Sport Diver Award : In Detail


The Sport Diver award includes the following theory lectures:
  1. Basic equipment, signals & surfacing drills
  2. Ears, sinuses and effects of pressure
  3. Burst lung and ascent in emergency
  4. Aqualung use, buoyancy control, description and use of buoyancy aids
  5. Respiration, hyperventilation, anoxia and hypoxia
  6. Exhaustion, protective clothing and hypothermia.
  7. Rescue life saving and artificial respiration.
  8. Principles of aqualung, air endurance and air cylinders.
  9. Maintenance of equipment and diving accessories.
  10. Open water diving and dive procedures.
  11. Basic decompression, hazards and avoidance.
  12. ScotSAC organisational structure.

Open Water Training

Carry out at least 10 dives in sequence at five or more different sites on five or more different days. Each dive to have a duration of not less than 15 minutes. No more than two dives are to be carried out in one day. These dives must include at least seven dives in seawater, and at least two dives from the following list:

(a) Shore dive along a sloping seabed.
(b) Dive in moving water (with a current less than 2 knots)
(c) Low visibility (less than 2metres)
(d) Dive in cold water (10C or less)
(e) Dive in fresh water

The first four dives are to be between 6-10m and the following seven each to be between 10-20m and no deeper. Until the Sport Diver award is completed, trainees must not dive deeper than 20m.

Candidates must log at least 5 hours of underwater time before being awarded the Sport Diver certificate.

The following training assessments to take place during open water training:

  1. Buoyancy Control
  2. Mask clearing
  3. Regulator clearing
  4. Regulator sharing
  5. Oral inflation
  6. Entry into water
  7. Compass
  8. Snorkel swim
  9. Buoyancy Control
  10. Assisted ascent
  11. Rescue

Pool (Confined Water) Training

During your Branch pool sessions, the following assessments will take place:

  1. Equipment setup
  2. Submerge
  3. Remove and replace regulator
  4. Neutral buoyancy
  5. Mask clearing
  6. Equipment remove and replace
  7. Rolls
  8. Support a fully kitted diver
  9. Boat Entry
  10. Alternate air source
  11. Air sharing
  12. Blacked mask
  13. Rescue
  14. Simulated Dive

Hood and gloves to be worn for all aqualung pool assessments