Learn to scuba dive


In a hurry? Here's the summary

  • We welcome women and men over 18 years of age as members, and children of members aged 14+
  • Join the club for £50 per annum plus BSAC membership
  • Get qualified as a scuba diver on Thursday evenings 8pm-10pm from £180 plus course pack fee

The beauty of the underwater world was certainly what drew me to diving initially, but it’s the sense of adventure I get that keeps me diving when the water temperature drops!

My favourite aspect of diving is just getting to try something new in a safe way with people that I know and trust (and have more experience). I’ll continue to try different aspects of diving with the club!

Joseph Taylor

Club Member, April 2023

How do I get qualified?

For the entry-level Ocean Diver course, which qualifies you to dive to 20 metres, an average of five hours in the swimming pool will have you ready for your open water training. You won’t be rushed though the pool training and so the duration depends on your progress and attendance at training sessions.

The course is a mixture of:

  • Classroom (theory) lessons, which can be done face-to-face on alternate Thursday evenings from 8pm to 10pm at the Griff and Coton Sports Club, or as e-learning if you prefer to study at other times
  • Sheltered water training in the swimming pool at Pingles Leisure Centre on alternate Thursday evenings from 8pm to 10pm, and
  • Open water training at Stoney Cove inland dives site during two full days either at the weekend or during the week to suit you.

A typical training schedule is shown below:

OT1Adapting to the underwater worldClassroomGriff & Coton
OS1Being underwaterSheltered waterPingles
OT2The effects of diving on the bodyClassroomGriff & Coton
OS2Basic skillsSheltered waterPingles
OT3Going divingClassroomGriff & Coton
OS3Developing skillsSheltered waterPingles
OT4Dive planningClassroomGriff & Coton
OS5Beyond the basicsSheltered waterPingles
OT5What happens ifClassroomGriff & Coton
OS6Safety skillsSheltered waterPingles
OT6Enjoying your divingClassroomGriff & Coton
Theory testClassroomGriff & Coton
OO1Introduction to open waterOpen waterStoney Cove
OO2Developing open-water skillsOpen waterStoney Cove
OO3Open-water rescue skillsOpen waterStoney Cove
OO4Buddy-diving skillsOpen waterStoney Cove

Frequently asked questions

Join Marlin Sub-Aqua Club online at bsac.com