Who are Cotswold BSAC?
Cotswold BSAC was formed in 1969, one of the initial sub aqua branches established within the BSAC » (British Sub-Aqua Club) organisation. They are the UK’s leading dive club and the sport’s National Governing Body, providing an internationally-recognised diver training and development programme via a network of clubs and centres across the country and overseas.
Take a look at the video below to get a flavour of what BSAC is all about.
Our active, friendly branch currently has a diverse membership in excess of fifty members. We have members who are relatively new to the club and others who have been here over 20 years. Within the branch is a varied range of experience, some members have only just started to dive whilst others have progressed to BSAC Dive Leader and Advanced Diver level. Several have also gained Instructor qualifications. We welcome members from other organisations e.g. PADI, who can cross over to an equivalent level within BSAC. See the Training page for information.
Weekly club nights
Cotswold BSAC meets every Friday (apart from Bank Holiday weekends) between 8.00pm & 9.00pm at Dean Close School Pool which is next to the Bacon Theatre. Dean Close School Pool is located at GL51 6HE and is accessed via Brook Court off of Hatherley Road.
Our Club pool is 20 metres (approx 65 feet) long, has a shelving bottom to 3.5 metres with a diving area at a depth of 3.5 metres (approx 11.5 feet). Members use the pool for training, swimming, testing equipment and to practice diving skills.
Families and partners are welcome to attend the pool on Club nights although we ask that children are supervised by a parent. There is also a small cost to members and their guests for using the pool on Club nights.
When the pool closes, Club nights continue for many members at a nearby pub. Since practical training is squeezed into a short hour of pool availability, a great deal of discussion and planning – for training, dives and social events – takes place during this part of the evening!
You are welcome to come along to any of these sessions to discuss membership, diver training or just to chat about diving. However, it might be worthwhile contacting us first, to make sure someone will be available to chat with you and show you around.
Where do we dive?
We have an active and varied diving programme, including quarry, beach and harbour dives, dives from our very own RIB, charter boat dives. Locations include Devon and Dorset coasts, Scilly Isles, West Wales, Orkneys, Northumberland Coast, Farne Islands, together with overseas locations such as the Egyptian Red Sea, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean to name but a few.
The branch dives can be a single day, a weekend, a week or sometimes a holiday involving a liveaboard charter boat. Some members choose to dive solely abroad, while others dive throughout the year in UK waters. Cotswold is an active member of the Area Interbranch Group, this allows us to combine and share with other BSAC branches such as training facilities, charter boats and dive holidays.
Following a memorable presentation by the Chair to members and friends in June 2014, Monty Halls, BBC TV presenter, marine biologist, public speaker, ex-Royal Marine and scuba diver, kindly agreed to become Honorary President of Cotswold BSAC! You can read all about this in the ‘Evening with Monty Halls‘ feature.
As well as diving, members organise a range of social events throughout the year. Club members are encouraged to get together with their families and friends at events like our Annual Dinner, BBQs, ten pin bowling, quiz nights, meals out and more. Check out the Latest News page to find out all we do!