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Training

We train in the Time Capsule Coatbridge

on a Friday night. 20:15 to 21:15hrs.

We follow the training schedule of the

Scottish Sub Aqua Club (SSAC) and dont

cut corners.

We have instructors in the branch that can

presently train up to the Master Diver

Qualification.

We are able to cross divers overs from

other diving organisations following the

guidelines of the SSAC.  Please ask for

details or check out the SSAC web site for

further details.

The Scottish Sub Aqua Club has a training

program with three distinct threads:

snorkeling; scuba diving and instructing.

A competent swimmer joining ScotSAC

without any diving experience or

qualifications may benefit from working first

towards the Snorkel Diver qualification. The

Snorkel Diver Award is attained by

completing the swimming assessment,

basic snorkel assessment, advanced

snorkel assessment and open water snorkel

assessment.

Most of our new members progress straight

into scuba training but first the candidate

must demonstrate competence in the water

by completing the swimming assessment

and basic snorkel assessment. Both of

these are a part of the Snorkel Diver Award

so of course a trainee with that qualification

is ready to start scuba training

Scuba training starts with the Sport Diver

Award which consists of a series of training

and assessments in the pool (or confined

open water) followed by similar activities

and assessment in the open water (usually

the sea). There is also a short theory

assessment based on the lectures which

form the backbone of this training (sport

diver lecture notes in link page). Until this

training and assessment is completed to the

satisfaction of the Branch Diving Officer

(BDO) the trainee may not dive unless

accompanied by an instructor approved by

the BDO. Just ten open water dives are

required for this award and the newly

qualified diver must build up their

experience before progressing to other

qualifications and should not normally dive

deeper than 30m.

In addition to our core diver training, there

are a series of "diver endorsements" which

are typically short stand alone courses,

sometimes taught at branch level but often

at regional or national level. These include a

number of diver welfare courses such as

Oxygen Administration, diver first aid and

heartstart and diving skills courses such as

drysuit use, deep diving and deep rescue.

The dive leader course is often included as

a part of the Master Diver program.

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