As a BSAC Dive Leader you are are becoming an expert in your field of dive leadership. You will also be competent in planning dives for groups of divers and managing diving on the day including, if necessary, managing rescue situations. This comprehensive course is a mix of classroom-based and practical lessons that will give divers confidence to plan, lead and manage dives, and deal with emergencies. Leading a dive will develop enjoyment, confidence and experience as a diver. After qualfying, and if you wish, depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 50m /160ft. Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor.


A BSAC Dive Leader is defined as a diver who:


  • Is able to use NITROX mixes up to 36%, to further enhance diver safety.
  • Can plan and lead a range of dives including those requiring detailed dive, gas and decompression requirements planning to a maximum of 50m /160ft.

  • Has rescue management skills.
  • Is competent to manage and supervise branch dives to locations well known to the branch.

Must be a BSAC Sports Diver (or equivalent level qualification from any other agency) and be 14 years of age.


We provide you with Cylinders (Tanks) and Fills

At this stage of your diving progression, you should own your own SCUBA equipment. It is however available for rent at additional cost.


12 classroom theory lessons
Seven open water dives
Two dry practical lessons & 20 dives
The BSAC Dive Leader course covers:
The role of the BSAC Dive Leader
Dive Planning and Management
Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) midwater deployment
Dive leading demonstrations
Basic life support with Oxygen administration
Practical management of diving incidents
Casualty assessment
Dive planning
Shot recovery
Review of rescue skills.

No upgrades are available for this course.