Learning to scuba dive can be a life-changing experience, bringing a whole host of exciting underwater opportunities and friends to enjoy them with.
From beginner to advanced, Severnside Sub-Aqua Club provides the full BSAC training programme enabling divers to progress through a framework of qualifications at their own pace.
BSAC’s Ocean Diver course is the place to start. This entry-level open water diver qualification will equip you with the core skills to dive to a maximum of 20 metres in open water, in the UK and abroad.
With BSAC, diving skills are taught progressively, with each new skill and experience built upon, step-by-step. The blend of theory, swimming pool and open water skills sessions along with continual technique practice enables you to develop your diving in a safe and enjoyable way.
With BSAC there are six internationally-recognised diver grades, from the entry-level Ocean Diver through to First Class Diver.
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To learn to scuba dive with Severnside Sub-Aqua Club will cost you around £300.
Training, diving and qualifying with Severnside Sub-Aqua Club is great value. The upfront costs for adults are just over £100, and then around £200 over the course of your training.
This includes your BSAC membership fee, branch fee and other sundries such as training packs, kit hire and dive site entrance fees.
As a beginner, you will have lots of questions about scuba diving equipment. Do I need all the dive kit from the very start? How expensive is it to get all the kit I need?
Once you start your Ocean Diver training, it’s a good idea to purchase your own basic gear – a mask, fins and snorkel.
When you progress to open water you will require a semi-drysuit or drysuit. We do have a limited number of semi-drysuits which can be borrowed from our club, but you may want to purchase your own to ensure a good fit and familiarisation. It is often only when you are qualified that divers obtain their own full set of gear, although some prefer to hire it, especially when travelling overseas.
As with most specialist gear, there can be a huge range in prices, but budget on £100 upwards for a pair of fins, mask and snorkel. Wetsuits for UK diving start from around £150 and drysuits from £500, going up to over £1,000 for a top-end drysuit. To fully equip a diver, expect to pay around £1,500 although if your kit is well-maintained this will be a long-term investment.
We have Regulators, BCDs, fins, weights and cylinders which can be borrowed for training, so there is no need to rush out and purchase new kit!
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