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Who can teach me to dive?

We can!

Although not classed as a "dangerous" or "extreme" sport, diving is adventurous sport and you do need to ensure that you are with a properly qualified instructor - its not something to attempt on your own!

What organisations teach people to dive in the UK?
There are several: BSAC, IANTD, NAUI, PADI, SAA, SSAC, SSI and TDI are all agencies teaching diving in the UK but for most people it comes down to a choice of learning to dive in a commercial diving school or learning to dive with a club. Of the above agencies, BSAC alone offers its qualifications through both clubs and schools. Guildford Sub-Aqua Club offers club based training.
Who are the BSAC?
The British Sub Aqua Club was founded in 1953 and was officially recognised by the Sports Council as the UK governing body for the sport in 1958.
BSAC has become the largest diving club in the world with a membership of 55,000 in some 1,250 branches with 200 schools in over 50 countries around the world.
What’s the difference between a club and a school?
Although both types of organisation can teach you to dive safely there are some differences between the two. The fundamental difference is that in a club based organisation, you join the club and qualified members of the club teach you to dive. Typically you will pay to join a club and not for the training you receive, which is included in the membership fees. Schools are a commercial organisation, you find a supplier running diving courses (typically dive shops have a training element) and pay a fee to take a course.
What are the advantages of the Club system?

Learning to dive with a club has many advantages:

  • All training is performed by fully qualified instructors who are doing the training because they enjoy it (you get the benefit of that enthusiasm.)
  • Because there are no commercial constraints and time limits, training can be performed at your pace; if you need a bit longer to perfect a skill then it really isn’t a problem.
  • You've immediately put yourself in touch with a lot of other people who enjoy diving  you have friends to take you diving when you have qualified
  • If you wish to progress through the diving grades then it is often the cheapest way to learn to dive. You pay for membership of the branch of the club, this is typically a payment for use and upkeep of the clubs equipment the training element is free. The more training you undertake, the more you benefit.
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