The British Sub Aqua Club is a non-profit organisation. It is a membership association, awarding internationally recognised courses in scuba diving. Almost all BSAC instructors are volunteers.
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors is a company. PADI also offers internationally recognised courses in scuba diving. Its instructors are paid; some instruct for a living.
For many years now we have been based at the John Alker (Ex-Servicemen’s) Club on Flixton Road in Flixton.
The John Alker has a bar upstairs for members and a bar downstairs for functions. They also have a smaller room downstairs, which we have used for theory lessons in the past. The larger room downstairs is used for our AGM and any large presentations we hold.
We do all our initial training from Urmston Pool in Flixton, our timeslot there is 2100hrs until 2200hrs. The pool is just under 2m at the deep end.
You must be 18 or over to join TSAC -We in TSAC, do not have a safeguarding officer or any safeguarding procedures in place. Sixteen-Seventeen-year-olds may be considered; with a guarantee from a parent/career or appointed responsible adult; that they will also join as a full diving member and always be present during the child’s training sessions and any dive events the child attends.
You would need to join BSAC at the cost of £60.50 per annum (click HERE for full cost of Joining BSAC).There is a TSAC joining fee of £50.00 followed by a monthly subscription of £13.00, which we ask you to pay via Standing Order.
All divers in the UK must declare their own fitness to dive. If a diver answers “yes” to any of the conditions listed on this document, they are advised to speak to a medical referee, who will give their professional opinion on the diver’s fitness to dive. This may require an examination in person.
Divers do not need to be in tip-top physical condition to dive, but it is clear that a good level of fitness will help deal with the ordinary requirements of diving. Being dehydrated, drunk, hungover, exhausted, anxious or otherwise badly out of shape are conducive to neither a safe nor enjoyable experience.
Generally, we expect club members to be fit enough to swim several lengths of an ordinary swimming pool without stopping to rest
All your training is performed in house and is part of your subs, right the way up to Advanced Diver -other than the cost of training packs, usually between £32.50 -£42,50 each.
6 Theory lectures with an Exam, 6 practical pool sessions and 4 Open water lessons, 2 each training dive.
These are performed in local flooded quarries, usually either Eccleston Delph or Capernwray Quarry. Both have full first aid facilities and provide a dive shop with Air.
When you first start training, which is in Urmston Pool, Flixton; we will provide you with the kit you need. But all BSAC clubs encourage trainees to start purchasing their own kit, once they are sure the sport is for them.
Kit costs can vary, it depends on several factors –whether it’s new or 2ndhand, the brands you go for, whether it is bog standard kit or more specialist kit. But most, when first starting out, turn to the likes of eBay and/or other such market platforms.
Certainly not, but it is suggested that you start buying the cheaper items as soon as you decide you going to stick with the sport.
Cheaper items include –Mask and Fins, then Snorkel, weight belt and weights(towards your open water kit).
Expensive kit would be –Your Cylinder (sometimes called a Tank), Regulators (the bit you breath from), your BCD –Buoyancy Control Device (the kit that controls your buoyancy in and on the water). Then buy your Under suit and Dry Suit, which makes you ready for open water training.
BSAC encourages each diver to buy and own their own kit. That way, you can become familiar with it and understand it... Spend time setting it up in your own home; it becomes second nature to kit up. There’s nothing like owning your own kit.
TSAC would always advise you to get any second-hand hand kit, checked out by reputable professionals, that can ensure its correct functioning and service the kit (at a cost, obviously), if necessary.
We have one of the most active dive trip calendars in the North-West. Looking at the stats from 2015, we average around 35 dive trips per year. COVID-19 obviously had an impact on that average!
TSAC currently have three classes of membership, FULL (54 Members), SOCIAL (9 Members) and SWIMMING (3 Members). Only FULL members can dive.
We are blessed to have 18 instructors in our club, this includes 1 very experienced and dynamic First-Class Diver, 4 Advanced Instructors and 7 Open Water Instructors. All our instructors are volunteers and love the sport.