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Advanced training

Ocean Diver is just the beginning. Take your diving to new levels with our advanced training

Our courses

Holborn BSAC run a range of courses throughout the year. These courses include the next levels of BSAC Diver Grades beyond Ocean Diver, as well as specialist Skills Development Courses (SDCs), all designed to broaden your knowledge.

In addition, Holborn BSAC also offers a number of unique club courses, such as underwater photography, rebreather try-dive sessions and ropework, to name a few. All of these courses are available to club members, including those who have dive qualifications from other training agencies.


Diver grades

The British Sub-Aqua Club has been teaching SCUBA diving since the early 1950s. During this time the Diver Training Programme has been regularly updated and improved to keep pace with developments in equipment and diving knowledge.

BSAC dive programme

The programme is designed to build confidence and self-reliance, whilst keeping safety uppermost.

Following on from Ocean Diver, the next core grades are Sports Diver, Dive Leader and Advanced Diver. Each qualification builds upon the skills learnt in the previous grade, as well as introducing new ones.

As you advance through the core diving grades, the depth to which you are permitted to dive increases, putting more and more dive sites within your reach. You will also learn the skills required to undertake dives requiring mandatory decompression stops, as well as more advanced rescue techniques. Everything, in fact, to make you a more complete and highly competent diver.

Sports diver

From £185 (£200 for crossover from other training agencies)

Dive leader

Learn to be a dive leader with Holborn from £65

Advanced diver

Learn to be an advanced diver with Holborn from £55

Fees include the cost of the training pack.
In addition, there may be other fees associated with the open water dives required to complete the qualification such as dive fees, accommodation, entry to inland sites, etc. Where possible, these costs will be determined prior to the start of the course.

Adult Education Course

Skill development courses

Holborn runs many of the Skill Development Courses (SDCs) that are offered by the BSAC for its members.


These are an excellent way of expanding your understanding of the broader diving environment and the skills required to support diving operations.

Lifesaver award

Assesses students’ lifesaving proficiency and diver rescue skills within a pool or sheltered water environment.

From £22

Search & recovery

Teaches divers how to use the correct techniques and procedures required for search and recovery projects.

From £25* plus expenses

Boat handling

Gives students with little or no boat handling knowledge or experience instruction in small boat handling. It covers techniques relevant to diving and related safety knowledge.

From £200* plus expenses

Develops the knowledge of Nitrox and highlights the benefits that can be gained from using high oxygen mixtures.

From £51-66* plus expenses

Oxygen administration

Teaches the administration of oxygen as a means of increasing the effectiveness of First Aid treatment of diving accidents. Grows confidence to assist with a diving-related injury.

From £25

Chartwork & position fixing

The basic techniques of marine navigation including how to locate a dive site.

From £25* plus expenses

* In addition, there may be other expenses associated with the practical elements required to complete the qualification, such as RIB fuel, accommodation, etc. Where possible these costs will be determined prior to the start of the course.

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Club courses

While SDCs are useful, they don’t cover every aspect of diving. For this reason, Holborn offers a range of in-branch courses that cover other areas of interest.


These one-off courses are usually free for club members and take the form of evening sessions – they are both informal and informative.

Underwater photography

An introduction to underwater photography for people with little or no experience.

Free classes for members

Equipment maintenance

Teaches divers how to take care of their own equipment.

Free classes for members

Rebreather try-dive

Introduces attendees to the silent world of rebreather diving. A short theory session is followed by a practical session in the pool.

Free classes for members

Building on the skills taught at the IFC, the workshop covers all aspects of practical teaching in the pool in even greater detail.

Free classes for members

Rope work

Teaches you the basics that you need to know about knots, bends and hitches in one evening.

Free classes for members

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Interested in stepping up?

Get in contact with us to grow your dive skills

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