The BSAC Advanced Ocean Diver Course

If you are an already qualified BSAC Ocean Diver and would like to extend your diving range progressively, then Advanced Ocean Diver is for you.

An optional step between Ocean Diver and Sports Diver, Advanced Ocean Diver will enable you to dive up to 30m which opens up even more of our fabulous underwater environment to explore!

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Our experienced and certified dive instructors are passionate about sharing their love for diving while ensuring your safety at all times.

A female diver diving among fish in the ocean.

Who is this course for?

To enrol on the Advanced Ocean Diver, you must have successfully completed the BSAC Ocean Diver course.

It is also open to those who have an equivalent certification from another recognised diver training agency and have completed Nitrox training.

You must also be aged 14 or over to be able to progress to depths up to 30m.


What will you learn?

Building on what you have learnt during the Ocean Diver course, as an Advanced Ocean Diver, you will be able to conduct no-decompression dives to 30m accompanied by a Sports Diver (or equivalent) or above.

As an Advanced Ocean Diver, you will be qualified to dive with another Advanced Ocean Diver to a maximum depth of 30m, accompanied by a Sports Diver or above.


What does it include?

You will be required to complete four theory sessions (either classroom-based or via eLearning) followed by a minimum of two open water sessions and two depth progression dives.

BSAC Advanced Ocean Diver Key Skills

After completing this course, you will:

  • Expand on your knowledge and experience using Nitrox mixes up to 36% to extend dive time, increase safety and provide a better experience
  • Complete two of the Sports Diver course theory modules
  • Learn how to use a compass for navigation underwater
  • Undertake your open water dives to progress your depth to 25m, then 30m
  • Become proficient in the use of a surface marker buoy (SMB) and delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB)
  • Continue to develop underwater buoyancy control
A group of diver interacting with a wreck.

What you'll be qualified to do as a BSAC Ocean Diver?

As an Advanced Ocean Diver, you will be qualified to dive with another Advanced Ocean Diver to a maximum depth of 30m, accompanied by a Sports Diver or above. Your dives to 30m must be no-decompression dives in conditions you have already encountered during your training.

You will still be able to buddy with an Ocean Diver on dives to a maximum depth of 20m.Your new Advanced Ocean Diver qualification will be internationally recognised, enabling you to enjoy your diving to 30m anywhere in the world!

What diving experiences will this open up for me?

As the next step in your diving journey, qualifying as an Advanced Ocean Diver means you will be able to safely expand your diving to enjoy many of the 30m maximum depth dive sites, both in the UK and overseas.

Use of Nitrox 36% will help make your diving safer and more enjoyable and add to your progressive diving experience. Advanced Ocean Diver is also an excellent way to build up your skills and experience as you work towards Sports Diver and can enable you to participate in more of your BSAC club’s diving trips and activities.

RSAC Club members out on the coasts of Scotland.

What's next?

The BSAC Sports Diver course is your next step onto the diving qualification.

If you’re keen to learn to dive, the BSAC’s Ocean Diver course is the place to start. This entry-level open water diver qualification will equip you with the core skills to dive to a maximum of 20 metres in open water, in the UK and abroad.

Two divers swimming though a wreck in a darkness.