Learning to dive is a life-changing experience for many people.

Ocean Diver Pack
     BSAC Ocean Diver Pack

The Ocean Diver course is for beginners and provides essential knowledge and skills to prepare you for open water diving in Britain and overseas. You will learn: -

  • How to safely use basic dive gear, including your mask and snorkel
  • Control your buoyancy and underwater movements
  • Understand your basic scuba diving safety skills – you’ll find out the importance of time, depth and gas
  • Discover how to plan and manage your diving

The BSAC Ocean Diver starts in the safety of a swimming pool or sheltered water and progresses to the open water in a controlled, safe manner. You will gain experience and confidence under the guidance of a qualified instructor. The course operates at a maximum depth of 20m.

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Course Content



To enrol on the BSAC Ocean Diver course with Southsea Sub-Aqua Club, you must be 12 years or older and be considered "fit to dive"[1]. A basic level of comfort in the water is important and you will have to demonstrate that you can swim 200m in swimwear.

What You'll Learn

The BSAC Ocean Diver course has three main stages:

  1. On line course, learning at your own pace, including theory assessments on the basic principles of scuba diving. This element is payable directly to BSAC
  2. Minimum of five confined water lessons to learn the basics in the water (usually in a swimming pool) plus an optional dry suit dive
  3. Minimum of four open water dives to further develop your scuba diving skills

Qualification: What That Means

A BSAC Ocean Diver is defined as a diver who is competent to conduct dives:

  • To a maximum depth of 20m
  • With another BSAC Ocean Diver or with a BSAC Sports Diver, within the restrictions of the conditions already encountered during training
  • With a Dive Leader or higher grade, to expand experience beyond the conditions encountered during training, under the supervision of a Dive Manager
  • Not requiring mandatory decompression stops
  • Under the on-site supervision of a Dive Manager with respect to site selection, conditions and dive plan
  • Using enriched air (Nitrox)[2]as part of your diving within certain constraints

Learning Materials for e-learning element

This is payable directly to BSAC, the cost is not included in the SSAC training package. All the learning materials you need for the BSAC Ocean Diver course which includes

  • Downloadable student guide and qualification record page
  • Access to the BSAC 'The Diving Manual' for extra reading and knowledge
  • BSAC 88 Decompression Tables
  • Qualification card upon completion

Each course is taught using a student guide flipbook which consists of text, videos, and PowerPoint presentations with voiceovers.

At the end of each module, there are quizzes which need to be completed and passed. If the student passes each module with four out of five correct answers, the module will be signed off and they will be able to download a theory certificate for that module.

Required Gear

Swimwear and towel. All other equipment will be supplied during your training, except dry suit or wet suit.

Recommended Gear

Although the diving equipment is provided, Ocean Diver trainees may wish to buy their own mask and snorkel. You may also wish to use a wet suit or t-shirt for added comfort during the pool lessons.

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[1] "Fit to dive" is assumed on the basis of a completed Self Certification Medical Form or a Certificate To Dive issued by an approved Medical Referee.
[2] Nitrox is a breathing gas containing more than 21% oxygen which is known to be beneficial in reducing the risk and symptoms of decompression illness.