Reading BSAC

Reading BSAC


We finally went diving in 2021! The visibility was poor but it was great being back underwater.
Made me chuckle...
Hey guys so this beautiful place is enjoyed by 1000s of users, divers, dogs, dog walkers , hikers, Fishermen and generaly people who want a little time outdoors. I have taken 100s of divers in where they experienced their 1st dives. Sadly we are at risk of loosing this to 180 houses where only the privileged will enjoy the views and surrounding areas. Can my friends here please take 2 minutes from your day to sign and share this petition and encourage your friends to do the same. This quarry has had a sad and controversial past for a few families but it has also brought joy the so many people every day. This place means the world to alot of people.
The third of three dives yesterday, under the board walk at Swanage Pier!

#swanagepier #tonyhowells #scuba #ukscuba #wetfishfilms

Yesterdays adventure!
Need a fix? Swanage yesterday well worth a watch for the two tompots scrapping!

#tonyhowells #wetfishfilms #ukscuba #scuba #kyarradotcom
Hi All,

Dave here - instructor from Reading Uni BSAC. We have recently relocated our RHIB back from West Bay to store in Burghfield Sailing Club in Theale, in the hope we can get more use out of it.

However, we do not have many qualified boat handlers (including myself 😞)

I was wondering whether any boat handling instructors at Reading would mind running a course for us on our boat over at Burghfield thus allowing me and some of our other instructors to observe and get qualified to train our own divers? You know... help us to help ourselves?!?

If any of you have the time and inclination, we would be supremely grateful!!!
My new stamp has arrived!
Danny the dolphin that gave me such a hard time on the Gertrude on Saturday, courtesy of Alexie from Portsmouth University.
5m on the Gertrude diving from Tango of Weymouth. Terrible dive, harassed by a dolphin for the whole dive. Quite intimidating being head butted and shoved by a 4m bottlenose.
For any one who may have been interested , the Seasearch Anemone course has been rescheduled for 7/8 September and the Sponges course is now on 12th October

Hello, welcome to Reading BSAC. We are a multi-agency scuba diving club, based in Reading, Berkshire. Reading BSAC was formed in 1954 and we are the oldest branch in the Reading area and registered as club number 0028 of the British Sub-Aqua Club.

We also have a sister club organisation 'Thames Valley Sub-Aqua Club', TVSAC – which accepts divers with non-BSAC qualifications. There is no obligation to become a BSAC member, its a way to get involved in club diving and to dive within your qualification on the trips we operate. We are a non-profit making dive club, run by members for the members. Qualified divers and beginners alike are welcome

Operating as usual

[07/20/21]   Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday for our 2022 sign up evening. BBQ will be going from about 7pm with food for all palates 👌🍖🥗🌭🍗🥖

A welcome return to Plymouth 10/07/2021

A welcome return to Plymouth

We went back to one of our favourite UK dive locations for the late May bank holiday, both boats in the water with some very happy divers! Read our trip report and find out more about RBSAC.

A welcome return to Plymouth Friday 28th May - Monday 31st May The Crew – Bernard, Colin, Emma, Peter, Liz, Mike, Tanya, Neil, Gareth and Ian. Friday 28th May, Colin, Emma and I met at the club at 08.30 on Friday morning. The mess outside the access gate was horrendous following the Travellers


Shoreham - July 2021

A few of us headed down to Shoreham over the weekend and were amazed at the amount of life down there!


Time for another afternoon of Try Divers getting an introduction to our beautiful sport 🥰🤿🥽🏊‍♂️

Time for another afternoon of Try Divers getting an introduction to our beautiful sport 🥰🤿🥽🏊‍♂️


One of the many benefits of diving with this lovely lady 🥰

One of the many benefits of diving with this lovely lady 🥰


Reading BSAC IOS trip - June 2021

A sneak preview from some of our 2021 IOS adventures so far...


The 2021 Reading BSAC trip to IOS has landed - First order of business, food and beer!

The 2021 Reading BSAC trip to IOS has landed - First order of business, food and beer!


Guess where we went diving yesterday?

Guess where we went diving yesterday?

West Bay RHIBs Spring 2021 13/05/2021

West Bay RHIBs Spring 2021

Over the early spring bank holiday weekend RBSAC took one of our RHIBs down to West Bay and out for some great UK diving. 🦑🦞Read our 3 part trip report here:

West Bay RHIBs Spring 2021 West Bay 30th April – 2nd May. RBSAC’s first RHIB trip of 2021 was a weekend at West Bay with our own ‘Reading Cormorant’. The club is well resourced with our 2 RHIBs and plenty of keen divers to operate and maintain them. As we are all easing out of COVID

Photos from Yo-Han Cha's post 15/04/2021

The diving year has begun over the Easter weekend! Thanks to Yo-Han for the fantastic pictures, hopefully plenty more of this to follow in 2021.

'Substantial' rockfalls between Seatown and Eype Beach 15/04/2021

'Substantial' rockfalls between Seatown and Eype Beach this will have muddied the waters somewhat...

'Substantial' rockfalls between Seatown and Eype Beach There are warnings that, with ground drying out, more land slips and rockfalls could happen.


Bottlenose Dolphins, Weymouth Apr 2021

Reading BSAC is back in the sea for 2021, Many happy divers and I think the locals missed us 😁👋🤩

Underwater photographer of the year 2021 winners – in pictures 11/02/2021

Underwater photographer of the year 2021 winners – in pictures

Some nice competition photos...

Underwater photographer of the year 2021 winners – in pictures Underwater photographer of the year, a global annual competition based in the UK, celebrates photography beneath the surface of the ocean, lakes, rivers and even swimming pools 15/12/2020

Blackwater Photographer Captures A Young Octopus With A Transparent Head, And You Can Even See Its Brain

Some incredible photos of unusual marine creatures.

PS One of the comments points out that, “the brain is the, almost transparent, milky part between the eyes and extending along each tentacle. The more visible structure in the center, with brown spots, would be the digestive cecum. The white semi-transparent part behind it is the ctenidium, a respiratory organ, similar to gills.” The ocean is the lifeblood of Earth, covering over 70 percent of the planet's surface, driving weather, regulating temperature, and ultimately supporting life. But more than 80% of the ocean remains unexplored. 05/12/2020

Sport England instructor support scheme

BSAC has secured a sport England grant to support people doing instructor training to OWI level, with partial support through the grant and partial from BSAC. If you want further information go to BSAC has secured a Sport England grant of £10,000 to financially support and mentor Assistant Diving Instructors to become Open Water Instructors (OWIs). The funding was granted by Sport England for BSAC to increase its instructor capacity with particular focus on reducing barriers to instruction f... 01/12/2020

Paws for thought - Christmas Vote

First day of Advent! How about a spot of giving that won’t cost you a penny but will help raise funds for a seal pup hospital.

All you need to do is click the link below and vote for British Divers Marine Life Rescue in the Animal Friends ‘Paws for thought’ campaign.

They have 12 days to collect as many votes as possible, the more votes they receive the bigger the prize will be! 🤩
Please VOTE and SHARE to help support the critical work caring for vulnerable seal pups. Paws for thought this Christmas - vote for your favourite charity now!


RBSAC, Weymouth Bay, 18th Oct

On Sunday a pair of our divers were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a seahorse....and even get a shaky video to prove it. Lottery win equivalent of UK diving 😀😄😍


Friendly Cuttlefish, Black Hawk Bow, Weymouth.

RBSAC's Diving Officer shows the benefits of clear buddy hand signals. 🤟 . Fantastic couple of dives completed off Tango , 27/09.


Looks like they aren’t waiting till 2021 after all...

We are excited to announce that there will be an initial phased reopening of the National Diving & Activity Centre for Scuba Diving starting from Saturday 31st October.

Initially the centre will be open for Scuba Diving only on Saturdays and Sundays. We will be carefully limiting the numbers on the site and will only be allowing visitors who have pre-booked their Scuba diving online.

The View Cafe Bar, Gas Room and limited Wooden Wigwam accommodation will also be available for scuba diving visitors. The Wooden Wigwams will initially have a minimum of a 2 night stay in place.

Other activities such as the Wire Zip Slide, Atlantis Aqua Park and Giant 3G Swing will remain closed at this stage, but will be reviewed after we've opened for scuba diving.

Scuba Diving entry can be booked online NOW with our new booking system.

Whilst the centre has been closed to the public we have been working hard to implement new procedures throughout the site to protect our visitors and staff. For the Scuba Divers returning to dive with us, please ensure you have read though the latest measures we have in place. For full details and to book, please visit

We value your custom and thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we operate these new procedures and measures. These will be kept under constant review as the Government guidelines are updated.

If you have any specific questions or concerns please email us at [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you in the water soon! 30/05/2020

Slow thoughtful steps While the Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing, but restrictions are carefully relaxing across the UK, it is natural for divers to want to begin returning to diving and snorkelling. Now more than ever it is essential that any return to diving is appropriately cautious, planned and properly prepared for. 21/05/2020

Safe Return to Diving guidance

The BSAC has now produced guidance on returning to diving, the club committee will review this information and provide support to members. The information on the BSAC site will be updated continually as government advice changes.

The current STATUS:

Currently in the UK (with the exceptions of England and Northern Ireland) all non-essential activity and travel is not allowed. For the time being recreational diving is actively discouraged. For those areas where restrictions persist the advice and guidance documents produced are therefore for use in preparation for a relaxation in restrictions allowing an initial return to, limited, diving activity. BSAC has released guidance to help members and the wider diving community prepare for a safe return to the water. All of the guidance is accessible from this page.


Cornwall Live

Oh dear... we could have told them that would be quite soft....


If you have never been to Scapa, it is worth checking out this webinar series from an extremely knowledgable and engaging presenter. If you have been to Scapa, you will probably want to see this anyway!

Thank you for all of your help. We are delighted to start our webinar series this coming Wednesday 20th May at 8pm (UK time).

Our first Wreck Tour will focus on SMS Brummer.

Please look at the advert below for details and see you next week. 13/05/2020

A message from BSAC National Diving Officer, Dai Atkins

The latest message from BSAC. A special meeting of the British Diving Safety Group was held online on Tuesday 12 May 2020 that included medical experts, diver training organisations and supporting industry representatives. The purpose of the meeting was to determine how the latest changes in government guidance may apply to the....


The Independent

A mesmerising video, and if you read the comments, the scientist involved answers some queries and gives his instagram account details where he shares more turtle adventures.

Sea turtles... with cameras on their shells


Messie Adventures

Some Friday fun!

Our first stop motion video. Just because we are landlocked doesn't mean we can't still dive! Stay safe & stay home!
#Gopro #Padi #Scubapro #Girlsthatscuba #fromlockdownwithlove #diveathome #stopmotion #homepro GoPro Scubapro PADI Girls that Scuba Scuba Diver Life


Diving Postcard #12
An old one again from Steve Clarkson who says:
'Here is a memory from 1971 when the club won the Heinke Trophy. Launched back in 1958, over 50 BSAC clubs have been the recipient of the award to-date. Each year the winner receives £1,000 to spend on their club’s activities as well as being presented with the prestigious award. The then chairman, Roger Fuller, is holding the trophy with Doug Roberson, the diving officer to his right. At the time Roger Fuller was the BSAC national equipment officer. All but thee of them are still around.'


Photo Postcard #11 This one is from Steve Merrick taken of David Armstrong. "I was about to take a photo of a plaice we found on a wall on the Mull trip in 2015.. I remember that dive as I was trying to teach David the use of an external flash as he was always getting dark photos.. the flash will only carry about 1-2ft! Great dive!


Photo Postcard #10
A group photo from a Pembroke trip in 2019
We had very good weather and in water visibility on this trip on Brian Dilly's hardboat.


Photo Postcard #9
This is from Mull in 2009, we are stood in the Western Isles hotel bar overlooking Tobermory harbour. This makes me reflect on the fantastic places that diving in the UK has taken us to. Our much missed stalwart member Nigel Howard is on the far right in this image.


Diving Postcard #8
This one from Paul Sanders.
Isle of Man, July 2019
"I wish he'd get on with it!"


Photo Postcard #7 It should be the start of our annual club trip to Cornwall today. Instead we are staying safe, staying home and looking at old photos. Here is one from 2011 at Lamorna Cove.


Photo Postcard #6

Photo Postcard #6 Well a video actually... from Amy Shimeld who says 'What I had to leave early and hope to go back to, Mahe, Seychelles'


That’s why we are not out diving...

The Government has been clear that during this coronavirus pandemic we need to #StayHomeSaveLives.
Despite that, we’ve had a huge number of incidents at the coast and on the sea, including yachts aground and pleasure boats broken down.
This shouldn’t be happening. Every 999 call made could put our frontline responders at risk of #COVID-19 and places avoidable pressure on our vital NHS services.
Stretch your legs but not our resources by staying close to home for your exercise. Please follow the Government guidance, which can be found here:


Photo Postcard #4
This one is from Sue Mitchell
This dolphin is often found in and around Portland, his name is Dave apparently - he annoyed Sue by crashing into her repeatedly during a dive on the James Fennel.
He thought it was fun to bash the diver it seems!

Videos (show all)

Shoreham - July 2021
Reading BSAC IOS trip - June 2021
Bottlenose Dolphins, Weymouth Apr 2021
RBSAC, Weymouth Bay, 18th Oct
Friendly Cuttlefish, Black Hawk Bow, Weymouth.
Photo Postcard #6
What a super week in the Isles of Scilly with Dave McBride and divescilly! Slight delay with the ferry but worth the wai...
Day 1 of the Farnes trip has been fantastic. 2 more days to go and plenty of seals left to play with!
West Bay Weekender
The three stages of diving in evidence at West Bay for the weekend! Weather and vis aren't bad either. Plus a 🐬 on the w...
Plymouth 2016
Video from a couple of dives on RBSAC's recent weeks RIB diving trip to Rock, North Cornwall




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