Learn to Scuba Dive

The introductory course we offer is the BSAC Ocean Diver course. This course is open to anyone from the age of 12. You’ll just need to demonstrate that you can comfortably swim 200m in a pool, and the only kit you’ll need is a swimsuit and towel.

On the Ocean Diver course, you will:

  • Learn how to use basic dive gear, including your mask and snorkel. 
  • Control your buoyancy and underwater movements
  • Understand your basic scuba diving safety skills – you’ll find out the importance of time, depth and gas
  • Discover how to plan and manage your diving.

The course includes :

  • Six classroom theory modules with a short theory exam at the end
  • At least five sessions in the main pool at the Pool in the Park, Woking
  • At least four open-water dives, usually carried out in a sheltered open-water site (we commonly use lakes near Wraysbury or Vobster in Somerset)

The teaching is carried out by Surrey Aquanauts club members who are qualified instructors and who can pass on their knowledge and experience to make sure that the course is informative as well as fun. Most of our training is done on a one-to-one basis so you’ll have your own instructor and can progress at your own speed.

Once qualified, your open water diver certification with BSAC will be recognised worldwide. As a qualified Ocean Diver, you can dive buddied with another Ocean Diver, under the supervision of a Dive Manager – so long as you stick to familiar locations and conditions you have encountered during your training.

Want to find out more? Use the contact form below or email us on info@surreyaquanauts.org.uk and we’ll be in touch to find out how we can set you off on your scuba diving journey!


How long does it take to learn to scuba dive?

As most of our training is done 1-1 you can progress at your own speed. We hold training sessions weekly on Thursday nights between 9-10pm at the Pool in the Park, Woking, and open water training will normally be done at the weekend. You can discuss how quickly/slowly you’d like to train with your instructor. Most of our trainees would aim to complete the Ocean Diver qualification in 3-4 months

When can I start my Ocean Diver course?

As our training is 1-1, we can begin training at any time. Just let us know when you’d like to start and subject to an instructor being available, we can pretty much start when you’re ready.

How much does it cost?

The course requires you to join BSAC and our club, plus training materials. Our instructors give their time free of charge!

BSAC Membership (annual) £60
Surrey Aquanauts Membership (annual) £100
Ocean Diver course materials and Log Book £55
Contribution to equipment loan and servicing £50
Sub Total £265
Hire of full set of diving equipment £100 deposit, refundable at the end of training on return of all equipment £100
Total £365

What equipment will I need? How much will it cost?

All you need to start is a swimsuit and maybe an old T-shirt that you don’t mind getting wet. We will hire a full set of dive equipment to you for the duration of your training for a refundable fee of £100. If you want to start buying some of your own equipment the Ocean Diver course offers plenty of advice on buying the right kind of dive gear for your needs.

How do I get started?

Email us on info@surreyaquanauts.org.uk with your contact details and one of our instructors will be in touch. Or just phone 07756 203973.