Diving Costs

What does it all cost?

This has to be the most common thing we get asked when potential members speak to us. Lets be honest, diving can be expensive. That said, learning to SCUBA dive through a BSAC branch is the cheapest way to learn. We can say that with confidence because we don’t try to make a profit from you – we are not a business like PADI.

At Barnsley BSAC Divers, the 2017 annual membership costs are broken down as follows:

Membership Type Branch Fee BSAC Fee TOTAL COST
Adult £110 £56.50 £166.50
Junior/Student £50 £28.50 £78.50
Instructor £80 £51.50 £130.50

If you are joining to achieve an initial dive qualification, or want to progress after achieving a non-BSAC qualification, then you will need a training pack which costs £43.  Once BSAC trained, further qualification level packs cost £22. You may also need to a one-off purchase of the BSAC Nitrox Tables at £21.

During your training, you may incur some costs for equipment hire and access to inland dives sites – typically £20-£30.

To help keep overall costs down we can support shared cost arrangements (abated) for things like family membership. Please ask us for details!

Diving Trip Costs

The costs of diving trips vary quite widely. This is because we cater for all budgets and holiday trip types. Typical costs are:

  • Day diving at an inland quarry (includes entrance fee and air fills) – £20 to £30
  • Weekend Diving at Plymouth (includes boat fee, air fills and B&B) – £200 to £300
  • Long Weekend (Thu-Mon) Diving at the Sound of Mull (boat, lodgings and air) – £300 to £400
  • Week long foreign dive trip (Flights, accommodation, boat fees) – £700 to £1000
  • Week long luxury liveaboard on the Red Sea (Flights, cabin, boat fees) – £1200 to £1600

These examples are just to give you an idea – but we regularly publish details of our planned club trips on our Website and Facebook page. To get a better idea of costs, please take a look at our current trip plans.

Dive More for Less!

Club membership is great value at less than £15 per month.


As a new adult member, training and qualifying as a BSAC Ocean Diver will cost you approximately £200.

That represents a saving of £175 when compared to the equivalent PADI Open Water qualification!!!

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