New members are always welcome, as either a beginner or an experienced diver. If you are previously qualified with another recognised agency -no problem, we recognise your qualification and cross you over to the BSAC equivalent grade. We are proud to boast a healthy training regime with a crew of dedicated instructors who run all our in-house diving courses. (see below for typical course details)
We offer prospective newcomers a 'try dive' in the pool
using the club equipment and facilities, this gives the individual a taste
of what Scuba diving is about without having to commit themselves to buying
expensive equipment. For more information, click here.
New to Diving?
Initially, for those who are new to Scuba Diving we offer a starter course that leads to the internationally recognised qualification of 'Ocean Diver'. Once qualified you may dive with another Ocean Diver on a branch dive, to a maximum depth of 20 metres. Usually however dives are organised so that new divers are paired with more experienced and qualified divers.
Typically the 'Ocean Diver' training schedule consists of the following which must be completed before qualification is awarded;
5 pool lessons in essential Scuba skills. Pool training takes place on Tuesday evenings at Sidcup Pool.
7 classroom lessons of essential diving theory need to be attended, duration of each lecture is 1-2 hours.
Open water lessons
You will be required to complete 5 open water diving lessons, these are intended to further the scuba experience whilst training in a controlled environment. The open water dives will take place in various inland lakes or quarries at a convenient location and time for you and your Instructor. Pool assessments and a Theory Examination need to be successfully passed to obtain the qualification of 'Ocean Diver'. Duration of Ocean Diver course - Duration varies from 4 to 6 months, this obviously depends on your progress and regular attendence at training and theory sessions.
Also required are 3 passport sized photos and the completion of a self-declaration medical certificate.
Last but not least - you will need to bring along bundles of enthusiam and a willingness to learn, then you too will enjoy one of the most exhilarating adventure sports there is!
First year membership fees to join Bexley 982 and the British Sub Aqua Club, the Ocean diver course pack consisting of the official Sports Diver manual, student workbook, qualification book and use of equipment for pool training is £311.
As part of BSAC membership members receive the monthly magazine 'SCUBA' , third party liability insurance cover, weekly use of the pool and free regional support and advice.
For more information or to arrange a try dive, please click the "contact us" button on the navigation pane to the left.
Additional Information - BSAC Diver Grades
There are five internationally-recognised BSAC diver grades, from the entry level Ocean Diver through to our highest grade, First Class Diver.
BSAC has been training people to dive since the early 1950s. During this time the Diver Training Programme has been regularly updated and improved to keep pace with developments in equipment and diving knowledge. The programme is designed to build confidence and self-reliance, whilst keeping safety uppermost.
Diving skills are taught progressively so that each new experience is built upon step by step. Following basic training in the safety of a swimming pool or protected area, students soon complete their first open water dives to achieve Ocean Diver certification. This progression continues to Sports Diver and beyond, where open water skills and techniques are further developed and experience gained.
With BSAC, the choice is yours ? this is YOUR diving journey and we are with you every step of the way.
This course provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving. The Ocean Diver course prepares for this in the safety of a swimming pool or sheltered water and an introduction to open water in a controlled, safe manner. Experience and confidence will be gained under the guidance of a qualified instructor. Maximum depth - 20m.
Sports Diver training builds a sound foundation of open water diving skills and experience with structured, practical lessons. Qualified Sports Divers are ready to take part in dives with other Sports Divers or higher. Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 35m after qualfying. Sports Divers can embark on the first stage of the route of instruction.
Dive Leader training covers responsibilities and safety of leading other divers. Practical lessons will give divers confidence to deal with emergencies. Leading a dive will develop enjoyment, confidence and experience as a diver. Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 50m after qualfying. Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor.
The Advanced Diver course further develops knowledge and skills. 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. BSAC consider this grade as being a fully trained diver. Advanced Divers are eligible to progress to Advanced Instructor.
First Class Diver
BSAC's highest diving grade which requires a higher than average level of theoretical knowledge, organisational and personal diving skills. BSAC First Class Divers are assessed through nationally conducted examinations.