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 try dive session. We can arrange these most Thursdays and the cost is only £10.  At 7pm you will receive an introduction to scuba kit and at 8pm you will get in the pool with an instructor.  A great value evening out.

Next dates: November 10 & 17. Please see our training plan

To book a try dive email Mark on

Ocean Diver

Next course starting date is: November 2022. Please see our training plan

Ocean Diver is BSAC’s entry-level diving qualification. Ocean Divers are qualified to dive to a depth of 20 metres with another 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.

Pool and Theory

The theory and pool sessions are run over 7 weeks on Wednesday and Thursdays evenings. Theory starts at 7pm on the Wednesday and covers key topics such as diving equipment, physiology, planning and dealing with problems. Pool training is on a Thursday evening from 8 – 9.30pm.

The total cost of Ocean Diver Pool & Theory is £217.50.  This breaks down as course costs £65 + training materials and qualification book £45 + BSAC membership £62.50 + 3 months of Clidive membership £45 =£217.50.

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.

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 to Weymouth or Plymouth using our club boats. The typical cost of this weekend, which includes accommodation and diving, is around £250-£300. You will also have to pay your own travel costs. Our club van means kit can be transported for those who want to get the train. We prefer introducing new divers to the sea but we also use dedicated inland dive sites which have the benefit of being less prone to weather disruption and have every facility you could need.

We also usually do an early season training trip abroad for our winter students to 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 Mark 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