Ruislip and Northwood Sub Aqua Club

Details About The Club

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Who Are We?

We are a scuba diving club called Ruislip & Northwood Sub-Aqua Club. We formed in 1963 and became a branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) which is the largest club based scuba diving organisation in the world.

We meet every Thursday evening at Highgrove Swimming Pool, Hume Way, Eastcote Road, Ruislip HA4 8DZ from 8.30pm. We have sole use of the pool from 9:00pm until 10:00pm which is used for both training and recreational swimming by our members. Afterwards we adjourn to the local pub called the Case is Altered Just along the Eastcote Road.

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What Do We Do?

We scuba dive all round the coast of the UK using our own 6.5M Tornado rigid hulled inflatable boat (Rhib) or on larger chartered boats. Our members regularly plan trips overseas to such destinations as the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. Our members have also dived further a field in the Far East, the Pacific and the Caribbean.

We don’t just scuba dive, we also have an active social calendar with regular evening functions to local restaurants and events such as summer BBQ’s & Xmas parties. 2013 is our 50th year as a branch, so we will be celebrating this achievement in October with a large party and other diving events throughout the year.


Divers On a RIB


We follow the BSAC training regime. If you are new to scuba, you would start with Ocean Diver.

Ocean Diver

Ocean Diver
This course is for beginners and provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving.

Before you start this course, a basic level of comfort in the water is important and you will have to demonstrate that you can swim 200m in swimwear in our pool.

The Ocean Diver course prepares for this in the safety of a swimming pool or sheltered water and an introduction to open water in a controlled, safe manner. Experience and confidence will be gained under the guidance of a qualified instructor to a maximum depth of 20m.

Sports Diver

Sports Diver
BSAC Sports Diver training builds on the scuba skills you learnt in the Ocean Diver course (or entry level qualification from another agency) and helps develop your confidence, skills and experience in the water to allow you to enjoy a wider range of diving sites and conditions. Qualified BSAC Sports Divers are ready to take part in dives with other Ocean Divers or higher grade divers. Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 35m after qualifying.

Dive Leader

Dive Leader
As a BSAC Dive Leader you are becoming an expert in your field of dive leadership. You will also be competent in planning dives for groups of divers and managing diving on the day including, if necessary, managing rescue situations. Leading a dive will develop enjoyment, confidence and experience as a diver. After qualifying, and if you wish, depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 50m.

Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor.

Advanced Diver

Adv Diver
As a BSAC Advanced Diver you are a highly qualified branch diver. This course is for divers who are interested in extending still further their skills in planning and supervising diving groups, rescue management skills, whilst building seamanship and developing further leadership qualities.

Advanced Divers who are Open Water Instructors are eligible to progress to Advanced Instructor.

More details on each grade plus details of specialist courses available can be found at BSAC Diver Training

Already a diver with another agency?

We recognise qualifications from other agencies. However, to be a member of our branch you will need to join and also join the BSAC.

You can dive under your existing grade and depth restriction. If you wish to progress your diving, your grade will officially be aligned to a BSAC equivalent grade so that you can follow the BSAC grade progression. More details can be found at BSAC Already a Diver

Please use this link if you wish to see a summary of equivalent grades from other agencies.

Should you wish to join us but continue training with your previous organisation, we can cater for this and recommend an appropriate training school to meet your requirements.

Try Dives

Before committing yourself why not consider having a try dive with us? We will give a short presentation on safety and the equipment used followed by a session in the pool with one of our instructors. The cost is £10, but this is refunded should you decide to join the club. Just make contact with our Membership Secretary in the same way as joining the club and he will coordinate your visit.

How do I join?

The first thing to do is to make contact with our Membership Secretary , the details are on the “contact us” link.

Then join us on a Thursday evening for an informal discussion.

You will be required to complete a self certification medical form. This is common practice with all scuba diving agencies and is simply a list of questions that require a yes or no answer. If you do have a pre existing medical condition, you may need to seek advice from a diving medical referee. e.g. Athsma, any heart condition, high blood pressure etc. A diving medical referee is a doctor who will advise you in relation to your condition and the affects it may have on scuba diving activity. This advice is initially free and may not automatically mean that you will need to seek a more formal medical.

Once you are cleared for diving you will need to complete a BSAC membership form. Once a member, you start your training. It is as easy as that.

Membership Costs

The annual membership fee for the Club is currently £145.001 per year plus £55.00 for BSAC Subscription which is required for all diving members2. The BSAC Subscription includes the monthly magazine ‘DIVE’ delivered to your home.

A one off amount of £120.00 to cover training and joining fees is payable by all new members without previous diving experience. This fee is to cover the cost of all Ocean Diver Instruction, training manuals and equipment servicing.

Qualified divers joining from another BSAC Club or crossing over from another agency, pay the annual Club fee, BSAC subscription, £30.00 joining fee and the applicable training fee (show below) dependant on the next course they require. The training and joining fees are to cover the cost of their instruction and training materials:

  • Sports Diver Training = £55.00
  • Dive Leader or Advanced Diver Training = £45.00

The Club has some equipment available for loan during your initial training period. A refundable deposit of £100.00 is required when you receive the equipment.

1 - Junior Membership is available at 50% of the Club Annual Membership Fee to members aged 14 – 18 years when joining with a parent who is a Full Diving Member
2 - BSAC membership for Student & Junior Members is currently £28.00 and £38.00 for Abated/Family membership

I want to buy my own kit. Where do I start?

This is an inevitable step and must be taken carefully. Scuba needs specialist equipment and this can be quite expensive. But as with any sport, there are high end prices and budget prices. It is a good idea to seek advice from those that already dive and see what they use. Seek their advice and comments on the equipment that they use. If possible try the equipment and do not buy without doing your research

There are on line auction sites and bargains can be found, but be careful as you may well be paying more than you should and thee is no guarantee that the equipment is in working order. So, do not be in a hurry to buy your own equipment and seek advice from as many divers as possible.

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