Ocean Diver

Learn to Dive

BSAC has continuously developed its training programme for divers since its formation in 1953. The training programme reflects the requirements for safe diving in the prevailing conditions encountered in UK waters but is equally applicable throughout the world.

The British Sub Aqua Club offers 5 different qualifications which are described in depth on the BSAC website. The 2 most common training packages offered by OUUEG are the initial Ocean Diver training where one does not need to have any diving experience. This course will qualify you to dive to a maximum depth of 20 meters anywhere in the world with a qualified buddy. After completing your Ocean Diver training you may decide to advance to the Sports Diver training where you practice many additional skills and  progress your maximum diving depth up to 35m.

The Ocean Diver package include everything required to get diving (theory, pool, and open water lessons, equipment rental, pool bookings, etc) but you’ll need to need to get some personal kit like a mask, fins and a drysuit. You only pay the package price on top of your OUEEG and BSAC membership fees.

The initial practical lessons will take place at local Oxford pools with enough depth for basic training. Open water training will take place on a training trip in Michaelmas term and on our Easter Training trip. Costs for the trips such as transport, food and accommodation are not included in the training packages. If you have any questions about those courses please contact our training officer.

Ocean Diver Training


Learn to Dive

Our Ocean Diver package includes all BSAC learning materials, five theory lessons, five instructed pool training dives, all pool fees, five open water dives, equipment rental, and most importantly a lot of fun.
Not included in the package are expenses for training trips and drysuit hire. Please note that you have to become a member of OUUEG and BSAC. The total cost for training package and both memberships is £298.50 for students and £359.50 for other members.

Training schedule

For logistic reasons Ocean Diver and Sports Diver trainings happen at fixed dates each year: Ocean Diver in Michaelmas term (October – December) and Sports Diver in Hilary term (January – March). If you are thinking of doing a course don’t wait to get in touch with our training officer. We sometimes run a block course for Ocean Diver in Spring / early Summer. Please register your interest now to get the invitation.

Pool sessions and lectures

In 2016-2017 our Ocean Diver theory lessons will be on Wednesday nights weeks 3-8 at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road fro 7:15-8:30pm. The confined water sessions will be distributed during the same five weeks and either at the Rosenblatt pool or the Brookes pool. Meeting point for either pool session is the OUUEG kit hut at the Iffley Road Sports Centre.

The training schedule for Sports Diver is a bit more flexible and the earlier you get in touch, the higher chances we can accommodate your schedule.

Open water sessions

Your first open water experience is likely to be a training trip to a quarry late in Michaelmas term. Most Ocean Diver and Sports Diver open water training is conducted during our Easter Trip. This is our largest training trip also being your chance to get all the qualifications done at the beginning of the diving season. Participating in this trip is the easiest way to get qualified and it is highly recommended if you would like to finish your qualification by the start of the UK diving season. However, if you cannot make it to the Easter training trip, you will still be able to complete your training. Although it is up to you to find instructors who will teach you on any of the clubs regular dive trips and expeditions.

Ocean Diver schedule Michaelmas 2017

This year’s Ocean Diver lectures and pool sessions will take place on Friday 10th November, Saturday 11th November and Sunday 12th November.

In case you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to contact our training officer at training@ouueg.com.