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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