How can I join the club?Just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and pop down for a chat with other members.
Members meet at the club every Tuesday from 7pm-9pm and go to a local pub afterwards for a social drink or two.
I am a PADI Open Water diver, can I join the club?
Yes, you can become a member straightaway. After a successful assessment dive in the pool you will be able to come on club dive trips and start enjoying UK diving! We offer free dry suit training to club members.
I would like to learn how to dive, where do I start from?
First, give it a try! Come down for a try dive in the pool with no obligation, one of our instructors will be happy to teach you the basics. The club will provide all the equipment you need for the session which will set you back just £25.
If you really enjoyed that first try dive and want to get qualified to be able to dive in the UK and around the world then join us and enroll in the Ocean Diver course. The course will teach you all the theory and practical skills you need to dive in open water.
See more information here.
Do I need a dry suit to dive in the UK?
It depends on the time of year and on how sensitive you are to cold. Most of our members have their own dry suit and wear it on all UK trips at all times of year. From July to November on the South coast the water temperatures can be above 17 degrees making a thick wet suit possible. In Scotland the temperature will never be much above 11 degrees – which is firm dry suit territory. Early season dives on the South coast can be as low as 6 degrees in the water – which is OK in a good dry suit but definitely not in a wet suit.
Can I rent a dry suit instead of buying one?
It’s generally very difficult to rent dry suits with almost no dive shops offering this service. The reason is that you need a dry suit that fits you well or it will leak.
Although it’s a big investment, by far the best solution is to get your own dry suit.
The club does have a small selection of dry suits that club members can try in the pool. If any of these fits you and doesn’t leak then you are welcome to rent it for dive trips – but beware of competition from other members!
Can I rent dive gear at the club?
Absolutely. Check out the kit rental fees for members here.
NB see the comments above about renting club dry suits!
How can I go on a dive trip, what is it like?
Dive time! Dive trips are organized by members for members and are published in the dive calendar every year. You can simply just email the organizer for the trips you would like to join.
For a typical weekend trip to the south coast we drive down on a Friday evening for a good night sleep and have 2 dives per day on Saturday and Sunday before returning back home. Accommodation, food and petrol costs are shared to keep costs low however you are free to arrange for your own accommodation if you wish.
How much does it cost to join the club?
If you are new to BSAC you will need to join BSAC as well as our branch (which can be done as a oner). If you are already a BSAC member then you only need to join our branch. See our fees page for details.
What is BSAC?
The British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) is the not-for-profit national governing body for scuba diving and snorkelling in the UK providing an internationally-recognised diver training and development programme via a network of clubs and centres across the country and overseas.
So whether you’re a qualified PADI (SAA, NAUI or other agencies) diver or only just started, tried it on holiday or would like to learn to scuba dive in good company, then BSAC is for you.
More info check out the BSAC website