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:

BSAC versus PADI?????

2DiVE4 are a PADI Dive School and I am a PADI Instructor, teaching the range of PADI courses on offer. Since running this business I have dived in many dive locations with both PADI and BSAC Instructors. There seems to be a bit of a ‘thing’ between PADI and BSAC. What I have experienced over the years is that there shouldn’t be a ‘thing’ between PADI and BSAC. I have experienced some great PADI Instructors and equally some amazing BSAC Instructors. To counter that I have seen some equally poor PADI and BSAC instructors.

In my opinion there is no better or worse agency, it is down to the individual instructors within each agency. Offering safe training, up to date kit in a fit for purpose dive centre or club, should be the minimum any student should expect.

Steve Hills

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 PADI way of dive tuition you will be taught by professional Instructors who are DBS 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) you will be taught the entry level Ocean Diver Course which can typically take up to 15 weeks. Being structured an hour each week for between 12 & 15 weeks in the pool and classroom, followed by a couple of days in a lake/sea environment to complete the qualifying dives. This course structure will suit you if you cannot commit to lond periods over a weekend. If this is your preference then maybe the BSAC course is for you.

Overall you get no more hours of tuition than The PADI Open Water Course, it’s just that it’s stretched out over a longer period of time.

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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