SKILL DEVELOPMENT
Develop your diving with BSAC...
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Diving is a diverse and exciting sport, offering endless opportunities to build your experience, learn new skills and explore new diving horizons.
BSAC offers a wide range of special interest courses, designed to ensure you get the very best out of your diving. Our programme of Skill Development Courses (SDCs) are regularly held by Regional Coaching Teams, BSAC Centres and can be staged in Clubs.

So, whether your interest is in rescue, wrecks, technical, marine life or photography, there is a BSAC specialist course for everybody.

Some of the SDCs can be run on a 1 to 1 basis whilst others are best run in a small group or as part of a club/branch. Please get in touch if you have any questions on any of the courses listed.

Other SDCs are available which include Boat Handling, Chartwork and Position Fixing, Compressor Operation, Dive Planning and Management, Dive UK, Diver Coxswain, Gas Blender and Practical Rescue Management. Contact us for more information.

BSAC SKILL DEVELOPMENT
COURSES LIST
Some of the most popular SDCs that we offer
AUTO EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR
Learn how to use a defibrillator to save a life!
Want to learn how to save the life of someone suffering from a heart attack? This half-day course is designed to give students the skills and confidence to use a defibrillator so that in the event of an emergency they have the confidence to use one.

It covers general techniques and procedures as well as the extra information relevant to diving. A really valuable course for both diving and general life skills.
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Current BSAC member 12 years or older. Open to non-divers
Duration:
  • 0.5 Day
Includes:
  • AED course manual and a Qualification Card
Cost:
  • £100.00
Further Information:
BUOYANCY AND TRIM WORKSHOP
Improve your buoyancy control...
Perfecting buoyancy control is a major step towards safe and comfortable diving. This workshop aims to build on your existing skills by equipping you with the correct buoyancy and trim techniques needed to get the most out of your diving.

The key aim of this one-day workshop is to help you to experience and understand the issues that affect buoyancy and trim, overcome overweighting and to maintain good buoyancy and trim at varying depths.

There are four levels of achievement to be awarded; bronze, silver, gold and black; based on the levels at which the student's buoyancy can be maintained.
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Current BSAC member and BSAC Ocean Diver (or equivalent)
Duration:
  • 3-4 Days
Includes:
  • Buoyancy and Trim Workshop course manual and a Qualification Card
Cost:
  • £150.00
Further Information:
DRY SUIT DIVER
Master drysuit diving...
Want to stay warm when the water temperature drops? This one-day course is designed to teach the correct & safe techniques for drysuit diving.

This lesson will tell you about the two different types of drysuit, the features they embody and why a BC should be used with a drysuit. Unlike a wetsuit, a drysuit is an 'active' piece of equipment that can cause problems if not used correctly.

Drysuit diving involves new equipment and new skills: this course will introduce them, first in the classroom and then in the water.
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Current BSAC member and BSAC Ocean Diver Trainee who has completed all theory and sheltered water lessons
Duration:
  • 1 Day
Includes:
  • Qualification Card application
Cost:
  • £150.00
FIRST AID FOR DIVERS
Learn essential skills for diving and life!
This one-day course teaches the basics of non-resuscitation first aid likely to be needed in the BSAC diving environment.

There is lots of practice on the course (under the guidance of experienced instructors) giving you the confidence to give first aid in a real emergency. It includes making use of the resources likely to be available at the time including improvisation of dressings and splints using materials and equipment commonly found at the dive site or in a boat.

If you already have first aid training, this course is a quick and easy way to 'practice, practice, practice' your skills, while learning the best way to apply them in diving. First aid skills deteriorate rapidly if not used or practiced regularly so it is recommended that students undertake a refresher course at least every three years.
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Current BSAC member. Open to non-divers although experience on dive trips, and knowledge of diving procedures and diving related physiology to at least Ocean Diver level
Duration:
  • 1 Day
Includes:
  • First Aid for Divers course manual and a Qualification Card
Cost:
  • £150.00
Further Information:
LIFE SAVER AWARD
Step up to the mark when an incident occurs...
Looking to build on your core first aid and lifesaving skills in a diving environment? The Lifesaver Award assesses students' lifesaving proficiency and diver rescue skills within a pool or sheltered water environment.

The course also allows for additional or refresher training as required. Holders of the Lifesaver Award will have demonstrated their lifesaving proficiency in diving and non-diving situations.

Additional training prior to the examination may be necessary and this can be delivered by rectotec prior to assessment.
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Current BSAC member and BSAC Ocean Diver (or equivalent)
Duration:
  • 1 Day
Content:
  • Theory assessment on Assessed on the human body, diver rescue and basic life support (BLS) and in-water skills includes towing and throwing
Includes:
  • Qualification Card application
Cost:
  • £150.00
Further Information:
ADVANCED LIFE SAVER AWARD
Be the person that every diver wants on the dive boat!
Want to consolidate your first aid and lifesaving skills in a realistic diving environment?

The Advanced Lifesaver Award is designed to assess students' lifesaving proficiency and diver rescue skills within realistic open water conditions, placing an emphasis on improvisation and immediacy. The assessment also covers first aid for injuries likely to be encountered in diving and diving-related activities.

Additional training prior to the examination is recommended - this can be delivered by rectotec prior to assessment.
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Current BSAC member and is open to anyone with the BSAC Lifesaver Award
Duration:
  • 1 Day
Includes:
  • Qualification Card application
Cost:
  • £150.00
Further Information:
NITROX WORKSHOP
Extend your bottom times with enriched air nitrox...
The Nitrox Workshop is intended for divers who completed their BSAC Sports Diver training pre-2007* or BSAC Ocean Divers who wish to gain their full Nitrox qualification.

This course allows qualified divers to dive within their existing qualifications using 27, 32 and 36% Nitrox mixes.

* The BSAC diver training programme (DTP) was revised in January 2007 and now contains Nitrox in the syllabus.
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Current BSAC member and BSAC Ocean Diver (or equivalent)
Duration:
  • 0.5 Day
Includes:
  • Nitrox Workshop course manual and a Qualification Card
Cost:
  • £60.00
OXYGEN ADMINISTRATION
Learn to administer oxygen for first aid treatment...
Want to learn how to safely administer oxygen? This one-day course is designed to teach the administration of oxygen as a means on increasing the effectiveness of First Aid treatment of diving accidents.

Oxygen treatment takes place on the surface; either on a boat or dry land and the course is designed to give confidence to divers so they can assist with a diving-related injury. The course concludes with a practical and theory assessment.

Only those who pass the assessment will be able to apply for a qualification card. It's also an easy way of getting 6 of your BSAC Dive Leader lessons signed off!

COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Current BSAC member and BSAC Ocean Diver (or equivalent)
Duration:
  • 1 Day
Includes:
  • Oxygen Administration course manual and a Qualification Card
Cost:
  • £150.00
Additional qualifications awarded:
  • DT2, DT3, DT4, DT5, DT6 and DT7
Further Information:
SEARCH & RECOVERY
Learn to find stuff underwater...
Ever lost something underwater? Want to learn effective search and safe recovery of underwater objects?

This two-day course teaches divers how to use the correct techniques and procedures required for search and recovery projects. It also provides practical experience of underwater search methods and the use of buoyancy to lift objects.

Search and Recovery SDC covers DO4 in the Dive Leader syllabus and this element can be signed up after the course.

COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Current BSAC member and BSAC Sports Diver (or equivalent)
Duration:
  • 2 Days
Includes:
  • Search and Recovery course manual and a Qualification Card
Cost:
  • £250.00
Additional qualifications awarded:
  • DO4. Students who have completed Dive Planning and Management and Search and Recovery may be signed up for DT12
Further Information:
TWINSET DIVER
Master your twinset with rectotec...
This two-day course teaches divers how to use the correct techniques when diving a twinset (whether independent or manifolded).

A central theme running through this course and a basic principle of twin-set diving is self-sufficiency within a buddy diving context. This concept translates in practice as adopting an attitude and equipment provision that supports oneself as the first port of call response for resolving a problem. However this does not mean solo diving. When all else fails a buddy is always going to be the ultimate source of assistance.

The Twin-set Diving course has a mix of classroom-based and practical lessons, teaching you:

  • Configurations, Ancillary Equipment & Failure Mode Responses
  • Dive planning and monitoring
  • Practical Equipment configuration
  • Open Water practice

This course is also designed to complement Accelerated Decompression Procedures (ADP).

COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Current BSAC member and BSAC Sports Diver (or equivalent) plus 20 additional dives including depth experience to 35 metres
Duration:
  • 2 Days
Includes:
  • Twinset Diver course manual and a Qualification Card
Cost:
  • £200.00
Additional qualifications awarded:
  • BSAC Advanced Twinset Diver. A diver who holds BSAC Sports Diver (or equivalent BSAC approved other agency certification with a 35 metre depth rating, decompression diving and diver rescue capabilities), who in addition has successfully completed BSAC Accelerated Decompression Procedures and BSAC Twinset Diver certifications may apply to BSAC HQ for certification as a BSAC Advanced Twinset Diver and become qualified to plan and conduct dives to a maximum depth of 40 metres
Further Information:
WRECK APPRECIATION
Learn your capstans from your bowsprits...
Want to get more out of wreck diving? This two-day course enables divers to safely dive wrecks and to recognise and appreciate what they see.

It covers a wide range of diving interests from the historical side to the marine life and the excitement of exploring a new wreck. Following some dry sessions students apply their new knowledge, equipment and techniques to safely navigate around a wreck and complete a small survey.

Dives, both during and after the course, will give you a much better understanding and enjoyment of wrecks, allow you to dive with more of a purpose and develop your own projects.

COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Current BSAC member and BSAC Ocean Diver (or equivalent)
Duration:
  • 2 Days
Includes:
  • Wreck Appreciation course manual and a Qualification Card
Cost:
  • £250.00
Further Information:
ACCELERATED DECO PROCEDURES
Master the art of accelerated deco...
COMBINED ADP &
TWINSET DIVER COURSE
Want to fast track your training? The Accelerated Decompression Procedures and Twinset Diver courses can be run as a combined course. Contact us for pricing!
COURSE SCHEDULE
Learn to safely conduct dives with longer, safer bottom times and optimum decompression using rich mixes.

Building on the foundation of Nitrox knowledge contained within the DTP, the course develops this knowledge and in particular highlights the benefits that can be gained from using high oxygen mixtures during decompression stops.

You will also cover redundancy and the use of a stage cylinder. The Accelerated Decompression Procedures course has a mix of classroom-based and practical lessons, teaching you:

  • Knowledge of safe diving using Nitrox and accelerated decompression techniques
  • Use of gas mixes up to 80% oxygen
  • New concepts and skills
  • Dive planning

Post qualification you will be qualified to safely dive with Nitrox up to 80% for accelerated decompression.

* DTP 2007 syllabus, Nitrox workshop or a Nitrox qualification with another agency which equates to the above standards. If you are unsure then please feel free to contact rectotec.
COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Current BSAC member, BSAC Sports Diver (or equivalent), Nitrox Diver* plus 20 additional dives including depth experience to 30 metres. All students must hold gold standard buoyancy from the Buoyancy and Trim workshop
Duration:
  • 2-3 Days
Includes:
  • Ox-Stop Decompression Tables, Nitrox Decompression Tables unless already BSAC Advanced Nitrox Diver, the ADP course manual and a Qualification Card
Cost:
  • £350.00
Additional qualifications awarded:
  • BSAC Advanced Twinset Diver. A diver who holds BSAC Sports Diver (or equivalent BSAC approved other agency certification with a 35 metre depth rating, decompression diving and diver rescue capabilities), who in addition has successfully completed BSAC Accelerated Decompression Procedures and BSAC Twinset Diver certifications may apply to BSAC HQ for certification as a BSAC Advanced Twinset Diver and become qualified to plan and conduct dives to a maximum depth of 40 metres
Further Information:
ADP UPGRADE WORKSHOP
Update your decompression procedures skills...
The workshop is designed to enable divers who did the - now obsolete - Advanced Nitrox Diver course to upgrade their qualification to the new Advanced Decompression Procedures course.

The workshop is entirely classroom based and should take approximately 4 hours - an optional dive is also available if required.

COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Current BSAC member, BSAC Sports Diver (or equivalent), Advanced Nitrox Diver and depth experience to 30 metres. All Students must hold gold standard buoyancy from the Buoyancy and Trim workshop
Duration:
  • 1 Day
Includes:
  • Ox-Stop Decompression Tables, Nitrox Decompression Tables unless already BSAC Advanced Nitrox Diver, the ADP course manual and a Qualification Card
Cost:
  • £150.00
SPORTS MIXED GAS DIVER
Go beyond the limits of recreational diving...
COURSE DURATION
The course manual recommends a minimum of 2 days however I increase the course duration and add extra dives to allow more time to hone skills.
COURSE SCHEDULE
Are you an experienced diver but want to extend your range to 50 metres on open circuit? The BSAC Sports Mixed Gas Diver course is your first step into the world of trimix diving.

The benefit of using gas mixes containing helium is controlling to an extent, the effect of nitrogen narcosis. The narcotic effect of nitrogen becomes debilitating as depth increases. Controlling the narcotic effect of the gas at depth enables improved awareness, therefore safer than deep air diving.

This course introduces divers to mixed gas diving using open circuit dive equipment. It teaches experienced divers to use mixed gas to expand their current skills to be able to dive a maximum depth of 50 metres using the most appropriate gas mix. The course uses gas mixes of oxygen greater than or equal to 20% and helium less than or equal to 30%.

COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Current BSAC member, BSAC Sports Diver (or equivalent) with 35m depth progression, 60 dives post Sports Diver and either Accelerated Decompression Procedures or Advanced Nitrox Diver (or equivalent)
Duration:
  • 3-4 days (depending on ability)*
Includes:
  • Sports Mixed Gas Diver course manual and a Qualification Card
Cost:
  • £400.00
Further Information:
EXPLORER MIXED GAS DIVER
Become a dive explorer with BSAC...
COMBINED SPORTS &
EXPLORER MIXED GAS
The Sports Mixed Gas Diver and Explorer Mixed Gas Diver courses can be run as a combined course (subject to the instructor's discretion).
COURSE SCHEDULE
Are you an experienced diver but want to extend your range to 60 metres on open circuit? The BSAC Explorer Mixed Gas Diver course is your first step into the world of trimix diving.

The benefit of using gas mixes containing helium is controlling to an extent, the effect of nitrogen narcosis. The narcotic effect of nitrogen becomes debilitating as depth increases. Controlling the narcotic effect of the gas at depth enables improved awareness, therefore safer than deep air diving.

This course teaches experienced open circuit divers to use mixed gas to be able to dive a maximum depth of 60 metres. The course uses gas mixes of oxygen greater than or equal to 18% and helium less than or equal to 35%.

COURSE INFO
Prerequisites:
  • Current BSAC member, Sports Mixed Gas Diver plus 30 dives in the 30-50m range
Duration:
  • 1 day
Includes:
  • Explorer Mixed Gas Diver course manual and a Qualification Card
Cost:
  • £200.00
Further Information: