Celebrating 70 years of BSAC

For the last seven decades, BSAC has played a key role in promoting underwater exploration, safety and education. As we celebrate the club's remarkable journey, let us dive into the past and explore the significant contributions BSAC has made to the diving community.


To celebrate 70 years, BSAC has created this special video as a thank you to our members, instructors, volunteers and friends across the world:

BSAC launches Advanced Ocean Diver course

Advanced Ocean Diver (AOD) is an optional course that gives new divers more choice and flexibility as they progress with their training.

The course is open to all Ocean Divers (or divers who have an equivalent certification from another recognised diver training agency and have also completed Nitrox training) aged 14 and over.


The Advanced Ocean Diver course includes four theory sessions, which can be completed either via eLearning or in person with an instructor, giving flexibility for students and instructors.

BSAC Head of Diving and Training, Mary Tetley, Jill Heinerth, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, XRay Mag, X-Ray Magazine, scuba diving jobs, scuba diving news
From left to right, the author pictured with Mary Tetley (BSAC CEO) and renowned explorer Jill Heinerth at the BSAC Conference in 2016.

BSAC recruits for new role - Head of Diving & Training!

Founded in 1953, the British Sub Aqua Club is launching an exciting strategy to develop and deliver BSAC training. In order to support this, BSAC is recruiting for a newly created position, 'Head of Diving and Training'.

Application Information

Reporting to the CEO and working closely with the National Diving Officer, this new and exciting role will innovate and lead the development and delivery of BSAC training and diving support services. The role is to lead the delivery of BSAC’s strategic aims for diving and training along with its vision, mission and values.

Application Documentation

Interested parties can find further details on essential experience and person specification, along with the full job specification and application pack below.


The 1997 Doux de Coly expedition members won the Jubilee Trust Duke of Edinburgh Prize (L to R) Jez Nasse, Russell Carter, Bryan Schofield, Duke of Edinburgh, Robin Brown, Malcolm Foyle, Michael Thomas. (Team member John Cordingley is not in this photo)

Prince Philip, Champion of British Scuba Diving, To Retire From Public Life

As a younger man Prince Philip was a keen sports enthusiast and an accomplished sailor.

In 1939, Philip Mountbatten joined the Royal Navy, graduating from the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, in 1940 as "the best cadet in his course". His prize? A £20 book token. He subsequently saw active service in the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean during WWII. In 1941 Philip Mountbatten was mentioned in despatches for his service on the battleship HMS Valiant. And he was in Tokyo Bay in 1945 when the Japanese surrendered.

Help Shape The Future Of BSAC

BSAC wants to understand how it can use digital tools and services (website, data management, emails, social media etc) to better effect.

To that end they have commissioned an independent research study. They would like to hear from existing members and lapsed members. The survey is also for divers or snorkellers that have never been a member of BSAC. This is your opportunity to feed into the process and have your views taken on board.