Membership – Joining ECSAC

East Cheshire Sub Aqua Club is a branch of The British Sub Aqua Club, we are a diving club (A Community Amateur Sports Club) and as such we are not a business.  That said we can train you to dive (you get an internationally recognised qualification) or if you are already qualified you can join and come on our trips and use our facilities and develop your diving further if you wish. Members get access to our boats, clubhouse, free air fills, training and much much more.

If you are interested in joining our branch you will find all the information you need below.




Initial costs are around £200 (for adults) and £115 (for younger people between 12 and 17) which includes your membership to BSAC (providing third party insurance and a monthly magazine), and memebrship of our branch. 

If you wish to train then there is an additional charge (£95) that covers the costs of your training pack .

Payment can be made monthly via direct debit which will spread these costs over 10 months.  Club fees include the use of our fantastic facilities and your free air fills. The only additional cost is your entry to the pool if you need to use it.pooltraining

One of the key things you will need to do is complete a medical form, (download a copy here – BSAC Medical Form).  If you have to answer a “Yes” to any of the medical questions you will need to get a “fit to dive” check done by a diving doctor.  We can advise on that if needed and provide contact details for suitable doctors to approach.  If you are able to answer “No” to all the questions then you can sign the form and you are self-certified and good to go.

If you are new to scuba diving we can loan you the scuba equipment you will need for your pool training.  This is provided free but we do ask for a deposit of £100 which we will refund once you have completed your training and have returned the equipment back to the club and have completed the direct debit payments of your first year’s membership*.

You will also be issued with a training pack, this contains all the study materials and your qualification record book in which you can track your training.



The pack also contains the pre-paid application for your certification card which is completed by us once you finish your training.  There is then nothing further to pay when you send off for your qualification card.

**  Please note: Members who pay by Direct Debit receive a £10.00 discount on their first annual payment of the BSAC Fees.

  Annual BSAC subscription ECSAC Membership Total
Club Diver, Ocean Diver, Sports Diver, Dive Leader, Assistant Diving Instructor, Theory Instructor & Practical Instructor £60.00 £144.00 £204.00
Club Instructor, Open Water Instructor, Advanced Diver £55.00 £144.00 £199.00
Advanced Instructor, First Class Diver £49.75 £144.00 £193.75
National Instructor £40.00 £144.00 £184.00
Joint Member* (second member of a household aged 18 years or over who joins as a full diving or full snorkelling member * previously known as ‘Abated’ £41.50 £144.00 £185.50
Junior Diving Member (for divers aged between 12 and 17 years) £31.50 £84.00 £115.50
Student Member (for those in full-time education and over 18) £31.50 £84.00 £115.50
Full Snorkelling Member (available to any individual aged 18 years or over) £20.00 £36.00 £56.00
Junior Snorkelling Member (available to any individual aged six years or over) £20.00 £14.00 £34.00

The BSAC Membership rates increased as of 1st March 2018 – by an average of £1.50 and in 2019 by £1. 

ECSAC Club Fees have remained at the same level for over 10 years!

Joining ECSAC means you get to join one of the best clubs in the UK.  We have been featured on BBC Breakfast and have won many awards for the good work we do in the diving community as well as the expeditions and projects we get involved in.

We can introduce you to the amazing underwater world and you’re only a few lessons away from enjoying scuba diving anywhere in the world.


We can support your training all the way up to First Class Diver, BSAC’s highest qualification level and have regular sessions covering components of all the BSAC Diver Grades.

Further Training

With East Cheshire Sub Aqua club you can progress from Ocean Diver to Sports Diver, Dive leader and Advanced Diver, we can even support you up to the heady heights of First Class Diver if you wish. The club can provide much of the training and support that you need to progress as far as you want.

Click on the poster on the left for full details of BSAC’s diver grades and the route to becoming an instructor.

If you wish we can also train you in deeper technical diving and take you from Ocean Diver right through to 80 meter Hypoxic Trimix Diving.


Interested? Want to know more? Please drop us an email to

You can also find a lot more information about the club on the other pages of our website, particularly on the “All about ECSAC Page” so have a look around and if you are interested please either drop us an email or give us a call for a chat.

You can either leave us a message on our answering machine (this is is only checked weekly on a Thursday) or you can call our Diving Officer direct on 07896 625215 for an immediate response.

* – this is due to some members receiving training and immediately cancelling their membership and thus gaining a qualification without having paid an annual membership.  The option to pay by direct debit was a means of spreading the cost of a year’s membership, not intended as a way of making it a monthly membership. As it is possible to qualify in just three months we had unfortunately had some people who paid just £44 to the club (three months) and had a lot of our instructor’s time and then left the club which devalues what we do.  We feel the requirement to hold a deposit until the membership is paid is a fair option for what is a very good value membership.  We of course want to delight our dive trainees and have them stay with the club for a long time and get involved in all aspects of the club.   If you are genuinely just interested in paying for a qualification and leaving we would prefer you to gain your qualification with PADI or another agency (which is a perfectly good way of doing it).  We would rather our members joined the club to be part of something special and join in the social and wider aspects of the club as well.