New to scuba diving and want to find out more? Great, you're in the right place.

You probably have a lots of questions... Is scuba diving for me? How long does it take? Is it safe? Will I like it? How much does it cost? And probably many more. 

Here's what you need to know about learning to scuba dive...

Learning to scuba dive will likely change your life. Really! From the places you will go and the amazing marine life that you will see, to the wonderful new buddies you will meet. 

If you learn to dive with BSAC in the UK you'll be ready to dive pretty much anywhere in the world. Start your scuba diving adventure today with a Try Dive taster session and you could be enjoying the underwater world in no time. 

Photo by Alex Mustard New to scuba - Farne Island seal
Visit seals in the Farne Islands, Northumberland, England

Is scuba diving for me?

If you're one of those people that love being in, by or on water and love adventure and learning new things, then scuba diving could very well be for you. Learning to dive is an adventure of a lifetime. Once you have learnt you can dive with your diving buddies (you'll make plenty of those with BSAC), either at home or on holiday overseas. You can dive regularly at home or just dive on holiday, the choice is yours. People can learn from age 12 upwards.

What actually is scuba diving?

Scuba diving is being able to move about and breathe underwater using self-contained underwater breathing equipment. 

How will I feel when scuba diving and will I like it?

Scuba diving is amazing, it's like nothing you have ever experienced before. The first time you breathe underwater is an experience to remember. The feeling of weightlessness is incredible as you leave the stress of daily life behind on the shore (well, on the poolside to begin with). 

The best way to find out if you like diving is to go for a taster session called a 'Try Dive' with a BSAC club in their pool - Find out more and book a Try Dive with a BSAC club

Is scuba diving is safe?

Scuba diving has a really good safety record and this is mainly due to the training we do before participating in our adventurous sport. BSAC training is world-renowned for being extremely thorough and it builds in safety skills from the start of your training. Scuba diving's good safety record is justified by good training, sound equipment and safe practices. BSAC will teach you everything you need to know to become a competent safe diver.

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Learn to scuba dive in the UK with BSAC and you'll be ready to dive safely all over the world

How long will it take to become a qualified scuba diver?

To complete your beginner course, and become a qualified BSAC Ocean Diver, you will need to complete the following scuba diving lessons:

  • six classroom lessons
  • five sheltered water (pool) lessons
  • four open water lessons (plus some other bits, like theory and swimming tests)

Learning to scuba dive with a local BSAC club means you will be trained by volunteer instructors. Every club is different and they plan their training programmes around resources and trainees (you). It could take between two and six months depending on the individual club and your availability. Find out more about how long it takes to become a qualified scuba diver with a BSAC club. 

Training with a commercial BSAC Centre is quicker. You could learn in four to five days at a BSAC centre.

How much will it cost?

Scuba diving doesn’t have to be expensive. Compared to many other 'adventure' sports, learning to dive can be good value for money especially in a club. Local club fees vary but typically you could learn to dive (and get other club benefits such as pool access, events and diving opportunities once you’ve learned) for between £175 and £300. Read more on the cost of scuba diving

Start your scuba adventure today! Take the plunge with a no strings taster session...

The best way to find out if you like diving is to go for a taster session called a 'Try Dive' with a BSAC club in their pool - Find out more and book a Try Dive with a BSAC club




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