If you are already a qualified diver – but not through BSAC (probably PADI) – we are able to offer you a number of options, that will allow you to train or just dive with us!

  • Option 1 – If you want to come diving with us, but do not wish to do anymore training and also do not wish to join BSAC.
  • Option 2 – If you want to come diving with us and wish to join BSAC, but want to continue your training through another organisation.
  • Option 3 – If you want to come diving with us, wish to join BSAC, and want to continue your training with BSAC.

Option 1

Please see our membership page for more information on our sister club, TVSAC.

Option 2

You can join our club and BSAC (see membership page for further information) and the you will need to provide evidence of your diving qualifications.

We will then be able to identify what your equivalent BSAC diver grade is using BSAC’s Similarity Table and you will be able to dive with the club at that level. You are also able to apply for an optional ‘Equivalency Card’ from BSAC HQ.

Just to ensure you have a good overview of BSAC and how it operates, you will be expected to attend a brief ‘Induction to BSAC’ lesson.

The Diving Officer, or Training Officer, may also encourage further theory study and skills practice to ‘close any gaps’ which might become apparent.

Option 3

You can join our club and BSAC (see membership page for further information) and the you will need to provide evidence of your diving qualifications. Once we have identified what your current equivalent BSAC diver grade is, we will then order a ‘Crossover Training Pack’ for the next BSAC diver grade. You will then be a BSAC qualified diver at the new grade.

The table here shows common crossovers:

PADI Open Water/Advanced Open Water, SAA Open Water Diver …. BSAC Ocean Diver
PADI Rescue Diver, SAA Club Diver …. BSAC Sports Diver
PADI Divemaster, SAA Dive Leader …. BSAC Dive Leader

 

The most obvious question here would be for AOW divers, depending on experience in the UK we may quickly be able to move you to the Sports Diver grade, if you have little UK experience it may take a bit longer to fill in gaps in experience and knowledge. The most important extra material is with regard to rescue skills which must be taught in the pool and executed in open water scenarios in both cases.