Membership & Fees
The minimum age to train on an aqualung using compressed air is 14 years old. There is no upper age limit to join the Scottish Sub Aqua Club. Adult members are 18years+. Please check the Scottish Sub Aqua Club website for full details:
Membership Forms, Medical Forms, Fees details and plenty of other useful information can be found at the Scotsac link above.
Please print out and complete the appropriate Form(s) and then bring them to the club for appropriate Committee Members to sign. After that, post your Membership Forms with your cheque to the Scottish Sub Aqua Club address provided on the Form(s).
YOU DO NOT NEED TO JOIN THE CLUB IMMEDIATELY.
You can leave it a few weeks until you have decided that you wish to become a scuba diver. However, you cannot start training using compressed air until you have satisfactorily completed a Medical Certificate AND joined the Club.
If you have any difficulties with your application to join the Club please ask a member of the Branch Committee to help.
Membership Fees to Scottish Sub Aqua Club may be paid on line using Paypal/Credit/Debit cards.
Before you join the Scottish Sub Aqua Club you should be able to swim confidently and reasonably well. The swimming assessment should be completed comfortably and in a reasonable time, around 10 minutes. We are NOT looking for Olympic standards but we are looking for confident, competent swimmers, after all, you will be scuba diving in the sea.
New members must also complete a free Diving Medical Questionnaire, also available on the Scotsac website at:- http://www.scotsac.com
New members should also read our Constitution, as acceptance of the Constitution is a condition of membership. Please ask the Secretary to be sent a copy.
Branch Membership Fee
At Clydebank Sub Aqua Club there is also a Branch Membership Fee of £100/year charged to all members. (£150 for Joint Spouse members-See Treasurer for full details of charges for other classes of membership).
This Membership Fee covers all your Training requirements and use of Branch equipment whilst you are training in the pool and access to the Clydebank Leisure Centre for the Club sessions for 1 year. The Membership Fee also helps to pay for the upkeep of all the branch owned equipment including the air compressor and boat. It works out at around £2.50p per Pool session. A pretty reasonable deal.
(Please note:We have around 42 pool sessions/year)
This Membership Fee is payable at the beginning of March. If you join later in the year you will be charged on a pro rata basis. (ie if you joined in September the Membership Fee would be £50.) The Branch Treasurer will ensure you pay the correct Fees.
At Clydebank Sub Aqua Club we are committed to keeping membership costs and diving costs as low as possible. However, some of the costs are outwith our control, for example, pool hire fees, fuel, oil and spare parts for the club boat, diving equipment, etc. Our branch owned equipment, such as demand valves and diving cylinders, must be regularly serviced for your safety by trained service engineers employed by the diving centres and shops and this all costs money.
What exactly do I get for my money?
From the Scottish Sub Aqua Club you receive:-
membership of a National Club which is the Governing Body for the Sport in Scotland www.scotsac.com
Insurance Cover whilst diving on Club activities
A Scottish Sub Aqua Club (Scotsac) Training Schedule & Logbook (This is your Diving Licence and Training Record)
Scotsac Sport Diver Training material issued in electronic form
"Scottish Diver" magazine-The Journal of Scotsac, published 6 times/year
Access to Nationally run Diving & Instructor Courses organised by the National Diving Council for Scotland. Many of these Courses are Free!!
From Clydebank Sub Aqua Club you receive:-
Use of the pool facilities throughout the year.
Use of diving equipment whilst training in the pool.
All diving training tuition.
All required Diving theory lectures.
Access to the social side of the club.
Access to compressed air at low cost from our own compressor.
Correctly serviced & maintained scuba diving equipment.
Regular updates via E-mail, and this website about Branch activities.
The companionship of belonging to a Club with members very willing to offer help and advice if you request it.
There are small additional costs for equipment and air for use in the sea.
As far as Training is concerned, you go at your own pace. Sub Aqua Diving is NOT a competitive Sport. You will be trained to act skilfully and calmly and to relax underwater. You will develop a great sense of freedom, swimming in a "weightless" environment. Above all, your training will be safe.
All we ask from you in return is that you attend the Club as often as possible during your training period. As with any learning process, it is important to regularly build on your new knowledge and skills.
Joining Clydebank Sub Aqua Club-Summary
1 Be able to swim to a reasonable standard. (see above)
2 Be interested in the underwater environment and life in the sea.
3 Contact the Branch Secretary (see above) who will notify the Diving Officer.
4 Come to the Clydebank Leisure Centre on Wednesday evening for 8pm.
5 Bring your swimming gear. No other equipment needed at this stage.
6 Enjoy a free "Try-Dive" if you wish, to see if you like Scuba Diving.
7 Complete Membership & Medical Forms and pay membership fees.
8 Accept our Branch Constitution, which is a condition of membership.
9 If you are under 16 years, you MUST bring a parent or guardian.
Please bear in mind that diving is a potentially hazardous sport, but we will teach you to dive safely, knowledgeably and confidently.
It is vitally important to renew your Scotsac membership promptly. Scotsac headquarters sends out both postal and e-mail reminders 1 month prior to your membership renewal date. In order for you to continue to enjoy the facilities provided by Scotsac membership, including 3rd party liability insurance cover and the facilities provided by Clydebank Sub Aqua Club, you should ensure continuity of your membership. So, please check your membership renewal date. Thanks.
BSAC/SAA/PADI and other training agencies
At Clydebank Sub Aqua Club we welcome experienced divers from other training agencies such as BSAC, SAA and PADI. All our training schedules are very similar and generally cover the same important aspects of diving, namely personal skills, rescue procedures and, above all, safety in and under the water. Where there are differences, our Diving Officer and his Instructor team will be pleased to discuss any training needs, in order to meet the requirements of the Scottish Sub Aqua Club Training Schedule.