Joining the Scottish Sub Aqua Club
You can Join or Renew online.

Scotland is a diver's paradise, a Northern marine jewel rich in sealife, shipwrecks and astonishing underwater scenery. Can you imagine what it's like to dive with dolphins or seals? To visit the remains of a Cromwellian warship that last raised sail three hundred years ago? To glide weightlessly through a coral-encrusted underwater arch so massive and breathtaking that it is known as The Cathedral? To watch a 10m Basking Shark cruise by? To see things that most people will never see?

Find out more about diving in Scotland.

Why Join ?

  • The Scottish Sub Aqua Club is recognised by sportscotland as the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport in Scotland.
  • Our main aim is to encourage safe and enjoyable diving for all Members. We do this by maintaining a comprehensive training programme throughout our 70 plus Branches and by organising dives, expeditions and advanced courses.
  • The Club is governed by a Board of Directors , elected by the Membership. The National Diving Council are the principle advisory body on all training and diving matters and advise the Board.
  • The ScotSAC was the first diving club in Europe to adopt the use of Nitrox, and the first to produce a training plan for its use. It was also the first club in Europe to produce a training plan, with appropriate awards, for Disabled Divers. It has an impressive, long-established, safety record which is maintained by extensive training and backed by incident analysis which has been running since the 1970s.
  • ScotSAC members receive Scottish Diver magazine, a training schedule, diving manual, log-book and membership card on joining the organisation.
  • All members are provided with insurance cover for protection against third-party liabilities.
  • The Club runs an Annual Diving Conference and hosts a midsummer dive festival at Loch Fyne which is open to all divers.

How to Join

We now are pleased to accept new members joining us on-line here.
and our existing members can renew their membership here.

ScotSAC has Branches throughout Scotland, northern England and one in Ireland. If you think you'd like to join ScotSAC, feel free to contact your local Branch. Get in touch with them and have a chat with the Branch Diving Officer (BDO); he or she can tell you everything you need to know about starting to dive with ScotSAC, from arranging a "try dive" to advice on medicals and the ScotSAC training programme.

A list of all ScotSAC Branches is available here or contact ScotSAC HQ .

In order to be a Member of ScotSAC, you must also be a member of a ScotSAC Branch and vice versa.

To join ScotSAC simply download the membership application and medical forms below and send to ScotSAC HQ with your payment. See the medical information below for further information. We aim to get your joining pack to you as quickly as possible, but this may take two-three weeks if your medical is referred to our Medical Referee.



Do you have a question about any aspect of ScotSAC or diving in Scotland?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information or contact us.

Already have a diving qualification or previous experience?

Every year, thousands of us venture overseas on holiday and take part in an variety of diving including taster courses and intensive short courses. Divers who have trained with other organisations can cross over to ScotSAC. Upon joining, your Branch Diving Officer will review your previous diving qualificiations and experience and advise on any training or assessments required to transfer to ScotSAC. Visit our Crossover page for further information.

ScotSAC Direct

In addition to our Branches throughout Scotland, Northern England and Ireland we also operate a special Branch known as ScotSAC Direct. Previously known as ScotSAC General Branch, ScotSAC Direct offers membership of ScotSAC to those unable to join a standard Branch.

Applications for ScotSAC Direct must be made via HQ and are considered by the Board on a case by case basis. ScotSAC has a strong history of Branch diving and encourages all Members to remain within a Branch environment, but we realise that there may be some cases (e.g. living overseas) where this is not possible.

Members of ScotSAC Direct pay the normal membership fees and receive the same benefits. However, this is a non-training Branch and therefore only open to those with existing qualifications who do not wish to progress with further training.

Membership Benefits

There are many reasons to join the Scottish Sub Aqua Club:

Being a Member of a ScotSAC also offers a number of local Branch benefits:

  • Pool facilities
  • Social events activities
  • Access to equipment
  • Regular diving trips and expeditions

When you join you will be sent a membership joining pack containing:

  • Sport Diving Training CD
  • Current issue of Scottish Diver magazine
  • Diving Logbook
  • Qualification and Record Book
  • On qualification you will receive your Sort Diver card.

Membership Fees

From 1st April 2014

Membership Type
1st Year Subscription
Annual Subscription after 1st year
Ordinary £75.00 £55.00
Joint (cost for pair) £126.00 £86.00
Junior (14-17 yrs) £58.00 £38.0
Associate (non diving) £35.00 £35.00
Student* £62.00 £42.00
Family** £183.00 £103.00
Junior Snorkeler <14 £15.00 £15.00

Branch Members normally also pay a Branch levy, set locally by the Branch committee, and ScotSAC membership fees . The local Branch levy varies depending on the type of equipment the branch has and other circumstances. For example Branches who have a dive boat or compressor may have higher annual levies than those that don't.

  • **Family membership covers up to 4 people (children up to the age of 18 years only), for each additional person please contact HQ.
  • *Students please enclose a copy of your matriculation card

Medical Information

All diving members of The Scottish Sub Aqua Club must complete a medical self declaration to confirm their fitness to dive. A copy of the form is available in the downloads section of this page.

Any Member answering 'Yes' to any of the questions on the self declaration will automatically be referred to the ScotSAC Medical Advisor, a practicing GP and diving doctor. In most cases this is a simple process and involves the Medical Advisor reviewing the information you provide on your form to determine your fitness to dive. In a small number of cases, you may be contacted for further information, or asked to visit a diving doctor for a full medical.

New and renewing membership will not be processed without a valid medical declaration. Referral to our Medical Advisor may delay the processing of your application by one or two weeks.

Renewal of Lapsed ScotSAC Membership

ScotSAC members who have allowed their membership to lapse for less than 6 months will be required to pay the usual annual subscription, membership will be backdated to the orignal renewal date. For example: if the original renewal date is in January and payment is received in March, the next annual subs will become due in January of the following year.

If membership has lapsed for over 6 months the membership payment is the same but the next date of renewal will be 12 months from when payment is received.

Mailing list

If you want to be kept up to date with news you should make sure your email address is on our membership database.

We update this website with regular news items and send out newsletters.

Send an email to HQ and ask to be added.