Reading BSAC

Reading BSAC

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Get ready for pumping raw sewage back out to sea.

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.

https://www.change.org/ProtectPrestonhillQuarry2020
The third of three dives yesterday, under the board walk at Swanage Pier!

https://youtu.be/094CBnoYNgk

#swanagepier #tonyhowells #scuba #ukscuba #wetfishfilms
https://youtu.be/OEyibqWAnR0

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

https://youtu.be/ThB_7ylQ7bQ

#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.

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

21/08/2022

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!

20/07/2022

UK diving at its best on the Isle of Man! We have had a superb week with so many wildlife encounters and incredible visibility πŸ¦žπŸ¦€πŸ™πŸ¦ˆπŸ¦

Photos from Reading BSAC's post 11/07/2022

A few more pictures from the weekend in Weymouth..

Photos from Reading BSAC's post 10/07/2022

Another beautiful sunny day out of Weymouth..

Photos from Reading BSAC's post 27/06/2022

A beautiful island above and below the water. A BIG thanks to Bernard for organising a great trip πŸŸβ˜€οΈπŸ€Ώ

23/06/2022

The sun was shining yesterday for our second week diving in Sark πŸŸβ˜€οΈπŸ€Ώ

01/05/2022

Great day out of Dartmouth, today The Bretagne, a brilliant dive with about 5-6m viz. Oh, plus a common Octopus πŸ˜€

30/04/2022

Covid-delayed trip to Brixham / Dartmouth is finally upon us! Beautiful couple of reef dives today to β€˜get our eye in’ and then hitting the Bretagne tomorrow followed by Maine on Monday πŸ€™πŸ‘Œ

Photos from Reading BSAC's post 11/02/2022

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. β›΅
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!

Photos from Reading BSAC's post 31/01/2022

Another busy day in the pool on Sunday with try dives for the local scout troop 🀿

23/01/2022

We’re back in the pool providing some new Ocean Divers with DrySuit skills before heading into cold water πŸ€™

Photos from Reading BSAC's post 23/11/2021

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. πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³πŸΎπŸŽŠπŸ€ΏπŸ™Œ

(Apologies for my poor focussing skills πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ)

Mulling it over! 13/11/2021

Mulling it over!

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. πŸ™ 🀿

Read about the trip on our website and find out more about RBSAC
http://www.rbsac.org.uk/mulling-it-over/

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...

Photos from Reading BSAC's post 11/10/2021

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 😎

19/09/2021

Cheeky little day trip out of Weymouth to dive the Aeolian Sky (30m) today πŸ₯°πŸ‘Œ

09/09/2021

Reading BSAC is diving into Instagram!

24/08/2021

Don't mind if we do! A few Reading BSAC divers enjoying a well-earned tipple at The Western Isles Hotel, Tobermory.

Free beach activity for kids this summer 31/07/2021

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 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.

26/07/2021

Reading BSAC Summer '21 Try Dives

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 😎

20/07/2021

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 πŸ‘ŒπŸ–πŸ₯—πŸŒ­πŸ—πŸ₯–

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.

http://www.rbsac.org.uk/a-welcome-return-to-plymouth/

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

05/07/2021

Shoreham - July 2021

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

27/06/2021

Time for another afternoon of Try Divers getting an introduction to our beautiful sport πŸ₯°πŸ€ΏπŸ₯½πŸŠβ€β™‚️

25/06/2021

One of the many benefits of diving with this lovely lady πŸ₯°

23/06/2021

Reading BSAC IOS trip - June 2021

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

19/06/2021

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

30/05/2021

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. πŸ¦‘πŸ¦žRead our 3 part trip report here:

http://www.rbsac.org.uk/west-bay-rhibs-spring-2021/

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 β€˜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

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

'Substantial' rockfalls between Seatown and Eype Beach

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.

05/04/2021

Bottlenose Dolphins, Weymouth Apr 2021

Reading BSAC is back in the sea for 2021, Many happy divers and I think the locals missed us πŸ˜πŸ‘‹πŸ€©

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...

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2021/feb/10/underwater-photographer-of-the-year-2021-winners-in-pictures?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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

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

https://www.boredpanda.com/blackwater-photography-wu-yung-sen/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=organic

PS One of the comments points out that, β€œthe 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.

Sport England instructor support scheme 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

https://www.bsac.com/advice-and-support/instructor-support/sport-england-instructor-support-scheme/

Sport England instructor support scheme BSAC has secured a Sport England grant of Β£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...

Paws for thought - Christmas Vote 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 β€˜Paws for thought’ campaign.

https://www.animalfriends.co.uk/pawsforthought/

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 - Christmas Vote Paws for thought this Christmas - vote for your favourite charity now!

19/10/2020

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 πŸ˜€πŸ˜„πŸ˜

28/09/2020

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.

13/08/2020

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 30/05/2020

Slow thoughtful steps

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.

Safe Return to Diving guidance 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.

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.

19/05/2020

Cornwall Live

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

18/05/2020

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.

https://newcastleuniversity.zoom.us/j/96692488991

A message from BSAC National Diving Officer, Dai Atkins 13/05/2020

A message from BSAC National Diving Officer, Dai Atkins

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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Reading BSAC is diving into Instagram! #bsac #scubadiving #ukscubadiving
Reading BSAC Summer '21 Try Dives
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
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Palmer Park Wokingham Road
Reading
RG6 1LF

Opening Hours

8pm - 11pm

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