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BSAC Ocean Diver Course

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, this course is for you. It is for beginners and provides the essential knowledge, skills and practice needed to begin open water diving. The Ocean Diver qualification is globally recognised.


Minimum age
To begin OD training you must be 12 years or older. If you are under 16 years old you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who is also an RSAC member. Download our
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Ocean Diver Course elements
The Course has three main stages:

  1. Six theory lessons with continuous assessment on the basic principles of scuba diving.

  2. Five sheltered water dives to learn the basics in the water (usually in the pool).

  3. Four open water dives to further develop your scuba diving skills. If possible, one or more of the open water dives will be off our club RIB, on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset.


Ocean Diver qualification
A BSAC Ocean Diver is defined as a scuba diver who is competent to conduct open water dives with other suitably qualified divers:

  • to a maximum depth of 20m,

  • using Nitrox 32 and 36 gas mixes. 


Diving kit for the OD Course
For the duration of the OD course RSAC will provide you with the kit required, except for the exposure suit (wetsuit or drysuit). 

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70% of the planet is covered by water. The amazing marine world is waiting to be explored and BSAC's

Ocean Diver (OD) Course is your entry ticket. 


The fee for the OD Course is only £235 plus RSAC's annual membership fee. Club membership offers a host of benefits and access to many resources.


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Young instructor with even younger trainees.
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