The club offers a variety of Skills Development Course (SDCs). These are both beneficial to you as a diver, but also help the club to run more adventurous trips. If you have attended a skills development course with another agency (PADI, RYA etc) and BSAC recognises it you can apply for a certificate of alternative training. For information on all the SDCs covered, see the BSAC page. SDCs are advertised on the Calendar and organised by the Extended Training Officer. Please contact the ETO if there is a course you’d like to see run.

Details of our courses

You can find some of more information about SDCs that we run below.

Compressor Operation

Since 2018 we require that club members using the club compressor have attended a course on Compressor Operation. This course runs in about half a day and consists of both theory and practical sessions. If you would like to be trained on the BSAC compressor operator course please get in contact. We have several club members who are able to teach this course any time, and if you do not want to have the official qualification card we run it for an extremely low cost.

Gas Blending

The club has the facilities to blend nitrox mixes using the equipment we have in our stores. To blend your own mix we require you to have evidence of a suitable qualification and to have attended some training on our equipment. If you would like to become a gas blender we have a small number of people in the club who can run the BSAC nitrox gas blender course. Get in contact to ask us to run a course!

Boat Handling

UBUC has two inflatable boats which we use to visit offshore dive sites. To drive them you must hold either the BSAC Boat Handling qualification or RYA Level 2. It’s a practical boat-based course that gives each student plenty of time at the helm of a small dive boat to practise their skills, including how to drop and recover divers safely. We aim to run a Boat Handling and Diver Coxwain course every year, keep an eye on the information from the Committee!