Greater Manchester's premier scuba diving club
The Salford Branch of The British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) was formed over 35 years ago. We have over 40 members of all grades ranging from Ocean Diver up to First Class.
We frequently go for outings in groups of up to 12, hiring boats for the purpose. Our members have dived in Gibraltar, Ireland, Egypt, The Maldives, France, Scotland, Wales, England, Spain, Sardinia, Indonesia, Florida, Sudan, Djibouti and Norway.
Living as we do in the Manchester area it is clear that a lot of travelling is involved and this is part of the cost of diving. Our nearest diving sites are 130 miles away and we often travel twice as far for a weekend outing.
Two swimming pool try dives are offered to all prospective members and are free at quiet times of the year.
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Pop down to see us on a Monday night for a chat. we meet every Monday between 8pm and 9pm in the Main Pool at Fit City Broughton Pool, Great Cheetham Street West, Salford M7 9DN.
Alternatively at the nearby Cricket Club following the pool on Mondays from 9.30pm, (26 Catherine Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, M8 4HF) until close.
Its November and the weather is still warm and it is very tempting to say lets carry on diving! Capenwray anybody?
Following on from the success of the Red Sea trip we discussed a number of courses many divers would benefit from these ranged from learning rescue techniques using oxygen, weight management, and what about finishing off sports, dive leader etc? It is the perfect time to look at what is needed and try and sort out!
Next year we are are trying to arrange another year of exciting dives in different locations and you want the right qualifications to dive them.
We have had three potentially new divers contact the club over the last few weeks, two have been down already and one is tomorrow night. The more divers we have the easier it is to arrange courses so please spread the word.
See you all at the baths or the pub to discuss the above and book some trips.
Several weeks have now past since our trip to the Red Sea, we are still to book a venue for the Christmas bash but the interest is there for the next expedition
Suggestions so far Portugal in March - diving the newly sunk wrecks
but currently flights around £150 + extra baggage 3 nights 4 dives £159.00 7 nights 5 days diving £400 _ flights
and the biggest trip if we can obtain at the right price -MALDIVES DEC 2016. around £1000
But that leaves a lot of months between now and those dates so it is time to sit down and talk venues and dates.
Lochaline- Scotland best deal I can find mid week diving Sun-Fri £280 s/c and 5 days boat diving.
Look up PA34 5XT its about 350 miles and around 61/2 hours to drive
More adventurous might be www.dive-and-sea-the-hebrides.co.uk but not for the faint hearted look up Postcode IV55 8GD and add 100 miles to the trip above and an extra 21/2 hours travel
Diving looks spectacular -costs 5 days boat diving, air & s/c £375 based on 10 divers.
Isle of Man -Availabilty as of tonight All of May, 23rd June, Aug 19th and Sept 16th? Cost roughly £500 boat & s/c
Gaelic Rose live aboard Scotland works out at £90 per day
Puffin Divers Oban Boat approx £45.oo a day
Eyemouth- no idea on availability without contact but aquamarine charters on a big catamaran £35.00 for 2 local dives £30 B& B a night
Venture Plymouth charters -again no idea of availability without contact but costs £50 midweek for two dives or £45.00 if more than 4 dives booked
Thats my starters for 10 what are yours?
Well the Best of the wrecks trip to the Red Sea.(A Club trip Bill booked so long ago) It started with one club member being unable to travel at the very last minute, and by his generosity the place was filled very luckily by Paul W, and we were off!
Several new members of the club being lucky enough to have booked on to the trip and excited about what to expect! Arriving in Egypt late at night the air was incredibly hot and dusty making one wonder what to expect.
The boat the Red Sea Adventurer was ready and waiting and we were joined by two other diving groups one from Yorkshire and one from Portsmouth.
Quickly settled in we off early the next morning and straight off for a shake down dive at Tobia Arbaa. mission completed weights sorted and the lead bucket emptied! ( I suppose we should have warned them in advance I am not naming names!)
Straight on to the Salem Express and for many the first dive on this particularly tragic wreck.
From this site onto Middle Reef for a night dive below the boat on a series of coral ledges. (What a start)
Then overnight the boat moved down to the Brothers where I will pick up the log and write more about these amazing dives next time.
Looking forward we need to slot into the calendar more dives!
Jan has arranged a trip to St Abbs on the 25/26th of this Month and I believe still places available both for the boat and suggested places to stay.
Still talking Teneriffe early December but before that any suggestions?
Another Red Sea liveaboard the year after next?, have a think and let us know
Just a quick Club update.
The Red Sea trip now looms very close and it is time to prepare the equipment for the trip, dust off the thin wetsuits ( I did say thin) and start throwing out all the weighty kit for the scales.
How fit are you? It is always a good question and not to be taken lightly when we are hopefully looking at 2-3 dives a day.
Trying to arrange a quick dip in Capenwray on Saturday if anybody interested. Finish some tests and check equipment probably in the rain but will have to think sun.
Currently strugglying to contact possible dive firm for October diving and therefore any ideas?
Where to next and as importantly where shall we go next year for our BIG trip? or planning ahead the year after?
Please get involved with the ideas and plans for future dives we need to know what you want and where you want to dive! Cheers
Really surprised this week after last weeks plans to fit diving in from now until December as I half expected plenty of contact for the planned dives in the near future eg Seahouses.
We were very lucky to be offered dates including a potential weekend trip but as no takers I have let these go.
If I am pitching in the wrong direction for possible trips please let me know! October and December are still pencilled in currently as are the Wednesday Capenwray events.
Have a good week and do not forget if coming down after the pool it will now be the WOODTHORPE.
The bad news is that I was approached on Monday night to tell me the Cricket Club want to put our fees up from being members who only use the Club for roughly one and half hours on a Monday night except for the rare lecture nights which increases our usage to 21/2 hours from £160 as members to £800 for forty nights!
I am apalled they will not support us to promote fitness and a sport for all ages and worse still refuse to compromise!
Just when we were getting back on our feet yet another kick in the teeth.
Clearly we cannot afford this hike in fees (we are already well in the red this year already so we are looking for a new meeting place.
Any ideas? Any suggestions?
Roughly two weeks left at Cricket Club so little time to re-arrange.
Cannot describe how disappointed Iam in the Crickets clubs decision In the short term I am thinking we will have to reconvene at the Holts pub on Bury Old Road WOODTHORPE HOTEL
On a lighter and brighter note Fun in the pool last week revealed what size you have to be to get in Club Wetsuits ! With one or two straining at the seams I hope they act as drysuits tomorrow at Capenwray as I believe the forecast is rain in the morning (Fantastic)
So first outing for some and if you can be there I am sure we manage a pint afterwards to debrief the dives!
Cheers to an enjoyable first dive for our new members!