The South West region covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, and Bristol.
The South West of the UK has some exceptional diving combined with enthusiastic support from a wide variety of instructors and divers. It is very active with a good mixture of interests between branches. We have a very experienced technical group along with some busy large branches who dive multiple times a week.
Given the size of the region, BSAC has appointed two coaches John Hudson and Rob Jackson. Together, we want to continue the excellent work that has gone on before, both in this region and others, ensuring as we move forward, we have an engaged and strong multi-disciplined regional team.
We hope to bring our clubs closer together to help and support each other where possible, be that with instructor support to cover an area that is lacking or just to potentially sharing resources and ideas.
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Your Regional Coaches
About John Hudson, South West (North) Region Coach
I first dived in the mid-80s in a pool using reused aircraft cylinders, I’ve even used an ABLJ, it’s fair to say diving was something I wanted to do from an early age. That said, I didn’t start to qualify as a scuba diver until the early 90s when I joined Bristol Poly Sub-Aqua Club as a non-student and quickly took on the role of their Boats Officer. I’ve been in and out of the club scene over the years, but joined BathSAC in 2017, became their Equipment Officer, then their Diving Officer, now I seem to have both roles… I really need to work on that one.
Since joining BathSAC, I’ve also had the opportunity to meet and work with David Bryant and the rest of the Southern Region team. Similar to Rob, I see this as my way of being able to give back to BSAC as a whole and it allows me to help others develop and progress, but don’t think it’s all altruistic, every day is a school day and I learn just as much being involved in the regional events that get run.
There is an amazing world underwater, one in which I’ve seen things that are truly incredible. There is nothing better than being able to share that experience with others.
About Rob Jackson, South West (South) Region Coach
I first learnt to dive in 2004 but really got the bug for diving through Battleback and Help 4 Heroes as part of my rehabilitation following an accident in 2009. I have since been involved with Help 4 Heroes teaching wounded, injured and sick military veterans to dive as part of their recovery along with the Diving for All program.
I am an active member of two clubs—Equipment Officer at Street Divers and Diving Officer for Veterans Sub Aqua Club. I became an Instructor Trainer to give as much back to BSAC as I have received and the next step on my diving journey is to support the region.
We are all here because of our enjoyment of the water and diving. Helping and guiding others to enjoy our sport is one of the most rewarding things possible.
Training and events in the South West Region
The regional team offers a variety of SDCs and events each year which are driven by the demand from our clubs. Specific courses can be requested, the team will do its best to deliver them in order for divers who want to develop their skills can do so.
Want to join the regional coaching team?
We welcome anyone from Assistant Diving Instructors (ADIs) to National Instructors (NIs) who would like to develop or help develop others. If you would like to assist with courses then please email us.