I've just recently done a OW and AOW courses in eastern europe and since i permanently live in the UK I wanted to ask for advice on what is the best path to gain experience and progress in the UK. As far as I have been told AOW transfers to trainee sports diver in BSAC which means that you are not a sports diver yet but also not simply ocean diver already but are still limited to 20m even though I have done the Deep Diver speciality that allows for 40m limit.
So question No1 is whether a AOW with a Deep Diver speciality can get his depth limit extended to 40m when he transfers to bsac? This is a pretty important question for me because if I could dive with a limit of 40m I would not need to spend money to get Sports Diver and could just concentrate on getting as much experience as possible with my current qualification. After all the SD gives you a limit of 35m so whats the point of transferring to that?
I live in london and have looked at several clubs around London. Whilst I'm sure they offer some good training they also have both anual and per trip fees. So I suppose question No2 is whether it is wise to join a club and invest into training with it, or rather just find a more experienced dive buddy, go diving as much as possible and then invest into different courses like ADP or maybe GUE fundamentals instead of spending that money on club fees?
Thanks in advance for all of your help!