Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
How much does it cost?
Try dives cost just £10 and give you the chance to find out if you’d like to go on to Ocean Diver training.
First year adult membership as of March 2017 costs £279 which includes:
· Membership of both LUEC and the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC)
· Training and instruction by BSAC qualified Instructors
· Ocean Diver training pack and Ocean Diver qualification/certification
Can I get a qualification before my holiday this summer?
Training is carried out by qualified club volunteers during a number of evenings and weekends and getting an Ocean Diver qualification will depend on the availability of both the instructor as well as the trainee. We aim to start an Ocean Diver training programme every spring but this can be affected by availability.
If you’re in a hurry to for diver training you can always consider a BSAC-accredited training centre. More information about BSAC diver training centres can be found here. We also welcome new snorkelers at any time and you should usually be able to complete snorkel training in a few months.
Do you do Technical Diving?
The short answer is mainly no... and a little bit yes.
BSAC does offer technical courses however these are mainly delivered through the various regional coaching teams and Skill Development Courses that are carried out every year. The majority of diving that is done by LUEC is ‘Club/Sport’ diving, i.e. using compressed Air to a maximum of 50 metres.
‘Club/Sport’ diving typically doesn’t involve technical diving although LUEC does have a small but growing group of technical divers who will gladly talk your ear off!
I want to learn to dive, but why should I join a club?
Club diving has many benefits. You get to meet other trainees and divers with various levels of experience making it a great opportunity to chat with like-minded people, make friends and get advice as well as encouragement if you’re just starting out. Being in a club offers you the chance to go on dive trips both in the UK and abroad plus we also have our own boat giving us the flexibility to choose a different location if want to dive elsewhere. We can also loan you dive equipment or, if you’re buying diving gear, members can give you advice or perhaps even let you borrow items before you buy.
I already have a qualification with another dive agency. Can I join a BSAC club?
Yes. If you have a recognised qualification with another agency, such as CMAS, PADI, NAUI or SSI, you don’t have to do any cross-over or further training (unless you want to!). It doesn't matter who you trained with (recreational, commercial or military), if you've never dived in the UK before or if you haven't dived for a few seasons - all are very welcome.
Instructors who have trained with other agencies are also very welcome. There is a straightforward induction process which recognises instructor qualifications and accreditation to able to deliver BSAC instruction.
I can’t swim very well. Is that a problem?
You don’t have to be an Olympic swimmer but being comfortable in water is important for all divers. As part of Ocean Diver training, you’ll need to comfortably complete a 200-metre freestyle swim; speed is not important. If you need time to practice your swimming this can be done alongside your underwater lessons.
I get seasick. Can I go diving?
Yes you can. Everyone is susceptible to some degree of motion sickness now and then and it’s important to remember that seasickness can be a completely normal reaction to being on a boat. Most people will experience it at least once, including experienced divers. But you never have to join a dive if you don’t feel like it and there are also ways that you can minimise the chances you’ll get seasick. Not all dives take place from a boat but it is the most common way we dive. Other options include shore-entry dives for those who prefer to walking as an entry and exit method.
I’ve got a medical condition. Can I go diving?
Before you start your diver training, you’ll need to complete a medical declaration form. Declaring a medical condition isn’t necessarily going to cause a problem, though in this case you may need to get a medical referral from a diving doctor (either on the phone or in person) who, in most cases, will be able to approve your fitness for diving. All BSAC divers need to review their fitness for diving each year. You can find out more about this at the website of the UK Diving Medical Council.
I can’t make all of the training sessions in the programme. What should I do?
Training is most commonly carried out by fully qualified volunteer members of LUEC (a BSAC branch). In order to keep a healthy pace for training, it is best if you are able to attend all of the training sessions as discussed with your instructor but we also understand that home-life has to come first. Generally, this shouldn’t be a problem. If you miss some of the sessions they can usually be arranged for you to complete at a later date.
How old do I have to be before I can start?
We can train divers from the age of 12 years old and upwards. If you’re under 18, we will also need written permission from a parent or guardian before you start your diver training.
Where can I get SCUBA equipment?
When you start your diver training, you can usually hire the basic equipment from the club. As you become more proficient, you’ll want to start buying your own SCUBA gear. There are a number of places in the East Midlands where you can buy diving gear, including at the dive centre at Stoney Cove. Searching online can give you an idea of prices – but one of the advantages of being in a club is that you can chat to other members to get an idea of what to buy, and where.