At Southsea Sub Aqua Club we offer training to internationally recognised standards with the British Sub Aqua Club. Training is offered free of charge as part of your membership of SSAC and is conducted by club members who are qualified BSAC instructors. We deliver training at all levels: BSAC Ocean Diver, Sports Diver, Dive Leader and Advanced Diver. Having our own clubhouse and training equipment means we can offer a wide range of training for beginners and more experienced divers. We host a number of BSAC regional Skills Development Courses (SDCs) such as Diver First Aid and can also arrange specialist courses such as RYA/Boat handling if there is sufficient interest. Please discuss your training requirements with the Training Officer or Diving Officer.


Welfare and Safeguarding

Try Dive

Beginners (Ocean Diver Trainee)

Further Training

Further BSAC Training for Divers from Other Agencies

Already a Diving Instructor


Welfare and Safeguarding

The safety and safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is of primary importance to SSAC. This club is committed to providing an environment where young people can learn and participate in the sport of scuba diving free from harassment and abuse. All club members working with children have a moral and social responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare and safety of children and vulnerable adults. The club follows the BSAC Safeguarding Policy to promote and protect the welfare and safety of both children and adults. All SSAC instructors have been DBS checked in accordance with the BSAC safeguarding policy.

BSAC Child Safe Guarding Policy

BSAC Adult Safe Guarding Policy

Try Dive

Whilst not strictly a training session, a "Try Dive" is intended to provide someone with a simple experience of swimming with an aqualung in a sheltered environment as a taster session. Typically this is in a swimming pool. If you are unsure whether you would enjoy diving, why not give this a go?

More on Try Dives

Beginners (Ocean Diver Trainee)

If you have never tried scuba diving before, it's a good idea to arrange a ‘Try Dive’ before deciding whether to take up diving as a recreational sport/pastime. We arrange these periodically, and you should contact the Club to find out when our next Try Dive session is scheduled. The first stage of learning to dive within a BSAC Club environment involves a number of pool sessions to master basic skills. This early training will be in a local swimming pool hired specifically by the club for the purpose.  Unfortunately, we no longer have regular access to a suitable swimming pool, so beginners courses are only arranged periodically when there are suitable numbers to make the hire of a pool financially viable.  For beginners, training progresses at a pace that is suitable for the trainee. Everyone is different and there are no set timescales. Instruction is usually conducted on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis in the pool which makes for a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

After several pool sessions and an assessment, you will be ready for the first open water dive. Theory training tends to be in slightly larger groups of 6+ so you can learn as a team and help each other along. 

The pool sessions are supplemented by lectures, student notebooks and practical exercises before you progress to sheltered 'open water' to complete the Ocean Diver course. Once you have reached the appropriate level of competence you can begin to dive in open water with other members of the Club. Training can continue within the club environment and you will hopefully reach a standard when you too can start down the road to becoming an instructor.

Autumn is the ideal time to come to learn to dive at SSAC, enabling new divers to train through the winter and make the most of the summer dive season but new members are welcome at any time of year.

Read full details of the Ocean Diver course.

Further Training

Whether you are looking to improve your diving skills or your knowledge of diving, through both the instructors within the club and through the BSAC region, we are able to offer our members the ability to attend the range of BSAC Diver training and Skill Development Courses (SDCs).

Within SSAC, we run Sports Diver, Dive Leader and Advanced Diver courses.

Skill Development Courses allow a diver to progress their training in a direction that may be of special interest to them. Such courses include photography, marine life appreciation, first aid for divers, diver coxswain and much more. SSAC runs many of the courses for its members. Some courses are run as a regional event. At the same time, members are welcome to attend regional events elsewhere.

In most cases, to be able to attend a BSAC Course, you should be a member of BSAC.

If you are interested in furthering your knowledge, please speak with our Training Officer.

List of BSAC Courses

Further BSAC Training for Divers from Other Agencies

BSACMany of our members and instructors began their diving careers with other agencies and have chosen to join SSAC to meet and dive with other people with a passion for UK diving. If you would like to join us, then we are ready to welcome you.

You don't even have to retrain to dive with us. So long as your existing qualifications are suitable for the dive/s, then as a member of the club, we would welcome you. Once a member of the club, should you wish to improve your training, we would be able to offer a suitable BSAC course.

Already a Diver? Why not see what SSAC can offer?

Already a Diving Instructor?

For Qualified Diving Instructors from other agencies, the BSAC run regional courses to allow you to switch to BSAC as an Instructor. The process requires you to join a BSAC Club, such as SSAC, or a BSAC Diving Centre and participate in an Instructor Crossover Course.

For more information, click here.