Let's be honest, SCUBA Diving is a potentially hazardous sport and requires a certain degree of mental and physical maturity, however once you have joined the Scottish Sub Aqua Club and completed a Medical Declaration, your diving training will take place in the safety of the swimming pool at the Clydebank Leisure Centre. After a Basic Swimming Assessment, you will learn the various techniques of SCUBA Diving. All the time you will be safely gaining experience and confidence in this three dimensional underwater world. Your training and experience will be recognised throughout the World. All the equipment is provided by Clydebank Sub Aqua Club. Eventually, when you are ready, you will continue your training in the sea at well known diving locations. It won’t be too long before you are broadening your experience all around Scotland and perhaps other parts of the World.
A Basic Summary of SCUBA Diving Skills
Basic Swimming assessment: without equipment including distance swimming, surface diving, swimming underwater. You do need to be competent and confident in these skills.
Basic Equipment: Mask, Snorkel & Fins, Fitting equipment in the water, surface diving, swimming underwater, life-saving techniques, Rescue breathing and casualty resuscitation.
SCUBA equipment: Assembly and Fitting Equipment, Mask clearing underwater, Demand valve clearing underwater, sharing air supply with buddy, communication underwater, buoyancy control, underwater rescue skills, surface rescue skills including towing and landing a casualty, in water resuscitation, out of water resuscitation, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, recovery position, use of wetsuits and dry suits.
Theory lectures: on the Human Physiology and Physics of Diving: Blood Circulation, Respiration, Hypoxia, Anoxia, Drowning and Hyperventilation, Hypothermia, Gas absorption Laws: Boyle's Law, Dalton's Law, Charles' Law, Henry's Law, Oxygen Toxicity, Nitrogen absorption and Decompression theory, Nitrogen Narcosis, Principles of the Aqualung and Demand Valve and other diving equipment, Increasing Pressure with depth, Dive & Expedition Planning, Rescue & Emergency Procedures, Weather and Tides, Risk Assessment.
It all sounds a little daunting, but don't worry, you will soon be familiar with all these topics and in the process you will become a safe, knowledgeable, competent diver.
Our training is specifically designed for diving in Northern UK waters and incorporates rescue and first-aid training, even at Sport Diver level.
Learning to dive in Clydebank (ScotSAC) Branch will advance your diving skills within a friendly, safe and sociable environment. What's more, you only have to pay the Scotsac and Clydebank SAC membership fees (which includes insurance cover). The cost of training is included in these fees.
Take a look at our training diagram to the right for a more detailed idea of how our training progresses.