Dive Training



If you are already a qualified diver then we welcome all divers trained by any agency, not just those who’ve trained with BSAC (e.g. PADI, CMAS or SSAC) who want to go diving, join a club of like-minded individuals or perhaps advance their training to a more advanced level.

Our club instructors are registered and approved by BSAC. We can also arrange training to International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD) level. So you can be sure of the best professional instruction available.

If you are not already qualified as a scuba diver we would be delighted to train you to become a safe diver in our friendly club environment. Prior to starting training it is prudent to ensure that there are no medical reasons why you are not able to dive. Students review a check list to confirm they do not have, or have not suffered from, medical conditions relevant to diving. Even if you have responded with a ‘yes’ to any of the conditions, it does not necessarily mean that you will be precluded from the sport, however, you will need to contact a medical referee to ensure your suitability to dive.
Once training starts, you will be provided with:
Basic scuba kit in order to start your training, later it is expected that trainees start purchasing their own
  • Access to the compressor room in order to ‘fill’ your dive cylinder – instruction is given
  • Access to the club’s boat – the first open water dives take place in the North Harbour at Eastbourne
ESAC is part of the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) which is the largest dive club in the world with 1,000 clubs and 120 centres around the UK & overseas. BSAC is constantly striving to make its training the best it can be for its members and as such, in August 2017 a new Ocean Diver Training course was developed.
You will receive the new Ocean Diver Pack which consists of a Student work book, Qualification record book and a divers manual. The course consists of:
6 Theory Lessons – These typically take place on a Tuesday evening at the SHYC & last about an hour each:
  • Introduction to the Club & BSAC
  • Adapting to the underwater world
  • The body and the effects of diving
  • Going Diving
  • Dive Planning
  • What happens if?
A theory assessment consisting of 40 multi choice type questions.
5 Sheltered Water Sessions – We use Battle Abbey School Pool in Bexhill, Sovereign Centre or Eastbourne Hospital Pools
  • Being underwater
  • Basic skills
  • Developing skills
  • Beyond the basics
  • Safety skills
4 Open Water Modules – This will take place in the North Harbour (Eastbourne), an inland dive site & latterly at sea
  • Introduction to open water
  • Developing open water skills
  • Open water rescue skills
  • Buddy diving skills
All training is carried out at a pace that is governed by the student. If a student requires more time on a specific subject/skill in order to feel confident and be competent, then extra time will be provided. Following successful completion of the Ocean Diver Course, you will be qualified to dive to 20m.