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Learn to scuba dive

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Learn to scuba dive with HWSAC

Learning to scuba dive can be a life-changing experience, bringing a whole host of exciting underwater opportunities and friends to enjoy them with.

Training takes place all year round and we have an active diving program which runs from April to October. 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.

When you join a BSAC course you will see that diving skills are taught progressively so that each new experience is built upon step by step. Following basic training in the safety of a swimming pool or protected area, students soon complete their first open water dives to achieve Ocean Diver certification. This progression continues to Sports Diver and beyond, where open water skills and techniques are further developed, and experience gained. More on BSAC training

At the end of the training, you will have an internationally recognised qualification.

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What do you get from BSAC / HWSAC membership?

Should you wish to join High Wycombe Sub-Aqua Club, we can provide the following:

  • Nationally qualified instructors, dive leaders and dive organisers.
  • A friendly social environment for training, diving and recreation.
  • Fellow divers / buddies to dive with.
  • Equipment hire, boat, compressor etc. for training and diving.
  • Free air fills from the club compressor.
  • Cheap Nitrox fills from the club compressor.
  • Free swimming/pool access at Handy Cross pool on Thursday evenings.
  • Regular Branch meetings, training courses, open water dives and diving holidays.
  • Various Skill Development Course. (Practical Rescue Management, First Aid, Oxygen Administration, Boat Handling).

A number of different memberships levels are available from both BSAC and HWSAC to meet individual requirements (e.g. Full, snorkel, swim and social etc.).
Once you have joined BSAC you will be entitled to the following benefits:

  • 12 monthly copies of BSAC’s ‘Scuba’ dive magazine (online or paper).
  • Third Party Liability Insurance – not holiday diving insurance.
  • Access to all other BSAC member services.
  • BSAC organised National and Regional Skill Development Courses and Instructor Training.

Age restrictions:

Try dives

  • 12 years of age, mainly because of the late night training slot we have and limited amount of suitably sized kit.

BSAC diver training

  • 16 years of age is the HWSAC minimum.
  • BSAC allows training from 10 years of age, but with certain depth / task restrictions.
  • BSAC rules currently state that no new member may take part in any SCUBA or open water activity without a completed Self-Declaration Medical Form appropriate to their class of membership. A Self-Declaration Medical From is valid for one year and is required at each annual membership renewal.
  • If you do not meet the Self-Declaration requirements you will have to be signed off by a BSAC approved Diving Doctor before you can dive for real.

There is no maximum age limit for either a Try Dive or Diving as long as you meet the current self-declaration medical requirements.

Kit rental

HWSAC can hire out some of the major or more expensive items of scuba equipment. (BCDs, Regulators, Cylinders etc.) at very reasonable rates. However we cannot supply all the personal equipment that comprises a full scuba kit. So please take this into consideration when assessing the cost of learning to dive.

If you are interested in meeting us and finding out more, please do come along to the Wycombe pool and say hello! The club meets every Thursday evening from around 8:30pm till 10:30pm at the Handy Cross Wycombe Leisure Centre.

Start your scuba diving training!

Learning to dive with High Wycombe Diving Club is fun and great value. For many learning to dive starts with a Try Dive, why not take the plunge yourself to try it out?

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