Disciplines taught include rescue, enriched air nitrox, decompression and navigation diving. Developing buddy diving skills is an important feature of the course, ranging from dive leading & embracing dive management to polishing rescue skills & techniques, assisting & recovering an injured buddy and basic First Aid application. The course heightens an awareness of the need for safety at all times by extending the diver in different diving environments and to excel at underwater navigation.
The course depth limit is 20m which can be increased step by step up to 35m after qualification. Following SD qualification, more than 30 BSAC Skill Development Courses are open to Sports Divers and options for diving significantly expand by entering the next grade in BSAC’s Diver Training Programme – Dive Leader which enables you to organise dives and expeditions within your BSAC Club.