Training

We make sure that our training programmes to members’ needs and all sessions are delivered in a friendly, supportive and safe environment. The Clubhouse at Netherton Reservoir has a classroom where we hold our theory and dry practical lessons.

Diver Training and Development

Our Club’s qualified instructors teach the following courses, which conform to BSAC guidelines. All of these diver qualifications are included in your membership fee:

Initial training is in the pool at Halesowen Leisure Centre. You will be able to get used to using scuba equipment and how to dive safely. Once both you and the instructor are comfortable you will move into open water at Netherton Reservoir.

Skills Development Courses

We are keen to expand our members’ skills by running one-off BSAC skills development courses (SDCs) at the Club. In recent months our members have taken part in:

  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training
  • Compressor Operator training
  • Buoyancy and Trim Workshop
  • O2 Administration
  • Practical Rescue Management

There is a one-off fee for these courses, but are well worth considering in order to expand your diving knowledge and skills beyond diver grade programmes. Fee is dependent on the course. 

We encourage our members to follow their personal diving interests by attending BSAC training sessions around the country.

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Mark and Ran saving lives in the AED training session
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Another successful training session

One of our members also recently ran an informal lecture on ‘Zen Diving’. This was purely from a personal interest in understanding the human physiology of diving. The session discussed the mammalian reflex, and becoming as efficient as possible with breathing (thus using less air and allowing longer dive times, the holy grail!)

Do I need my own equipment?

New trainees can borrow scuba equipment, weight belt, cylinders, regulators and buoyancy compensators from the Club. You can be use this equipment until you pass your Ocean Diver qualification when we expect you to buy your own kit. We can usually loan smaller items of kit to members on a short-term basis.

Mask and fins are more personal items, therefore you may want to purchase your own when you begin your training (cost £70 – £100).

Dudley Nautilus Instructors

Diving Officer Matt Bird – do@dudleynautilus.co.uk

  • Mark Smith Open Water Instructor
  • Ran Maglione  Open Water Instructor
  • Matt Bird Open Water Instructor
  • Carl Speckner  Assistant Open Water Instructor
  • Mark Taylor Assistant Diving Instructor
  • Mark Collins – Assistant Diving Instructor
  • Nicki Maglione  Assistant Diving Instructor

BSAC Skill development courses

Instructor Courses

Questions?

If you are interested in any of the above training, or have any questions please contact Matt Bird, Diving Officer, at training@dudleynautilus.co.uk.