Scuba Diving Courses



PADI versus BSAC scuba diving courses

Are you looking to learn to scuba dive?

If the answer is yes then there are a few agencies where you can gain your scuba diving qualification. The main two being PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club). If you are thinking about BSAC scuba diving lessons in Essex, Herts or Cambridge, read below about the benefits of learning to scuba dive with a PADI certification rather than a BSAC.

Scuba Diving Courses in Essex, Herts and Cambridge

2DiVE4 scuba diving school provides beginner scuba diving lessons in Essex, Herts and Cambridgeshire, helping you gain your PADI Open Water Course qualification. Our Scuba Diving Centre is located in Elsenham near Bishop’s Stortford, Stansted and Saffron Walden on the Essex and Hertfordshire border. If you have BSAC diving qualification we run courses where you can convert to one of our PADI qualifications. If you were thinking about taking beginner Scuba Diving lessons in Essex, Hertfordshire or Cambridge, please see below why we would advise you to take the PADI Open Water Course and to join us at 2Dive4 for your training and future dives. See our comparisons below:

PADI Scuba Training

As a PADI Scuba Diving Centre 2DiVE4 conduct the range of PADI Courses from the entry level PADI Open Water Course up to PADI Divemaster and beyond.

If you wish to choose the modern PADI way of dive tuition you will be taught by professional Instructors who are CRB checked and governed by HSE regulations, as well as PADI standards. All the equipment you use will be serviced at least twice a year to HSE regulations and because you’ve paid for a professional course, you will get taught is the timescale scheduled for your course, without the course being cancelled due to staff illness etc.

The standard time allocated for the PADI Open Water Course is 2 weekends, from 8am – 5pm each day. Within this time you will participate in 5 theory modules, 5 pool dives and 4 open water dives with one on one supervision. You will then be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver which allows you to dive to a depth of 18 metres anywhere around the world.

BSAC Scuba Training

With BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) it is a bit more of a slower process and you will not be taught by professional divers. As standard, they conduct the Ocean Diver Course which can typically take up to 20 weeks. Being structured an hour each week for between 12 & 20 weeks in the pool and classroom, followed by a couple of days in a lake/sea environment to complete the qualifying dives. If this structure/timescale suits your requirements then maybe a BSAC course is for you.

This is widely thought to be an outdated way of learning as it is only an hour per week, giving you very little momentum with the course. Overall you get no more hours of tuition than The PADI Open Water Course, it’s just that it’s stretched out over a long period of time. This method of training was popular in the 1970s & 1980s but is not popular in today’s modern day lifestyle.

Converting from the old style BSAC certification to your new PADI certification

If you hold an old BSAC qualification and you want to convert it to a PADI certification then the way to do this is to participate in a PADI Course which is the next level to your BSAC qualification:

  • BSAC Ocean Diver can be upgraded to the PADI Advanced Open Water Course in 2 Days
  • BSAC Sports Diver can be upgraded to a PADI Rescue Diver Course in 3 Days
  • BSAC Dive Leader can be upgraded to PADI Divemaster in 6 months approximately

So if you want to scuba dive, or convert an existing BSAC qualification to one of our PADI dive qualifications and you live around Cambridge, Peterborough, Bishop’s Stortford, Chelmsford, Harlow, Saffron Walden or Hertford and all the surrounding areas, contact us now. Rather than undertake BSAC scuba diving lessons in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire or Essex, make the right decision and train with the best scuba school in the region!

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