Candidates must be at least 16 years of age, have a good level of fitness and be competent swimming in the sea. Prior to attending the course, it is strongly recommended that candidates should be able to swim at least 100m on their front and 100m on their back. And it is a prerequisite of the course that they are able to swim 400m in less than eight minutes.
Candidates should be able to surface dive to a depth of two metres, tread water for two minutes and climb out of deep water unaided and without the use of steps. Students are advised to bring their own quality wetsuits. All other training equipment is provided.