Try Dives

The best way to see if you like the sensation of being underwater and want to learn to dive is to come along to a scheduled Try Dive session. We run Try Dives several times a year for just £25.00 per person., refundable if you sign up to an Ocean Diver course within six months.  Sessions take place on Thursday evenings at 8.00.  Try divers must be aged 18+.

To book a Try Dive email Debbie on

Ocean Diver

Ocean Diver is BSAC’s entry-level diving qualification. Ocean Divers are qualified to dive to a depth of 20m with a similarly qualified dive buddy. The qualification is recognised worldwide and there is a strong emphasis on safety and training confident and competent divers. As everyone learns at a different speed the course is designed so that you can progress at your own pace.

The course is in two parts – in part 1 you learn the theory and essential skills of diving, in part 2 you show your competency at using those skills in open water.

Part 1: pool and theory sessions

The theory and pool sessions are run over seven weeks on Wednesday and Thursdays evenings. Theory lessons are run on Zoom, starting at 7pm on Wednesdays.  Lessons cover key topics such as diving equipment, physiology, planning and dealing with problems. Pool training is on a Thursday evening, 8.00 – 9.30pm at Ironmonger Row Baths.

The Ocean Diver Pool & Theory costs £110 (£65 training cost plus £45 training materials).  You will also need to be a member of BSAC (£65.50) and Clidive (£15 per month or £165 annually).

Check the Training Programme page for dates of our next Ocean Diver course.

Part 2: open-water qualifying dives

To qualify as an Ocean Diver, you also need to successfully complete four open-water dives. Clidive provides plenty of opportunities for you to do this, either in the UK or abroad. We can also refer you to a BSAC school if you want to complete the training on your own holiday.

Most of our training trips are run over a weekend Stoney Cove, a dedicated dive centre in an old flooded quarry in Leicestershire.  Costs are around £280 for two days training and accommodation and £340 for an extended weekend of three days where you have additional dives to consolidate your skills.

We also usually do an early season training trip abroad where you can benefit from warmer conditions. In recent years we have been to Croatia, Cyprus and the Canary Islands.

If you are interested in learning to dive with us email Debbie on

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Students under instruction
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Qualify in the sea at home or abroad
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Or qualify at a dedicated inland diving venue