Ocean Diver

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to dive, this course is for you! This course is for beginners and provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving. For more information and to read about the structure, content and requirements of the ocean diver course, read on below or click the button below to visit the BSAC website.

To begin your scuba journey, contact us for more information!

 Not a University of Liverpool student? Don't worry, you can still join us! Read on for more information.


Who are BSAC?

There's a good chance you may have heard of PADI before, but who are BSAC? BSAC (The British Sub-Aqua Club) are the UK's national governing body for diving and offer some of the most comprehensive, safe and fun diving in the world. 

 Unlike PADI, BSAC operate under a club system, meaning that you will both be taught by and go diving with the same people. These instructors are all volunteers, giving up their free time to teach you and therefore enabling BSAC to have some of the lowest entry costs for scuba diving. We own our own boats, compressors and equipment enabling us to go diving anywhere in the world at any time. You do not need to have 'guides' any time you want to go diving. With the appropriate qualifications, you can go diving whenever you want with yourself and a buddy. This enables strong planning, leadership and management skills forming a better, more rounded, and confident diver.

How long does it take to learn?

Generally, it takes 10 weeks of lessons to learn how to dive. If you need more lessons your instructor and/or training officers will happily organise these. 

 To qualify you’ll have to engage in pool training, sit a theory exam and then complete four open water dives. This will involve going on trips, either for the day or on our others such as our Easter trip to Cornwall. There will be additional costs involved in these trips but these will always be kept to a minimum. Local quarry dives are cheap and accessible at approximately £15 per day. You should aim to be qualified within a semester.

How much does it cost?

  • LUSAC kit levy- £50  (Covers cost of equipment use and unlimited air fills) 
  • AU membership- £40 (UoL Student) / £50 (External Member) 
  • BSAC membership-  £28.50 (Student)
  • Ocean diver pack - £40 

Equipment you must have for your pool training: Mask and snorkel - approx £40 Fins (strap on not full foot) - approx £30 to £60 All other equipment is provided in your membership as well as free unlimited air fills. 

Medical Information

Membership of BSAC requires all divers to complete a medical self-declaration form on joining and annually when re-joining. If you would answer yes to any of the questions on the medical form then you may need to see a dive doctor before learning to dive with LUSAC. If you have any questions, please contact us. It is important that you have a dive medical before signing up to lessons.