Since 1953 the British Sub Aqua Club has strives to develop the sport of scuba diving both in the UK and worldwide. Branches form the backbone of the organisation allowing many like-minded people to come together with a common purpose. As a branch officer you are vital to the success of your branch and your contribution will allow your members to do the thing they love the most – go diving.


Branch Management

A branch must have at least 4 elected officers to form a committee. These would be Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Diving Officer.

Role of Committee Members

The branch committee is made up of members from the branch and are appointed annually by the branch membership during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) or in unexpected circumstances an Emergency General Meeting (EGM).

The committee’s role is to ensure the smooth running of the branch in accordance with its members wishes and within the BSAC Articles of Association.

They hold the Duty of Care for the branch and should ensure that the required risk assessments and insurances are in place.

The structure and procedures for the running of a branch should be clearly laid out in the branch constitution/bye-laws. Every member of the branch should receive this document on joining the branch and when approved amendments have been agreed by the membership.

The branch subscription is set by the committee to ensure the finances are in place for the branch to operate.

Branch Committee Officers

The chairs main role is to ensure the smooth and effective running of the branch committee

The Branch Diving Officer or DO is key to the safe and smooth running of the branch

Dive Management

Safe Diving 

managers/ buddies

Risk Assessment

A risk assessment evaluates the proposed activity and how you are going to make it safe.

Conducting a risk assessment

Open Water Guidance

Sheltered Water Guidance

Pool Guidance

 Dive Manager

All diving must be managed in accordance with...

Safe Diving


All diving incidents should be reported.

Reporting an Incident


The secretary is effectively in charge of branch communications and the scheduling of branch meetings, committee meetings and the Annual General Meeting

Treasurers manage the branch finances and track the monies in and out of the branch

The Branch Welfare Officer is responsible for ensuring the Branch complies with Statute and BSAC guidance in relation to discrimination and protection of those at risk.


Branch Procedures


Administering memberships

Club Management System (CMS)

Direct Debit




Fitness & Medical Declarations

Fitness to dive



Try Dive

Diver Grades.

Pool Training

sharing your pool

Pool Safety Officers guidelines.

Technical Divers

Open Circuit


Rebreather Try Dive


Qualified Instructors

Open Water Instructor

Instructor Crossover Course

SDCs you can Teach

Additional support

Regional Events

Online Material


Branch Support

Promoting your Branch

Attracting New Members

Try Dive


Social Media

Local Media

Journalist for a Try Dive  

BSAC Policies

Policy and useful documents

Articles of Association

Data Protection

Equality and Diversity

Safeguarding for Adults

Safeguarding for Children

BSAC Structure

Headquarters staff

National Diving Committee (NDC)

BSAC Council

Regional Coaches


Other Agencies Diving Qualifications


Diver Grade Equivalency

Technical Divers

Technical Divers from other Agencies


Instructor Crossover Course


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