Frequently asked questions


Who are you?

We are the University of London Sub-Aqua Club (ULSAC), a branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC). Less formally we're a friendly bunch of people who love diving.

What do you do?

We train people from complete beginners up to advanced divers according to the internationally recognised BSAC diver grades, and we run trips all over the UK and further afield where we dive together. We've also been known to have the occasional night out.

Who can join?

ULSAC is open to students from any of the colleges of the University of London (full list here). We welcome divers of all abilities, from complete beginners to already qualified divers from any certification body (PADI, CMAS etc). We also accept non-students who have trained with other clubs or agencies and are interested in instructing.

Do I have to be able to dive already?

No. Most people who join the club have never dived before. Our instructors can teach divers of all abilities and we pride ourselves on being a safe and friendly place to learn.

I already have a diving qualification...

That's great! We welcome divers with qualifications from all organisations. After a sheltered water skills check, you'll be able to dive with us. You can also crossover to the equivalent BSAC qualification to continue your training with us. See the training page for more details.

Where do you train?

The majority of our teaching over the Autumn and Winter months takes place in the swimming pool or classrooms at the Student Central. We also make use of various inland sites for training as well as diving on the south coast.

When do you train?

Pool lessons take place on Monday and Friday evenings. Theory sessions are on Wednesday evenings. People training with us are required to complete a certain number of lessons for their qualification, including pool, classroom, and open water based lessons. See the training page for more details.

Where do you dive?

Wherever we can! We do most of our diving in the UK, particularly on the south coast but we run trips all over the place. Among other places we run trips to Porthkerris, Plymouth, Swanage, Poole, Salcombe, Hayle, Pembroke, the Scilly Isles, the Isle of Mull, the Isle of Skye, the Farne Islands, the Clyde, the Summer Isles, Scapa Flow, Anglesey, Portland, Westbay, the Isle of Wight, Littlehampton, Ireland, Malta, and the South of France.

Is UK diving any good?

Absolutely. UK diving is especially renowned for its shipwrecks - with more wrecks per mile of coastline than anywhere in the world. You can also dive with seals and basking sharks, explore reefs and caves with their myriad of fish and other life, or simply enjoy the wall dives, drifts, gullies and shallow bays.

Can I dive abroad with a BSAC qualification?

Definitely. BSAC qualifications are highly regarded around the world and with your qualification card you should be able to dive anywhere you wish. Club members have dived all over the world in countries such as Egypt, the Maldives, China, Norway, USA, Tanzania, Australia, Thailand, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

How much does it cost?

As a student club, we always try to keep the cost of our activities as low as possible. Our instructors are volunteers which means tuition is free. We also have club equipment meaning new members don’t have to buy their own. For an approximate breakdown of the cost of learning to dive with us, please see the costs page. We believe ULSAC is one of the most affordable (and fun) places to learn, and continue to dive safely.

How can I keep up to date with club activities?

The easiest way is to join our mailing list. In the sidebar on this page is a section labelled "join our mailing list". Simply type you email address in the box, click join, and follow the instructions provided. You can also find us on facebook.

How can I find out more?

Have a look around the website. You'll be able to catch us at the freshers' fayre where we'll be available to answer questions. You can also contact us with any other questions you might have.

(Photo by Mark Mumford)