Membership & Costs

To join UBUC all you need to do is fill in a medical form and purchase membership. Joining UBUC is by far the cheapest way to learn and dive. This page lists what you'll need to start diving with us. There are three memberships to buy if you want to complete a full qualification:

UBUC Membership

UBUC Membership costs £35, purchased from the Bristol SU website.

BSAC Membership

The British Sub-Aqua Club is the governing body for underwater activities in the UK. It provides its members with third party insurance cover. All UBUC members need to be members of BSAC before they venture out into open water. For more information visit the BSAC website.

BSAC Membership is currently £18 for new members if you pay by direct debit. BSAC membership is organised by the Secretary; a form can be completed during pub sessions or before a trip.

Training Pack

If you are new to diving or want to continue your training with us, see the Training page for more information.

Basic Kit

To start training in the pool you will need basic training kit: mask, fins, wetsuit boots and snorkel (and a swimming costume too!). UBUC can't provide these as they need to be specific to you (faces are different shapes and feet different sizes).

Basic pool training kit costs £70-120 new depending on what brand you buy. More information can be found in the equipment guide.

Other Kit

Diving is equipment intensive, but you knew that already! UBUC provides BCs, regulators, cylinders, weights and other safety equipment for members. We also have two Zodiacs for offshore diving.

In addition to basic kit, for the open sea you will need a buy/rent/borrow a suit, gloves, and a hood. The prices of these vary widely depending on what you buy, but as a rough guide a new wetsuit suitable for UK waters costs around £150.

If you are on a budget, eBay, gumtree, Facebook Scuba Sale Groups and second-hand equipment from older members are the way forward. If you need any advice on what suit will keep you warm in the UK read our equipment pages and talk to our members.