Training @ Peterborough Sub-Aqua Club

Training of both new and qualified divers is an ongoing procedure at the club. New divers (novices), crossovers and existing divers can looked forward to being trained by some very experienced divers who are qualified from the grades of Dive Leader to Advanced diver.

Peterborough Sub-Aqua Club is uniquely positioned for facilities - We have exclusive use of Peterborough Lido, where our club rooms and compressor are sited. The use of the pool is ours from 8pm on a Monday from May to September, or any evening that we request after that time. In "closed" months we have the use of various local indoor pools.
BSAC have recently introduced more modern training plans bringing itself up-to-date with newer diving procedures and technologies. All of our instructors are fully conversant with the new schema. Training for all grades adheres to all the new procedures and theories.
Open water training is also well catered for we are in close proximity to Gildenburgh Water(pictured), and Stoney Cove is not that far away from us. The club RIB also provides access to the sea for training purposes.


In addition to standard diver grade training we also provide various additional courses such as Compressor Operator and Boat Handling that help the diver to become a more proficient member of the club. Other training including Skill Development Courses are supported by the club and our members regularly attend these BSAC National courses relating to Instructor training, Photography, Marine Life Identification etc.
Divers crossing over from other agencies such as PADI, SAA & CMAS are regularly welcomed to the club. BSAC provides us with "Crossover-Charts" that enable us to immediately asses the correct diver grade and any additional training required for the diver to become fully skilled to that level within BSAC.

Active Instructors

Emyr Chowdhury
Robin Clark
John Parker
Lee Sutton

Branch Diver Grades

The BSAC has been training people to dive since the early fifties. During this time the Diver Training Programme has been regularly updated and improved, to keep pace with developments in equipment and diving knowledge. The programme is designed to build confidence and self-reliance, whilst keeping safety uppermost. Diving skills are taught progressively so that each new experience is built upon step by step. Following basic training in the safety of a swimming pool or protected area, students soon complete their first open water dives to achieve Club Diver certification. This progression continues to Sports Diver and beyond, where open water skills and techniques are further developed and experience gained.

Ocean Diver
This course provides you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving. Learning to dive is all about learning to use your equipment properly and safely. The Ocean Diver training course concentrates on preparing you for this in the safety of a swimming pool or sheltered water and then introducing you to open water in a controlled and safe manner. This also gives you the opportunity to practice safety skills in the company of a qualified instructor or experienced diver.

Sports Diver
In Sports Diver training, the emphasis is on building a sound foundation of open water diving skills and experience through a series of structured practical lessons. Once you have gained this open water experience with a qualified instructor, you are ready to take part in dives with other Sports Divers or those of higher grades.

Dive Leader
Dive Leader training concentrates on the responsibilities and safety aspects of leading other divers on an open water dive. Practical lessons in rescue management and rescue skills will give you the confidence and ability to deal with those unforeseen emergencies. Leading a dive will develop your enjoyment, confidence and experience as a diver.

Advanced Diver
This course further develops your knowledge and skills. You will gain experience in planning and organising dives at different sites and under different circumstances. Additional experience will be gained in using small boats, chartwork. navigation and many other related skills. The BSAC consider this grade as being a fully trained diver.

1st Class Diver
The BSAC's highest diving grade which requires a higher than average level of theoretical knowledge, organisational and personal diving skills. The 1st Class Diver award is a culmination of a number of years' diving experience. BSAC 1st Class Divers are assessed through nationally conducted examinations.