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New to scuba diving? Take the plunge with us!

Learning to scuba dive can be a life-changing experience, bringing a whole host of exciting underwater opportunities and friends to enjoy them with.

From beginner to advanced, Eastleigh Sub Aqua Club can provide the full BSAC training programme enabling divers to progress through a framework of qualifications at their own pace.

BSAC’s Ocean Diver course is the place to start. This entry-level open water diver qualification will equip you with the core skills to dive to a maximum of 20 metres in open water, in the UK and abroad.

With BSAC, diving skills are taught progressively, with each new skill and experience built upon, step-by-step. The blend of theory, swimming pool and open water skills sessions along with continual technique practice enables you to develop your diving in a safe and enjoyable way.

Once an Ocean diver has completed their training, they are then let loose on the rest of the club! We ensure that suitably qualified divers are available to introduce the newly qualified to diving with the club.

With BSAC there are five internationally recognised diver grades, from the entry-level Ocean Diver through to First Class Diver.

We also run BSAC Boat Handling courses and can help you book VHF courses, alongside the wide variety of Skills Development Courses that are run by BSAC’s Regional Training Centres.

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What will it cost?

To learn to scuba dive with Eastleigh Sub Aqua Club will cost you around £250.

Training, diving and qualifying with Eastleigh Sub Aqua Club is great value. The upfront costs for adults are just over £150, and then around £100 per year for Branch fees, that can be paid by monthly Direct Debit to spread the cost.

Your BSAC membership fee, branch fee and other sundries such as training packs and club kit hire are all included in the cost. Dive fees for the open water parts of your training, such as dive site fees, fuel, boat towing costs and air fills, will be charged separately.

What gear will I need?

As a beginner, you will have lots of questions about scuba diving equipment. Do I need all the dive kit from the very start? How expensive is it to get all the kit I need?

Once you start your Ocean Diver training, we ask all new trainees to purchase their own basic gear – this includes a mask, fins, snorkel, neoprene hood and gloves as a minimum.

When you progress to open water you will require a wetsuit or drysuit. Some dive shops have suits for hire; however, we advise you purchase your own to ensure a good fit and familiarisation.

It is often only when you are qualified that divers obtain their own full set of gear. Therefore, all other equipment is provided by the club for the duration of your Ocean Diver training. This includes BCD, regulator, air cylinder and weight belt. Once you have completed your Ocean Diver qualification and start diving with the club, we encourage you to purchase your own equipment. This is to ensure that the club kit is available for the next cohort of Ocean Diver trainees.

As with most specialist gear, there can be a huge range in prices, but budget on £100 upwards for a pair of fins, mask and snorkel. Wetsuits for UK diving start from around £150 and drysuits from £500, going up to over £1,000 for a top-end drysuit. To fully equip a diver, expect to pay around £1,500 although if your kit is well-maintained this will be a long-term investment.

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Learning to dive with Eastleigh Sub Aqua Club is fun and great value. For many learning to dive starts with a Try Dive, why not take the plunge yourself to try it out?

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