BSAC introduces Advanced Ocean Diver course

Intermediate qualification allows ODs to progress to 30 metres

Author: Pat
24th February 2022

Student training with BSAC

The British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) has introduced a new Advanced Ocean Diver qualification, to sit between Ocean Diver and Sports Diver.

This second-tier certification will allow qualified Ocean Divers to extend their diving depth to 30m.

More choice in a competitive market

BSAC says the Advanced Ocean Diver (AOD) programme gives clubs and centres greater flexibility, and gives students more choice in a competitive market.

It is an optional course, meaning divers could progress straight from Ocean Diver to Sports Diver if they choose to do so.

Advanced Ocean Diver is open to all Ocean Divers (or divers who have an equivalent certification from another recognised diver training agency and have also completed Nitrox training) aged 14 and over.

When qualified, Advanced Ocean Divers are able to conduct no-decompression dives to 30m accompanied by a Sports Diver (or equivalent) and above.

About AOD

The Advanced Ocean Diver course includes four theory sessions, which can be completed either online via eLearning or in person with an instructor, giving flexibility for students and instructors.

Practical sessions include two open water lessons and two depth progression dives. Centres can complete the AOD course in two days and make the most of BSAC’s digital and eLearning resources. There is no time limit for clubs delivering AOD.

Existing Sports Diver trainees can apply for the AOD QCard part-way through their training, once they have completed the required theory and practical elements.

The Advanced Ocean Diver course is now live and ready for delivery in both BSAC clubs and centres.  Full course details of the new Advanced Ocean Diver can be found at

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