“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to the earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface, and he is free.” – Jacques Cousteau
Over 2/3 of the earth is covered by water, why not explore it all? Diving lets you experience weightlessness in exhilarating environments most will never see; it’s great fun and with proper training, safer than many other sports. With the latest technology you can be toasty warm & wrecks in our own waters like the Persier and James Egan Layne can be awe-inspiring, while scenic locations like the Mewstone & Hilsea Point Rocks provide a variety of life in sharp contrast to the calm above.
Never Dived? No problem, just £15 (refundable on joining) secures an evening pool try-dive session with one-to-one personal instruction. Bring a costume, old t-shirt & towel, we supply the rest: mask, fins, cylinder, regulators and buoyancy jacket.
Already qualified? We welcome divers from other recognised diving organisations (PADI, CMAS, NAUI, SSI, SDI etc.) who want to cross over to BSAC (info here) and extend their qualifications or just dive with us.
Contact us here
- Formation: Around 1959 by and for employees of the local aerospace industries in Bristol. We are now open to all.
- Diving: All year round (weather permitting) in the UK (& exotic warmer places!)
- Membership: Our oldest active member is seventy something years young, and club membership can start at 14, if accompanied by a responsible adult, or 18 independently.
- Activities: We aim to provide a good social atmosphere, where non-divers can join in. Events range from an annual Christmas meal, to pool Fun Nights, BBQs and smaller gatherings, such as photo evenings & talks.
- Pool: Badminton school pool for Monday night training (details here) where we store club dive kit to get new starters into their training or for try-dives.
- Bar & Gym: BAWA facilities for aprè-pool sessions through affiliated membership (here)
- Boats: Two, a 4.8m & a 5.5m RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) with all required oxygen, radios and navigation equipment.
- Wreck: We own the SS Bretagne, a 232ft long, 1439 ton single screw steamer, which sank with her cargo of Welsh steam coal on 10th August 1918 after a collision. She is upright on an even keel 18m to the deck, 25m to the seabed.
Octopush! – The nearest thing to underwater hockey! – usually played on Monday evenings after the diving and swimming.
The aim is to try to gouge your opponent’s ears off with a wooden paddle while five or more of the opposing team (and some of your own!) pin you to the bottom of the pool preventing you from surfacing for a breath. From there you can try to score for your team by shooting a puck into the opponent team’s goal.
Seriously, it’s challenging, physical, great fun & a good way to build up your stamina, skills and confidence in and under the water. Here’s a report from one of our young female players, of some time ago. A First Hand account The British Octopush Association