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From beginner to experienced diver, Richmond Sub-Aqua Club provides a full training programme that enables divers to progress through a framework of qualifications at their own pace.

1. BSAC Diver Grades
There are five internationally-recognised BSAC diver grades: Ocean Diver, Sports Diver, Dive Leader, Advanced Diver and First Class Diver. Richmond Sub-Aqua Club provides training and, ultimately, certifications all the way up to Advanced Diver level. Training to become a First Class Diver is done at a national level directly under BSAC instruction. 

Ocean Diver 
You will learn to dive on this entry level course. Max depth 20m. The OD qualification is the equivalent of PADI's Open Water + Advanced Open Water qualifications combined, but with added modules on  Nitrox and rescue skills.

Sports Diver 
This course teaches you to rely less on a dive guide or instructor and to dive with a buddy who has similar experience to you. Some new skills are introduced and depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 35m after qualifying. Sports Divers can embark on the first stage of the route of instruction, the Instructor Foundation Course. 

Dive Leader 
Dive Leader training covers responsibilities and safety of planning dives and leading other divers. Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 50m after qualifying. Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor.

Advanced Diver 
Divers gain experience in planning dives at different sites and different circumstances. Additional experience will be gained in using small boats, chartwork. navigation and many other related skills. Advanced Divers are eligible to progress to Advanced Instructor.

2. Skill Development Courses

We offer a wide range of Skill Develop-

ment Courses (SDCs), to ensure you

get the very best out of your diving: 


 - Automated External Defibrilator, AED

 - Boat Handling

 - Diver Coxswain Assessment

 - Introduction to RIB Diving

 - Drysuit Training

 - Chartwork and Position Fixing

 - Marine VHF Radio Operation

 - Taking Care of Your Kit

 - Oxygen Administration

 - Buoyancy & Trim Workshop

 - First Aid for Divers

 - Nitrox Workshop

 - Dive Planning and Management

 - Practical Rescue Management

 - Accelerated Deco Procedures

 - Twin-set Diver

 - CC Rebreather (Inspiration) Diver

BSAC Diver Training Progression
BSAC's Skill Development Courses.

Already a diver and want to train for the next diver grade or learn new skills? Our instructors are ready to help. Are you a scuba diver certified by PADI or any other agency? Not a problem.


To find out about RSAC membership click here.


Under the BSAC system, Richmond Sub-Aqua Club (RSAC) recognises core diving qualifications from most other scuba diving agencies. In the majority of cases members are able to dive to the limits stipulated by their original diving qualification. 

By continuing your training with RSAC your existing qualification would simply be matched to the nearest BSAC equivalent. And from there you will progress your training toward the next BSAC diver grade and/or skill level.

The list below indicates how BSAC's diver grade qualifications compare to those of PADI's.

For BSAC's equivalency chart download it here.

To enquire about training and qualifications just send us a message using the contact form below.

Richmond Sub-Aqua Club © 2020

Richmond Sub-Aqua Club (RSAC) is Branch no. 1489 of The British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC), the governing body of scuba diving in the UK. Since RSAC's foundation in 1986 we have been the home of scuba diving in the Richmond area of South West London. Our instructors are nationally

qualified and accredited by BSAC to provide scuba training and internationally recognised scuba diving certifications. We welcome new members from the age of 14 years. All members of Richmond Sub-Aqua Club are automatically also members of BSAC.

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