Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If you can't find what you're looking for, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Do I have to be a strong swimmer?
You do not to need to be a strong swimmer, but you must be able to swim and feel confident in the water. As part of the course you will have to swim 200m, you can choose any stroke you feel comfortable with and there is no time limit.
Is there an age limit?
There is no upper age limit. Trainees should be 16 years old, though an exception is made for 14 & 15 years old if a parent/guardian is willing to accompany them on the training sessions. Bear in mind that equipment is quite heavy so a young person does need to be reasonably strong.
Are there any Medical Conditions which would mean that I can't dive?
There is a medical questionnaire which has to be completed before you start training, there are some conditions which would require advice from a Doctor before you started.
How long will the training take?
It depends... The Ocean Diver course consists of:
- Swimming Assessment
- 7 Theory Lectures
- 5 Pool Lessons
- Theory Test
- 5 Open Water Lessons
The pool & theory training takes place on Wednesday evenings. Each lecture will take one evening. The pool lessons sometimes take two evenings to complete & could take longer if there was a particular skill which required further practice.
Open water training sessions involve a trip to a quarry on a Saturday or Sunday. Two is the maximum number of training dives which can be done in a day.
On successful completion of the Ocean Diver course you will have the skills to go diving and join in Club Dive trips.
How much does it cost?
All costs are detailed on our costs page.
What happens when I am qualified?
You will be able to carry on diving with the club. By coming on club trips you will be able to broaden your experience and put your skills into practice. Club trips include day or weekend Dive trips using our own inflatable boat, charter boats or at Quarries as well as longer trips abroad for those seeking wider variety.
When you feel ready to start the club will be able to provide training for the Sports Diver grade and then on to further grades or into areas of special interest where BSAC provide a wide variety of expertise.
What if I hold a qualification from another organisation?
The club welcomes members where ever they have qualified.
You will be able to dive with us using your current qualification, or if you wanted to do further training you would "crossover" to the appropriate BSAC grade & build on your training from there.
NB: If you learnt to dive in warm waters you will need a little practice to get used to diving in UK conditions.
Who do I contact?
The Club meets every Wednesday evening at 20:00 at:
Stafford Leisure Centre
Anyone is welcome to come along to meet us. If you would like to find out more, don't hesitate to contact us.