Frequently Asked Questions
If you want to know something that's not listed here then please come and see us or drop us an email.
What does it cost to join the club?
The club fees are broken down into two sections: How much it costs to join Thorne Sub Aqua Club (TSAC) and how much it costs to join the BSAC. Both fees are mandatory and this is the same for all BSAC clubs.
The fees to join TSAC are used to maintain and insure the club RIB and for the up keep of branch diving equipment. The club is not run to make a profit and the money is spent on developing its resources.
The BSAC fees give you, amongst other benefits, Third Party Diving Insurance, a monthly magazine (DIVE - www.divemagazine.co.uk), and subsidised training materials. For the full benefits of being a member visit www.bsac.com.
If you are already a member of the BSAC and are just transferring branches then the branch fee will be divided pro rata between your joining date and our common renewal date. There is no limit on how many branches one diver can be a member of. If you are already a member of a BSAC branch and would also like to join TSAC then you just need to pay the branch fee - you do not have to pay the BSAC a second time.
Fees: BSAC Membership £52
Branch Fees £60.
The above prices are based on full rates. The BSAC membership price decreases as you become more qualified to reflect the contribution that this makes to the organisation.
How much does it cost to start diving?
Like many other sports diving does require the purchase of some initial equipment. A full set of good quality second hand gear can be bought for around £1000 - or you can purchase new equipment and spend as much as you like!
Not all the equipment has to be bought at the same time and once purchased it will last for many years if looked after correctly.
Of course if you are buying second hand gear then make sure you get some advice first on what to look for and what a fair price for the equipment is. Better still, if you can, bring the kit along to the club and we'll look it over for you.
Where do you dive?
We dive all around the UK and abroad. In the summer we try to spend as much time in the sea as possible. In winter, or when the weather is bad, we use a number of inland training venues to keep our skills up to date. Look at the links page for some of the locations we use.
How much will my training cost?
NOTHING. The training is all part of the BSAC fee. None of the instructors get paid for training and all their time is given for free. Once you get towards specialist training some of the courses do have to be paid for but the price of these courses only covers the hire of specialist equipment and the course materials. Again, all the instructors give their time for free. The average prices of one of these courses varies from £15 to £30.
What equipment have you got to have?
At the beginning you can hire all the equipment you need, this is usually quite cheap, approximately £20 per day. As your training progresses we encourage you to buy your own kit but not having any will not stop your training.
What kind of equipment will I be using?
As with other sports the range of equipment is wide and really depends upon the type of diving you do and how much you can afford. At the beginning of the training you will only need the basics and its only as your training and diving progresses that you will require more equipment.
Typical basic equipment would be:
Buoyancy Control Device (Stab jacket)
Regulator (1st stage and demand valve)
There are many reviews available on the internet for this kind of kit, but you should only buy after you have had your initial lectures and sought some advice. Within the club there are many kinds and makes of kit so we can offer an unbiased opinion on most options.
Am I too old / unfit to dive / too young to dive?
So long as you are confident in the water and can easily lift about 20kg then you are fit enough to dive. We do insist that all new divers pass a sports medical before their training commences. These require about an hours consultation with your GP.
You must be over 14 to train with the club and anyone under the age of 18 will require an adult present at all times.
If you have any specific medical conditions or take medication on a regular basis then we suggest you seek specific advice from the BSAC as to whether you can dive or not.
How long will it take to train me?
The training program is very relaxed and usually takes around 8 weeks to complete the theory and basic skills (done in a swimming pool), after this you will need a couple of weekends to complete the open water training. This is done in specific training sites situated around the UK. These are usually disused quarries that have been specifically adapted to cater for training divers. Once this stage of your training is complete you will be able to dive in supervised sites at sea. As your experience grows more training will be offered to you. It is you decision how far you take it.
Do I have to be a strong swimmer?
No, but you do need to be confident in the water.
How deep can I dive?
The depth you can dive to is largely controlled by your qualification and experience. However, the BSAC have removed a maximum depth limit and permit diving below 80m with permission from the National Diving Officer. However, diving below 50m requires the use of specialised gasses and years of experience and training. Within the club we have a range of divers and experience so whatever level you aspire to, we can guide you.