We Meet Every Tuesday Evening at our Clubhouse, the Guildford Waterside Centre
If you are new to diving and are interested in exploring a new sport or an experienced diver looking for a great dive club come and visit us and let us introduce you to the best dive club in Surrey.
For new member enquiries please contact us for information about the club and find out how to join the next Ocean Diver Course.
From beginner to experienced, we provide a full training programme that enables divers to progress through a framework of qualifications at their own pace.
For new member enquiries, more information about the club and to find out how to join the next Diver Course, please contact us.
Guildford Sub-Aqua Club offers try diving sessions to anyone who is interested to give it a go and experience the thrill of breathing under water! We will supply you with all the necessary kit and you will spend between 30 minutes to an hour in the pool with an experienced qualified instructor, who will give you an insight into what we are sure you will find to be a most enjoyable experience.
This try dive is open to young* and old alike and all that we ask is that you bring with you an open mind and your swim suit and have fun! All try dives take place at the Spectrum Leisure Complex in Guildford Surrey, every Tuesday night between 9 and 10pm. So if you want to experience it for yourself, whether it be your first time or not then contact our Reception Officer.
Please note try-dives do need to be arranged in advance and you will need to come to the Waterside Centre first so we can arrange equipment and introduce you to an instructor. We will make a nominal charge for the try-dive. However, this will be refunded if you decide to join the club.
* Minimum Age for Membership of Guildford BSAC is 14.
It's easy for PADI qualified (or other agency divers) divers to dive with BSAC
If you have a recognised qualification you do not have to do any cross-over or further training (unless you want to!). It doesn't matter who you trained with (recreational, commercial or military), if you've never dived in the UK before or if you haven't dived for a few seasons - all very welcome - please join us!
Instructors who have trained with other agencies are also exceptionally welcome. There is a straightforward induction process which recognises instructor qualifications and accreditation to able to deliver BSAC instruction.
If you’re interested in experiencing diving with us, contact our reception officers for details
There are five internationally-recognised BSAC diver grades, from the entry level Ocean Diver through to our highest grade, First Class Diver.
You will learn to dive on this entry level course. Max depth 20m.
Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 35m after qualifying. Sports Divers can embark on the first stage of the route of instruction.
Dive Leader training covers responsibilities and safety of leading other divers. Depth can be built progressively
to a maximum of 50m after qualifying. Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor.
Divers gain experience in planning dives at different sites and different circumstances.
Additional experience will be gained in using small boats, chartwork. navigation and many other related skills. Advanced Divers
are eligible to progress to Advanced Instructor.
BSAC's highest diving grade which requires a higher than average level of theoretical knowledge, organisational and personal diving skills.
We offer a wide range of special interest courses, designed to ensure you get the very best out of your diving. Our regulary courses include:
More Skill Development Courses (SDCs) are regularly held by Regional Coaching Teams and BSAC Centres.
Guildford BSAC is a club branch of the British Sub Aqua Club and, for the past 50 years has been training scuba divers and organising recreational diving around the UK and overseas. We are a not for profit members club and offer a safe and informal environment to enjoy scuba diving, meet and make friends and learn more about diving and the oceans.
In house training is offered for complete beginners through to instructors and specialist courses are provided such as boat handling and dive gas mixing.
We regularly dive all around the UK on reefs and wrecks enjoying the huge range of fish and fauna in our waters. Our members also organise holidays abroad with memorable trips to Indonesia, Maldives and the Red Sea..
We typically have over 80 diving members, they are the life-blood of our club. Our members have a varied range of qualifications and interests, so whatever type of diving you are into, it can be pursued in our club.
Our clubhouse at the Guildford Waterside Centre provides a great social base where our members can enjoy a drink, share stories and prepare for dive trips. We have a purpose-built boat shed for our two 6m RHIBs and our compressor. Air is free to all members and Nitrox is provided at club rates. We also provide all dive kit, except drysuit, to members while in training and qualified members can hire kit at modest rates.
We are a well-qualified BSAC Branch with members diving qualifications ranging from 1st class divers through to trainees and over 20 members with a diver training qualifications.
World-class training, amazing diving and great company - there’s so much more to being a member of BSAC
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* As an exmaple, a new member Ocean Diver will cost £321 for the 1st year and renewal will cost £221.
Although not classed as a "dangerous" or "extreme" sport, diving is adventurous sport and you do need to ensure that you are with a properly qualified instructor - its not something to attempt on your own!
Learning to dive with a club has many advantages:
The school system suits some people better, and some of the advantages of this system are listed below:
Training from either type of organisation follows a broadly similar pattern, the entry level course will consist of three elements:
The entry level qualification for BSAC is "Ocean Diver". This qualifies you to dive to a depth of 20m. Further BSAC qualifications are "Sports Diver", "Dive Leader", "Advanced Diver" and "First Class Diver". There is a parallel set of instructor qualifications. The depth to which you are qualified to dive increases with diver grade.
The entry level qualification for PADI (an example of a school) is "Open Water" which qualifies you to dive to 18m. Further PADI qualifications are "Advanced Open Water", "Rescue" and "Dive Master". PADI also run courses in specialities such as underwater photography.
We are easy to find, located at the Riverside, near the river Wey in Guildford.