First Class Diver is BSAC’s highest diving grade and requires a higher than average level of theoretical knowledge, organisational and personal diving skills. Since 1953 when the BSAC first formed, less than 1000 people have gained the qualification.
To enrol on this course you’ll need to:
- Have an in date service sports diving medical
- Be an in date member of BSAC
- Be in current diving practice
- Have registered with BSAC
- Have completed 100 Dives in a range of conditions since qualifying as a BSAC Advanced Diver
- Have attended a BSAC Chartwork & Position Fixing course (or equivalent)
- hold the BSAC Diver Rescue Specialist qualification which is awarded following completion of Lifesaver, Advanced Lifesaver, First Aid for Divers, Practical Rescue Management* and Oxygen Administration*
** Oxygen Administration and Practical Rescue Management are now both included in the Dive Leader syllabus although you should be in date following an annual refresher (such as CFAT).
This course consists of the practical preparation events and exam. In order to gain the qualification you will also need to successfully pass the theory test and submit a suitable expedition plan. Further information on these can be found on the BSAC website.
The First Class Diver course takes place over two weeks:
- Week 1 consists of the expedition and project preparation events
- Week 2 is the actual exam which takes place on the Monday and Tuesday with the course finishing on Wednesday morning.
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