Learn to scuba dive

How do I get qualified?

The club’s nationally certified instructors are able to deliver the complete British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Diver Training Programme from Ocean Diver to Advanced Diver, as well as many Skills Development Courses (SDCs), e.g. first aid, rescue management, photography etc.

Each course is a mix of theory and practical sessions where skills are first taught in the swimming pool and then practiced again in open water.

For the entry-level Ocean Diver course, which qualifies you to dive to 20m, an average of five hours in the pool will have you ready for your open water training, but you will not be rushed though the pool training and so the duration will depend on your progress and attendance at training sessions.

How much does it cost?

During your training the club provides most of the scuba equipment you need so there is no need to buy kit yourself. The typical costs to get you started on the Ocean Diver course are:

  • Twelve months Marlin Sub-Aqua Club membership £50
  • Twelve months BSAC membership (direct debit) £49
  • Ocean Diver training fee £100
  • Ocean Diver training pack (course notes) £45

Once you move to the open water part of the course you will have other costs including:

  • Entry to Stoney Cove (per day) £22
  • Hire of thermal suit etc from Stoney Cove (per day) £20 (approx)
  • Open water instructor fee (per day) £25

Contact us for prices for other training courses.

How old do I need to be to start?

Marlin Sub-Aqua Club is currently able to offer training to new members (who are medically fit to dive) from 18 years of age.

Children between the age of 14–17 are able to undertake training providing that a parent/guardian is a member of the club (subject to assessment by the Diving Officer). The parent/guardian must take full responsibility for the supervision of the child at all times.

How do I book?

Contact us with questions or to book your course.