Already a diver?
If you are already qualified you can start diving with us straight away but most people want to continue with their own personal diving development. If you have not done any diving for a while we advise you to do a course as a great way of brushing up on your skills.
Clidive run BSAC Dive Leader and Advanced Diver Training that are suitable crossover options for PADI Rescue Divers and Dive Masters or similar. We suggest you probably just want to join and do some diving with us before you decide. Many of the more experienced divers who join us start with skills development courses such as oxygen administration, VHF radio operator and boat handling. While you don’t need to be an experienced diver to drive a boat, it definitely helps.
If you are a new member with PADI Open Water or Advanced Open Water Diver or have a similar first-level qualification from another agency we suggest you come down for a Go Dive. This is a free session in the pool with an instructor where you can refresh or practise your skills and find out all you need to know about how you can progress your training. Contact us via email@example.com and we will arrange a Thursday evening to suit you.
Sports Diver covers the rescue skills covered in courses such as PADI Rescue Diver plus the use of more advanced equipment and techniques. This includes:
- Understanding diving conditions, planning and leading dives
- Deeper diving
- Decompression diving
- Use of delayed surface marker buoys, distance lines and shot lines
- Nitrox (oxygen enriched air) up to 36% (to extend bottom times and/or minimise decompression times)
- Diver rescue: panic, alternative air sources, controlled buoyant lifts, in-water resuscitation and towing, de-kit and recovery of injured divers and surface resuscitation.
Typically the classroom lessons and pool sessions run over seven weeks on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, though sometimes we arrange theory lessons at weekends. After completing five open-water training dives successfully, you will be qualified to gradually progress your diving experience to a maximum depth of 35m.
The total cost of Sports Diver Pool & Theory to new members is £222.50. This breaks down as £70 + training materials and qualification book £45 + BSAC annual membership £62.50 + 3 months of Clidive membership £45 = £222.50.
Our next Sports Diver course starts in March 2023
The cost of the open-water training will vary depending on the location. A popular way to qualify is a two-day, UK-based trip, which usually costs around £250-£300 including overnight accommodation. Travel costs will be extra and will depend on your preferred mode of transport.
We also run dry-suit training on demand. We love dry suits. It means we can start diving earlier in the UK season and visit more remote parts of Scotland in comfort!