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Diver grades

There are five internationally recognised BSAC diver grades, from the entry level Ocean Diver through to the highest grade, First Class Diver.

BSAC courses teach diving skills progressively - each new experience built upon, step-by-step. This combination of theory, pool sessions, open water skills and continual technique practice enables you to develop your diving in a safe and enjoyable way.

Ocean Diver
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.

Sport Diver
A BSAC Sports is defined as a diver who is competent to:
• conduct dives to 20m (if you choose to do the post qualification progress dives, the depth is increased in 5m increments to 35m)
• conduct dives with a BSAC Ocean Diver within the restrictions of the conditions already encountered by the Ocean Diver
• conduct dives with another BSAC Sports Diver, within the restrictions of the conditions already encountered during training.
• conduct dives with a Dive Leader or higher grade, to expand experience beyond the conditions encountered during training, under the supervision of a Dive Manager.
• use breathing gas mixes up to Nitrox 36
• plan and conduct dives requiring mandatory decompression stops
• rescue a casualty and provide basic life support
• support the role of Dive Manager by acting as a competent deputy

Dive Leader
A BSAC Dive Leader is defined as a diver who:
• can plan and lead a range of dives including those requiring detailed dive, gas and decompression requirements planning.
• has rescue management skills.
• is competent to manage and supervise branch dives to locations well known to the branch.
• can conduct dives with divers of any grade, to expand their experience beyond that previously encountered by those divers, under the supervision of a Dive Manager.
• can conduct experience building dives with trainee Ocean Divers, within the restrictions of the conditions already encountered by the trainee Ocean Diver, and under the supervision of a Dive Manager.

Advanced Diver
A BSAC Advanced Diver is defined as a diver who is comprehensively trained, experienced and responsible and who can manage and supervise:
• a wide range of adventurous and challenging diving activities
• branch diving expeditions to explore unfamiliar locations
• branch diving activities including dives utilising developing technology and techniques.

First Class Diver
A BSAC First Class Diver is defined as a diver who has:
• a high level of practical diving skills and knowledge beyond that of BSAC Advanced Diver
• the ability to organise groups of divers and lead major diving expeditions to achieve specific aims or objectives
• the ability and knowledge to contribute to BSAC developments at a branch, regional and national level.

Training

Training takes place in the form of dry theory lessons, and practical lessons in the pool. Trainees have full use of the clubs training equipment during pool sessions. There is no pressure to complete qualifications; trainees are encouraged to progress at their own comfortable pace.

Sheltered open water training is carried out at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), at Chepstow. The club makes good use of this facility for training, and to keep skills up to date. Tadsac are fortunate in having 4 Open Water Instructors & 2 Assistant Instructors as members.

The minimum age to join the club is 18, or 16 providing a parent or guardian also joins. In which case there are reduced fees for abated membership.