Hello, welcome to Reading BSAC. We are a multi-agency scuba diving club, based in Reading, Berkshir 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.
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 to become members. Qualified divers can join us on our regular diving expeditions, whilst beginners can enrol on one of the frequent initial qualification Ocean Diver courses.
Operating as usual
We had a great evening with drinks and a BBQ at the Clubhouse for the annual dive trip sign up night. An exciting year of diving ahead!
UK diving at its best on the Isle of Man! We have had a superb week with so many wildlife encounters and incredible visibility 🦞🦀🐙🦈🦐
A few more pictures from the weekend in Weymouth..
Another beautiful sunny day out of Weymouth..
A beautiful island above and below the water. A BIG thanks to Bernard for organising a great trip 🐟☀️🤿
The sun was shining yesterday for our second week diving in Sark 🐟☀️🤿
Great day out of Dartmouth, today The Bretagne, a brilliant dive with about 5-6m viz. Oh, plus a common Octopus 😀
Covid-delayed trip to Brixham / Dartmouth is finally upon us! Beautiful couple of reef dives today to ‘get our eye in’ and then hitting the Bretagne tomorrow followed by Maine on Monday 🤙👌
Last night's 2021 AGM saw a good turnout to review what had been a challenging but ultimately successful year!
We doubled 2020's dive numbers, ran loads of try dives, recruited new trainees & new instructors and plenty of eager volunteer work to keep everything shipshape. ⛵
Congratulations to our Diver of the Year - Colin, Trainee of the Year - Hans and Club Member of the Year - John!
A bonus big thank you to all for the 6 bags/crates of donations to ReadiFood food bank that Sue dropped off this morning.
Bring on the 2022 dive year!
Another busy day in the pool on Sunday with try dives for the local scout troop 🤿
We’re back in the pool providing some new Ocean Divers with DrySuit skills before heading into cold water 🤙
Well we had a busy weekend… Congrats to Hans Bouwer for completing his Ocean Diver training and also Mike Godley, Tanya Money and Neil Fitter for completing their Sports Diver training. 🎉🥳🍾🎊🤿🙌
(Apologies for my poor focussing skills 😂🤦♂️)
We've managed to fit a lot of diving into this year and what better way to round off in late September than with a week seeing the best that the Sound of Mull has to offer. 🐙 🤿
Read about the trip on our website and find out more about RBSAC
Mulling it over! 2021 has proven to be a busy year for Reading BSAC albeit a little backloaded in the season! A combination of rolled over trips and pent-up demand has meant that whenever possible, members have leapt at chances to get in the water. We have even managed to fit in 3 weeks’ worth of diving from the I...
Some of our members headed over to Goring Thames Sailing Club yesterday to search for a rudder lost in the river - Unfortunately no rudder (mainly due to incredibly poor visibility!) but we did find a few interesting bits and got to have some interesting chats with Simon Lidbetter. Something different for a Sunday morning 😎
Cheeky little day trip out of Weymouth to dive the Aeolian Sky (30m) today 🥰👌
Reading BSAC is diving into Instagram!
Don't mind if we do! A few Reading BSAC divers enjoying a well-earned tipple at The Western Isles Hotel, Tobermory.
Looking for something free, fun and educational to do with the kids? BSAC (British Sub-Aqua Club) is offering free downloadable materials for parents to get kids beachcombing and rock pooling on Britain's beaches this summer... https://www.bsac.com/news-and-blog/free-beachcomber-course-for-the-kids-this-summer/
Free beach activity for kids this summer Looking for something free, fun and educational to do with the kids? BSAC (British Sub-Aqua Club) is offering free downloadable materials for parents and carers to get kids beachcombing and rock pooling on Britain's beaches this summer.
Yesterday we wrapped up our summer series of Try Dives with 23 new divers across 4 sessions! All did extremely well and many will be joining us to progress with full training in October. More Try Dives will follow in the Autumn so get in touch to have a go 😎
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 👌🍖🥗🌭🍗🥖
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
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 🥰🤿🥽🏊♂️
One of the many benefits of diving with this lovely lady 🥰
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!
Guess where we went diving yesterday?
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
https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-56731797.amp.. 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.
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 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
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 te****le. 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.”
Blackwater Photographer Captures A Young Octopus With A Transparent Head, And You Can Even See Its Brain 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.
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
Sport England instructor support scheme 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...
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.
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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 😀😄😍
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 https://www.ndac.co.uk/blog/2020/08/reopening-the-national-diving-activity-centre-for-scuba-divers
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!
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.
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.
Safe Return to Diving guidance 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.
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.
The latest message from BSAC.
A message from BSAC National Diving Officer, Dai Atkins 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....
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Informal Scuba Travel Club managed by John and Mona Spencer-Ades of The Scuba Place. This is where we advertise and promote the trips that WE are going on, and when we travel, it is cheaper for you! No strings, no membership fees, no worries - just great