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Featured Diving Club – Ashby Castle Sub Aqua Club

A membership of about 20 people enjoy continued safe diver training as well as numerous diving expeditions and the social events.

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Several of Ashby Castle Sub Aqua Club members on 2004 Red Sea Trip. Visit their Diving Gallery for more pictures.

If you don’t have basic skills you might like to consider a residential swimming course in the UK first.

One of the things that worried me most was the tendency of most holiday dive centres to tout for business with a 5 minute swim in the resort pool and follow up bookings with VERY short pool sessions and then straight into the sea.  WOW – if that isn’t enough to frighten of any timid divers I don’t know what is.  And that’s a great shame because just like learning to swim we all need to go at our own pace.

Hawksbill turtle - Karen CurtisWould you really want to miss something like this Hawksbill Turtle (courtesy of Karen Curtis) just because your first experience was a bad one?  OK so I’m not saying there aren’t plenty of good centres out there – just that it makes more sense to see who you’re dealing with and know their safety record before you book.

 

Ashby de la Zouch is convenient for Derbyshire Leicestershire Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire.  Why not have a Try Dive with them.  You’ll have your own instructor for an hour with all air and dive equipment on hand and at £12.50 it’s a fantastic way to make sure you have a great first diving experience experience.

 

To find out more about this small friendly family oriented club

Tel:  Ashby Castle Sub Aqua Club – Secretary Matt Bailey 01530 262455

 

Main ACSAC Courses:

Ocean Diver is the basic entry level qualification with BSAC. 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. It give you the skills and confidence to dive up to a maximum 20 metres.

Sports Diver builds 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 to a maximum depth of 35 metres.

Referrals: Cross-overs possible from other diving organisations e.g. PADI Advanced Open Water Diver is equivalent to BSAC Ocean Diver and PADI Rescue Diver is equivalent to Sports Diver.

 

Other BSAC Courses include:

Dive Leader Advanced Diver First Class Diver

 


UK Diving Clubs

 

Ashby Castle Sub Aqua Club (ACSAC) was formed in 1997 by Pete & Pauline Billyeald and Andy & Lesley Burton to provide high quality Scuba Diver training following the rules laid down by BSAC the largest sub aqua club in the world.

Sub Aqua Diving  Nottingham’s Octagon Divers  offer diver training at various levels from beginner to advanced. We usually conduct diver training over a number of weeks at weekly training sessions. Training is conducted by qualified instructors and all necessary equipment is supplied.    

Whether you are a complete beginner or are already partly or fully trained we believe that North Staffs Sub Aqua Club has plenty to offer you. We also know that without a steady inflow of new members the club would become stale so you already have something to offer us.

Divers underwater.

The Derby British Sub Aqua Club was established in 1959 and is a friendly sociable club. Diving is an activity where you rely upon your buddy. Derby BSAC is a great place to learn as we have a great group of people who can really be trusted and depended upon.

Cave Diving  The Cave Diving Group was formed in 1946 by the late Graham Balcombe. Its continuous existence to the present day makes it the oldest surviving diving club in the world.

 

More UK Diving and Sub Aqua Clubs

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South East EnglandAquamarine London Argonauts Scuba Club Beaumont DC Hertfordshire Bizzy Divers Bromley Bluewater Basingstoke Buccaneers Epsom BT LondonClidiveCrouch End Divers (N.London)EalingEltham & DistrictEnfieldEnshamFulham Sub-AquaHackney SACHampstead (London) SACHarrowHellfinsHolbornImperial College Underwater ClubIslington DiversKings College (part of University of London)Kingston & Elmbridge Junior Snorkellers ClubLea Valley SACLondinium MDCLondon HellfinsMANTA Divers TootingMeadhurst Sunbury on ThamesMeridian SAC London Planet Scuba PutneyRichmond SACRuislip & NorthwoodStaines & District University of East London SACUniversity of London SACWaltham Forest SAC

South West EnglandBristol Aero Sub Aqua Club Clifton Sub Aqua Club Dorset Sub Aqua Club Falmouth Diving Club Ilfracombe & N. Devon DC Lyme Bay Divers Lyonesse DC Penzance North Dorset DC Underwater Explorers Weymouth & Portsmouth DC Winfrith DC

North East EnglandBarnsley MetrodomeBatley Snorkelling ClubBradfordChapletown SACDoncaster SACExcalibur (York)HarrogateHuddersfieldHullHull University SACJohn Smeaton (Leeds) Kippax SAC LeedsLeeds Metropolitan University SACLeeds University Union SACOctopus DiversPennine Orca SAC PontefractRotherhamSheffieldSheffield University SACStingray Divers University of Bradford SACWakefieldWest Yorkshire Fire Service Diving SectionWhite Rose Dolphins BradfordWhitby SAC York SACYork University SAC

North West EnglandAbraham Moss SACAlsager SACAquatech SACBlackburnBlue Water DiversBolton BSACBury SACCastle Rushen DiversChadderton SACChaumontChester SACCongleton DiversDarwenEast Cheshire SACEccleston SACFarnworth SACHartford SACHazel Grove SACHorwich Sub Aqua ClubHyndburnIsle of Man SACJesters SAC ChesterKendal & Lakes Lancaster University SACLunesdale SAC Manchester University SACManx DiversMerseyside SACMiddleton SACOrmskirk SACPendlePreston Sub Aqua ClubRamsbottom SACSalford SACSalford University Diving SocietySkelmersdale (Phoenix N. W. SAC)Stockport Underwater Diving GroupSub C Divers Tameside Trafford SACWarrington West Cumbria SACWestern Approaches DCWirral SAC Worsley SAC The MidlandsAlfretonAlpha Divers (Warley)Bahar SACBingham SAC(South Notts.)BirminghamBloxwichBoldmere DiversBoston SAC BurntwoodBuxton SACCentral Divers Chillington DiversCorby and District SACCotswold (Gloucester)Del Mar Diving ClubDe Montfort UniversityDolphin SAC (Cirencester)Dudley DolphinsDudley Nautilus SACGrantham SACHeadstream Divers Etwall Hereford SACHinckley SACIndepthdiversInner Space DiversKings School WorcesterLeamington and WarwickLeicester Underwater Exploration ClubLincoln Association of Sub Aqua ClubsLoughborough Students Union SACLutterworthMarlin Sub Aqua NuneatonMaverick DiversNewark SACNewman Sport Diving ClubNauticus Divers (Birmingham)NorthamptonNorth East Derbyshire SACNorth Staffs DiversNottingham UniversityOctagon Divers NottinghamOrca DiversPotteries SACRatae SACRoss on Wye SACRugbyScubanauts (Nottingham)SkegnessSouth NorthantsSolihull SACSpalding Staffordshire University SACStratford on AvonStroud Valley SACStudley SAC University of WarwickWellingborough & District SAC Worcester

ScotlandAberdeen Sub Aqua Club Buchan Divers Peterhead East Lothian Divers Edinburgh Divers BSAC21 Edinburgh Diving Centre Ellon Sub Aqua Club Inverness Sub Aqua Club Irvine Sub Aqua Club JACSAC Moray Firth Kinloss Sub Aqua Club Kinsac 405 Divers Lothian Divers Montrose Sub Aqua Club Reivers Sub Aqua Club Dumfries Scottish Sub Aqua Club Strathclyde University Sub Aqua Club

WalesAberystwyth Uni DCAmmanford SACCaldicot Divers Cardiff University SACCynon ValleyFlintshire Menai SAC Neath Marlins SACRhosneigrRhylUniversity of Wales Aberystwyth Wrexham Seals

Northern IrelandBarracuda SAC LarneCastlereagh SACDolphin SACLisburn SACQueen’s University Belfast SAC

 

 

 

 

 

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Diving Holiday Review in the Red Sea

Sharm El Sheikh Egypt October 2006

Let me say up front that if you have found this page by searching for diving holidays in the Red Sea look no further.  We had the most fantastic holiday with Aquarius Red Sea Diving Club.  See the underwater photography

Gay's first dive in Sharks bay - photography Ian C ElwoodExperienced divers might want to skip the next bit and go straight to Cheap Diving Holidays

Because of health issues I was very wary of taking a course on holiday.  I’d come close a few times but the idea of 6 or 8 people all being trained at once plus a potential language barrier really bothered me.  What would happen if the instructor was dealing with some-one else in difficulty when I had a problem?

When I made contact with Chris who runs Aquarius Red Sea Diving for the first time it began to seem a reality.  First they have a lot of English staff so if you have any concerns of language barriers you can forget that straight away.  Next I would say that I actually felt there was a real effort to understand that I may have problems rather than just getting a standard email back with the prices.

We chose a quiet time and the course was tailored to my needs.  Although I didn’t expect to do very much when we booked I felt so confident in their hands I went on to finish my PADI Scuba Diver Certificate.

Karen Curtis was our instructor and we couldn’t have felt in better hands.  (see Karen’s underwater Hubby Dave's first dive in Sharks Bay - photography Ian C Elwoodphotography).  If you have health or panic concerns you will need to get permission from your GP to dive and of course you should have basic swimming skills and water confidence but often people need reassurance before they get this far.  Do email Aquarius if you feel unsure.  If you don’t have basic skills you might like to consider a residential swimming course in the UK first.

One of the things that worried me most was the tendency of most holiday dive centres to tout for business with a 5 minute swim in the resort pool and follow up bookings with VERY short pool sessions and then straight into the sea.  WOW – if that isn’t enough to frighten of any timid divers I don’t know what is.  And that’s a great shame because just like learning to swim we all need to go at our own pace.

Hawksbill turtle - Karen CurtisWould you really want to miss something like this Hawksbill Turtle (courtesy of Karen Curtis) just because your first experience was a bad one?  OK so I’m not saying there aren’t plenty of good centres out there – just make a point of seeing if they will talk to you before you get there.  If they can’t be bothered making any effort to get your business what do you think they will be like once they have your money?  More underwater photography

If you don’t feel ready for a course you can always try the PADI Discover Scuba which looks great fun.  It much depends on your outlook though.  It was quite hard work doing the Scuba Diver course – we did the theory up to the full Open Water stage and returned in November to complete our open water certification.  Next year we ill think about the advanced dives.

 

Cheap Diving Holidays

Watch this spot – we’ll be adding more ways to dive on a budget in the red sea.

In the meantime I would suggest that the Coral Sea Resort which is where Aquarius Red Sea Diving are based (see below) is a VERY economical way of doing things especially out of season.  Go just before or after the kids school holidays and you can get 2 weeks all inclusive for as little as £500 each (we went with First Choice).  Book your diving direct via email and get 10% discount on all your dives or PADI Courses.

 

 


Diving in the Red Sea Resources

 

Red Sea Diving  AQUARIUS Diving Club in Hurghada  c/o Marriott Hotel

Tel:+20 65 3446950 Fax:+20 65 3442394

 

 

 

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Review on our Diving Holiday in Goa coming soon

 

  Diving in Goa Resources

 

Staying at the Bogmallo Beach Resort  in December 2006, we were hoping to dive with Goa Diving.  Unfortumately a chest infection prevented this.  We hope to rectify the situation in March/April 2007 when we return.

 

If you want to dive, a really great place to stay would be the Niramaya Ayurveda Village for a taste of the ‘natural’ Goan life while having the benefit of all mod cons like air conditioning, en suite rooms, TV etc.  At the same time you will be right on the beach just a couple of minutes from the dive centre.

 

If you never been to Goa before please see our photographs from our trip to Goa

We hope to bring you our review shortly and further photographs.

 

In the meantime, if you are looking to dive in Goa, Bogmalo Beach is quiet and the least busy of the beaches.  It makes a great place to chill and is close to the dive centre.  Joet’s Guest House seems to be well loved although can get busy in the dive season. 

Diving in Goa - Joets Guest House

 

Also try Saritas on the beach Tel. 2555965

 

 

 

 

  

 

   

 

 

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