Welcome to Bracknell’s underwater world!
Bracknell Sub Aqua Club welcomes all to our club, whether you have never dived before and want to start from the beginning, or are already an experienced scuba diver.
We offer a full training programme of BSAC Diving and Snorkelling courses that enable divers to progress through an internationally recognised framework of qualifications at their own pace. Training is delivered by qualified BSAC instructors within the familiar, friendly confines of the club. Members do not pay tuition fees for in-house training courses although there is usually a small fee for training manuals and sometimes some expenses.
Whatever your underwater interests are, our Training Officer is always happy to discuss how we can help you achieve your goal.
Entry Level – Ocean Diver
For anyone new to diving, we can start by introducing you to the underwater world with a try dive in our pool. If you enjoy the try dive, and we hope and expect that you will, you can join an Ocean Diver course for our entry level diving qualification. Students between 14 and 18 years need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (See also BSAC policy for dive training for minors.)
Training is usually conducted in a group and consists of both theory and practical (in water) lessons. For initial pool activities we aim to have one instructor per two students. This means that you can build confidence and friendships within a peer group, while still getting individual attention. The club ethos means you can learn at a pace that suits you. Your diving safety, confidence and competence is our only focus.
Progress your diving
Once you have qualified as an Ocean Diver you may wish to develop your skills and experience further. The next stage (aside from going diving!) is to join a Sports Diver course. This course builds on the knowledge and skills gained during the Ocean Diver course and qualifies students to progress deeper and potentially stay underwater beyond ‘no-stop’ diving. There are then a number of options available to further develop your skills: you can continue along the diver training programme: Dive Leader, Advanced Diver, as well as a number of Skill Development and Technical Diving courses. See the progress your diving page for a full list of courses and visit our calendar to see what is coming up.
Already Qualified BSAC, SSI or PADI trained?
If you have taken a break from diving for a while and want to return to the sport, and were previously BSAC trained then BSAC HQ will almost certainly have your details on record.
We also welcome divers who have been trained by other diving agencies. You can dive using your current qualification, or you can cross over most qualifications to a BSAC equivalent and continue you development under the BSAC umbrella. Find out here how your current dive qualification relates to those of BSAC. If you are crossing over to the BSAC training scheme it may increase the depth and experience range and open up more diving opportunities within the club. Crossover courses, designed to refresh skills and plug any gaps, are tailored to the individual depending on dive qualification, experience, and the length of time since originally qualifying.
As you progress with your diving you may be interested in exploring more technical diving options. Listed below are a selection, many of which can be taught by our in-house instructors.
Deeper diving on specialist breathing gases – currently the club record is in excess of 150m using a blend of Nitrogen, Oxygen and Helium.
Sports Mixed Gas / Accelerated Decompression Procedures – development courses that train you to dive safely longer and deeper using a specialist mix of breathing gases.
Rebreather diving – we have many members diving closed circuit rebreathers and can arrange try dives and training on this specialist equipment.
Wreck diving – the UK is one of the greatest wreck diving sites in the world and Wreck Appreciation training is available.
Photography and videography – Bracknell Sub Aqua Club is home to some exceptionally gifted photographers who are keen to share their skills and compare the results at the club’s photography competitions.
Many of our members have become instructors. It is rewarding and is one way members contribute to club life. We actively encourage, support and mentor members wanting to train to be an instructor. The various levels of training are provided through BSAC regional courses and this ensures a high level of instructor excellence and safety. BSAC Instructor Training. Within the club we provide an environment where you can shadow a qualified instructor, practice teaching skills under supervision, and be supported in your journey to becoming an instructor.
BSAC regional training
Whilst we run a wide range of courses, there are some we cannot support at a time that suits you. BSAC also has its own regional training teams, running courses nationally which you are welcome to apply for.
Details of all regional Skills Development Courses and Instructor Training courses and how to book can be found in the BSAC events programme and also on individual regional web sites. BSAC Training Events, Southern Region Events, South East Region Events