Divers on "Southsea Explorer" - ©Rob Dawson

Southsea Sub-Aqua Club welcomes those who are interested in diving and snorkelling.

Whether you are a qualified diver or wish to learn, we are there for you.

You can pop in and arrange the payments in person on a club night or you can visit the BSAC website membership section and join via their portal. From there you can meet other members and see what we are about.

There are currently three fees and they can vary according to your circumstances. This is explained in more depth on the Fees page, but in essence, we have:

  • a Joining fee
  • SSAC Club membership fee
  • BSAC membership fee

Most members pay monthly the club's membership fee via our Standing Order scheme. The BSAC membership fee can be paid by setting up a Direct Debit. You may join as an individual, a couple or family.  This should help you to determine how much it will cost you to join.

We do have a guide for our members, please do take a look at the webpage we have, download the guide from there and give it a read. The actual fees you pay may vary according to what level of membership is best suited for you and include factors such as Instructor qualification.

If you have any questions, please do contact the club’s secretary.


  1. General
  2. Membership
  3. Medical Requirements for diving
  4. Divers from other Diving Agencies
  5. Diving with SSAC, a Branch of the British Sub-aqua Club
  6. Costs
  7. Training - New Diver
  8. Training - Qualified Diver
  9. Facilities and Equipment



Q -    Where does Southsea Sub-Aqua Club meet?

A -    SSAC has its own clubhouse at the historic ‘Fort Widley’ with fantastic views overlooking the city of Portsmouth and across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Our address is:

Southsea Sub-Aqua Club
Fort Widley
Portsdown Hill Road



Q -    When is the Club open?

A -    From 20:30 to 23:00 on Monday and Thursday evenings. The Club generally does not open on a bank holiday. Most people tend to arrive after 21:00 and Thursday night tends to be more social with planning for diving at the weekend. Monday is normally quieter.


Q -    How do I get there?

A -    SAT NAV – PO6 3LS - By car along the From the M27, J12 head for signs to Queen Alexandra Hospital and then up the hill to the B2177 heading towards Southwick. Unfortunately, Fort Widley is not well served by public transport (the nearest train station is Cosham). Regular bus services run from Cosham to QA hospital then there is a 20-30 minute walk (uphill) to the Fort. It is possible to catch a bus (7, 8 or 20) and get off near The George pub and then walk about 10-15 minutes to the Fort.


For more detailed information on where we are and how to find us, Click Here!


Q -    What does SSAC stand for?

A -    Southsea Sub-Aqua Club. Branch 009 of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC).


Q -    Do you have use of a swimming pool?

A -    Currently we are using the swimming pool at Brune Park Community School in Gosport once a month.


Q -    Can members use the pool to check out their dive gear or practise skills?

A -    Provided that there is available space, yes. Please check with the Training Officer first. There is also a small fee to pay and you should also have someone buddying up with you.


Q -    Can my family or I use the pool to go swimming?

A -    Previously this was the case and we'll update the membership when this changes.


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Q -    How many members do you have?

A -     Membership levels fluctuate but on average between 80 and 100 members (2020-22 figures). We have both full diving and social members.


Q -    How do I apply for membership?

A -   SSAC accepts members all year round. To join, simply visit the club on a Monday or Thursday evening, complete some paperwork and pay the appropriate fee(s). We have easy payment terms for SSAC membership fee.   If you are already qualified divers please remember to bring along your qualification details and logbook.


Q -    What do I get with BSAC membership – what are the benefits?

A -    12 months membership to the BSAC, which gives you access to internationally recognised diver and instructor training courses. Also 3rd Party Limited Public Liability Insurance to £10 million and 12 monthly issues of SCUBA Magazine. Plus many more benefits. Click here for more information.


Q -    What Insurance do I get with my membership?


 Third-Party Liability Insurance


 Any member for the time being of any branch of The British Sub Aqua Club to which the Policy applies.


 Legal Liability arising from or in connection with the sport diving activities, including social events, of any branch of The British Sub Aqua Club.


Q -    What is abated or joint membership?

A -     Abated membership is when you have two members living at the same address. The second member can take out the reduced Abated membership which does not include the SCUBA magazine as this will be sent to the full member they are abated to.


Q -    When does my BSAC membership start and expire?

A -     Out club has a Common Renewal Date of 1 March each year for BSAC membership. This means that if you join part way through the year the cost of your BSAC membership is calculated based on a pro-rata basis. For example, if you join in June your membership will be calculated as 8 months of the normal annual membership fee. Subsequent years will be a full year due on 1 March. Your membership is taken from the first day of the month in which you have joined for example if you join on the 15th June 2015 your membership will start from the 1st June 2015.  


Q -    I don’t wish to dive with the club but can I still be a social member?

A -    Yes, we have a social membership category for those not wishing to take part in diving activities, such as spouses/family members of those former divers who have ‘hung up their fins’.


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Medical Requirements for diving

Q -    I am fairly fit and healthy - Do I need to have a medical to dive?

A -    There is an option to complete a BSAC ‘Self Certified’ medical declaration form and providing you have can answer all the questions about your medical history and whether you have had certain medical conditions as ‘No’ you can dive with the Club. If you have any doubts it is always wise to seek the advice of a medical referee who can give specific advice about diving and medical conditions. We can provide details of BSAC approved medical referees if required.  

A copy of the medical certification form and guidance about medical matters generally is available at Medical Matters


Q -    I have a medical history of (Heart/Lung/Blood/Nervous system… etc) problems –Can I still learn to dive?

A -    Possibly but you may need to see a medical doctor (referee) who specialises in the medical/physical aspects of diving on the body. There is some general advice available on the BSAC website entitled "Medical Matters" about different types of medical conditions which may help but generally it is a requirement to undergo a medical assessment by a referee. If you pass your medical, there are a couple of forms that the doctor will complete after your medical. We can provide details of some local doctors who are recognised by BSAC who can assess your ability to dive safely.


Q -    How long does my self-declaration medical last?

A -    A BSAC self-declaration medical must be completed annually. Ask the membership secretary for a new one if yours has expired.


Q -    Does BSAC set the UK's Medical Guidelines for Diving

A -    No, the UK Diving Medical Committee provides advice for recreational diving within the UK. The BSAC, SAA, SSAC and PADI all refer to their advice. In turn, they approve a number of specialist doctors who are based around the UK for referrals.


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Divers from other Diving Agencies

Q -    I am a diver with another diving agency (PADI/INTD/TDI/SAA/CMAS) – can I still join your BSAC club?

A -    Yes, many of our members learned to dive with other agencies but have subsequently joined the club and BSAC and enjoy the club diving environment. We have some information on our own pages on this topic which links to a further page here. There is more information about the options available to divers from other Agencies on the BSAC website: Switch to BSAC.

Whilst you should join BSAC it is not mandatory, but you will need to be a member of BSAC if you wish to attend any of the BSAC courses that we run or are run through the regional coaching scheme.

You will be required to have 3rd Party liability insurance in order to dive with us and use Club equipment. One of the benefits of being a member of the BSAC is that you are automatically covered by 3rd party liability insurance. Alternatively, insurance can be arranged through various companies including Dive Master Insurance, DAN Europe, insure4sport and DiveAssure. This list is not comprehensive.


Q -    What’s the difference between PADI and BSAC?

A -    There are several differences; the main difference is that BSAC is a diving club, run by volunteers in a network of branches throughout the UK and abroad. Diver training is geared to UK recreational diving generally and with the support of members within a branch.


Q -    What is the BSAC equivalent grade for my qualification?

A -    We have a list showing the BSAC dive grades on our Training page. As a branch of BSAC, we can offer a suitable course to the next equivalent diver grade within BSAC. There is a more comprehensive list available on the BSAC website showing which diver grades are equivalent to a BSAC diver grade: Equivalent BSAC Qualifications. There you will also find a downloadable table for both dive grades and speciality courses.


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Diving with SSAC a Branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club

Q -    I’ve never dived before but I’d like to give it a try - can this be arranged?

A -    Yes we can arrange a ‘Try Dive’ - providing you are relatively fit and well. The Try dive is a great way to see if you like the experience of diving underwater and breathing from scuba equipment. The Try Dive is advertised on the club's website. Please do get in touch for more details. Try dives can be arranged for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Try dives cost £35 (a contribution to pool/equipment hire and insurance) but this is refundable if you subsequently join SSAC. Simply contact the club, or pop in to see us and we can book you onto a session.


Q -    What sort of diving does the Club do?

A -    We have a varied diving programme designed to cater for all levels and interests. From local shore diving to UK and Overseas trips, and from technical diving to photography, historical/archaeological projects and marine conservation projects. We enjoy diving here along the South Coast and have a good knowledge of local shipwrecks.


Q -    How do I book on a dive?

A -    Once the Diving Officer has approved a dive it can be advertised. A Dive Planning sheet is put up on the noticeboard at the clubhouse for members to add their names to the list and a post will be made on the club's Facebook Group. Where appropriate, a deposit may be payable to secure your spot on the dive.


Q -    What is there to see when you go diving in the UK/Solent area? - Surely it’s too dark/poor visibility?

A -    It’s true that conditions can be challenging when diving in the Solent area but the area is rich in wrecks and the marine life that inhabits them. The variety and quantity of wrecks, marine habitat and life make the area a great place to go diving. Our training is designed to cope with sometimes poor visibility/conditions, and, if suitably equipped, divers can still enjoy diving in the area most of the year-round.    


Q -    What temperature is the water around here – Is it cold?

A -    The sea temperature in the Solent ranges from 5 or 6 °C in the winter to a balmy 18+°C in August. To get the most out of the diving season most divers wear a drysuit but it is possible to dive in the summer months using a good wetsuit.

For more information, please see: Club Diving


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Q -    How much does it cost to join the club?

A -    The actual costs will depend on several factors such as whether you are a trained diver, your age and other factors. There are 3 elements to the cost of joining Southsea Sub-Aqua Club (a branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club);

  1. The BSAC membership fee
  2. The Southsea Sub-Aqua Club joining fee or Ocean Diver Course fee
  3. The Southsea Sub-Aqua Club membership fee

For details of current membership fees, see the membership fees section of our website: Membership fees


Q -    Can I pay my SSAC membership fee monthly?

A -    Yes, you can elect to pay monthly by setting up a standing order with your bank. Ask the membership secretary for a Standing Order form, complete it with your bank details and return it to the membership secretary for processing. Unfortunately, the joining fee and BSAC fee are not included in this arrangement and must be paid when joining (unless you are already a BSAC member).


Q -    How much does it cost to fill a cylinder with air or Nitrox?

A -    Filling your diving cylinder with air is free as the cost of the air compressor is covered by an element of the SSAC membership fee. There is a small charge for use of the Nitrox compressor, based on the minutes used to cover the cost of maintenance and electricity etc. Generally, the cost is less than half of what you would expect to pay at a dive shop/centre. Technical diving gasses (Oxygen and Helium) are available at the club based on a price per litre. Please ask the Diving Officer for more details.


Q -    How much is it to hire equipment?

A -    Equipment during Ocean Diver training is included within the cost of your membership fee. Once your training has finished you may still hire out equipment but there will be a small charge depending on what equipment you need to borrow. Hire fees are intended to cover equipment servicing and are significantly cheaper than hiring from local dive shops. Details of current fees are available from the Equipment Officer.


Q -    How much does diving equipment cost?

A -    There is no getting away from the fact that diving equipment is on the expensive side. A dry suit can cost from ~£400 upwards, regulators ~£250 and BCD a similar £200 – there’s also fins, mask, torch, etc., so as a rough guide you can expect to pay i.r.o. £1,000 to £1500 for basic equipment but you can pay more to get kitted out with all new equipment. Generally, diving equipment is well-engineered and robust and that comes with a cost. In particular regulators and BCDs are life-saving equipment and therefore have to undergo stringent testing so in some respects it is not always the case that cheapest is best and if possible you should research the various equipment options to find out what suits you and your pocket. You don’t have to buy all the kit upfront as the club can loan some equipment during training. Club members will be very willing to provide advice/experience though there can be a degree of personal choice. If you opt to buy 2nd hand equipment (there are lots on eBay) it is strongly recommended that you get things serviced before use.


Q -    How much does a typical days’ diving cost?

A -    It could be as little as £0 – for a local shore dive! Typically a day’s diving on a local charter hard boat costs in the region of £45 to £50 per day for 2 dives. Diving from our own boat is £5 per dive plus a share of fuel and other direct costs (eg towing/launch fees). For local dives, typically diving off the Club's RIB can cost between £20-£30, but this is likely to go up due to the rising fuel costs.


Q -    What is the Rolling Deposit Scheme?

A -    The Rolling Deposit Scheme (RDS) was a form of pre-payment for a club dive deposit and is now closed. We are asking existing members of this scheme to contact the club's treasurer so that they can have their deposit refunded.


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Training - New diver

Q -    How old do you have to be to learn to dive with SSAC?

A -    SSAC can train people from the age of 12. Our instructors have passed a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks in respect of their involvement in training young and vulnerable people. We adhere to the BSAC's Safeguarding policy.


Q -    Am I too old to learn to dive?

A -    There is no upper limit providing you are fit and healthy. A medical examination by a diving doctor/medical referee may be required in certain circumstances.


Q -    Will I get a recognised diving qualification at the end of my training?

A -    All BSAC training is carried out by suitably qualified instructors to internationally recognised standards. Your qualification will be recognised by most dive operators abroad in the event you wish to dive on holiday etc.


Q -    How long will it take me to learn to dive?

A -    There is no set time limit and it will depend on several factors – your own confidence and ability, you and your instructor availability, access to a pool and sheltered water sites, and ultimately the time of year and weather when finishing your training in the sea. BSAC training is more progressive than other agencies and covers, even at the basic Ocean Diver level subjects such as diving using Nitrox, rescue training and use of a dry suit. All this additional training is designed to prepare divers for UK diving within a club environment.


For more information on the initial course we offer for new divers, please Click Here!


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Training - Qualified Divers

Q -    What level can you train to?

A -    Current levels of instructors within the club means that we can train to BSAC Advanced Diver level within the Branch. The next level, First Class Diver, is taught on a national level.


Q -    What training facilities do you have?

A -    We have our own clubhouse which provides an excellent venue for theory training. For larger training groups we are equipped with a projector and screen, whiteboards, and also a pc with a large widescreen monitor which can be used for smaller groups. We have some resusci Annie and O2 kits for first aid/practical training and plenty of other equipment which can be used to support training delivery. Our RHIB can also be used for practical training.


Q -    Do you run Skill Development Courses (SDC) in-house?

A -    We frequently run SDCs for our own branch and also host SDCs for the BSAC Southern Region.


Q -    I’m a qualified (PADI/SAA/CMAS) diver/instructor – how do I qualify as a BSAC diver/instructor?

A -    If you wish to continue developing your teaching skills and learning new skills you can ‘crossover’ to a BSAC instructor grade. There are several options available – as set out on the BSAC website or you can come along and chat it over with our Diving Officer or Training Officer. Switch to BSAC


Click for information for divers or Instructors qualified with another agency who wish to cross over to BSAC


For information on diver courses SSAC can offer, Click Here!


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Facilities and Equipment

Q -    Does SSAC own a boat?

A -    Yes, the club has a very capable 6.3m Humber Ocean Pro (RHIB) called ‘Southsea Explorer’. It has a 175hp engine and can comfortably take 8 divers (plus coxswain and crew) dependent on the nature of the diving planned. The RHIB is equipped with GPS, echo sounder, side-scan sonar and VHF/DSC radio along with safety equipment such as radar reflector, flares, lifejackets, first aid kit and a supply of Oxygen.


Q -    What qualification do I need to be able to helm the RHIB?

A -    Either, a BSAC Diver Coxswain, Boat Handler, RYA level 2 Powerboat or recognised equivalent - Plus 3rd Party liability insurance (included in BSAC membership).


Q -    Does SSAC have the facility to fill diving cylinders?

A -    SSAC owns 2 compressors – an Alkin Air compressor and a Coltri-Sub Nitrox (membrane) compressor. Subject to the appropriate training and qualifications, members can gain access to the compressors 24/7 to fill their diving cylinders. The air compressor is capable of filling to a pressure of 300 bar. A mixed gas/Tri-Mix facility is also available including a booster pump for those qualified in technical diving.

For more information, Click Here!


Q -    I don’t have any equipment – Does SSAC have diving equipment that I can hire?

A -    Yes, we have several sets of scuba equipment (BCD, regulators, fins, mask, snorkel, weights etc) that is available to trainees or full diving members. Unfortunately, we are unable to supply wetsuits or drysuits though these can be hired or purchased from several local dive shops and or from some of the facilities we use for open water training. The hire of diving suits normally needs to be arranged in advance.

Note: With issues surrounding Coronavirus, some places have currently stopped renting drysuits. Please check prior to any diving what their current situation is.


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Clubhouse and Boat House

Inside the Clubhouse

SSAC has a clubhouse at Fort Widley with a well-stocked, licensed bar and facilities to hold both lectures and social events such as parties. Whilst light snacks are normally available, for any all-day courses, we normally make use of one of the local burger vans nearby. In addition to the club's RHIB (see below), the boat-house has gas filling facilities for air, Nitrox and Trimix.

Club's compressors & charging panelSSAC owns two compressors – an Alkin air compressor and a Coltrisub Nitrox (membrane) compressor. Subject to the appropriate training and qualifications, members can gain access to the compressors 24/7 to fill their diving cylinders. The air compressor system is capable of filling to a pressure of 300 bar.

The Coltrisub Nitrox compressor was purchased with the help of a grant from Sports for All. The grant was around £5,000. The advantage of such a compressor means that club members can fill their own cylinders with Nitrox (up to about 40%) without blending.

Many of the local dive sites are in the 25-35m range so it makes great sense to dive with this gas instead of air. We have the facilities to blend when richer Nitrox mixes or Trimix is required.

As a benefit for members, compressed air is free and Nitrox from the Nitrox compressor is charged based on how long you use the compressor.


Southsea Explorer (May 2019)For a few years now, SSAC has owned a 6.3m Humber Ocean Pro RHIB. Since it was first obtained it has more or less been rebuilt and improved by skilled members. The RHIB, with its 175hp Evinrude G2 engine, takes up to 8 divers with comfort and also has a greater range and fuel economy than its predecessor. The Humber RHIB and twin axle trailer will allow more club members to take advantage of some great local dive sites and also those further afield. The RHIB has been outfitted with a new console, Raymarine electronics (twin GPS and multiple echo sounders, SideVision side-scan sonar & DownVision sonar), diver-friendly bottle racks, a large under-floor fuel tank and much more. A comprehensive improvement and maintenance programme continues.

Booster Pump–Great for 'Techie' Divers!

Booster pumpSouthsea Sub-Aqua Club also has an electric Gas Booster Pump to add to the gas blending facilities on offer to members. The Stanstead booster pump allows diving cylinders to be fully charged up to 232 bar when decanting from the club’s bank of O2 and Helium J bottles. This is great news for technical open circuit and rebreather divers who can find it difficult to get their cylinders filled with high % O2 even at some dive shops/operators. It also means that the maximum amount of gas in the J bottles can be utilised cutting down on waste thereby reducing costs.

Gas is charged to members at approx cost price. SSAC members who have completed a gas blending course can use the mixed gas facilities and the O2 clean blending whip. Full training on the system is available for SSAC members.

For more information about SSAC’s facilities contact our club's Diving Officer by emailing: do @ southseasubaqua.org.uk .


This guide is intended to help new members of the club have an understanding of how it is run. It contains information that both new existing members may find useful.

Chesil Cove, May 2018 ©Ali Mayor 2018

The guide, which you can download below, covers topics such as:

  • Membership Renewals Members Guide
  • Medicals and Fitness to Dive
  • The Club's Standing Order Scheme
  • Diving with Southsea Sub-Aqua Club
  • Club Diving Equipment
  • The Committee
  • ...and much more!

Download our Members Guide.


SSAC/BSAC Membership Fees:

BSAC column shows the amount payable to BSAC as a member of a Branch; this pays for your third party liability insurance and subscription to Scuba magazine. BSAC Fees are payable in advance.

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Common renewal date

SSAC operates a common renewal date for BSAC membership on 1 March each year. If your BSAC membership is due at other times your BSAC membership fee is adjusted (pro-rata) for the months remaining to 1 March.

Crossover from another agency (PADI, SAA etc)

We welcome divers who have trained with other agencies. You will retain those qualifications and should you wish to continue your diver training within the branch, there is a way that those qualifications can be recognised, allowing you to more on to the next suitable course.

Welcoming Divers from other agencies guide

Equivalent BSAC qualifications (Downloadable pdf)

Equivalent BSAC speciality courses

SSAC Joining Fee

Payable in the first year only, or if you leave for a period of more than 6 months.

SSAC Membership

In the table below, the column shows how much of your fees are payable annually or monthly to the club itself to cover its running costs. Club running costs include the maintenance of the club's scuba equipment, compressors, boat and the general running costs for the clubhouse. You can choose to pay the club fee annually in advance or monthly by standing order from your bank.

BSAC Membership

These are set by the British Sub-Aqua Club and are generally paid in a lump sum by card or by setting up a Direct Debit with the BSAC. Whilst membership of BSAC is not mandatory with SSAC, if you wish t take part in any training within the club, then it is required. We also require proof that you have third-party liability insurance if you wish to go diving with club members. This is one of the many benefits which BSAC offer to all their members.

BSAC Membership Rates

Ocean Diver Course Fee

The cost of Ocean Diver Training is £300.00. This may be offset by the cost of a Try Dive (see note 8 below). For full details, see Ocean Diver Course.

Training Materials

If required for crossover courses, training materials are additional and can be supplied at cost (price set by BSAC). Ocean Diver training materials/pack is included in the cost of the Ocean Diver course.

Try Dive Fee
If a new member has undertaken a Try Dive with SSAC within 3 months of joining, then the Ocean Diver course is reduced by the try dive fee.


Note: Temporary membership is available.


BSAC Membership (published by BSAC)
SSAC Joining Fee
(new members)
SSAC Membership Fee
BSAC Qualified Diver
Upon renewal or lapsed - All grades
As per diver grade etc
Adjusted - pro-rata number of months to the Common Renewal Date of 1 March.

£10 per month


£120.00 annually

Diving Member
Trainee Ocean Diver
(Does not hold any recognized diving qualification)
Ocean Diver Trainee
Adjusted - pro-rata number of months to the Common Renewal Date of 1 March
Included in the Ocean Diver course fee of £315.00.
Full details of the Ocean Diver course can be found here.

£10 per month


£120.00 annually

Diving Member
(Crossover #1)
Diver with ‘Entry Level’ qualification – no rescue skills
Enters as equivalent to BSAC Ocean Diver, training towards BSAC Sports Diver. Includes PADI OW & AOW.
Ocean Diver Trainee
Adjusted - pro-rata number of months to the Common Renewal Date of 1 March.

£10 per month


£120.00 annually

Diving Member
(Crossover #2)
Diver with Level 2 qualification - rescue AV & CPR skills
Enters as equivalent to BSAC Sports Diver, training towards BSAC Dive Leader. Includes PADI Rescue Diver.
Sports Diver grade
Adjusted - pro-rata number of months to the Common Renewal Date of 1 March.

£10 per month


£120.00 annually

Diving Member
(Crossover #3)
Diver with Level 3 qualification - dive leadership
Enters as equivalent to BSAC Dive Leader, training towards BSAC Advanced Diver. Includes PADI Dive Master.
Dive Leader Grade
Adjusted - pro-rata number of months to the Common Renewal Date of 1 March.

£10 per month


£120.00 annually

Joint BSAC Diving Member
Open to divers who are partners of a member paying a standard BSAC rate and living in the same household.
Joint member rate
Adjusted - pro-rata number of months to the Common Renewal Date of 1 March.

£10 per month


£120.00 annually

Full Snorkelling Member - Adult
Can use club facilities and equipment (eg pool/boat) where qualified/appropriate (not the compressor). Snorkel members have voting rights within the club.
As per snorkel grade etc Adjusted - pro-rata number of months to the Common Renewal Date of 1 March.

£3.50 per month


£42.00 annually

Snorkelling Member - Junior
Can use club facilities and equipment (eg pool/boat) where qualified/appropriate (not the compressor). Junior Snorkel members do not have voting rights within the club.
As per snorkel grade etc
Adjusted - pro-rata number of months to the Common Renewal Date of 1 March
£25.00 annually
Member - Non-BSAC
Diver with a recognized qualification not wishing to join BSAC. (Note: must show proof of third party liability insurance and may not take part in BSAC training.)

£10 per month


£120.00 annually

Student Diving Membership
A diving membership category for divers over 18 years old in full-time education.
As per diver grade etc.
Adjusted - Pro-rata number of months to the Common Renewal Date of 1 March.

£10 per month


£120.00 annually

Junior Diving Membership
A diving membership category for divers aged between 14 and 18 years.
As per diver grade etc
Adjusted - Pro-rata number of months to the Common Renewal Date of 1 March.

£5 per month


£60.00 annually

Social Membership 
Associate Membership
Non-diving membership categories.

£3 per month


£36.00 annually


Note: We offer the choice of paying the Club's membership fee either as a lump sum each year or you can pay by standing order on a monthly basis.


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Divers ready to enter the water    ©Robyn Peel 2017
Divers ready to enter the water ©Robyn Peel 2017


All club diving and training activities are conducted under (BSAC) guidelines. These guidelines are published on the BSAC website, where you can find the latest copy.

Safe Diving guide

Our Diving Officer is responsible for all diving organised by the club. We participate in all types of diving and organise dives to suit a wide variety of interests – technical, recreational, training, conservation/special projects, marine life, photography etc. We organise local/south coast, UK and overseas trips throughout the year. Dives can be arranged by any club member and, once approved by the Diving Officer, are placed on the club notice board. The best way to get involve d in dives is to keep an eye on the diving notice board for details of all forthcoming dives. Many are arranged before the season starts but some may be at quite short notice whilst waiting for weather reports, often on a Thursday night for the weekend. Please feel free to discuss with the Diving Officer any diving activities that you would wish to do within the club.

BSAC Article on the Diving Officer's role

Club Year Planner and Calendar 

The Club encourages all diving members to instigate and arrange dives. As long as relevant qualified members are recruited to manage the dive or drive the boats, any club member can arrange a dive using the Dive Planning Form. All dives and Dive Planning Sheets are to be approved by the Diving Officer in advance of the dive.

Once the Dive Planning is pinned up on the notice board, divers are free to add their name to the list of divers who wish to do the dive. In signing the form, you agree to a number of conditions such as:

  • You are a fully paid-up member of the club
  • You have appropriate third party insurance (automatic as part of your BSAC membership)
  • You have a current medical or have a valid BSAC self-certificate medical form
  • You hold the minimum qualification or have made the Marshal aware of your qualification
  • You agree to pay the full cost of the dive
  • You will comply with the instructions of the Diving Officer or the appointed Dive Marshal
  • You are aware of the risks associated with scuba diving in general and specific risks of the dive

All diving members are required to provide proof of the above on request of the Diving Officer, Dive Manager or any persons they may be diving with. The Diving Officer may delegate responsibility for the safety and running of the dive to a Dive Manager whose decision on matters associated with all aspects of the dive is final.

As a person progresses with their diver training, so too may they dive to deeper depths. This can make things interesting when planning dives as one organisation may allow people with similar qualifications to dive at different depths. For example, a dive to the 20m dive site will be at the limits for an Ocean Diver, but too deep for a PADI or SSI Open Water Diver. A good place on the Internet to see the differences is available on the Scuba Travel site.


What does Southsea Sub-Aqua Club membership get you?

SSAC detailed membership fees in detail.

Benefit Commercial Cost Saving
Free air fills (up to 300 bar) About £5.00 (per cylinder) For 20 dives per year
SAVE £100!

Discounted Nitrox 15L :: Average £4.00 per fill

From £8.00(per cylinder)

For 20 dives per year
SAVE £80!
Discounted bar prices :: Up to 30% on pub prices   For every £10 spent
SAVE £3!
Free dive training :: You just pay entry fees to dive sites and training materials Around £380
(equivelent to PADI OW)
£315 BSAC Ocean Diver
SAVE £65!
BSAC courses available at cost


(equivelent to PADI Rescue Diver)

Iro £50 BSAC Practical Rescue Management
SAVE £240!
RIB charter £25-30 per dive (RIB charter) £5 pp + fuel share in club RIB
SAVE £10-15 per dive!
Discounts at local dive stores :: 5-10%  

Spend £100

What does British Sub-Aqua Club membership get you?

2021 annual membership for a full member commencing 1st March: £40.50 to £60.50. Check here for a full list of BSAC fees.

World-class training, amazing diving and great company - there’s so much more to being a member of BSAC



Southsea Sub-Aqua Club is one of the most active diving clubs on the south coast, providing facilities, opportunities and an environment that encourages people to go diving safely. We are fully equipped with our own clubhouse, scuba equipment, boat, compressors and a dive programme with something for everyone; all of which allows divers the opportunity to develop their skills and experience. We are also keen to offer the opportunity for people to learn to dive or just try the experience for the first time. A Try Dive can be arranged for anyone interested in taking the plunge.

SSAC is a branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC), the largest dive club in the world and the governing body for British recreational scuba diving. BSAC training is internationally recognised and tailored to diving in UK waters. Whilst it is not obligatory to join BSAC, most members do as the benefits are convenient and inexpensive. BSAC membership includes third party insurance which is a requirement for diving and training with the club. For more information about the British Sub-Aqua club visit www.bsac.com.

Diving with SSAC

We are not a commercial organisation – simply a group of divers from all backgrounds who share a passion for scuba diving, we run on a not-for-profit basis and are dependent on the volunteer efforts and goodwill of our membership. Being one of the first BSAC branches, we have an unrivalled history as a club that has contributed in many ways to diving and exploring our undersea world. At SSAC, you'll meet all manner of divers from many levels of sport divers, re-breather and trimix divers, through to our newest members learning to dive in the pool. We also cater for all interests: marine conservation, wreck diving and wreck investigation/archaeology, underwater photography and other specialist activities.

The Club enjoys a rich and varied social calendar. Having our own clubhouse with a well-stocked bar allows us to hold social evenings at the club. Events such as parties, talks, quizzes and charity events are regularly held throughout the year.

Inside the Clubhouse
Inside the Clubhouse