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Hellfins welcomes divers trained from all of the major diving agencies – in fact many of our most enthusiastic UK divers originally learnt to dive with PADI abroad.

However, we are a BSAC club, so only offer BSAC training courses. You don’t have to continue your training if you don’t want to – you can continue diving under your existing qualifications if you want, but most members end up training for the next grade. It’s free after all – all you pay for are the materials we buy from BSAC.

It is very hard to compare qualifications, for example the BSAC Sports Diver qualification allows you to undertake dives that require mandatory decompression stops, but it does not have as much emphasis on rescue skills as PADI’s Rescue Diver qualification. To help divers who join from another agency, BSAC have put together the table below which shows where other agency divers enter the BSAC training programme. If you cross-over your qualification, you do not automatically gain the BSAC qualification – it’s just a guide to what your next course should be.

To cross over, you will need to bring along your existing log book and qualification card and take a couple of theory lectures. The first talk is an intrdduction to the club and how we work – how to book on a trip, organise training, etc. The second is a short ten or fifteen minute explanation of the BSAC tables, which are incredibly easy to learn.

If you want to continue learning about diving, we will then provide you with a BSAC qualification book and the student notes for the next dive grade you will be progressing on to.

Your first UK / club dive

If you’ve not dived in the UK before, many people choose to have their first open water dive to be a gentle an orientation dive with an experienced diver or instructor. If you want we can run through any elements of diving that you are rusty with to ensure you are quickly comfortable diving in UK waters.

In the course of your training, we’ll make sure to pay special attention to any areas important to UK diving, such as the use of Delayed Surface Marker Buoys (DMSBs) and dry suits.

Got a different qualification or questions?

We’ve only listed the most common qualifications here, so if you have a different qualification please get in touch. Also if you are an instructor from another agency, it is easy to convert to become a BSAC instructor – come down for a drink and we’ll talk you through it!

Cross-over Table

Current qualification BSAC Cross-over qualification

All ‘Entry Level’ qualifications (which typically do not include rescue training) such as:

PADI Open Water Diver
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver/AOWD Plus
CMAS One Star Diver
NASDS Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver
NAUI Scuba Diver and Advanced Scuba Diver
Royal Navy Ships Diver
SAA Open Water Diver
SSI Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver

Ocean Diver

All ‘Second Level’ qualifications (which must include rescue training) such as:

PADI Rescue Diver
CMAS Two Star Diver
SAA Club Diver
HSE Commercial Diver:
NASDS Rescue Diver
NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver
SSAC Third Class Diver/Sports Diver
SSI Advanced Open Water Diver with ‘Stress and Rescue’ Speciality
Army Compressed Air Diver

Sports Diver

All ‘Third Level’ qualifications (which must include dive leadership training) such as:

NASDS Dive Supervisor
NAUI Divemaster
PADI Divemaster
SAA Dive Leader
SSI Dive Control Specialist

Dive Leader

Any higher level of qualification, such as:

CMAS Three Star Diver
SAA Dive Supervisor
SSAC Second Class Diver/ Master Diver

Advanced Diver

Get in touch

Any questions? Then why not drop an email.

Membership Forms

To join just print complete the 3 forms below and hand them into Janos:
Member Record Form
BSAC Registration Form
Medical Form