and BSAC training is highly regarded when you go abroad. In fact, learning to dive in the UK can make diving abroad seem very easy  🙂 

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