First Class Diver
What is a First Class Diver? A First Class Diver is a diver who has gained an extensive level of diving knowledge and diving skills. Their depth and breath of knowledge and skill supersedes any diver or training program of any other dive agency.
A First Class Diver is able to utilize a team of divers in order to achieve a major dive objective or tasks. First Class Diver’s are responsible for, and are actively involved in organizing major diving expeditions and exploration projects; making these Divers a key asset to both BSAC and dive expeditions in general. Since 1953 the BSAC has only trained 926 - First Class Divers. So if you are looking for a challenge and want to achieve a prestige award, then is program is for you.
The First Class Diver grade is the highest diving grade within the BSAC and as such, the First Class Diver is regarded as a highly respected diver. The First Class Diver’s grade also has an equivalent rating to that of a CMAS 4 Star Diver.
The entry requirements to take the First Class Diver Exam are as follows:
It is also recommended that you have attended the following course,
For candidates who don’t meet the above requirements, then these courses can be completed before the FCD exam.
The First Class Diver Exam
There isn’t any prescribed First Class Diver course as such. As a BSAC Advanced Diver you are already considered to be a fully trained diver. Once the candidate has completed a comprehensive self study program and has obtained the required entry level Skill Development Courses, they can then apply for the First Class Diver Exam.
It has been commented on, that if there were such a thing as a “degree in diving”, then the First Class Diver Exam would meet that requirement. So to help you to prepare for this exam, it is recommended that you attend a First Class Diver Workshop and you obtain the BSAC First Class Diver candidates study pack.
There are three elements to the exam. These are,
• Diving Knowledge Exam