So, you're thinking about joining? Here are some facts about what you can expect from our BSAC training and qualifications and joining MEWBSAC Itself...
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.
This course provides you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving. Learning to dive is all about learning to use your equipment properly and safely. The Ocean Diver training course concentrates on preparing you for this in the safety of a swimming pool or sheltered water and then introducing you to open water in a controlled and safe manner. This also gives you the opportunity to practice safety skills in the company of a qualified instructor or experienced diver.
In Sports Diver training, the emphasis is on building a sound foundation of open water diving skills and experience through a series of structured practical lessons. Once you have gained this open water experience with a qualified instructor, you are ready to take part in dives with other Sports Divers or those of higher grades.
Dive Leader training concentrates on the responsibilities and safety aspects of leading other divers on an open water dive. Practical lessons in rescue management and rescue skills will give you the confidence and ability to deal with those unforeseen emergencies. Leading a dive will develop your enjoyment, confidence and experience as a diver.
The Advanced Diver course further develops your knowledge and skills. You will gain experience in planning and organising dives at different sites and under different circumstances. Additional experience will be gained in using small boats, chartwork. navigation and many other related skills.
The good news is that there is no "joining fee" to join MEWBSAC - we really want you to join our Club! Full Diving Membership of National BSAC (which you need for insurance and qualifications) is £55 annually and MEWBSAC subscriptions are £14 a month. This covers all your training up to your first qualification and we can also lend you full SCUBA kit while you train. Bargain.
Do I have to buy a lot of gear?
Eventually, yes you do. You will spend between £500 and £1500 on a full set of kit - although we can lend you most of the kit while you are in your first phase of training. Initially, all you need is a mask, fins and snorkel. Over the next few months, most trainees begin to buy their own kit at their own pace - although we usually find that new divers are so keen on their new sport that this happens pretty quickly! This approach to accumulating kit gives time to save or use birthdays, Christmas and discounts available to keep down the cost. It also gives opportunities to discuss, observe and even borrow different items of kit before you buy. You are always welcome to take more experienced divers with you when you buy and there is often good second-hand kit available within the club or through neighbouring clubs with whom we have links.
What do I do now?
You can contact us using the Contact Form in this site, or can come along to one of our regular pool sessions and make yourself known - we'd love to meet you!!