Scuba & Snorkelling

Scuba diving involves swimming underwater using a Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA).

It is a non-competitive, recreational, underwater activity. Scuba diving and snorkelling are the perfect way to explore our underwater environment, whether it's an exotic coral reef on holiday or a stunning wreck off the UK's own exciting coastline.

They are also a great way to get fit, learn new skills, gain confidence and make new friends. 

Using a cylinder of compressed air to breathe, scuba divers can stay underwater much longer than would be possible by just holding your breath. Scuba Diving is a low-impact recreational sport enjoyed by many people in outdoor bodies of water such as the open sea, inland reservoirs, fresh water gravel pits and specially provided training areas. Before you set out by yourself, you must receive instruction from a certified trainer. Initial training normally takes place in sheltered water such as a swimming pool.

Why is it good for me?

 Just like swimming the many muscles in your legs and arms are used constantly, helping to make them stronger.

Beyond the physical benefits, scuba diving is also known for having a positive impact on mental wellbeing and mindfulness.

How much does it cost?

A trial dive or “Try Dive” starts from around £10 and is usually carried out in a local swimming pool.

If you decide to take up Scuba Diving, you will need to take into consideration costs to acquire proper equipment and course fees. Contact your local provider for costs.

What equipment do I need?

A swimming costume and a t-shirt to wear in the pool – first-time divers will be supplied with scuba equipment.

The more practiced you become the more equipment you will need including: buoyancy compensator, regulators, mask, fins, a cylinder and a drysuit or wetsuit.

Getting started

BSAC (the national governing body) has a learn to scuba dive section on their website as well as a find a club and centre search facility.