Progressing beyond Sports Diver can be a really rewarding experience, if you’ve been diving for a while and starting to think ‘same old, same old…’. There are three routes open to you at this stage, which you can tackle simultaneously.
Higher Diver Grades
If you’re a confident Sports Diver, you should start working towards your Dive Leader qualification, which will bring a range of new challenges including rescue management skills; diving deeper, for longer; developing your skills leading dives within a buddy pair. If you’re already a Dive Leader, then Advanced Diver is the next step for you.
Both these qualifications require a longer-term view and a greater level of commitment than your previous qualifications. Emphasis is less on learning in the classroom and the pool, and more about gaining experience in a wider range of situations and learning to take charge of diving situations.
SUSAC can – and does – still provide support for divers working towards these qualifications. The responsibility, however, shifts onto you to lead your development, and seek help from the right people in the Club yourself. If you don’t know who to contact, you are welcome to approach the Training Officer for advice, but you’d do well to come to socials and on dive trips a bit more and meet us all that way!
Once you’re a Sports Diver, you’re eligible to book onto the BSAC Instructor Foundation Course (IFC). This two-day course prepares you to begin teaching theory and pool lessons for Ocean Diver and Sports Diver qualifications, under supervision from a full Instructor. The majority of those who attend this course say they find it enjoyable and beneficial even if they don’t plan to instruct regularly: the skills taught are applicable to many other teaching situations.
Once you have achieved Dive Leader, you will be able to progress your instructor training through further courses and examinations, to instruct at higher levels and in open water, eventually without upervision.
Skills Development Courses
Want to broaden the scope of your diving? Want to learn how to use non-standard equipment, or fix engines, or drive boats, or use emergency equipment, or manage recscues? All this and more is available through BSAC Skills Development Courses. These courses are available from BSAC Yorkshire Region, and/or nationally, and any BSAC member with appropriate qualifications can book onto them. More details about what is available can be found on the BSAC website.