Complete Beginner

There are various diver training agencies worldwide. Each have their own names for the various levels of diving certification which might seem confusing at first glance. Ultimately there is little to choose between the agencies as the skills taught are largely similar. This is because the laws of physics remain constant regardless of which training agency is teaching you.

The differences mainly lie in which skills are taught during a particular course, the duration and the costs. We are primarily able to offer courses from the Professional Scuba Association (PSA), British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC), Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and if you have a particular preference others are available on request.

If you are at the start of your diving journey, the first step is usually referred to as an Open Water course and is the basic certification level necessary for you to commence diving activities.

Please take a look at the 'Courses' page to see in more detail the courses available.

In brief, the basic open water course will be held in the classroom, the swimming pool and the open water. In the classroom there will be sessions about the physics of how the water pressure affects your body, along with the equipment and how it works.

The sessions in the swimming pool consolidate that learning into practical demonstration and participation followed by further experience in the open water. The aim is to provide a progressive step by step approach where each skill can be practiced until you are proficient enough to move to
the next skill. Upon completion of your basic diver training course, you will be able to plan and undertake dives proficiently and safely. The initial training is very much focused on the nuts and bolts of how to submerge, how to stay submerged, and how to ascend. The courses that follow add to that knowledge and will enable you to think about additional things such as rescue techniques both for your buddy and yourself.

There are a number of different 'bolt on' skill courses which may not actually add to the core skills necessary to dive but will definitely add to your knowledge and help you to become a more proficient diver. These courses enable a whole new world to become accessible and will enable you to see wrecks and wildlife that a large proportion of the population never get to see. Since diving is considered a sport, the places you will visit are referred to as being within 'Sport Diving' limits. This sounds like it might be a constraint at first glance, but it isn't really, it's just where most people are happy to dive to and so the main training courses cater for that demand.

Once you have mastered the basic skills, you may find that there are places you want to visit which are a little deeper, or that you would like to spend more time visiting. Planning to go either deeper, or stay in longer, or both will eventually get you to the point where some additional considerations become relevant in order to dive safely. Those considerations necessitate some extra training in order to safely manage diving activities, but really build on the skills you already have. For this reason, it's very important to be proficient in the basic skills before considering moving on.

Divers who regularly dive to deeper depths and / or stay in longer (the two are not always separable) are sometimes referred to as 'Technical Divers'. This term of technical diving shouldn't put you off as there is nothing that most people are unable to manage. It just takes a little more discipline and regular practice. Arguably, sport diving should require no less discipline and practise, but that's a more lengthy conversation best had over a pint.

One of the pieces of equipment that is available to help you stay in longer is a rebreather. Some people think that rebreathers are only for deep diving, and while they are certainly beneficial to some elements of deeper diving, they also work especially well in the 30m-ish Sport Diving depth range.

We are able to offer many different courses to take you through your journey and discover diving either from the very beginning, or the next step from wherever you are at the moment.