Where do I start?

For questions about joining or coming to meet us, please contact the membership secretary Email: If you are a new diver then why not experience a try dive for £10 (money refunded if you join).

Alternatively you can email one of the committee members listed on our Contacts page, or you can approach us on Monday evenings at the pool (8:30 – 9:30 pm) or the Approach Tavern (9:30pm onwards). We will arrange a try dive for you if you have never dived before. If you are a qualified diver we will be more than happy to welcome you to the club and discuss the benefits of membership.

What is BSAC?

BSAC is the British Sub-Aqua Club. As a member of HSAC, you automatically join BSAC, the biggest dive club in the world. The difference between BSAC and PADI is that with BSAC you join a club environment and train at a pace that suits you. You are led through the various stages of training and go on dive trips that the club organises. Both qualifications are universally recognised. Your PADI qualifications are recognised by BSAC.

For further details on BSAC visit their website.


We have a range of dive fees according to the level you join us at. The beauty of becoming a member is that the more you learn, the more you save. Our fees include lectures, pool training and a free subscription to SCUBA Magazine. BSAC membership is paid separately.

New Divers (those without a diving qualification)

Try Dive £10 (refund when you join)
BSAC membership £56.50/year
Hackney membership £140/year
Training materials £62 (dependent on training level)
Total cost £258.50 (approx)

Existing members and qualified divers

Qualification Joining HSAC Joining BSAC Total
Ocean Diver/Trainee/PADI OW/PADI AOW £130 £56.50 £186.50
Sport Diver/PADI Rescue £115 £56.50 £171.50
Dive Leader £90 £56.50 £146.50
Open Water Instructor £75 £51.50 £126.50
Advanced Diver £90 £51.50 £141.50
Advanced Instructor £30 £46.50 £76.50

Divers beginning a new course will also need to buy training materials the cost of which varies with the course.


A second member of a household can be a BSAC abated member for a reduced cost of £38.50.
Full time students (over 18) can be BSAC members for £28.50.
There is a £5 discount for payments made via Direct Debit.


Payment to BSAC can be done via Direct Debit, Debit Card and Credit Card. Payment to HSAC can be made via Direct Debit, Bank Transfer or cash.
Training costs can be paid by Bank Transfer or cash.
If both BSAC and HSAC fees are paid via Direct Debit, the money can be broken down in 10 instalments.