Sub-Aqua SAA Qualification levels

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Elementary Diver

Has completed a series of 12 theory lectures
Passed a written examination
Completed Pool training
Passed the Pool assessments
Undertaken one Open water dive in the sea or a lake at a depth under 10m.

An elementary diver is fully pool trained but inexperienced in open water. When diving in Open Water an elementary diver must be accompanied by a minimum of Dive Leader or above.

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Open Water Diver (CMAS *)

Has completed a series of at least four open water dives in a variety of conditions which may include: hard-boat dive, RIB dive, shore dive, wreck dive, drift dive and lake or quarry dive. They have shown competent buoyancy control, rescue techniques and have completed all training drills to the satisfaction of the Training Officer.

An open water diver has additional practical experience but in open water must be accompanied by another diver who has a minimum qualification of Dive leader.

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Club Diver (CMAS **)

Has completed a series of 6 theory lectures
Passed a written examination
Completed further pool training and assessments
Undertaken minimum of twenty four open water dives
Passed the diver Rescue training
Passed Dry suit training
Completed a minimum of at least two additional courses (eg, Oxygen Administration, Radio Operators licence course, Diving First Aid, Nautical Archaeology Course)

A Club Diver is a qualified open water diver and may dive with others holding an equal or greater diving qualification. They are not considered to have sufficient experience to take elementary or Open Water divers on open water dives.

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Dive Leader (CMAS **)

(Over 18 years of age only)

Has completed a series of 6 further theory lectures
Passed a written examination
Completed further training and assessments
Undertaken minimum of fifty open water dives

A Dive Leader is a diver who has had additional experience in both practical and theory and has a proven ability to lead divers underwater. A dive leader may dive with any grade of diver.