Learn to dive

If you want to learn to dive South Devon is a really good place to do it; we have easy access to some of the best diving in the country.


Our Come and Try It (CATI) sessions are a great way to help you decide if diving is for you and to begin your diving adventure. This pool based session, with one of our experienced divers, will introduce you to the equipment, to the skills and to our club. You can find out more information using this CATI link.

If you decide you would like to do an entry level course then you can sign up for our BSAC Ocean Diver course, which we run at least once a year. This is open to 14 year olds and above.  We are currently recruiting for our 2022 course – see below.

The Ocean Diver course develops your confidence and competence in a sheltered water training area – a swimming pool –  and then introduces you to open water diving – in the sea – all under the supervision of trained BSAC instructors. The course involves some 6 hours of theory instruction,  5 hours of pool based sessions, followed by a similar amount of time diving in the sea . Ocean Divers are qualified to dive to 20 meters, under supervision.

In the practical sessions you will usually be working with an instructor and one other trainee, as we try to work at a pace which feels comfortable to you and enables you to gain confidence.

Ocean Diver course fees 2022                                                    

Adults                                                                        £380
Juniors, or full-time students under 21 years            £320

Fees cover:

  • Pool work
  • Lectures
  • Open water dives during your training
  • Course materials (“The Diving Manual”, Student Notes and Qualification Book),
  • Use of club equipment and air fills
  • 12 months membership of Totnes Sub-Aqua Club
  • 12 months membership of BSAC

Pool training takes place at Totnes Leisure Centre and classroom sessions are usually at Meadowbrook Community Centre in Dartington, although are currently still likely to be delivered virtually, via Zoom . Training will generally take a few months, depending on your level of commitment and the weather. Open water training, in the sea, usually starts after Easter and takes place at weekends and some weekday evenings. Sites vary but typically include the Torbay and Plymouth areas.

Here is the course flyer: Ocean Diver Course 2022.  You can find further information about the course on the BSAC website, using this Ocean Diver link.

Next Ocean Diver course January 2022

We are recruiting for our next Ocean Diver course, starting in January 2022.  Places are limited, so if you are interested drop us an email as soon as possible.

Email: totnes.diveclub@gmail.com.