Llyn Sub-Aqua Club

Once the membership paid, the lectures and sheltered water sessions (pool) can start. The timing of the lectures may depend on the numbers of trainees. The sheltered water scuba equipment is provided by the Club but it is an advantage for members to get their own fins, mask and snorkel fairly soon after joining. Depending on the season and the weather, the open water dives, which follow on, are done in Vivian Quarry or the sea. Trainees can hire all the open water scuba kit required (£5 for air cylinder, regulator, stab jacket) but not the diving suit. Trainees should preferably have a dry suit, although a semi-dry or even a wet suit can be used for short periods underwater in the winter. For regular all year diving in UK dry suits are the only choice, although a two piece 7 mm semi-dry suit could be used in the sea once it has warmed sufficiently.

The first level of qualification. It consists of about 19 hours of instruction both theory and practical. Its aim is to produce a diver who has gained open water diving experience and is considered ready to take part in dives partnered by a diver of the same, or higher, grade, providing the dive has the explicit approval of the Branch Diving Officer or the Dive Marshal. (More specific details are given members),

Theory Lessons

Sheltered Water Lessons

Open Water Dives

Ocean Diver Training

Being under water

Dive 1

Diving Equipment and Dive

Basic Skills

Dive 2

Signals



The Body and Effects of

Developing Skills

Dive 3

Diving.



Planning to go Diving

Beyond the Basics

Dive 4

Going Diving

Safety Skills

Dive 5

What Happens If?

Swimming Assessment


Enjoying Your Diving



Theory test (Multi-choice)



The Second level of qualification and leads on from Ocean diver. It consists of about 15 hours of instruction both theory and practical. Its aim is to produce a diver who has gained open water diving and diver rescue experience and is considered ready to take part in dives partnered by another diver.

Theory Lessons

Sheltered Water Lessons

Open Water Dives

Sport Diving.

Rescue Skills

Refresher/Orientation (optional)

Diver Rescue

Dry practical lesson:

Diver Rescue


Assistant Dive Marshal.


Equipment and Techniques


Use of SMB

Deeper Diving


Simulated Decompression Dive.

Air Planning and Systems


Compass Navigation/DSMB Deployment

Going Diving


Dive Leading and Basic Skills Review.

Theory test (Multi-choice)



Club members practicing their skills in the pool in preparation for the sea.

Open Water Lesson.

David showing his depth and air contents gauges during a training session in Vivian Quarry.

Training in quarries such as Vivian allows trainees to make an easy transition between pool and sea. There are very safe, having no currents, no waves nor swells. and the visibility is not normally a problem.

BSAC Diver Qualifications Training for New Members

The Club has a team of instructors ranging from to Assistant Instructor to Advanced Instructor.

  Sheltered Water Lesson.

Training taking place in the swimming pool at the Dwyfor Leisure Centre, Pwllheli. One of the six Club Diver Lessons. Training sessions are normally held between 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on a Wednesday during the winter period.

The Club tries to get members through their qualifications as soon as possible but our instructors, who give of their time freely, do have other commitments. Also the Club will, from time to time, especially in the Summer, organise some challenging dives for the more experienced qualified members; these would be unsuitable for trainees. To get qualified quickly one should join in September, attend each pool and lecture session. After the six pool sessions, you should have your diving suit ready, so that you can go straight on to the Sunday dives at Vivian Quarry. If there is a delay, while you get a suit, it is not a problem, but remember once the sea diving season starts in April, training will proceed more slowly.

Club Commitment Ocean diver

 Sheltered Water Lesson.

Preparing for an assisted ascent
in the deep end.

Sports Diver Dive Leader

The third level of qualification and leads on from Sports Diver. It consists of about 22 lessons both theory and practical. Its aim is to produce a diver who is already experienced in open water diving and diver rescue and is considered ready to plan and lead a dive with a diver of the same, a lower grade or in training.

Theory Lessons

Open Water Dives

The Role of the Dive Leader.

DSMB use.

Cardio pulmonary Resuscitation.

Dive Leading Demonstration

Oxygen and Diving Incidents.

Dive Leading Practice.

Casualty assessment.

Shot Recovery by Simple Lift.

Oxygen Administration Equipment.

Rescue Management Scenarios

Oxygen Administration in Practice.

Diving and Rescue Skills Review.

Use of Oxygen administration Equipment.

Rescue Skills Review.

Dive Planning.

Dry practical lesson: Dive Marshalling. Part1.

Rescue Management Part 1.

Dry practical lesson: Dive Marshalling. Part2.

Helicopter Operations.


Rescue Management Part 2.


Dive Marshalling.

20 open water dives since qualification as a Sports Diver.

Theory test (Multi-choice).


Advanced Diver

The fourth level of qualification and leads on from Dive Leader. It consists of six lessons and 20 dives, in a range of conditions, since qualifying as a Dive Leader.

A diver who is comprehensively trained, experienced and responsible, and who can manage and supervise:

Theory Lessons

Practical

The Role of the Advanced Diver.

Lesson: Expedition Planning

Advanced Diving.

Lesson: Dive Planning and Marshalling.

Organising Diving from Different Platforms.

Open Water: Diving and Rescue Skills Review.

Review of Diving Conditions and on-site First Aid.

Open Water: Rescue Skill & Management Review.

Theory Assessment.

20 dives and 600 minutes of underwater time since qualifying as a Dive Leader. Dives need to be varied as laid down

First Class Diver

The highest qualification possible. Instruction and testing is done nationally. A First Class Diver is a diver who:

There are pre-requisites for entry to the First Class Diver Qualification laid down.