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Elementary Diver

The SAA Elementary Diver is the first scuba certification level. A highly-trained SAAA / CMAS Instructor will teach you how to scuba dive in a relaxed, supportive learning environment.

By the end of the course, you'll have the skills and knowledge to dive at home or abroad to a maximum depth of 10 metres.

How Much Will It Cost?

Club Membership is £30 per annum.

The Elementary Diver Course will cost you approximately £450 which is split into three affordable chunks, of £150 each, over several weeks.


Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for answers to many of the questions we are often asked.

SAA Elementary Course

Learning to scuba dive is an amazing and life-changing experience!

Learn how to scuba dive with the SAA Elementary Diver - CMAS 1 Star - scuba diving course.
Learning to Scuba Dive.

At InDepth Dive Club we take the SAA Elementary Diver Course and split it into its three distinct sections:


We supply you with the SAA Diver Toolkit, various forms (opposite) for completion, and, as part of your SAA Membership you will receive the Student Record Folder, these will either get shipped directly to you or be given to you in person by your instructor.


You read the manual at home, typically at a rate of a chapter a week (faster if you wish). Your instructor will then arrange with you a mutually convenient time to go through the knowledge development, either in-person or via a Zoom video call for approximately 1 hour each week. These are usually done on a Thursday evening. Circa 7.30-8.30pm at the club. We do this for several consecutive weeks with the exam taking place on the final week.

This portion of the course will cost club members approximately £150.

2. CONFINED WATER (Swimming Pool)

Once you have completed all of the required paperwork you can start your pool training. We have a fortnightly pool session at Tewkesbury School Swimming Pool. 8.45pm - 9.45pm Which you would all be welcome to attend as club members. (Meet at 8.15pm or earlier if completing theory reviews with your instructor.)


We would do your first 'try dives' and then, once all the knowledge reviews are completed we would likely do either several weeks at the club and/or a full-day session, at Thornbury Swimming Pool, on top of the evening sessions already done.


The second £150 payment, would not be due until we start the pool training. So this breaks the cost up by about a month. These funds are used to pay for the swimming pool hire.


The third and final section / payment is the open water dives. Which would typically take place about a week after the full day confined water dives.

The costs here are to cover instructor expenses, kit hire, kit servicing and maintenance, replacement, gas etc.

Travel and dive site entry fees are not covered in this.

The Open Water dives are typically run at either Cromhall Quarry or Vobster Quay.

If you have questions, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page as you will find the answers to most of the questions we are often asked. If, however, you can't find the answer then please do get in touch via our 'Contact Us' feature.


The SAA Elementary Diver Course is available through the InDepth Dive Club. To enrol on a course you will need to Join the club. Click HERE to Join >>


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