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Training Overview

Whilst the learning new skills and gaining qualifications is a key aspect of Chorley BSAC diver training, itís also important to keep existing skills up to date and well-practiced. With this in mind Chorley BSAC runs a balanced programme of new diver training courses, skill development courses and skills refresher courses. Some of these courses are planned as required by our members throughout the year. 

Courses we run:

Ocean Diver

Sports Diver

Diver Leader

Advanced Diver

Skill Development Courses and Workshops:

Boat Handling Course

Marine Life Appreciation

Practical Training:

Basic Life Support refresher training

Diver Rescue Skills

Training sessions are carried out most weekends at Eccelstone Delph or Capernwray Dive Centres


Snorkelling courses

Public try dive events

Informal marine life and technical diving talks

Buoyancy and Trim Workshop

Duke of Edinburgh award assessment



Check out the Training Area for details of our future training activities




There are five internationally-recognised BSAC diver grades, from the entry level Ocean Diver through to our highest grade, First Class Diver.


Learning to be an Ocean Diver

While you will need to be reasonably fit for the Ocean Diver course, it is by no means an endurance test. Provided that you are over the age of 12, a reasonable swimmer and in good health, you're ready to take that first step to learn to dive.

Through a combination of theory lessons, pool sessions and open water experience, you'll learn your new diving skills progressively and at your own pace. You will develop your skills in the safe confines of a swimming pool or sheltered water before progressing to your first open water dives and your Ocean Diver qualification. Maximum depth 20 metres.

Course content:

  • seven classroom lessons
  • a theory assessment
  • a basic swimming assessment
  • five Sheltered Water lessons
  • five Open Water lessons.

With BSAC's Ocean Diver qualification your diving adventures are only just beginning!

Sports Diver


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 qualifying. Sports Divers can embark on the first stage of the route of instruction.


Course content:

  • six classroom lessons
  • a theory assessment
  • a dry practical lesson
  • one Sheltered Water lesson
  • one optional Refresher/Orientation dive
  • five Open Water lessons.

Dive Leader


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.


Course content:

  • twelve classroom lessons
  • a theory assessment
  • seven open water lessons
  • two dry practical lessons
  • twenty dives (which may include the open water lessons), in a range of conditions, since qualifying as a Sports Diver

Advanced Diver


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, chart work. 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.



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