Learn to dive with ESAC

Training icon - OK sign

Learning to dive with Evesham Sub Aqua Club is an enjoyable and cost-effective way to learn to dive, without the pressure that can often occur when taking shorter courses. Everyone learns at their own pace and BSAC training reflects that individuality. People who learn with us build skills and confidence as their experience grows, leading to quality training and very competent divers or snorkellers.

We run regular courses throughout the year for both new and qualified divers with the support of our volunteer BSAC-qualified instructors. All instructors have current DBS checks. We are lucky to be one of the few clubs in the UK to have instructors qualified to teach disabled individuals to dive.

Needless to say, we welcome divers who have qualified with other agencies such as PADI, RAID or SSI, who seek to develop their skills further in the UK.

“Having completed a number of PADI qualifications on foreign holidays, I wanted to extend my skills and start diving in the UK. Everyone at ESAC made me really welcome, and the training team put together a plan to get me qualified as a Sports Diver. Being able to borrow essential gear was a real boost, and got me into the water straight away.”

Martin, PADI AOW/Nitrox diver

The BSAC site explains the progression of levels offered. Here’s a quick guide, plus links to the relevant pages on the BSAC site:

Ocean Diver: If you’re keen to learn to dive, the BSAC’s Ocean Diver course is the place to start. This entry-level open water diver qualification will equip you with the core skills to dive to a maximum of 20 metres in open water, in the UK and abroad. Click for more. Please note – minimum age for scuba training is 12 years.

Sports Diver: After completing ocean Diver, you can broaden your experience in a variety of challenging open-water conditions, and learn essential techniques to prepare you for diving to a maximum of 35 metres. Sports Divers can embark on the first stage on the route to instruction. Click for more

Dive Leader: This course is perfect for members who want to take a more active role in their club. As a Dive Leader you become an essential team member helping to organise activities at your club. The training also prepares you to dive to depths of up to 50 metres in a range of challenging conditions, following a series of post-qualification depth progression dives. Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor. Click for more.

Advanced Diver: Divers gain experience in planning dives at different sites and different circumstances. Additional experience will be gained in using small boats, chart work, navigation and many other related skills. Advanced Divers are eligible to progress to Advanced Instructor. Click for more.

First Class Diver: This is BSAC’s top diving grade reflecting a high level of theoretical knowledge, organisational and personal diving and dive management skills. First Class Divers have gone on to lead groundbreaking missions worthy of national recognition. Click for more.