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Lisburn Sub Aqua Club

BSAC Ocean Diver Course

Ocean Diver training book

If you’re keen to learn to dive BSAC’s Ocean Diver course with Lisburn Sub Aqua Club is the place to start.

This entry-level diving qualification will equip you with the core skills to dive to a maximum of 20 metres in open water, in the UK and abroad.

Our BSAC Ocean Diver course takes place in the safety of the swimming pools at Lisburn Leisureplex and includes an introduction to open water in a controlled, safe manner. Training takes place under the guidance of a Nationally Qualified BSAC Instructor and will take place at a pace which suits you.

What do I need to start?

To enrol on the BSAC Ocean Diver Course with Lisburn Sub Aqua Club you must be age 14 or older. You’ll just need to demonstrate that you can comfortably swim 200m in a pool, and the only kit you’ll need is a swimsuit, and towel. Your membership covers all the Instruction and use of club equipment for the course.

What you’ll learn

You’ll learn how to use basic dive gear, control your buoyancy and move about underwater. You’ll also learn some basic safety skills and how to plan and manage your diving. The course includes six theory modules, at least five sessions in a pool or sheltered water, and at least four open-water dives.

Qualification and what that means

Qualified Ocean Divers can dive buddied with another Ocean Diver, under the supervision of a Dive Manager – so long as you stick to familiar locations and conditions you have encountered during your training.

If you want to expand your experience by exploring different locations and conditions, you can easily do this accompanied by a Dive Leader or higher-grade diver.

Your qualification will be recognised worldwide and you will be qualified to use breathing gas mixtures of up to 36 per cent Nitrox to increase your safety on dives (you’ll learn all about Nitrox on the course). Many ‘learn to dive’ courses don’t teach Nitrox or rescue skills, but BSAC believes they are important skills to start learning from the start of your scuba journey.

When does the next Ocean Diver course begin?

The next Ocean Diver course is scheduled for April 2021 (Covid restrictions permitting). Each course has a maximum of 10 spaces available and these fill up quickly. If a course looks like it will be fully booked we operate a waiting list in case spaces become available as we get closer to the starting date.

The Ocean Diver course takes place on Tuesdays evenings from 7.30pm until about 11pm and will take around 7 weeks to complete the initial training. Each evening there is a talk followed by practical training in the pool. It’s a continually assessed course so after your classroom and in-water training and a short theory exam you’ll have the grounding to continue your scuba diving journey.

There is a weekend of open water diving following the pool sessions to put all the skills learnt in the pool into practice in the sea. Accomodation will be available and we would encourage everyone to stay over for a bit of craic on the Saturday evening. 

Please contact Lizanne Kennedy, our Membership Secretary (contact details below), if you are interested in putting your name on  the list.

To book a Try Dive email  trydive@lisburnsac.co.uk or for membership enquiries contact Lizanne on membership@lisburnsac.co.uk