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Ocean Diver

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BSAC Ocean Diver

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, then this course is for you!

This course is for beginners and provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving.

The BSAC 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. You will be qualified to dive to a maximum depth of 20m.


To enrol on the BSAC Ocean Diver Course, you must be 12 years or older. However, Rugby Divers request that you must be 14 years. A basic level of comfort in the water is important and you will have to demonstrate that you can swim 200m in swimwear.

What you’ll learn

The course has three main stages:

  1. Lessons and theory assessment on the basic principles of scuba diving (e-Learning)
  2. Five confined water dives to learn the basics in the water (usually in a swimming pool)
  3. Five open water dives to further develop your scuba diving skills

How much will my Ocean Diver course cost?

Adults (aged 18 or over)                           £400.00
Juniors (under 18) or Students              £350.00

What you’ll get

If you sign up for the Ocean Divers course, you get the following included:

  • One year’s membership to BSAC
  • One year’s membership to RUGBY DIVERS
  • Free kit hire (excluding dry suit hire, air fills and entry fee to open water sites)
  • Ocean Diver Pack, containing all training materials, qualification log book and qualification card application

The fun bit …

Will hopefully be from start to finish!
Learning to dive is a life changing experience for many people. Breathing underwater for the first time is something you will never forget and the experience of learning with others is great fun. Your instructor is trained to look after you every step of the way.

Qualification and what that means

A BSAC Ocean Diver is defined as a diver who is competent to conduct dives:

  • to a maximum depth of 20m.
  • with another BSAC Ocean Diver or with a BSAC Sports Diver, within the restrictions of the conditions already encountered during training.
  • with a Dive Leader or higher grade, to expand experience beyond the conditions encountered during training, under the supervision of a Dive Manager.
  • not requiring mandatory decompression stops.
  • under the on-site supervision of a Dive Manager with respect to site selection, conditions and dive plan.

Required gear

Swimwear and towel.

Recommended gear

Although the diving equipment is provided, Ocean Diver trainees may wish to buy their own mask and snorkel. You may also wish to use a pool suit for added comfort during the pool lessons.

Extras you will need to pay for

  • Entry fees to Stoney Cove where we carry out our sheltered water training
  • A set of BSAC Decompression Tables
  • Dry suit hire for sheltered and open water dives. These can be hired from Stoney Cove or local dive shops such at Dive Northampton.

If you have any questions or queries or if you would like to go ahead and organise your training, please get in touch via our CONTACT page.

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