The HSE SCUBA DIVER qualification allows open circuit Scuba Divers in the UK to meet the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP). This is required for any diving activity where payment of any kind is made to the diver.

Successful completion of the course provides approved diving qualification under the ACOPs required for:

- Recreational Diving                             - Archaeological Diving
- Scientific Diving                                    - Media Diving
- Shellfish Diving                                    - Inshore Diving
- Any other related ACOPs

In addition to receiving the HSE Scuba Diver qualification candidates will receive on successful completion appropriate recreational certification deemed necessary based on the level of prior diving certification and experience that a candidate already has and may include:

- Oxygen Provider certification
- First Aid at Work certification
- Dry Suit certification
- Open Water certification
- Advanced Open Water Certification
- Rescue Diver

These recreational certifications are based on a full course pricing and several conditions and candidates are not automatically entitled to all or any of the qualifications unless specified in advance in a written agreement with the candidate.  

Candidates must have appropriate fitness and will have completed prior to the course start date a HSE certificate of medical fitness to dive. This can be obtained from a suitably qualified doctor.
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The course is open to three types of individual:
- non diver
- experienced non certified diver
- experienced certified diver

Different programs are available for each type ensuring minimum dive experience of 75 dives prior to final certification. The equivalency for experienced certification is based on the CMAS 3 * with at least 50 drysuit dives of which 10 are in the 25 metre category or below with a pre assessment in water and academically. Logged dives are required. Logbooks will be maintained throughout the course provided by the candidate and prior experience proof logbooks will be inspected. During all course diving a supplied computer will be attached to each diver for the purposes of producing independent records of each dive.

Divers who meet the requirements of Puffin Dive Centre pre assessment both in water and theoretical will be eligible to take the reduced program.

Purchase benefits are available with significant discounts for course participants. Contact the Puffin Dive Centre shop and discuss. A further option for items needed during the course may be rental on a long-term hire - discuss your requirements at the time of booking. It is essential that any equipment used or provided by the student meets the functionality criterion set down by Puffin Dive Centre in turn to meet the Health and Safety Executive requirements or best practice.

The courses are run monthly and last between 14 and 21 days depending on level and ability at the outset. Candidates will join courses at their appropriate level subject to reassessment.

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