Learn To Dive

One of our own divers tells us about his experience learning to dive with the Golden Lion SAC in his own words.

I started diving with the Golden Lion Sub-Aqua Club in September 2014 at age 60, at the request of a friend who wanted a dive buddy. At this stage, all I had ever done was a couple of sample dives in Greece and Lanzarote.

The first thing I did was book a try dive with The Golden Lion SAC and they gave me an initial run through the basic equipment and a chat on health to ensure I was physically able to dive. A BSAC trained instructor then kitted me up and took me into the pool for a fun half hour using club equipment to establish whether I would enjoy the diving experience (IT WAS WONDERFUL).

With this success, I immediately joined the club and from October through to mid November I completed the lectures and pool sessions for the first BSAC qualification of Ocean Diver. At this stage I purchased my dive equipment (kept prices down by purchasing second hand off the internet). With equipment in place I was taken open water diving January to June with fun dives and open water training to obtain my practical experience for my Ocean Diver completed in May.

This was all great fun with practice sessions in Eccleston Delph and Capernwray Quarries and sea dives off Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula which included some boat dives in Menai Straights. The pinnacle of this first year was to go to the Farne Islands and dive with the grey seals which were fun, exciting and very friendly.

I have since followed on and achieved Sports Diver and nearly completed my Dive Leader status and I’m only 2½ years into hopefully many years of underwater adventures. Its all been fun with a family friendly club and a whole bunch of new friends whom I dive and socialise with. Wish I’d realised years ago that it was affordable and possible for all.

Costs for me were:

BSAC £56.00 / year

Club membership at £10.00 / month

My initial kit cost £600.00 + some testing, others have paid considerably less by doing more research on the internet and buying from club members who decide to upgrade.

Please note, the club provides equipment for pool training to Ocean Diver, but does not provide equipment for open water diving, we can however hire out all equipment except dry suits at a good rate, though we always recommend that you buy a mask as you will get a better fit. Some members have continued to dive with this approach for several years.

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