Coronavirus latest: All pool sessions have been temporarily suspended. However, please do let us know if you are interested and we will add you to a waiting list and get you diving as soon as we are able to recommence pool training.
HAVE A TRY DIVE!
The Try Dive
If you’ve never dived before, come down to RSAC for a try dive where you will experience scuba diving under the supervision of one of our instructors in the safety of the swimming pool. The first time you breathe underwater is an experience to remember – and you will be surprised by just how much fun it is. The try dive fee is £20 cash.
What will I be doing?
Firstly, you will be met by our Membership Officer, who will welcome you to our club, tell you all about RSAC and run through a bit of paperwork. Our Equipment Officer will provide you with all the scuba gear you need. You will be introduced to your instructor who will give you a briefing on what you will be doing in the pool, explain how to use the equipment (and how to get into it), and show you the signals used to communicate underwater.
Then the fun bit! You start in the shallow end of the pool, kneeling down with your instructor for your first taste of breathing underwater. Once your instructor is happy you are enjoying yourself and will be safe, then it is off into the blue yonder (well, towards the deep end)!
What do I need to bring with me?
You should bring normal swimwear and towel and also a T-shirt to wear in the water. Your equipment is designed to be worn with a wetsuit, so a T-shirt will make you more comfortable. If you already have a wetsuit, we suggest you bring it with you. If you wear contact lenses and do not want to risk losing them, then it is safer not to wear them in the water. Of course, you can wear them if you need to at your own risk. Finally, we recommend something to tie your hair back with, should you have long hair.
Where & when do try dives take place?
These can take place most Monday evenings at Pools On The Park, Richmond, TW9 2SF (click here for details). It is a short walk from Richmond Station. There is a car park and the 490 bus stops right outside. You should arrive by 8:30pm to sort out the pre-dive preparations.
Are there any restrictions?
For your safety, and the safety of others, we ask you to sign a medical and responsibility declaration before the try dive. Minimum age is 12 years. If you are under 16, you must be accompanied by a parent/responsible adult. Download our Safeguarding Policy.
It's simple. Just drop us a line with your details and tell us which Monday suits you.
Once confirmed we will be ready for you. You bring towel, swimwear and a T-shirt. All diving equipment is provided.
Minimum age is 12 years. If
you are under 16, you must
be accompanied by a parent
or responsible adult. Download
The try dive fee is £20 (cash).