Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose BSAC?

The British Sub Aqua Club is recognised around the world for its high standard of training. Founded over 60yrs ago, with 1000 + clubs and over 45000 members worldwide it is the largest single diving club in the world. Training under the BSAC club based system allows you to go at a pace that suits you while enjoying all the benefits of a club atmosphere. The BSAC website ( can provide more information.

Why choose ECSAC in particular?

We are one of the largest and most active clubs in the area and have a wealth of equipment and great facilities.  We are also a friendly club and will do our best to make you welcome. We also run socials as well as dive trips.  The whole family can get involved. For more info take a look at All About ECSAC

How much does it cost?

For new members who are learning to dive the cost of joining our branch is around £300 all in (for Adult Diving Members) some of which is payable by direct debit after the costs of the training pack and and BSAC subs.

Prices for qualified divers wishing to join us are in the region of £200 per year (including your BSAC Subs), which can be split monthly by direct debit.  The prices varies depending on the grade, additional training requirements and if a crossover course is required.

Junior members will pay around £85 for annual diving membership and £32 for Snorkeling membership.

Social membership is £32. Contact our membership secretary for more detailed information if needed. You can find more details about joining on our Membership Page.

How old do I have to be to start diving?

To dive under the BSAC system you need to be 12 or over. We do ask that the parents of our younger members also join the club and accompany the child on club trips. Annual social membership costs just £32.

Children younger than 12 can join our Snorkeling section. See the Snorkeling page for full details.

What do I need?

Swimming costume, a t-shirt and a towel are all you need to start, but you may wish to buy your own mask and fins. We will provide all your training kit while you train to Ocean Diver. When you qualify we encourage you to buy your own kit to suit your personal needs.  Each pool session costs just £4. We hire the whole pool so you will have complete access to the pool including going down to the bottom of the 3 meter deep end.

Can I dive abroad?

Yes. BSAC qualifications are accepted and recognised around the world for their high standards.

Do I need to be a good swimmer?

No, but as with all water sports it helps to be comfortable in the water. As part of your training you need to swim 8 lengths but there is no time limit.  Your equipment is designed to provide buoyancy while on the surface and your training will teach you how to make the most of it while diving.

Where do you dive?

The club regularly dives at sites all over the uk and abroad.  Last year our UK trips included Anglesey, Loch Fyne, The Isles of Scilly, Mull, The Farne Isles and Scapa Flow and we have dived in Egypt, The Azores and many other exotic locations.  You can see our trip reports and planned trips elsewhere on the website including the trips page.