Branch SADS

The Branch SADS qualification is aimed at Dive Leaders operating within a service branch.  There is no formal assessment, other than an open book BRd 2806(5) exam, although we do reserve the right to withhold the award of the qualification.


To enrol on this course you’ll need:

It is not mandatory to have the following in order to attend the course but they are a requirement before the qualification will be awarded:


BSADS are authorised to supervise AT sub-aqua diving as part of diving operations lasting 48 hours or less (i.e. not on an expedition as defined in JSP 419) within a registered Service dive branch and at all sites registered by that Branch.

On an approved expedition a BSADS may deputise for an ESADS as currently allowed for a BSAC Advanced Diver subject to certain limits, and in accordance with extant regulations.

Course Dates

The currently planned courses are as shown below:

Course NumberStart DateEnd DateBid By Date
BSADS20-0123 Mar 2027 Mar 2027 Jan 20
BSADS20-0220 Apr 2024 Apr 2024 Feb 20
BSADS20-031 Jun 205 Jun 206 Apr 20
BSADS20-0427 Jul 2031 Jul 201 Jun 20
BSADS20-0512 Oct 2016 Oct 2017 Aug 20
BSADS20-069 Nov 2013 Nov 2014 Sep 20

Applying for a course

To apply for a BSADS cse you’ll need to:

Send both to JSSADC.