Learn to scuba dive

How do I get qualified?

The club’s nationally certified instructors are able to deliver the complete British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Diver Training Programme from Ocean Diver to Advanced Diver, as well as many Skills Development Courses (SDCs), e.g. first aid, rescue management, photography etc.

Each course is a mix of theory and practical sessions where skills are first taught in the swimming pool and then practiced again in open water.

For the entry-level Ocean Diver course, which qualifies you to dive to 20 metres, an average of five hours in the pool will have you ready for your open water training, but you will not be rushed though the pool training and so the duration will depend on your progress and attendance at training sessions.

The course is a mixture of:

  • Classroom (theory) lessons, which can be done face-to-face on alternate Thursday evenings from 8pm to 10pm at the Griff and Coton Sports Club, or as e-learning if you prefer to study at other times
  • Sheltered water training in the swimming pool at Pingles Leisure Centre on alternate Thursday evenings from 8pm to 10pm, and
  • Open water training at Stoney Cove inland dives site during two full days either at the weekend or during the week to suit you.

A typical training schedule is shown below:

OT1Adapting to the underwater worldClassroomGriff & Coton
OS1Being underwaterSheltered waterPingles
OT2The effects of diving on the bodyClassroomGriff & Coton
OS2Basic skillsSheltered waterPingles
OT3Going divingClassroomGriff & Coton
OS3Developing skillsSheltered waterPingles
OT4Dive planningClassroomGriff & Coton
OS5Beyond the basicsSheltered waterPingles
OT5What happens ifClassroomGriff & Coton
OS6Safety skillsSheltered waterPingles
OT6Enjoying your divingClassroomGriff & Coton
Theory testClassroomGriff & Coton
OO1Introduction to open waterOpen waterStoney Cove
OO2Developing open-water skillsOpen waterStoney Cove
OO3Open-water rescue skillsOpen waterStoney Cove
OO4Buddy-diving skillsOpen waterStoney Cove

How much does it cost?

During your training the club provides almost all of the scuba equipment you need so there is no need to buy kit yourself. The cost to get you started on the Ocean Diver course after you join the club is:

  • Ocean Diver training fee £179 (includes equipment loan and two days open water instruction)
  • Course pack fee (varies depending on format)

Once you move to the open water part of the course there are additional costs that are charged per day and are not included in the above fee. We suggest you budget for two days of open water training:

  • Your entry into Stoney Cove (per day) £27
  • Hire of thermal suit and boots from Stoney Cove (per day) £18 (correct as of January 2023)

Contact us for prices for other training courses.

How old do I need to be to start?

Marlin Sub-Aqua Club is currently able to offer training to new members (who are medically fit to dive) from 18 years of age.

Children between the age of 14–17 are able to undertake training providing that a parent/guardian is a member of the club (subject to assessment by the Diving Officer). The parent/guardian must take full responsibility for the supervision of the child at all times.

Do I need to be fit to dive?

Diving is a physical activity but you don’t need to be super fit to dive. In order to start diver training you need to be able to answer No to the questions on the BSAC Medical Form. If you have answered Yes to any questions that doesn’t mean you cannot dive, but that you will need to get a certificate from a specialist diving doctor.

The most cost effective way of obtaining a fit to dive certificate is to book a telephone consultation with DDRC Healthcare, who are a charity that run the hyperbaric chamber in Plymouth. They may sign you off over the phone, but if you require a face to face consultation the nearest facility is at the Midland Dive Chamber in Rugby.

Please contact us for further guidance before joining the club.

How do I book?

We will start Ocean Diver training courses through-out the year in response to people joining the club and needing to learn.

Contact us with questions or to join the club, and we will then arrange a start date for your training course.

Join Marlin Sub-Aqua Club online at bsac.com