Scuba Diving


Once you are 12 years old you can start to learning how to scuba dive with BSAC. 

Scuba Diving is swimming underwater with mask, fins and SCUBA equipment. SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Scuba divers also usually wear a suit, a weight belt and often carry a torch.

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Diving  equipment consists of:

• a cylinder containing compressed air

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• regulator with octopus and depth/tank pressure gauge


• mask, fins and snorkel
• A jacket known as a Buoyancy Compensation Device
• A suit, this can be a wetsuit (pictured below) or a drysuit
• weight belt with weights attached
traditional-scuba-weight belt

There are lost of other pieces of equipment you can carry including a torch, a knife, a computer and a surface marker bouy.

Ready to take the plunge?
Learning to dive changes lives of many people. Imagine breathing underwater for the first time and feeling like you don't weigh anything at all. It feels like you are flying. Imagine meeting a crab, a turtle  or a seal face to face ... sound exciting? It really is! If you are old enough and you think you would like to start underwater adventure today, then the course to do is BSAC Ocean Diver.

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This course is for beginners and provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving.

The BSAC Ocean Diver course prepares for this in the safety of a swimming pool or sheltered water and introduces you to open water in a controlled, safe manner. Experience and confidence will be gained under the guidance of a qualified instructor.

A basic level of comfort in the water is important and you will have to demonstrate that you can swim 200m in swimwear.

The BSAC Ocean Diver course has three stages:

1. Lessons and theory assessment on the basic principles of scuba diving

2. Five dives in a swimming pool to learn the basics in the water 

3. Five open water dives to further develop your scuba diving skills

At the end of the course you will be qualifed to dive up to 20m deep with a suitable buddy and under the supervision of a dive manager.

Want to see what it is like underwater in the UK? Watch these videos

Last Updated on Jul252013

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