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Dive Leader Course

Want to plan and lead on dives, organise and manage groups of divers and develop rescue management skills?

As a BSAC Dive Leader you are are becoming an expert in your field of dive leadership. You will also be competent in planning dives for groups of divers and managing diving on the day including, if necessary, managing rescue situations. This comprehensive course is a mix of classroom-based and practical lessons that will give divers confidence to plan, lead and manage dives, and deal with emergencies. Leading a dive will develop enjoyment, confidence and experience as a diver. After qualfying, and if you wish, depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 50m. Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor.

To enrol on the BSAC Dive Leader Course you must be 18 years or older*. You must have already successfully completed a BSAC Sports Diver course (or qualifying certification from another recognised training agency).

What you'll learn
You will learn dive leadership skills through 12 classroom lessons, seven open water dives, two dry practical lessons and 20 dives (which may include the open water lessons) in a range of conditions. The BSAC Dive Leader course covers the role of the BSAC Dive Leader, Dive Planning and Management, Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) use (midwater deployment), dive leading demonstrations, basic life support with Oxygen administration and practical management of diving incidents, casualty assessment, dive planning, shot recovery by simple lift and review of rescue skills.

Qualification and what that means
A BSAC Dive Leader is defined as a diver who:

  • can plan and lead a range of dives including those requiring detailed dive, gas and decompression requirements planning.
  • has rescue management skills.
  • is competent to manage and supervise branch dives to locations well known to the branch.
  • can conduct dives with divers of any grade, to expand their experience beyond that previously encountered by those divers, under the supervision of a Dive Manager.
  • can conduct experience building dives with trainee Ocean Divers, within the restrictions of the conditions already encountered by the trainee Ocean Diver, and under the supervision of a Dive Manager.
  • Learning materials
    You will be given a pack as part of your course which includes all the learning materials you need for the BSAC Dive Leader course. The pack includes: Qualification Card application and an A5 binder with your Student Diver Notes and the Dive Leading Manual.

    Recommended gear
    At this stage in your diving development you will most already own much of your own diving equipment such as mask, fins, snorkel, BC, regulators, computer and DSMB. We would also recommend some other items (if you don't have them already) including:
    Waterproof first aid kit
    Diver safety pack
    Dive management boat slate

    How to do this course
    Speak with the Dive Officer or Training Officer if you wish to start this course, some of the lessons will need to be done as external skill development courses as we do not have the numbers or resources to make it viable but any courses we can do we will.

    Your next steps
    After this course you could further your training by doing the BSAC Advanced Diver course (the next Diver Grade course). This course will increase your confidence further, broaden your diving knowledge and allow you to take part in some really exciting adventure dives.

    You could also sign up for one of the 30+ Skill Development Courses (SDCs) to develop specific skills such as Dive UK, First Aid for Divers, Boat Handling, Oxygen Administration or Drysuit training.

    BSAC Dive Leaders can also further their diving development in a BSAC branch by planning and leading some more adventure dives. You can explore new areas as part of branch diving activities.