About

Oxford BSAC LogoOxford BSAC Scuba Diving Club is the Oxford Branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC). The branch was founded in 1956 - a few years after the BSAC itself, making it one of the oldest diving clubs formed in the UK. As you might imagine we have a rich history and some very experienced members.

We are now a mature club with a friendly and enthusiastic atmosphere. The branch has around 60 members from the Oxford area stretching from Bicester in the North to Didcot in the South and from Witney in the West to Aylesbury in the East. We even have some members who live here during the week and go home at weekends. We cover a good cross-section of Oxford society. Ages range from young children who snorkel to pensioners who dive or are social members.

The activities of the branch centre around three areas, the clubhouse, pool training and diving. We also carry a decent level of equipment and have a hard boat moored in Weymouth - all of which help to make us a successful dive club which has been going for over 60 years.

Run entirely by volunteers, we train our own divers and snorkellers. We organise regular diving trips in Weymouth and inland sites. We run several longer club trips a year, in the past these have included the Red Sea, Gozo, Scapa Flow and the Isles of Scilly.

We are always happy to welcome new members, be they untrained novices, experienced divers or instructors - no matter who they have trained with. You will be made very welcome, so please enquire about joining Oxford BSAC.

Our Clubhouse

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Oxford BSAC Clubhouse is situated in the grounds of Hinksey Park, just off the Abingdon Road in Oxford. As you head towards Oxford city centre, Lake Street is on your left opposite the entrance to the Four Pillars Hotel. We occupy part of what used to be the main changing rooms for Hinksey Open Air Swimming Pools with access from the Lake Street side.

There is limited parking opposite the Clubhouse which is accessible from the end of Lake Street, turn right between the Community Centre and the Health Centre, go through the gates and turn right again.

Our full address is:

OXFORD BSAC SCUBA DIVING CLUB
LAKE STREET
OXFORD
OX1 4RP

N.B. We are in Hinksey Park, not on Lake Street itself.

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Heart of the Branch

Our Clubhouse is the heart of the branch, it is open at least twice a week, not only for lectures, but also for equipment issue and most of all socialising with other members.

Situated in Hinksey Park (in the old changing rooms for the outdoor pool) stands our clubhouse. We share the building with Lake Street Playgroup, although not the same rooms (our toys are a bit advanced for toddlers!). 

We are lucky to have a fantastic space in which to meet, plan, teach and socialise. The clubhouse boasts:

  • lots of comfortable seating
  • a bar
  • a compressor room
  • kit storage
  • a classroom with projector
  • toilets (with shower)

oxford_divers_clubhouse_11We also have a library of books about diving and related matters, built up over the years. Adorning the walls there are numerous 'trophies' from diving trips of the past, stories which have made the papers, photos from memorable trips and helpful tools for planning future dives.

The clubhouse is also the place to sign up for future dives - lists go up regularly and members get places on a first-come first-served basis.

Long-term members attest to the difference it makes having a quality fixed base from which to operate the club - we haven't always had it this good, often faced with meeting in pubs and lugging gear around from house-to-house.

This is just one of the many benefits of joining our club.

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Why join our club?

smiling divers on our club boatApart from the all the membership benefits of a BSAC scuba diving club, there are lots of good reasons to join Oxford BSAC (aka Oxford Scuba Diving Club). Here are just a few:

  • Complete sets of kit: we give novices a chance to train and try the sport without having to spend on equipment.
  • We own an excellent hard dive boat for charterboat-style club-run diving and snorkeling.
  • Our clubhouse: the focal point of the club and open for socialising, lectures and more at least twice a week.
  • Our compressor: provides cheap air fills for club members.
  • We have a vibrant membership which spans the generations, and all walks of life.
  • We dive all year round, so whenever you want to dive you should be able to.
  • Friendly, vibrant club.

Come and see for yourself - contact us now

What is BSAC?

Learn to scuba dive picBSAC stands for British Sub-Aqua Club. Join a BSAC club like Oxford Scuba Divers and you join a worldwide group of people who share a real passion for scuba diving.

BSAC are the UK's leading dive club and the sport's National Governing Body, providing an internationally-recognised diver training and development programme via a network of clubs and centres across the country and overseas.

So whether you're a qualified PADI (or other agency) diver or only just started, tried it on holiday or would like to learn to scuba dive - if you want the highest standards of training and great diving in good company, then BSAC is for you.

BSAC logo monoBy joining a BSAC club, you will get all the advantages of learning and diving in a vibrant club atmosphere with the added benefits of social activities and ongoing training and support. As club member you are also entitled to the full range of BSAC membership benefits.

Enquire about joining now!

Subcategories

  • Committee

    The Oxford Branch of the BSAC is managed by a committee of members. It is appointed at the Annual General Meeting held in November and meets monthly. The links below will take you to pages on the current post holder and explain each role.

  • Equipment

    Kit officer Phil Stubbs - smiling as usual!The club has a long history of owning equipment for its members to use.

    In the early days divers explored the bottom of the Thames whilst wearing sweaters and old fire service breathing apparatus, but nowadays we provide full sets of kit for both training and diving.

    In this part of the website you will find details of the scuba diving kit we own which members can use for training, or hire out for general diving.There are also details of air fill prices - which are lower than commercial rates.

  • Boat

    endevourWe are a lucky group of divers, as we have our very own hard boat!

    Diving from our hard boat Endeavour is more comfortable than RIB diving, protects us from the elements, is cheaper than from charter boats and is a significant benefit of being a member of the club.

    She is moored in Weymouth and generally we dive around Weymouth and Portland, but also Swanage. On longer trips we've taken her to the Isle of Wight, Salcombe and even to France and back (for a week).

    Members can learn to crew, assist and skipper within the branch.

  • Hinksey Lake
  • BSAC
  • Clubhouse
  • Boats Archive

    Some of the boats the club has owned/used but are no longer in service as dive boats.

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