All of the club dives are on the dive list. Once you are a member of the club you can sign up for any dive that is within your qualification.
How to book dives – Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space on a dive. The earlier you do this, the better, as some dives fill up quickly. If a dive is already full, it’s still worth emailing and asking to be put on the reserve list in case someone has to drop out. Booking early also helps the committee decide whether to offer unfilled spaces to people outside the club. Remember to book plenty of dives, in case some get cancelled (“blown out”) due to bad weather. All members are strongly encouraged to do a lake dive before your first sea dive of the year, so you can check you and your kit are in good working order.
Minimum qualification – This is specified for each dive in the “Minimum Grade Required” and is based on how challenging and deep a dive will be. If you have questions about whether you’re able to join a dive, please speak with Ken, our Diving Officer, or one of the full instructors.
Limits on numbers – Most of the dive boats we use can accommodate 12 divers, but some boats (e.g. Buccaneer, based in Shoreham) accommodate 10, and for some dives we may have only booked a few spaces or may be sharing a boat with others, which is why spaces on the dive list are blacked out. For lake trips, numbers are not limited.
Dive costs – The cost of club dives is usually £50 per diver per day (2 dives per day). In some cases, the dive boat costs us more, but the club will subsidise the dives from the monthly club fees you pay, so you still pay £50. For some dives, the club may have to charge more or less than £50 per diver per day, for example if accommodation is included. For lake dives an entry fee of around £10 is usually charged.
Please remember that if you sign up for a dive and cancel with less than one month notice you are responsible for filling the vacated space or you will be liable for paying for the space. This rule applies even if you cannot dive because of sickness.
How to pay – The dive organiser will normally send an email out to attendees after the dive has happened, advising you what you need to pay. You normally pay your money to the club via online transfer, unless advised otherwise. Prompt payment (and a relevant reference) is appreciated. Lake dives are paid for on the day, directly to the dive site operators. Payment for boat dives at Swanage is usually made directly to Divers Down. Deposits are needed for some trips (e.g., Red Sea and Shetland).
Cancellations policy – If you book yourself onto a club dive you can cancel up to 1 month before the dive, without being charged. If you cancel less than 1 month in advance, you will be liable for the cost of the dive, unless your place is taken up by someone else. Different rules apply to some trips (e.g., Red Sea and Shetland) – check with the organiser.
Accommodation – The club doesn’t normally organise accommodation for divers. Liveaboards obviously include your accommodation. For other dive trips, ask around the club – we’ve usually been to these places before, and can recommend B&Bs. Also, take a look at the dive list to see who else is on the trip you are interested in – they might be interested in sharing a room with you.
Transport – Transport to dives is organised by members. If you don’t have your own vehicle, ask around the club – many members are willing to provide lifts. A contribution towards petrol etc is normally welcomed. If there are enough of you needing transport, you might want to look into hiring a vehicle.
Club kit – Ross is our heroic Equipment Officer. Members are welcome to rent club kit for dive trips, but priority will be given to students doing training. It’s advisable to acquire your own dive kit as soon as you can, rather than relying on club kit. Any rented kit must be rinsed and returned to the Dive Manager or your instructor. The club charges reasonable kit hire fees. Club cylinders may need refilling (or fills paid for). If the club doesn’t have wetsuits, boots, hoods, fins or gloves in your size these can be rented at lakes and from various dive shops/centres, or you could ask around the club for loans.
Who organises dives? – Although the club has a committee of volunteers that organises most of the club’s dive calendar, any member of the club can help with organising a dive, or a specific aspect of a dive trip. If you have an idea, or want to help out, please let the organiser or a member of the committee know.
Help with organising club dive kit rentals, booking a restaurant for weekend trips, co-ordinating fills and car sharing etc would be very welcome. For members who are now Sports Diver qualified, remember that organising dives forms part of BSAC’s Dive Leader training – some day dives on the club’s calendar provide opportunities for DL students to complete that part of their training. Please also note that anyone in the club can organise their own diving (within the limits of their qualification), you DO NOT need to file a dive plan with the Diving Officer to be covered by BSAC’s 3rd party insurance, but it is polite and you may get helpful advice.
Where did we go diving in previous years?