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Crossovers between different diving agencies


This page is provided as a helpful guide to understanding the similarities in training systems from different diving agencies.  Most of the agencies have a 'Crossover' system to compare similar training in order to give credit for training and qualifications already carried out with another agency. 

Each table has a link to the relevant website for their actual table, although we have taken care to reproduce them in their entirety on this page. Changes may occur however, as dive training changes over the years, so we suggest that if you are at all uncertain, please click on the relevant link to check that the table is up to date.

Not all the agencies are represented here, as not all of them produce a table anyway. Please email us by going here if you know of a similar table that would be suitable for this page, or if you think some of this information is incorrect.

"It is a bit like climbing a wall using two ladders with rungs at different pitches. You must go down some ways when crossing between ladders because it is unsafe to reach across and up"

-Mike Halligan.

The general idea with these tables is to establish a level from which to build upon, this is of course fraught with problems, as the training differs in each agency.

Once their level has been set, the diver should then be able to start training with the new agency.

It's not so much a case of 'Vive la Difference', as a case of 'Vive la Similaritie'

 

BSAC

PADI

SAA

SSAC

British Sub Aqua Club

Statement of Alternative training

All ‘Entry Level’ qualifications (which typically do not include rescue training) such as:

  • CMAS One Star Diver

  • Royal Navy Ships Diver

  • SAA Open Water Diver

  • SSI Open Water Diver

  • SSI Advanced Open Water Diver

  • BSAC club diver / Ocean diver

  • NASDS Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver

  • NAUI Scuba Diver and Advanced Scuba Diver

  • PADI Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver and AOWD Plus

All ‘Second Level’ qualifications (which must include rescue training) such as:

  • NASDS Rescue Diver

  • NAUI Scuba Rescue Diver

  • PADI Rescue Diver

  • SAA Club Diver

  • SSAC Third Class Diver/Sports Diver

  • BSAC Sports Diver

  • CMAS Two Star Diver

  • HSE Commercial Diver: HSE Scuba Diver / HSE Surface Supply Diver / HSE Surface Supply (Top Up) Diver / HSE Closed Bell Diver (formerly HSE Diver Part 4, 3, 1 and 2 respectively). See also Notes 4 and 5.

  • SSI Advanced Open Water Diver with ‘Stress and Rescue’ Speciality

All ‘Third Level’ qualifications (which must include dive leadership training) such as:

  • PADI Divemaster

  • SAA Dive Leader

  • SSAC Second Class Diver/Master Diver

  • SSI Dive Control Specialist

  • BSAC Dive Leader

  • NASDS Dive Supervisor

  • NAUI Divemaster

Any higher level of qualification, such as:

  • BSAC Advanced Diver

  • CMAS Three Star Diver

  • SAA Dive Supervisor

Because of the variation allowed in training leading to higher diving qualifications awarded by US diver training agencies, BSAC is unable to accept them as being of a similar standard to BSAC Advanced Diver. However Branch Diving Officers can judge additional experience and training on a case by case basis.

Notes on the table of similar qualifications

1. 'Try a Dive' Programmes such as Discover Scuba Diving do not include sufficient instruction to warrant any credits / exemptions from a full programme of BSAC Diver training.

2. BSAC will normally accept other agency snorkelling qualifications as directly equivalent to it's own.

Nothing in the SALT process removes or alters the Branch Diving Officers responsibility for the safety and well being of Branch members. If the DO feels that the skills of a new member, originally trained by another agency, are lacking, the DO is at liberty to require the member to undertake appropriate refresher training and/or limit their open water diving activities until a satisfactory level of skills performance is demonstrated.

This BSAC section was updated on 28/9/2001.

Thanks to Keith Lawrence for supplying the updated information.

Details for Instructors crossing over from another agency to a BSAC branch

The BS-AC Instructor Induction Programme

Click on the above link to visit the BSAC webpage

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Guide For Enrolment of BSAC Divers into a PADI Course

(This chart supersedes all previous charts issued)

This guide can be used by PADI Instructors wishing to establish where a diver holding a current BSAC certification would begin training within the PADI System of Diver Education. It represents the highest level course that each diver could enrol in.  At the PADI Instructor’s discretion, based upon their pre-assessment of the diver, they may decide to begin training at lower levels within the PADI System.

It should be noted that the final decision to allow the use of a certification from other recreational training organisations as prerequisites for further training within PADI, is at the discretion of the individual PADI Instructor.

Please note that all other course prerequisites must be met prior to the start of training.

 

BSAC 

PADI

Ocean Diver or Club Diver

may enrol in an

 Advanced Open Water Diver Course

Sport Diver 

may enrol in an

Advanced Open Water Diver Course

Sport Diver with at least 20 logged dives

may enrol in an

Rescue Diver Course

Dive Leader 

may enrol in an

Divemaster Course

Advanced Diver

may enrol in an

Divemaster or Assistant Instructor Course

Club Instructor 

may enrol in an

Instructor Development Course

Open Water Instructor  

may enrol in an

Instructor Development Course

Advanced Instructor  

may enrol in an

Instructor Orientation Course

                                                                               

A BSAC Novice I or II may be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver if they successfully complete the procedures for  "Accepting Referral Students From Certification Organisations Other Than PADI" as outlined in the PADI Instructor Manual.

This procedure includes the 4 PADI Open Water Dives from the Open Water Diver course, Scuba Review, Final Exam and Watermanship Assessment.

A BSAC Novice II diver could be accepted on to a PADI Advanced Open Water programme if they complete Open Water Dives 4 & 5 from the Open Water Diver course with the same PADI Instructor. In this instance, only Advanced Open Water Diver certification would be issued.    

Guide For Enrolment of SAA Divers into a PADI Course

SAA

 PADI

Club Diver 

may enrol in an

Advanced Open Water Diver Course

Club Diver (with at least 20 logged dives and Experience in Deep and Navigation)   

may enrol in an

Rescue Diver Course

Dive Leader (with at least 20 logged dives)

may enrol in an

Rescue Diver Course

Dive Leader (with Diver Rescue)

may enrol in an

Divemaster Course

Dive Supervisor (with Diver Rescue)

may enrol in an

Assistant Instructor Course

Assistant and Club Instructor (with Diver Rescue)

may enrol in an

Instructor Development Course

Regional Instructor

may enrol in an

Instructor Orientation Course

National Instructor

may enrol in an

Instructor Orientation Course

An SAA Elementary Diver may be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver if they successfully complete the procedures for  "Accepting Referral Students From Certification Organisations Other Than PADI" as outlined in the PADI Instructor Manual.  This procedure includes the 4 PADI Open Water Dives from the Open Water Diver course, Scuba Review, Final Exam and Watermanship Assessment.

Thanks to Rod Bateman for supplying the PADI information.

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Sub Aqua Association

Cross over guide

SAA

NAUI

PADI

BSAC

CMAS

Elementary Diver

 

Basic SCUBA

Novice Diver

 

Open Water Diver

SCUBA Diver

Open Water Diver

Ocean Diver

1 Star

Club Diver

Master SCUBA Diver

Adv. Open Water Diver + Rescue Diver

Sports Diver

2Star

Dive Leader

 

Dive Leader

2 Star

Dive Supervisor

Dive Master

Dive Master

Advanced Diver

3 Star

Dive Master

 

1 St Class Diver

4 Star

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Scottish Sub Aqua Club

Qualification conversion webpage

PADI OPEN WATER > SSAC SPORT DIVER

LECTURES

POOL (OR CONFINED OW) SKILLS

OPEN WATER SKILLS

ScotSAC Organisation

Rescue drill

15m shared ascent

Decompression Hazards and Avoidance

Swim with mask blanked out

10m rescue

Pass written lecture test

Simulated dive

Compass course

Log 5 hours underwater

Dives logged to SSAC standard

PADI ADVANCED OW DIVER > SSAC SPORT DIVER

LECTURES

POOL (OR CONFINED OW) SKILLS

OPEN WATER SKILLS

ScotSAC Organisation

Rescue drill

15m shared ascent

Decompression Hazards and Avoidance

Swim with mask blanked out

10m rescue

Pass written lecture test

Simulated dive

Compass course

Log 5 hours underwater

Dives logged to SSAC standard

PADI RESCUE DIVER > SSAC MASTER DIVER

LECTURES

OPEN WATER SKILLS

Expedition Organisation

20m & 30m shared ascents

Advanced Decompression

Remove and refit set

Compressor operation

Mask, regulator and signals drill

Pass written lecture test

Act as dive leader on four occasions

Act as expedition organiser on two occasions

Dives logged to SSAC standard and totalling 20 hours underwater

BSAC SPORT DIVER > SSAC SPORT DIVER

LECTURES

OPEN WATER SKILLS

SSAC Organisation

*Jump Entry

Decompression Hazards and Avoidance

*Regulator Sharing

Pass written lecture test

*15m Shared Ascent

*10m Rescue Drill

* Novice 2 only

*Compass Course

Note: Novice 1 must complete lecture schedule above and all Diver OW skills

Dives logged to SSAC standard and totalling 5 hours underwater

BSAC DIVE LEADER > SSAC MASTER DIVER

LECTURES

OPEN WATER SKILLS

SSAC Organisation

20m & 30m shared ascents

Advanced Decompression

Remove and refit set

Compressor operation

Mask, regulator and signals drill

Basic seamanship

Sweep search

U/W Navigation and Search Methods

Swim without mask

Pass written lecture test

Act as dive leader on two occasions

Act as expedition organiser on two occasions

Dives logged to SSAC standard and totalling 20 hours underwater

BSAC ADVANCED DIVER > SSAC MASTER DIVER

LECTURES

OPEN WATER SKILLS

SSAC Organisation

20m & 30m shared ascents

Advanced Decompression

Remove and refit set

Pass written lecture test

Mask, regulator and signals drill

Swim without mask

Act as dive leader on two occasions

Act as expedition organiser on two occasions

Dives logged to SSAC standard and totalling 20 hours underwater

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