RRSAC welcomes new members, and you don’t need any connection to Rolls-Royce to join.
If you’re interested in finding out more, then a good place to start is by contacting our membership secretary through the form on this website. You can arrange to come along to one of our Tuesday club nights and have a chat to people about the club and get a flavour of what we do. All new members are welcome, from complete beginners to advanced levels, and full training is available.
Beginners - Come Along and Have a Go
If you’re interested in scuba diving, and fancy trying out the sport for the first time, in a fun and safe environment, then come along to one of our regular ‘Have-a-Go’ evenings. Click here to find out more
You’ll see from other pages on this website that we are an active club with a busy dive programme, both in the UK and overseas. Currently we have around 45 members, with a good number of qualified Instructors. We can teach all BSAC diving grades up to Advanced Diver, plus many skill development courses in rescue skills, boat handling and the like. We have a number of members actively involved in technical diving – rebreathers and open circuit Trimix – and our dive programme is aimed at catering for all diving styles and tastes. We are very fortunate to have one of the few qualified Closed Circuit Rebreather Instructors in the Region, and now offer CCR training through the club. We welcome divers qualified through other organisations (e.g. PADI), or who want to restart in the sport after a break, and can offer cross-over or refresher training to suit.
2016 Membership Fees:
• Full Adult - £94
• Training Member - £69 (This applies up to qualification as an Ocean Diver)
• Junior (up to 18) / Student - £69
BSAC Membership - £57.50 (Required for all active diving members)
For more details on membership including categories of membership, training costs etc, then please have a chat with our membership secretary.
RRSAC is a branch of the British Sub Aqua Club, the largest independent diving club in the world.
We are an entirely voluntary organisation, run by an elected committee, and any income goes towards the running of the club.
The club is ideally located near Derby in the East Midlands. This central location means we're within a few hours drive from the majority of the UK coastline, offering a wide variety of diving.
We hold a regular club night on Tuesday evenings, meeting in Charlie's Bar at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Association (Moor Lane, Derby) from 7pm. We have use of extensive onsite facilities including meeting rooms, lecture facilities and our own boat hut where we keep our boat and all of our equipment. We also have a regular Tuesday evening booking at Lonesdale Pool in Mickleover allowing an ideal safe and controlled environment for confined water training.
From beginner to highly experienced, RRSAC provides a full training programme that enables divers to progress through a framework of qualifications at their own pace, leading to internationally recognised qualifications. As well as running regular BSAC diver grade training courses, we operate a range of skills development courses, allowing you opportunities to build on your experience, learn new skills and explore new diving horizons. For more information on the training we offer, please click here.
For open water training, we are within easy driving distance of the National Diving Centre at Stoney Cove, Leicestershire. First sea dives for trainees are usually carried out on our training trips to either Plymouth or St Abbs.
There is no need to purchase any equipment whilst learning to dive, as the club has all the kit required for training, and is available to hire at very reasonable rates. Any hire charges go purely towards the cost of maintaining and replacing our equipment. Once you've decided diving is for you there will be plenty of helpful (and generally unbiased) advice from club members on what kit to purchase first!
The club operates an ocean going Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) round which the majority of the UK dive programme is centred. The RIB allows us to be flexible with the choice of diving on offer and is an important source of income for the club.
Diving with RRSAC
UK: We use our club boat to offer a wide range of diving, suited to all levels of diver, all around the UK . There is usually at least one week long trip as well as fortnightly weekend trips throughout the dive season (Apr-Oct). We also plan the occasional hard boat trip, using local dive charter services to access sites where use of our RIB is not practical
Overseas: There are normally one or two overseas trips organised each year. We typically organise one or two trips a year to popular overseas dive locations such as Malta, Estartit, Red Sea.
Every couple of years we save up and head off to some really spectacular 'bucket list' destinations. In recent years we've visited South Africa & Mozambique, Newfoundland, and Bikini Atoll. We're currently planning return trips to Galapagos Islands & Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia in 2019 and 2020.
The dive calendar is never the same two years running although there are a few favourite destinations that crop up regularly. The Where We Dive page contains descriptions of most of the British dive destinations the club visits. We try to offer a range of diving that appeals to all of our members interests, including technical / deep diving, underwater photography, wreck ferrets, scenic divers and seal whisperers!
Throughout the year, the club holds a range of social events, such as an annual Summer BBQ & Pudding Competition, Christmas meal, Pub Quiz. For details of our upcoming events, please see the Events page
Not sure if Diving is for you?
If you are thinking about diving, but you're not sure it's for you we offer Have-a-Go sessions, which include some time learning a little bit about diving and the equipment, before spending 45 minutes or so in the pool with an experienced diver/instructor. During these sessions the ratio is one instructor to two divers. Have-a-Go evenings are a fun and safe way for you to try out the equipment and see if you are comfortable underwater.