Learn to Dive with RRSAC
RRSAC offers training for all levels of diver, from complete beginner to advanced level training, following the BSAC Diver Grade syllabus. The club has numerous instructors and a hard working training team whose aim is to ensure everyone gets the training they need and want.
BSAC has five basic grades of diver - Ocean Diver, Sports Diver, Dive Leader, Advanced and First Class Diver. Details of all these grades can be found on the BSAC Website. BSAC diver qualifications are internationally recognised and can be used throughout the world.
For new starters the club will always aim to get trainees up to at least Sports Diver, as this allows participation in pretty much every dive trip offered throughout the year. That's not to say your training stops there - the training team and diving officer are always keen to encourage further training!
We have a full range of scuba gear that you can use throughout your training and as long as you need to afterwards, so there's no need to rush out and buy lots of expensive new gear (although lots of us like to anyway!).
RRSAC also welcomes divers trained by other organisations and provides cross-over training for those wishing to progress with BSAC qualifications. There is also a range of skill development courses that are run locally and through the BSAC Regional Training Team.
Closed Circuit Rebreather Training
We are fortunate to be one of the few clubs in the region to have a certified Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) Instructor in the club. For divers wanting to expand their skills beyond blowing bubbles, we can offer training within the club, as well as experienced support and advice from a growing community of CCR divers within our membership.
Why Learn With Us?
Firstly, we're not a commercial diver training organisation, and we don't make a financial profit from training new divers. Unlike many commercial organisations, we're not in a rush to get as many divers through the training as possible, so they can go diving on holiday.
Our primary aim is to equip new divers with the all necessary skills to come diving with us, in UK conditions. Consequently, its in our interests that divers are trained to the very highest standards, to ensure both your safety and ours. By training with a BSAC club you will learn entirely at your pace, and if you need more practice at a particular skill, then that's absolutely fine. You'll learn to become self dependent, acquiring a wide range of skills that can be applied to both diving as well as your everyday life.
Training with the club is great fun, and you'll make many new friends during your course. We have a maximum of two trainees per instructor through both pool training and in open water, hence new trainees get lots of individual attention and coaching. All of our instructors are trained to the very highest standards, with a wealth of real world diving knowledge and experience that they enthusiastically share with trainees. All we ask is that trainees mirror that enthusiasm and commitment.
Typically, we hold lectures on a Tuesday night at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Association pavilion, before heading over to Lonesdale Pool in Mickleover for confined water training.
Open Water Training is held at the National Diving Centre at Stoney Cove in Leicestershire. This is approximately 35 mins drive from Derby, and is an excellent facility for training at all levels. For Trainees about to head to Stoney Cove for their first Open water training, there's a useful guide included here
We also usually designate two trips each year for 'training' (often St Abbs or Plymouth), allowing non-qualified trainees the opportunity to complete some of their open water lessons in the sea, and get experience of diving in sea conditions.