The Advanced Diver (AD) course comprises of the following elements:

  • 4 classroom lessons, some of which may be completed online, using the BSAC e-learning facilities, or with one of our instructors at the clubhouse who can provide the lectures in person
  • two open water dives where the following skills are taught or reviewed:
    • rescue management scenarios
    • basic dive skills (mask removal, clearing, out of gas scenarios and weight removal)
  • two dry practical sessions at a dive site
  • 20 open water dives
  • Theory test with a pass mark of 70%


Due to the nature of this course, we also ask the candidates to organise many of the different elements of the course, such as when/where to go for different open water dives. This will include elements such as securing a suitable Instructor, picking a suitable training location and checking the local conditions.

Candidates are reminded that on this website, we have a few pages to help with dive planning.

Local Diving Information


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Skill Development Courses

Some of the lessons in the AD course are also included in the BSAC Skill Development Courses (SDCs). If these have been completed recently, then due credit can be given. For those skills which include rescue elements, it is recommended that everyone periodically completes a refresher session. These are arranged within the club.

The skill development courses relevant to the AD Course include:

In addition, as Oxygen Administration is included in the rescue part of the course, it would be expected that the candidate has completed an Oxygen Administration course. It would be beneficial if they have either completed this recently or completed a refresher course.

These SDCs are run both at the club and by the regional coaching scheme and are open to any qualified diver. If you wish to book yourself on such a course, please speak with the Training Officer. They may see a need and help to get a course arranged sooner within the club.

The candidate will also be required to complete a number of qualifying dives. A current list of these is provided with the Student pack and the Instructor and Training Officer can clarify this for you.


If you would like to speak to our Training Officer about starting this course, please speak to them on a club night or send them an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can read more about this course on the BSAC Website.


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