Learning to Dive at Stoney Cove

Listed below are all the courses we run at Stoney Cove, if you would like to develop your diving skills, please contact us.

Our prices are based on a minimum of 2 students on a course. However we can also offer you exclusive training where you can be taught to dive by your very own personal instructor and his assistant, “1 to 1” for an additional supplement of £85/day

PADI Learn to Scuba Courses

Option 1 £50 / Approx 1/2 Day diving in our heated training pool.

Option 2 £165 / 1 full day with dives in our heated pool and than a dive in open water.

Do want to find out if scuba diving is for you? Why not come and have a go. Discover Scuba is an opportunity for a non-diver to experience scuba diving with our professional instructor in the safety of our heated training pool

And if you are really adventurous, during the summer months when the open water is warm we can take you on a very carefully controlled dive into the true underwater world of our world famous lake here at Stoney Cove.

The perfect place to start, have fun, if you discover scuba diving is for you then we can offer all the courses you may need.

£465 4 – 5 Days – Theory, pool lessons & 4 open water dives.

Dive Today! Your adventure into the Underwaterworld truly begins. The PADI Open Water course is designed for the beginner, young and old, male and female. This course will give you the knowledge and skills you will need to start Scuba Diving.

Your training will include: academic training, pool sessions and open water dives. As a PADI certified Open Water Diver you will have the freedom to dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres.

£325

Develop your diving experience, by taking part in the PADI Advanced Open Water Course. This course consists of two compulsory dives, Deep and Navigation and three elective dives; usually Wreck Diver, Peak Performance, Search and Recovery or Dry Suit. Expand your interests and enjoy diving more, so your adventures just get better and better….

PADI Speciality Dive Courses

£225 / 2 Days / 3 instructed dives / 1 optional recreational dive

The Drysuit Diver Speciality course is intended as a safe, supervised introduction to drysuit diving. The Drysuit course will familiarise divers with the skills, knowledge, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of diving with a drysuit. You’ll learn how to master buoyancy control with a drysuit, how to look after your drysuit and much more. If your planning to dive in the UK then a Drysuit is a must!

During the summer months we offer a condensed 1 day version of this course.

£145 1day/2dives

Bouyancy control is the secret to the fabulous weightless environment of the underwaterworld enjoyed by only divers and space men, once mastered your diving will become effortless and more exciting. During this course you will learn the teqhniques that will transform you diving and boost your confidence as you learn to glide and hover.

£225 / 2 Days / 4 Dives

The PADI Search and Recovery Speciality course is to familiarise divers with the skills, knowledge, organisation, procedures, techniques, planning, hazards and fun of search and recovery diving.

The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Speciality is intended as a safe and supervised introduction to search and recovery diving.

Option one: Theory Only £155 1/2 day

Option two: £240 / 1 day / 2 dives

This is the course that maximises your no stop dive durations and gives you more time to explore. You will learn how to plan and carry out multilevel dive’s using a variety of different types of dive calculator’s, procedures and techniques that will gain you precious bottom time.

£225 / 2 Days – 3 Dives

The Night Diver speciality will familiarise divers with the theory, skills, knowledge, planning, organisation, procedures, hazards, benefits and enjoyment if diving at night. If you’ve seen the film “The Abyss” then that’s what diving at night is like, especially during the clear water winter months. The Night Diver speciality is intended to serve as a safe, supervised introduction to night diving.

£225 / 2 Days / 4 Dives

As your diving ability improves you will soon want to explorer deeper water. The “Deep Diver” course build’s the skill’s required to explore the deeper range of 30 to 40 metre’s. This course will train you in the knowledge, planning, organisation, procedures and techniques used to enjoy deeper diving within the limits of recreational scuba diving.

£225 / 2 Days – 4 Dives

The Wreck Diver course is an introduction to wreck diving and to help develop the skills and knowledge necessary for safe wreck diving. The course covers the planning, organisation, procedures, techniques and hazards of wreck diving. Subjects covered include the preparation and use of lights, air supplies, special equipment, penetration lines and reels as well as diving techniques and emergency procedures.

£145 1day / 2dives

Delayed Surface Marker Buoy DSMB

DSMB’s are an essential piece of advanced diving equipment that are used to provide a vertical ascent reference line during open water ascents. They also provide a visual surface reference to the diver’s location and a vital staging point for completing decompression and safety stops. Without proper training DSMB’s can be tricky to use and sometimes they cause problems. So during this course you will learn how to use a DSMB safely and efficiently and we will introduce you to the different styles of DSMB that are available.

£225 2 days / 2 dives

Full face masks have been around in diving for a long while and are favoured by working divers where the traditional scuba divers half mask is almost never used, however scuba divers can use them and many do.

Full face masks provided greater protection, comfort and you don’t have to hard bite on a mouth piece, so why not give one  a try at The Dive School at Stoney cove.

The PADI full face speciality will teach you the features and techniques to get the best out of a full face mask.  A class room session is followed by time in our training pool and 2 dives in Stoney Cove

£145 / 1 Day

Nitrox has become a popular breathing gas for divers and it’s no surprise as the gas offers many benefits over breathing air. So this course offers you the opportunity to learn how to safely handle the component gases and to confidently blend them into the desired breathing gas mixture.

£225 / 2 Days 3 dives

The Self-Reliant Diver course is a milestone in a divers training. While we recognise and embrace the benefits of the buddy system the Self-Reliant Diver will be taught skills and develop independence that will make them a stronger partner underwater. During this course you will learn when diving alone may be applicable or necessary and the need to compensate for those situations, you will also understand the philosophy of, and motivation for, diving without a partner. The topics covered include dive planning, life support system readiness, adaptive training, equipment and responsibility. The value of equipment redundancy what back-up equipment is needed, dive planning and gas management.

£225 / 2 Days and 3 dives.

Every diver has a story about getting lost on a dive however Navigation underwater is easy, it just takes training and then practice. During this course you’ll learn underwater navigation dive procedures, techniques, planning and organisation. You’ll also be introduced to natural navigation, underwater patterns, distance estimation and further your compass navigation skills. Your skills will develop over a series of classrooms sessions and 3 open water dives giving you the confidence to lead the way underwater!

£145 1day / 2 dives

This is the course that maximises your no stop dive durations and gives you more time to explore. You will learn how to plan and carry out multilevel dive’s using a variety of different types of dive calculator’s, procedures and techniques that will gain you precious bottom time.

£145 1day / 2 dives

Much of the world’s best scuba diving is accessible only by boat. Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course will benefit you because boats in various parts of the world do things differently. Scuba diving from a boat is fun and relatively easy because you usually descend directly onto your dive site.

1/2 day £85

Knowing how and when to use emergency oxygen is a great skill to have and means you’re ready to help others should the need arise. Becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider lets you breathe easy knowing that you can recognize scuba diving illnesses treatable with emergency oxygen, and are prepared to offer aid.

There are no prerequisites, age restrictions or water sessions required for this course – it’s open to everyone. Scuba divers, snorkelers and anyone who is around divers – boat crew, lifeguards, etc. – will benefit from having this training.

PADI EFR & Rescue Dive Courses

£95 / 1 Day

The Emergency First Responder course gives you the tools you need to perform CPR and First Aid. Whether you’re a diver or a non-diver, Emergency First Response prepares you to handle potentially life-threatening situations.

3 Days Rescue diver            £315
4 Days EFR and Rescue diver   £380
4 Days EFR and Rescue diver + Emergency Oxygen Provider .  £425

Rescue Diver course

The PADI Rescue Diver course will provide you with training to help you recognise, manage and prevent diving accidents. This course is one of the most popular with certified divers. It is challenging and rewarding giving you all the skills to handle diver problems both below and on the surface.

To enrol on a Rescue Diver Course you must be over 12 years of age and be certified as a PADI Advanced Diver. There is also a requirement for you to have completed an approved First Aid course that included CPR. If you do not have a current First Aid certificate you can complete this during a 1 day EFR course the day before you start your Rescue Diver course.

1/2 day £85

Knowing how and when to use emergency oxygen is a great skill to have and means you’re ready to help others should the need arise. Becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider lets you breathe easy knowing that you can recognize scuba diving illnesses treatable with emergency oxygen, and are prepared to offer aid.

There are no prerequisites, age restrictions or water sessions required for this course – it’s open to everyone. Scuba divers, snorkelers and anyone who is around divers – boat crew, lifeguards, etc. – will benefit from having this training.

PADI Pro Courses

Intensive £1,800 (includes course crewpack)
Internship £625 (includes staff t-shirt and course crewpack)

This is your first step as a PADI professional diver and the qualification is the prerequisite certification for the Instructor qualifications. During the course you will expand your diving knowledge and develop leadership skills. Once qualified as a dive master you can supervise dive activities and assist Instructors with student divers.

As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you.

This course can be completed in an intensive period or by the popular internship route over a 3 to 6 month period.

You will learn:

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialised skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

£250 (course only) 2 days
£339 (includes EFR instructor guide) 2 days
£408 (including EFR start-up pack) 2 days

CPR and first aid are lifesaving skills that are valuable to every person, not only scuba divers. When you have qualified as EFR instructor, you can teach skills based on internationally recognised emergency care guidelines, and you can offer courses to anyone, not just divers. EFR courses make learning easy in a comfortable environment where your students can practice their emergency care skills. Your students complete the course with their new skills, filled with confidence and well prepared to deliver first aid to someone in need. We also include the O2 administrator instructor speciality with the EFRi because we think that this is essential skill for successful diving first aid.

An EFR Instructor qualification is required to become a PADI Instructor and at Stoney Cove’s Dive School we offer this qualification as part of a combined IDC & EFRi package.

What Will You Learn?

You will learn how to present the course content through effective scenario-based learning experiences to teach vital first aid skills to your students and how to create a positive environment in which to learn. This will put your students at ease and encourage them to understand and master the skills through hands-on practice.

What makes an EFRi course different at Stoney Cove?

Stoney Cove is the National Diving Centre, it is the largest and most developed diver training centre in the UK. We have many thousands of visitors enjoy fabulous days out at our centre. However, occasionally our rescue team are called to provide first aid in real life incidents. The experience we gain from helping people and delivering real first aid, sometimes in challenging provides us with valuable knowledge we can pass to you.

You also need:

The only requirements are that you’re at least 18 years old and have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.

How do we run the course?

The course is run over 2 consecutive days at The Dive School, Stoney Cove. Everything you will need is here and we won’t ask you to attend any other location, undertake E Learning or ask you to pay any entry or other fees! If you have bought our EFRi and IDC combined you will complete the EFRi before beginning your Instructor course.

What’s not included?

EFRi Application fee payable to PADI

Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

If you are a PADI assistant instructor or have an instructor qualification from another training agency you may be eligible to enrol on the OWSI course without having to complete the Assistant Instructor (AI) part of the IDC.

What Will Iearn?

You will learn the PADI Standards and Procedures for PADI courses and how to instruct using the PADI System, while managing risk to keep divers safe. You will also learn about “The Business of Diving” and your role as an instructor, along with promoting diving as an attractive adventure sport by marketing and sales techniques.

What makes an OWSI course different at Stoney Cove?

At Stoney Cove we use our fabulous facilities and experience at the National Diving Centre to develop your full potential as a scuba instructor. You will learn to organise classroom sessions, effectively use PADI’s teaching materials and become a confident public speaker. Demonstrating skills in our training pool will become second nature to you. You will earn the trust of your dive team in our open water environment. And, you will learn how to keep your dive team safe and compliant within the stringent requirements of the United Kingdoms “Diving at Work Regulations”, all here at one location, Stoney Cove.

You also need:

A minimum of 60 logged dives to enrol on the OWSI and 100 logged dives by the time you take the Instructor exam.

Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.

A valid HSE diving medical certificate.

And you need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor. We offer this course (EFRi), including O2 instructor, as part of your preparation for the IDC.

Your own equipment

All of your completed log books, including proof of experience in night, deep and navigation diving along with your qualifications.

Have up to date manuals for open water, Adventures in Diving, Rescue, Divemaster, Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving and The Diving Knowledge work book, also the recreational dive planner and ERDPML

Have good personal diving and buoyancy skills

To be able to swim 800 metres with mask, fins and snorkel

To be at least age 18 years old

How do we run the course?

The course is run over 5 consecutive days at The Dive School, Stoney Cove. Everything you will need is here and we won’t ask you to attend any other location, undertake E Learning or ask you to pay any entry or other fees! You will then have 2 days to go over any concerns that you have and time to complete your preparation, before you take your examination.

What’s not included?

Instructor Development Application fee payable to PADI

Instructor Exam fees payable to PADI

Scuba equipment

£800 (excluding materials) 7 days
£1270 (includes IDC crew pack) 7 days

Here’s where you take the step up and become a professional scuba instructor with a qualification that will open the doors to the best diving jobs in the world.

Here’s where you take the step up and become a professional scuba instructor with a qualification that will open the doors to the best diving jobs in the world.

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is a combination of two courses – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course. Most candidates choose to complete the AI and then go straight on with the OWSI to complete the whole IDC.

Once the IDC is completed you will be ready and eligible to take PADI’s Instructor Exam (IE). The exam will take place a couple of days after the completion of your IDC, this gives you a chance to go over any concerns you may have prior to the exam, which will take place nearby with the open water elements at Stoney Cove.

Candidates who hold an instructor rating with another diver training agency organization may be eligible to enrol on the OWSI course without completing a PADI AI first.

What Will I Learn?

You will learn the PADI Standards and Procedures for PADI courses and how to instruct using the PADI System, while managing risk to keep divers safe. You will also learn about “The Business of Diving” and your role as an instructor, along with promoting diving as an attractive adventure sport by marketing and sales techniques.

What makes an IDC different at Stoney Cove?

At Stoney Cove we use our fabulous facilities and experience at the National Diving Centre to develop your full potential as a scuba instructor. You will learn to organise classroom sessions, effectively use PADI’s teaching materials and become a confident public speaker. Demonstrating skills in our training pool will become second nature to you. You will earn the trust of your dive team in our open water environment. And, you will learn how to keep your dive team safe and compliant within the stringent requirements of the United Kingdoms “Diving at Work Regulations”, all here at one location, Stoney Cove.

You also need:

A minimum of 60 logged dives to enrol on the OWSI and 100 logged dives by the time you take the Instructor exam.

Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.

A valid HSE diving medical certificate.

And you need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor. We offer this course (EFRi), including O2 instructor, as part of your preparation for the IDC.

Your own equipment

All of your completed log books, including proof of experience in night, deep and navigation diving along with your qualifications.

Have up to date manuals for open water, Adventures in Diving, Rescue, Divemaster, Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving and The Diving Knowledge work book, also the recreational dive planner and ERDPML

Have good personal diving and buoyancy skills

To be able to swim 800 metres with mask, fins and snorkel

To be at least age 18 years old

How do we run the course?

The course is run over 7 consecutive days at The Dive School, Stoney Cove. Everything you will need is here and we won’t ask you to attend any other location, undertake E Learning or ask you to pay any entry or other fees! You will then have 2 days to go over any concerns that you have and time to complete your preparation, before you take your examination.

What’s not included?

Instructor Development Application fee payable to PADI
Instructor Exam fees payable to PADI
Scuba equipment

Duration: 3 Days
Price: £450

Master Scuba Diver Trainer is an essential progression from Open water Instructor. An MSDT qualification shows your students that you have all of the skills and speciality ratings to train a diver up to Master Scuba Diver level. Once you have completed the MSDT Prep and have certified 25 PADI divers you can apply for your MSDT rating.

The MSDT is a prerequisites to the IDC Staff Instructor course and some of the PADI technical diver instructor qualifications.

What Will You Learn?

You will learn to instruct 5 PADI Specialty Courses using PADI Standards and Procedures. These are Wreck, Dry Suit, Deep Diver, Enriched Air and Search and Recovery Diver.

What makes MSDT Prep different at Stoney Cove?

At Stoney Cove we use our fabulous facilities and experience at the National Diving Centre to develop your full potential as a scuba instructor. We deliver all of our professional courses at our own centre including all of the pool and open water training dives. These specialities are the ones that your students will want and they are all open water skills rather than classroom based courses. Don’t forget, you don’t have to pay any additional fees if you train with The Dive School at Stoney Cove.

Excludes PADI Application fees

PADI TEC REC Courses

Why PADI TEC 40?

The Tec 40 is the first subdivision of the full PADI TecREC Deep. You will learn to how to use decompression software and dive computers to plan and make decompression dives with no more than 10 minutes of total decompression and not deeper than 40 metres/130 feet. You will use a single cylinder of decompression gas with up to 50% oxygen (EANx50) to add conservatism to the required decompression.

What do I need to start?

Be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organisation)
Be a PADI Enriched Air Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organisation)
Be a PADI Deep Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organisation)
Have a minimum of 30 logged dives, of which at least 10 dives were made with enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres/60 feet
Have a medical form signed by your physician

What will I do?

The course covers equipment considerations, oxygen tracking, decompression dive planning along with practical experience using stage cylinders.

1 session of theory review and exam.

2 days Open Water diving where you will practise:-

Gas shut downs

Gas sharing ascent

Stage cylinder removal and replacement

DSMB deployment

Deco gas switching

Swim techniques

How long will it take?

2-3 days

What will I need?

PADI TEC Manual & Crew-Pak

The TEC 40 course can be completed using recreational kit + a stage cylinder though a twinset/wing combination is recommended

Dive site entry fees and gas

How much does it cost?

£485                                  Incl materials?  No                          Incl Gear Hire?  No

Where can I go from here?

The DSAT TEC 40 Course leads on naturally to the TEC 45 and TEC 50 Courses. The 3 courses together combine to create the DSAT TEC DEEP Qualification

Why PADI TEC 45?

The Tec 45 course picks up where Tec 40 leaves off and takes your training as a Tec diver further and deeper. It is the second sub-course in the full PADI Tec Diver course. You will learn the skills, equipment and planning needed to dive to a maximum of 45 metres/145 feet. You will acquire the knowledge to plan and execute single and repetitive decompression dives using a single stage cylinder of EANx or oxygen to accelerate or add conservatism to the decompression stops.

What do I need to start?

Be a PADI Rescue Diver  (or hold a qualifying certification from another organisation)
Be a PADI Enriched Air Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organisation)
Be a PADI Deep Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organisation)
PADI Tec 40 (or hold a qualifying certification from another organisation)

Have a minimum of 50 logged dives, of which at least:
12 dives were made with enriched air nitrox deeper than 18 metres/60 feet
6dives (with or without EANx) were deeper than 30 metres/100 feet
At least 18 years old
Have a medical statement signed by a physician

What will I do?

The course builds on the TEC 40 content with extended coverage of equipment considerations, oxygen tracking, decompression dive planning along with practical experience using twinsets and stage cylinders.

1 session of theory review and exam.

2 days Open Water diving where you will practise:-

Gas shut downs

Gas sharing ascent

Stage cylinder removal and replacement

DSMB deployment

Deco gas switching

Swim techniques

How long will it take?

2-3 days

What will I need?

PADI TEC Manual & Crew-Pak

A twinset/wing + stage cylinders are required for the TEC 45 course
Dive site entry fees and gases

How much does it cost?

£485          Incl materials?  No            Incl Gear Hire?  No-but is available

Where can I go from here?

Why PADI TEC 50?

This course completes your training as an entry-level Tec diver taking you past the limits of recreational diving. During your training you will make actual decompression dives as deep as 50 metres/165 feet. You will be using enriched air nitrox and/or oxygen for decompression and use desk top decompression software to create custom dive tables and plan your dives. By the end of the course you will qualify to make technical decompression dives independently.

What do I need to start?
Be a PADI Rescue diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organisation)
Be a PADI Enriched Air Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organisation)
Be a PADI Deep Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organisation)
PADI Tec 45 (or hold a qualifying certification from another organisation)
Have a minimum of 100 logged dives, of which at least:
20 dives must be enriched air dives
25 dives must be deeper than 18 metres/60 feet
20 dives must be deeper than 30 metres/100 feet
At least 18 years old
Have a medical statement signed by a physician

What will I do?

The course builds on the TEC 45 content with extended coverage of equipment considerations, oxygen tracking, decompression dive planning along with practical experience using twinsets and stage cylinders.

1 session of theory review and exam.

2 days Open Water diving where you will practise:-

Gas shut downs

Gas sharing ascent

Stage cylinder removal and replacement

DSMB deployment

Deco gas switching

Swim techniques

How long will it take?

2-3 days

What will I need?

PADI  TEC Manual & Crew-Pak

A twinset/wing + stage cylinders are required for the TEC 50 course

Dive site entry fees and gases

How much does it cost?

£485             Incl materials?             No          Incl Gear Hire?     No-but available

Where can I go from here?

Why PADI TECREC DEEP?

This course combines TEC 40, TEC 45 and TEC 50 into a single course covering your training as an entry-level Tec diver taking you past the limits of recreational diving. During your training, you will make actual decompression dives as deep as 50 metres/165 feet. You will be using enriched air nitrox and/or oxygen for decompression and use desk top decompression software to create custom dive tables and plan your dives. By the end of the course you will qualify to make technical decompression dives independently.

For full details check out the individual TEC 40, TEC 45 and TEC 50 course descriptions

How long will it take?

6/9 days – or longer if necessary

What will I need?

PADI TEC Manual & Crew-Pak

A twinset/wing + stage cylinders are required for the TEC 50 course

Dive site entry fees and gas

How much does it cost?

£1200             Incl materials?  No             Incl Gear Hire?  No

 

Where do I go from here?

You can go onto PADI TEC Trimix

Who should take TEC Sidemount?

If you’ve looked into technical diving, you realize that tec divers always wear more than one tank. Sidemount is an increasingly popular way to configure multiple cylinders for technical diving. You can enter the world of tec diving with the Tec Sidemount Diver course and apply what you learn to other TecRec courses. Your instructor may offer to integrate this course with the Tec 40, Tec 45 or Tec 50courses.

If you’re a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, at least 18 years old and have a minimum of 30 logged dives, you qualify to enroll in a Tec Sidemount Diver course. It’s recommended that you also have a PADI Enriched Air Diver certification.

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask your Tec Sidemount Instructor.

What will you learn?

You’ll learn about the advantages of diving with a sidemount configuration and how to set up a tec sidemount harness. You’ll get hands-on training during one confined water session and four open water dives where you’ll start with two tanks and add at least two more, maybe even getting to six sidemounted cylinders.

How can you start learning now?

Get the PADI Sidemount Diver and Tec Sidemount Diver Manual from Abyss Dive Shop and start studying immediately. If you have a recreational sidemount diver certification, you’ll focus on Chapters Two and Three, if not, you’ll read the entire manual.

Whats the Cost?

£425 for each TEC section ie. 40,45,50 or £1200 for TEC Sidemount to 50M

Including Manuals: NO        Including Gear Hire: NO

Who should PADI Trimix?

Ready for the outer edge of technical diving? The Tec Trimix Diver course takes experienced tec divers and turns them into extreme divers who go deeper and visit pristine sites where few others will ever go. During the course, you’ll make dives as deep as 90 metres/300 feet, but once you earn this tough certification, there are few limits. Your training teaches you to build experience gradually and you do it because you’ve made it this far and have more exploring to do.

To enroll in the Tec Trimix Diver course, you must:

Be a PADI Tec 50 diver or Tec Trimix 65 diver

Have a minimum of 150 logged dives

Are at least 18 years old

Have a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask your Tec Trimix Instructor.

What will you learn?

The Tec Trimix Diver course emphasizes mission application:

Gas selection options, especially deco gases

Bubble models and deep stops

Using multigas trimix computers

Handling up to four stage/deco cylinders

How can you start learning now?

Your Tec Trimix Diver Crew-Pak includes a PADI Tec Trimix Diver Manual, which you can start reading right away. Visit Abyss Dive Shop to get your materials, which also include a deep stop calculation table, trimix decal and emergency procedures slate.

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll use full technical equipment, including more than two stage/deco cylinders, and you may use a technical sidemount configuration. Your Tec Trimix Instructor may suggest additional gear.

Next Step?

Go beyond and become a tec trimix diving Instructor:

How much does it cost?

£450

Dive site entry fees and gas for you and your instructor

Incl materials?           No         Incl Gear Hire? No

BSAC Dive Courses

5 Days

This course is for beginners and provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving.

Prerequisites:

To enrol on the BSAC Ocean Diver Course you must be 12 years or older. A basic level of comfort in the water is important and you will have to demonstrate that you can swim 200m in swimwear.

What you’ll learn

The BSAC Ocean Diver course has three main stages:

1. Lessons and theory assessment on the basic principles of scuba diving

2. Five confined water dives to learn the basics in the water (usually in a swimming pool)

3. Five open water dives to further develop your scuba diving skills

Learning to dive is a life changing experience for many people. Breathing underwater for the first time is something you will never forget and the experience of learning with others is great fun. Your instructor is trained to look after you every step of the way.

A BSAC Ocean Diver is defined as a diver who is competent to conduct dives:

• to a maximum depth of 20m.

When you sign up for the course obtain a pack which includes all the learning materials you need for the BSAC course.

Required gear:

Swimwear, old t-shirt and towel.

Recommended gear:

Although all diving equipment is provided, Ocean Diver trainees may wish to buy their own mask and snorkel but your instructor will go through all this.

5 days

BSAC Sports Diver training builds on the scuba skills you learnt in the Ocean Diver course (or entry level qualification from another agency) and helps develop your confidence, skills and experience in the water to allow you to enjoy a wider range of diving sites and conditions. The course builds a sound foundation of open water diving skills and experience with structured, practical lessons. This is a good way of getting more dives under your belt while learning under the supervision of a qualified instructor.

Qualified BSAC Sports Divers are ready to take part in dives with other Ocean Divers or higher grade divers. Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 35m after qualfying*. Sports Divers can embark on the first stage of the route of instruction.

*To complete the depth progression you need be over 14 years old. Those under 14 years can qualify to Sports Diver but can dive to a maximum depth of 20m.

Prerequisites

To enrol on the BSAC Sports Diver Course you must be 12 years or older.

You must have already successfully completed a BSAC Ocean Diver course (or qualifying certification from another recognised training agency).

9 days

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.

Prerequisites

To enrol on the BSAC Dive Leader Course you must be 14 years or older*. You must have already successfully completed a BSAC Sports Diver course (or qualifying certification from another recognised training agency).

*Sports Divers who are aged 12-14 are able to complete those elements of Dive Leader that do not require depths in excess of 20m)

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.

1 Day

As your diving ability improves you will soon want to explorer deeper water. The “Deep Diver” course build’s the skill’s required to explore the deeper range of 18 to 40 metre’s. This course will train you in the knowledge, planning, organisation, procedures and techniques used to enjoy deeper diving within the limits of recreational scuba diving.

1 Day

The administration of oxygen is a way of increasing the effectiveness of first aid treatment for diving accidents. Being qualified in its use gives you the confidence to treat a diving-related injury either on a boat or on dry land.

Who is this course for?

The Oxygen Administration course is for you if you want to gain skills and experience in rescue techniques and diving first aid. During the course you will get plenty of experience in assessing simulated casualties in different scenarios.

To enrol on the Oxygen Administration course you must already be a minimum of BSAC Ocean Diver (or have equivalent certification from another recognised training agency). The course may also be open to others at the discretion of the BSAC Safety and Rescue Skills Chief Examiner.

The skills you’ll learn

The one-day course includes a mix of theory and practical sessions. You will learn how to give basic life support as a solo rescuer or two-person team, with or without a pocket mask. You will refresh you knowledge of the diving-related injuries burst lung, decompression illness, drowning, carbon monoxide poisoning and shock and find out how they benefit from oxygen first aid.  

Practical skills include casualty assessment and the use of oxygen administration equipment for breathing and non-breathing casualties. The skills practice will be on a manikin.

There is a practical and theory assessment at the end of the course.

What’ll you be able to do?

You will learn to use oxygen first aid confidently and competently to treat a diver involved in a diving incident.

 

1 Day

As your diving ability improves you will soon want to explorer deeper water. The “Deep Diver” course build’s the skill’s required to explore the deeper range of 18 to 40 metre’s. This course will train you in the knowledge, planning, organisation, procedures and techniques used to enjoy deeper diving within the limits of recreational scuba diving.

2 Days

If you are interested in project diving, it won’t be long before you want to lift and shift something that you’ve found during a search of the seabed.

Who is this course for?

The Search and Recovery course gives qualified divers hands-on experience of using reels, lines, weights, buoys, and containers and lifting bags of various shapes and sizes, alongside lifting strops and karabiners, to recover objects from the water.

To enrol on the Search and Recovery course you must have already successfully completed a Sports Diver course (or have equivalent certification from another recognised training agency).

The skills you’ll learn

You will learn the practical details of both search operations and recovery operations, including how to use buoyancy to move an object.

The two-day course consists of a mix of theory and practical sessions including a shotline construction workshop and how to carry out simple, controlled, staged, and multiple bag lifts. You’ll have plenty of time to practise the skills taught during the dry runs and project dives and will get plenty of feedback from course instructors.

What you’ll be able to do

At the end of the Search and Recovery course you will understand how to plan and execute an underwater search, and what to do to recover a lost object.

This Skill Development Course covers the DO4 part of BSAC Dive Leader training, which can be signed off when the SDC has been completed.

The dives carried out for the course can be counted as up to four qualifying dives for Dive Leader or up to three qualifying dives for Advanced Diver training.

2 Days

BSAC’s Drysuit Training course will teach you how to dive safely in a drysuit, helping to keep you warm and more comfortable in cold-water conditions.

Who is this course for?

Drysuit Training is for any diver who wants to learn how to use a drysuit. It can be incorporated as part of your Ocean Diver training, or delivered to any level of diver who wants to start diving in a drysuit. If you learned to dive in warmer waters, you can take this course to become more comfortable diving in cooler waters in a drysuit.

The skills you’ll learn

On this one-day course you will learn how drysuits work and get practical experience of drysuit diving techniques. Two theory sessions cover what to look for when buying different types of drysuit and the use and maintenance of drysuits.

Practical lessons in sheltered and open water cover how to dive safely in a drysuit, including what to do if you become overinflated both during a dive and at the surface and how to manage a rescue scenario involving drysuit divers.

The course can be also run as a series of evening sessions with a final dive in open water.

What you’ll be able to do

Upon completion of your Drysuit Training, you can apply for a Drysuit Diver Workshop Qualification Card, which will enable you to hire a drysuit when you need to. Without the Drysuit Qualification Card, resorts and dive centres may not hire you a drysuit.

Includes both Inspiration and Evolution CCR Units

5 Days

BSAC’s CCR Diver (40m) training is your first step into the silent world of rebreather diving. It’s a great way to learn the basics about closed-circuit rebreathers.

Who is this course for?

The CCR Diver (40m) course teaches a qualified open-circuit diver to dive with a Poseidon Se7en. You will get a thorough grounding in rebreather technology, alongside unit-specific training, and learn how to adapt your existing diving skills to a new world where you benefit from always breathing an optimum gas mix.

To enrol on the CCR Diver (40m) course you must have successfully completed a BSAC Sports Diver course with 35-metre depth certification, and have at least 50 logged dives. You also need to be an Accelerated Decompression Diver or Advanced Nitrox Diver (or have equivalent certification from another recognised training agency).

The skills you’ll learn

You’ll learn to safely dive a closed-circuit rebreather to a maximum of 40 metres using air diluent, including carrying out decompression and gas planning. You’ll develop your practical CCR diving techniques and get to grips with how to respond to kit failure.

The CCR Diver (40m) course includes nine theory sessions covering physics, physiology, dive conduct and potential kit problems, and two dry practical sessions on preparing and maintaining your rebreather. There is a sheltered-water training dive to introduce new skills. Then you’ll spend at least 360 minutes on a minimum of six open-water dives, to ensure that you have plenty of in-water time to practise the skills and discipline needed for CCR diving.

This is a continually assessed course during which students must reach the required standards.

What you’ll be able to do

A BSAC CCR Diver (40m) is competent to plan and conduct CCR dives, including those with mandatory decompression, using a Poseidon Se7en rebreather with air as the diluent gas. You will be able to progressively build up to dive to a maximum depth of 40m, which allows many people to do the majority of the diving that they want to. You will also be able to rescue another CCR diver from depth.

4 Days

Building on the foundation of Nitrox knowledge contained within Ocean Diver and Sports Diver training, the course develops this knowledge and in particular highlights the benefits that can be gained from using high oxygen mixtures to improve the efficiency of off gassing during decompression stops. This course takes your diving to a higher level.

Entry requirement

Entry level is BSAC Sports Diver who has completed the 2007 syllabus (with nitrox content) and has been endorsed as a Nitrox Diver, plus 20 additional dives including depth experience to 30 metres.

Alternatively, applicants must hold an acceptable diving and nitrox qualification with another agency which equates to the above standards. All students must hold gold standard buoyancy from the Buoyancy and Trim BSAC workshop.

What you’ll learn

The Accelerated Decompression Procedures course has a mix of classroom-based and practical lessons, teaching you:

• Knowledge of safe diving using Nitrox and accelerated decompression techniques

• Use of gas mixes up to 80% oxygen

• New concepts and skills

• Dive planning

2 Days / 3 Dives

A central theme running through this course and a basic principle of twin-set diving is self sufficiency within a buddy diving context. This concept translates in practice as adopting an attitude and equipment provision that supports oneself as the first port of call response for resolving a problem. This course complements and support the Accelerated decompression procedures course (ADP).

Entry requirement

Entry level is BSAC Sports Diver with depth expereince to 35m, plus 20 additional dives.

Alternatively, students must hold an acceptable diving qualification with another agency which equates to the above standards (35m).

What you’ll learn

The Twin-set Diving course has a mix of classroom-based and practical lessons, teaching you:

• Configurations, Ancillary Equipment & Failure Mode Responses

• Dive planning and monitoring

• Practical Equipment configuration

• Open Water practice

 

Full face masks have been around in diving for a long while and are favoured by working divers where the traditional scuba divers half mask is almost never used, however scuba divers can use them and many do.

Full face masks provided greater protection, comfort and you don’t have to hard bite on a mouth piece, so why not give one  a try at The Dive School at Stoney cove.  We offer an experience session which will teach you the features and techniques to get the best out of a full face mask.  A class room session is followed by time in our training pool where you will get the chance to try a variety of full face masks and a commercial diving hard helmet! The day is finished off with an optional dive in Stoney Cove using an Interspiro Divator.

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