Diving Course for Beginners

If you are interested in scuba diving training, you can choose diving courses organized by expert instructors at the Bosporus Underwater Research Center within the CMAS (Confederation Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques - World Underwater Events Confederation) standards. By successfully completing the courses, which do not require any prerequisites and for which the dive equipment is provided by the program, you are able to receive the desired diving certificate.

Scuba Diving Training

After sport diving become popular within a very short time a group of people, one of which was Jacques Cousteau, founded the CMAS on January 10, 1959. The CMAS, which aims to standardize and further develop the sportive underwater activities in the member countries has federations on 83 countries on 5 continents. The only valid document in Turkey regarding laws and regulations on diving is the CMAS badge. CMAS is represented in Turkey by the TSSF (Turkey Underwater Sports Federation). Our diving courses, given within Istanbul Akvaryum, are carried out by CMAS instructors according to CMAS standards.


In order to participate in the course and to SCUBA dive it is sufficient to present a medical report that states that it is safe for you to dive and you have to know how to swim. The document to be used in the doctor's report can be obtained from our company. You don't have to buy any diving equipment. All diving equipment will be provided free of charge during the course. Before the sea dives it is necessary to continue the courses, practice in the pool and successfully finish the theoretical exams.

Diving Course Price

Our recommended course fee is for a CMAS-certified training, which includes theoretical training (12 hours), textbook, pool training, and all diving equipment to be used in the pool and sea dives. Participants who successfully finish the program can chose their desired certificate system and receive their badge.

Course price: 1700 TL + VAT (includes theoretical diving, aquarium dives and sea dives)

Not included in the price: Transportation to the diving area and accommodation.

Course Program:

The course consists of theoretic lessons, practical pool training and open sea dives.

Theoretic lessons:

  • The 12-hour program takes place on Saturday-Sunday (10:00 - 16:00) and begins every 3rd week of the month.
  • Courses during the week are held on Tuesday-Thursday from 19:30-21:30 and last for 3 weeks. They begin every second Tuesday of the month.
  • Special courses are organized for groups of 6 people and more.
  • The diving courses are also offered in English, French and German.

Sea Dives:

It takes at least 2 days to receive the badge. Sea dives are carried out in the South and the Marmara region (Saroz, Çanakkale, Gökçeada, Bodrum, Fethiye, Marmaris or Kaş). The closest dives are daily dives near Istanbul on the islands Yassıada or Sivriada. At least two of the dives are done in the aquarium, besides the main tank.

People who complete 4 dives can do their fifth dive in the main tank of Istanbul Akvaryum together with the sharks.

Since safety during the dive and for the trainer is the most important thing, the ratio of student/trainer in pool dives and the first sea dive will not exceed 2/1.

Additional Information for Corporate Courses:

Nowadays diving is more than a simple hobby. From an institutional point of view, it brings true solidarity, positive emotions and creativity for the creation of team spirit.

Specially closed group courses can be organized for institutions on demand. Theoretical classes of groups of 6 people or more can be held in their offices.

About Us

The Bosporus Underwater Research Center (BSAM) was founded in 1997 in order to conduct research and develop diving techniques on underwater subjects. High altitude diving research, documentary shootings, underwater robot design, closed circuit breathing device design and diving training constitute our main activities.

In our center we offer courses and seminars for experienced divers besides basic diving training. At the moment BSAM provides consulting and training services for Boğaziçi University, Koç University, Sabancı University, Galatasaray University, Van 100. Yıl University and İstanbul University. In this context, we also offer diving courses for various companies and organizations: Some of our references are: Citibank, Garanti bankası, Koç Holding, Otokar, IBM, Koç University Alumni Association and Boğaziçi University Alumni Association.