What does it cost?

 

What does it cost to go diving?

 

Diving is not a cheap sport; some of the typical costs are:-

  • Club membership
  • Training fees
  • Basic equipment
  • Advanced equipment
  • Equipment servicing
  • Travel & Accomodation

 

The costs of club membership for 2016/17 are:-

1st year membership £160-00 (there is an early payment discount of £ 10.00) + Training Pack (£40.00) Abated membership for 2 persons £300.00 (there is an early payment discount of £ 20.00)

Subsequent years £ 160-00 Junior or Student member £110.00 Junior family member £ 80.00

(The membership fee automatically includes your BSAC memebership fee)

The higher cost for the first year covers training, swimming pool usage, registration and several instruction manuals. All members get the monthly BSAC DIVE magazine free, abated members share 1 copy.

Higher grade divers and instructors receive a modest reduction on their subscriptions.

Pool session fees Free.

Living as we do in the Manchester area, a lot of travelling is required to get to dive sites. Our nearest diving sites are 30 to 60 miles away and we often travel twice as far for a weekend outing.

Overnight accommodation, hire of boats and use of compressed air all add to the cost and of course the equipment that we use is not cheap. It has to be said that a reasonably equipped diver is wearing over £1500 of gear. Although some of this would need to be bought in the first year of membership, as only limited training progress could be made without it, most equipment can be bought over time and it is often possible to pick up good second-hand equipment at half price.

In spite of the costs we have many keen members who find it all very worthwhile. They spend their time exploring shipwrecks, taking photographs and videos, and learning about the many strange and unusual plants and animals which they now have access to as part of this high tech sport. Some merely enjoy the sensations of being easily able to move about in three dimensions in conditions of near weightlessness!

TRY DIVES

Two swimming pool try dives are usually offered free to all prospective members.

COME AND JOIN US!

Or pop down to see us on a Monday night for a pint and a chat. We meet after the baths at approximately 9.15 at the Woodthorpe Pub, Heaton Park.