Diver Development and Mentoring


From progressive BSAC diver grade training programmes to one-off skills development courses, we tailor our training programmes to members’ needs, all delivered in a friendly, supportive and safe environment. The Clubhouse at Netherton Reservoir houses a classroom, which accommodates our non-water-based training.

Our Club’s qualified instructors, who give up their time free of charge (but never refuse a beer!), teach the following courses, conforming directly to the guidelines laid out by BSAC. Tuition is included in your membership fees and includes all necessary theory sessions.

  • Ocean Diver
  • Sports Diver
  • Dive Leader

Initial scuba training takes place in the pool at Halesowen Leisure Centre. Students are given full instruction in the pool to familiarise themselves with the use of scuba equipment and safe diving practices, before progressing into open water at Netherton Reservoir.

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

  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training
  • Compressor operation training

These courses incur a one-off fee, 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 also encourage our members to follow their personal diving interests and attend BSAC training sessions around the country.

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

Do I need my own equipment?

Scuba equipment, weight belt, cylinders, regulators and BC Jacket can be supplied by the club, (on receipt of a 50% returnable deposit of £100). This can be used until the student passes their first diving qualification Club Diver. Mask, fins and snorkel are usually considered to be more personal items, new members are usually expected to purchase their own up on joining the club (Cost £70 – £100).

The Nautilus Training Team

Our Diving Officer Mark Smith –

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

BSAC Skill development courses

Instructor Courses


If you are interested in any of the above training, or have any questions regarding training please contact Mark Smith, Training Officer, at