Dive Leader

As a BSAC Dive Leader you are becoming an expert in your field of dive leadership. You will also be competent in planning dives for groups of divers and managing diving on the day including, if necessary, managing rescue situations. Your diving skills will include planning and leading a range of dives including those requiring detailed dive, gas and decompression requirements planning.

This course give divers confidence to plan, lead and manage dives, and deal with emergencies. Leading a dive will develop enjoyment, confidence and experience as a diver. Qualified BSAC Dive Leaders can conduct dives with divers of any grade, to expand their experience beyond that previously encountered by those divers, under the supervision of a Dive Manager. As a Dive Leader you will be able to manage and supervise branch dives to locations well known to the branch. Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 50m, if you wish, after qualifying. Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor.

Training Timetable

As a Dive Leader you are expected to be more responsible in arranging your own learning. As part of the Dive Leader programme you learn to organise dives which form a key part of gaining experience to become a Dive Leader. We will give you all the support needed for your training and we will organise some of the more formal aspects of the course on the basis of instructor and trainee availability.

You must have already successfully completed a BSAC Sports Diver course (or qualifying certification from another recognised training agency). You must have completed a Check Out or Cross Over Dive and Theory Session if you have not dived with us before. You must have completed all relevant paperwork including an up-to-date medical form.

What you’ll learn

You will learn dive leadership skills through 12 classroom lessons, 7 open water dives, 2 dry practical lessons and 20 dives (which may include the open water lessons) in a range of conditions. The BSAC Dive Leader course covers the role of the BSAC Dive Leader, Dive Planning and Management, Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) use (midwater deployment), dive leading demonstrations, basic life support with Oxygen administration and practical management of diving incidents, casualty assessment, dive planning, shot recovery by simple lift and review of rescue skills.


At this stage in your diving development you will probably already own much of your own diving equipment such as mask, fins, snorkel, BC, regulators, computer and DSMB. GUSAC has first aid equipment, safety equipment and dive management slates available for every dive trip but it might be worth starting to invest in your own.