Getting Started


Have you ever wondered what it's like to breathe underwater?

We offer you the chance to Try a Dive or to take the full Ocean Diver Course.


Try a Dive


This fun taster session allows you to experience diving in the safety of our own indoor pool without making any commitment to spend time or money on a full training course.  The session costs £25 for one person or £40 for two people booking together.  Gift vouchers are also available for the same price and make great presents.


Gift Vouchers can be bought at the Clubhouse on any Thursday evening.

Alternatively, contact any committee member directly.

They are also on sale in store at ESS Swindon, owned by one of our committee members.

You need to bring only a swimming costume and towel.  All diving equipment, and instruction in their safe use, will be provided.  You will spend 30mins in the water and the total experience will be around 90mins.   There is absolutely no obligation to take things any further but, if you wish to do so, you could go on to take the BSAC entry level Ocean Diver Course.  If you do that with us, we will refund the cost of your Try Dive.


To book your dive, call Nigel Wichall on 07730 398425, or just turn up on a Thursday evening and say hello - we'd love to meet you.



Ocean Diver Course


From January 2016, an Ocean Diver Course with Swindon Sub-Aqua Club will cost £300 to be paid in three installments (£150 deposit, £75 before first open water dive, £75 before final sign off).

This includes:

1. ocean diver Your BSAC Ocean Diver pack includes your diving manual, your qualification log book and qualification card. (cost £44)

2. All your training, comprising 5 pool sessions, 7 theory lessons, a multiple-choice theory test and 5 open water dives.  Held on Thursday evenings and occasional weekends, this will typically take 3-6 months, depending upon your availablilty and speed of learning.  If you need or wish to repeat any sessions, this is still included.

3. One year's full diving membership of the British Sub-Aqua Club. Membership of BSAC includes insurance and the monthly magazine SCUBA. (cost £56.50) 

4. Membership of Swindon Sub-Aqua Club for the duration of your training (cost £11 per month).  

5. All diving equipment throughout your course.  We have a large stock of equipment, but if you are an unusual size/shape, you may need to buy a suit for your open water dives.  If you are quickly bitten by the diving bug, you may choose to start building up your own set of equipment anyway.

6. Incidental expenses for yourself and your instructor for your 5 qualifying open water dives (entry fees, fuel, etc - admission to the National Diving Centre at Chepstow costs £11)


For more information about the BSAC Ocean Diver course click here.


Here at Swindon SAC, we run an Ocean Diver course two or three times a year.  To book your place on a course, call Nigel Wichall on 07730 398425, or just turn up on a Thursday evening and say hello - we'd love to meet you.



To find out more about our diver training and how to progress beyond Ocean Diver, visit our main training and courses page.



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