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I wear Glasses, will this stop me diving?


No you have several options

  1. Normal mask + Stick on lenses
  2. Contact Lenses and a normal mask.
  3. Insert Prescription Mask
  4. Bonded Full Prescription mask 

1. Normal mask + Stick on lenses

These work on the same principle as reading glasses allowing you to see your contents gage and dive computer.

Pro Con
Relatively cheap As it's stuck on may come loose if mask floods
DIY assembly

2. Contact Lenses and a normal mask.

Pro Con
can wear a normal mask Risk of loosing a lens if your mask floods.
on surface you can see, no need to find safe place on boat or shore for glasses.

3. Insert Prescription Mask  

 Your prescription is glazed onto a removable insert.

Pro Con
easy to update when prescription changes no need to buy a new mask. depending on thickness of insert can be uncomfortable
Once on boat/ shore need glasses 

4. Bonded Full Prescription mask 

Your prescription is glazed into the lenses of the mask.

Pro Con
very comfortable expensive

need glasses on the boat/ shore

Do I need a medical?


The requirement for evidence of medical fitness to dive within the UK Sport Diving agencies (British Sub Aqua Club, Scottish Sub Aqua Club and the Sub Aqua Association) is met by the Self-certification process recommended by the UK Sports Diving Medical Committee (UKSDMC), an advisory body comprising doctors who specialise in diving medicine. These recommendations are as a result of a study undertaken by Dr S Glen and his colleagues at Edinburgh University involving all the members (around 3000) of the Scottish Sub Aqua Club (SSAC) and publication of this study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.


The UKSDMC therefore recommend that a new medical self-declaration form be completed annually by each member on renewal of membership. This form is a legal document and the signed declaration confirms that the declaration is truthful. If a diver answers 'No' to all questions on the form they complete the declaration and hand the original to their DO to be held by the branch for one year. They need to retain a copy for the Qualification Record Books for reference purposes. If a diver answers 'Yes' or is unsure on any area, they should not sign the form but must seek advice from a Medical Referee. From an initial telephone call and depending on the advice of the referee, the diver may be able to complete the form, or get the form endorsed by a Medical Referee by posting it to them with a stamped addressed envelope for return. If the diver is advised to see a medical referee and is passed fit to dive, a copy of a current Certificate of Fitness to Dive signed by the medical referee should accompany the annual medical declaration form. (The referee will determine for how many years that certificate of fitness will be valid).

Do I need to be able to swim?


You don't need to be a strong swimmer but you do need to be confident in the water.

How do I join?

Get in touch with Gary Knights the Membership Secretary and arrange to come down to the pool / bar to meet the club. You’ll get all the info/forms you need for joining then. Likewise, if you would like to have a try dive before taking the plunge, just email Gary and he'll organise everything for you.

Do I need to come every week?

No! The club runs a very flexible training programme. As long as you let Simon Boor (our Training Officer) know when you are able to make it to the pool he will plan the sessions and get as many people training as possible. If you can only make 1 week a month that is fine, but bear in mind it will take a long time to train.

Do I need any kit to start?

No! We provide all the kit you’ll need for training. But you’ll need to bring your own swimwear and towel to the pool sessions. We recommend that you buy a mask, fins and snorkel early on, as then you can get used to some of your own kit. There are lots of people in the club who can offer advice on what to buy, and where to buy it!