The homeland of the diving association British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC), as the name says, is Great Britain. In 2009, the number of members was about 30,000, but it has been rising continuously ever since. At the moment there are about 1,100 independent diving clubs and 400 diving schools of the BSAC worldwide. Salaried diving instructors are not listed, which is particularly unusual for diving schools. All courses are conducted by volunteers, who enjoy passing on their passion to diving students in their scarce free time.
The weather conditions in England are often special and also limit the visual range in water, therefore very extensive diving training is emphasized at BSAC. By the way, the current president of the British Sub-Aqua Clubs is Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. He, his grandfather, his father and his brother all trained with BSAC incidentally.
From beginner to advanced diver – a complete training programme makes this possible at BSAC. Every student determines his own pace. The training programmes are performed by qualified diving instructors in a series of weekly evening activities. The diving instructors are not permanent employees and convey their knowledge and skills in their free time. During the day they exercise their respective professions, which have nothing to do with their diving passion. That is why no successive days of training take place.
Theory and practice belong to a meaningful diving training. The theoretical modules are independently developed or imparted by the diving instructors. They are also available for questions. The practical parts of the training take place in swimming pools or outdoor water bodies. A successfully completed diving training programme ends with the respective certification.
The Portfolio of BSAC
Since its founding in 1953, BSAC offers two separate training programmes: The Diver Training Programme (DTP), which deals with diving and snorkelling, as well as the Snorkel Training Programme (STP). Moreover, for adept divers with the corresponding certificates, there is the possibility to pass on their knowledge and skills to the diving students of the BSAC: As assistant diving instructor, theory teacher, assistant open water instructor, practical teacher, open water instructor, advanced instructor, instructor trainer or as national trainer.
Ocean divers take part in this diving course (or with an equivalent qualification of another diving club), because it builds upon diving skills that have already been acquired. Rescue techniques, setting signalling buoys, navigation, the handling of diving equipment, as well as the types and the handling of breathing gases are taught.
This diving course makes instructors out of students. At the end of the course, the graduates are able to lead diving groups independently and to organise dives. Numerous practice modules intensify the learning units.
The learning units for advanced divers are addressed to those who wish to develop even further their leading qualities. Further skills are conveyed with the integration of smaller boats, chart work and navigation. 20 dives are foreseen in order to deepen the learning units.
Whoever takes part in this course achieves the highest BSAC diver qualification. Theoretical knowledge above average is required, as well as organisational and personal skills. The training is demanding. Since 1953, a total of 932 divers have qualified as First Class Diver.
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