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Walt and Jean Deas Photographic Competition

We are delighted to announce the return of the Walt and Jean Deas Trophy, a photographic competition and with the growth in affordable digital cameras and housings we are sure this will be popular. There will be two sections;

Scotland” pictures must be taken in Scottish waters and “Abroad” anywhere except Scotland. There will also be two categories in each section; “Macro/close-up” and “Wide-angle/diver”. You may enter up to 3 pictures in each category with an entry fee of £3.00 per category.

The prizes are : 1st £30, 2nd £20 and 3rd £10 in each category as well as points and the entrant with the highest points will be awarded the Walt and Jean Deas Trophy. The competition will be judged by Walt and Jean Deas.

Full rules are available on the Entry Form. The closing date for entries is 30th January 2008 with the winners being announced and prizes presented at the AGM on 16th March 2008

Posted 05/12/07

High-Resolution Imaging of British Wrecks

Martin Dean, Maritime Archeologist at St. Andrews University, will deliver a talk on "High-Resolution Imaging of British Wrecks" on Tuesday, 15th January, 7:30 pm in Lecture Theatre 4, Appleton Tower, 11 Crighton St., Edinburgh. Click here for a map

He will show us amazingly highly resolved images of wrecks, some of which are popular dive sites. A few examples can be seen at on the Wrecksight and ADUS websites. The 3D datasets are resolved to 1cm precision (better than the images on the websites above!), so interactive 'fly-throughs' are possible and will be shown as well. He will tell us also about the technology used and in what form the data will be made available to divers. The Edinburgh University Sub-Aqua Club would like to invite you to attend this lecture for a small fee of 2 Pounds. Please contact Max Ruffert.

Posted 05/12/07

Events for Recreational Boaters

The Green Blue is an join initiative from the Royal Yachting Assocation and British Marine Federation and supported by Scottish Natural Heritage. Green Blue are holding a series of seminars during February and March 2008 and invite anyone involved in recreational boating. Further information is available directly on The Green Blue website.

Posted 05/12/07

SSAC sign up to the Accord for the Protection of Children in Scottish Sport

The Scottish Sub Aqua Club has recently signed up to the 2006 Accord for the Protection of Children in Scottish Sport. This accord is a pledge by governing bodies of sport to ensure that we pursue our intention to create a safe environment for Scotland’s children in and through our sport.

SSAC participates with the Child Protection in Sport Service lead officers group to develop best practice and progress towards meeting the requirements of the 2006 Accord.

SSAC first launched its Child Protection policy in 2003, and a revised policy is currently being finalised, ready for release early in 2008.

If you would like any further information please contact the Lead Child Protection Officer. If you have previous experience of implementing child protection or an interest in supporting the implementation of the new SSAC policy, please also contact the Lead Child Protection Officer.

Posted 05/12/07

Information for Rebreather Divers

The Health and Safety Executive have recently produced a video and asked diving organisations to make our rebreather divers aware. The video is available here.

Posted 05/12/07

Draft Development Plan Consultation

In recent months, the SSAC Board have been busy preparing our next three year development plan. The plan lays out our aims and the activities which will allow us to achieve these aims in 2008-2010. In Autumn 2006, we conducted a member survey, gathering views and opinions from Members across the Branches and this provided valuable input to our new plan. A draft version of this plan is now available to download (no longer available) for consultation by our Members and Branches.

We value your input and invite our Members to review the draft document and provide any comments to us by 24th November in order that can consider them. The plan forms a key part of our investment application to Sportscotland.  

Please send any comments to by 24th November 2007.

Posted 12/11/07

Nominations now open for Board and National Diving Council

In accordance with the Byelaws and the original appointments following the 2007 AGM, the current Chairman, Treasurer and one Director reach the end of their term in post at the 2008 AGM. In addition, as a consequence of two other Directors moving and making them unavailable to continue we seek to elect replacements for the 2 years remaining of their tenure. Nominations are now open for the above posts, and for the six positions of National Diving Council Members. In line with our new procedures, positions on the Board are normally elected for 3 year terms. NDC Members are elected for one year. Job Descriptions for the posts are available here and clearly define the duties and requirements of the Directors. This ensures any nominee is aware of their duties prior to nomination and of the skills/experience necessary to fulfil the role. At this time, we also invite members to submit any special resolutions for consideration at the AGM. Resolutions received must outline details of the proposal, name, membership number and signature of the proposer and seconder. In accordance with the Byelaws, all nominees, proposers and seconders must be current members.

Please refer to the M & As and Byelaws for further information or contact the Company Secretary or Chairman for further information. A nomination form is available here and has been sent to all Members with the November / December 2007 issue of Scottish Diver, or under separate cover for joint Members. All nominations for Directors or NDC Members and any resolutions for changes to the Byelaws must be received at SSAC HQ 30th November 2007. In the event of any multiple nominations, ballot papers and personal statements will be circulated along with AGM notice. Please refer to Byelaw 4.5 for further information.

Posted 31/10/07

The Future of SSAC Headquarters

Our lease of the existing premises at Bogmoor Place in Glasgow comes to an end in May next year (2008) and our landlord has indicated that they will be unable to provide us with a significant extension should we wish to remain. This then brings us to a challenge – to where do we re-locate and what facilities do we seek? At present our accommodation houses our administration staff, at present one person full time equivalent, provides a meeting space for committee meetings, courses and storage of our library, membership materials, course materials and resources. The Directors will need to make a decision on your behalf soon and will value your views in arriving at their choice.

The first decision is where. The biggest proportion of our members live in central Scotland and if we believe that it useful to have convenient access to HQ for as many of us as possible then it makes sense to choose a location in the central belt and if we follow that argument within the central belt then we should be located in west central Scotland. But is access for members to HQ necessarily important? It is only convenient if we have facilities that we can use.

What facilities do we require? We definitely need office accommodation for our staff and storage of membership materials. But do we need a meeting room/training room? The existing facility is used monthly for one evening by the Directors and on one evening by the NDC. There have been 9 x 1 day courses held on Saturdays and Sundays on average over the last 3 years. Such facilities could be hired on an ‘as needed’ basis from hotels or other bodies. What do you think we should do? We will appreciate any responses to these issues that you wish to make and ask that you e-mail HQ with your views. Please have your thoughts to us by 12 November so that full consideration can be given to your views.

Posted 31/10/07

Co-Opted Director

Owing to a vacancy, the Board has recently co-opted Dr Iain Graham from West Lothian Branch to join the Board until the AGM in March 2008.

Posted 29/10/07

SSAC Dive Conference - Saturday 3rd November 2007
Programme Now Available

The SSAC Dive Conference Programme and Agenda is now available.

The conference takes place on Saturday 3rd November Oban High School, Soroba Rd, Oban from 8.45 till 5.30.

Tickets are still available from SSAC HQ priced £6 per person, including lunch and entry into our prize raffle. To order your tickets contact SSAC HQ. All Members and Non Members are welcome.

Posted 29/10/07

Carlisle Subaqua Club

The club continues to have a successful year with a number of members gaining qualifications to date.  Congratulations go to the following:

            Branch Instructor – David Haughan and Jim Cookson

            Sport Diver – Andy Lambert, Tam White, Stephen Robson, Michael Plane and Peter Cookson.

Thanks to everyone who provided training and support to enable these qualifications to be obtained.

In addition a number of club members have attended the O2 Heartstart Course and the Nitrox Course during the year.  The following few months look set to be equally busy with new trainees either entering Open Water Training or just commencing their Pool Training – we wish them all the best in their training.

Posted 14/10/07

Auchenharvie Congratulations

Congratulations to David Gibson and Robert McCracken who have both become Sport divers in September. Stuart Hawthorne (BDO) and all the instructors congratulate them on their achievement. a short note congratulating them on there achievement.

Posted 04/10/07 Email and Website Problems

Due to an error at our service provider, the SSAC website and email system experienced downtime over the previous weekend. Anyone who has attempted to contact any SSAC email address between 21st and 24th Sept and not recevied a response is asked to resend. Our email and website are now operational again. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

Posted 24/09/07

SSAC Dive Conference - Saturday 3rd November 2007

Tickets now on sale!

SSAC are pleased to announce details of a forthcoming SSAC Dive Conference. The conference will be held on Saturday 3rd November Oban High School, Soroba Rd, Oban from 8.45 till 5.30.

Tickets are now available from SSAC HQ priced £6 per person, including lunch and entry into our prize raffle. To order your tickets, please send a cheque payable to "Scottish Sub Aqua Club" to SSAC HQ remembering to include your name, and address to which tickets will be sent. Tickets are available on a first come first served basis. All Members and Non Members are welcome.

Confirmed speakers -

Innes McCartney (Scottish Submarines),

Mark Lawrence (ADUS/3D Images of Scapa Flow)

Philip Robertson (Historic Scotland)

plus presentations on KISS rebreathers, Hyperbaric Medicine, Nudibranchs, Seasearch, RNLI Diver rescues

Updated 03/10/07


Carpow Logboat Conference

Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust are pleased to announce a one-day conference on the Late Bronze Age logboat from Carpow on the Tay estuary. Please find attached a poster, abstracts, venue and booking information.

Tales of the Riverbank: the Carpow Bronze Age logboat in context, will take place at Jamesfield Farm, Abernethy, on Saturday 29th September
2007 and will cover all aspects of the project, from discovery to conservation, and aims to place the discovery in its archaeological and palaeoenvironmental context.

Speakers will include Prof. Sean McGrail (formerly Professor of Marine Archaeology at the University of Oxford), Trevor Cowie (National Museums of Scotland), Mark Hall (Perth Musuem and Art Gallery), Peter Clark (Canterbury Archaeological Trust), David Strachan (Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust), Bob Mowat (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland), Dr Theo Skinner (National Museums of Scotland), Dr Mike Cressey (CFA Archaeology Ltd), and Sarah Winlow (Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust).

Further details on the conference, including the booking form and venue information, can be found at the Trust's website -

Job Vacancy: SSAC Administrator (part time)

The Headquarters of Scottish Sub-Aqua Club requires a vibrant, organised, self-motivated individual with first class communication skills to act as Administrator.

This is a part time post, working 21 hrs per week. Working hours are 9am - 5pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The salary for this post is £14,924 pro rata.

The post is based at our Headquarters in Bogmoor Place, Glasgow.

The Scottish Sub-Aqua Club is the governing body for scuba diving in Scotland.

You will be responsible for a variety of tasks including processing of membership transactions through the membership database, dealing with member communication, event/meeting management and administering the SAGE account system.

The ideal candidate will be competent in using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Access and Excel), be well organised and be able to manage their time productively. They should also demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.

This post is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure Scotland check.

Closing date 12 noon on Friday 24th August 2007. Interviews to be held on Wednesday 29th August 2007.

Posted 28/07/07

Big congratulations to Robert Ross from Greenfaulds Branch on completing his Sport Diver award. Well done Robert!!! from
Bill Hamilton B.D.O. (Greenfaulds Branch)

Congratulations also to Gordon Laing from Forth Valley branch for passing his Sport Diver award.

Congratulations to Lotsac's John Barr on achieving his Sport Diver Qualification.

Posted 27/06/07

Volunteer Vacancy: SSAC Webmaster

The Scottish Sub Aqua Club is looking for a volunteer to maintain the SSAC website If you have previous experience of website design and would like to find out more, please contact

Posted 01/06/07

Branch Instructor Training Course Dates 2007-8

Places are available on Branch Instructor courses which will take place during 2007-2008.

BI Course Dates 2007-8



Saturday 9th June 2007


Saturday 21st July 2007


Saturday 8th September 2007

Napier University, Edinburgh

Saturday 10th November 2007


Saturday 26th January 2008


The course cost is £35. All members must hold the required pre-requisites shown below prior to securing their place on the course.


  • Hold current membership of the Scottish Sub-Aqua Club.
  • Have been a SSAC Sports Diver for at least eighteen months
  • Hold current medical certificate.
  • Be aged 18 or over (unless recommended by RC).
  • Have at least 75 correctly logged dives.
  • Have completed the Master Diver 'dive leader' endorsement.
  • Have attended the Master Diver lectures on Safety and Emergency Procedures and Advanced Decompression Theory.
  • Have the recommendation of the Branch Diving Officer (BDO) preferably endorsed by the Regional Coach (RC).
    Candidates recommended by "Acting" BDO's must have the endorsement of the Regional Coach.

Members who have crossed over from another organisation and have alternative Instructor qualifications are invited to contact the BI Course Director for the requirements.

In order to book your place on the course, complete a course booking form, and BDO recommendation form and send to HQ along with 50% deposit. All candidates must complete an Enhanced Disclosure, forms will be issued upon course attendance.

Further information on the award is available here.

Andy Murray, Course Director

Posted 11/05/07


Annmarie Boyle to Leave SSAC

With regret, the General Committee advise that Annmarie Boyle will leave SSAC later this month. Annmarie has been our part time Administrator at headquarters for 9 years, providing a helpful, friendly and efficient service to all our Members, NDC and GC.

I know all our Members and Committee's will wish Annmarie every success for the future and thank her for her contribution to SSAC.

Jack Morrison, Chairman

Posted 10/05/07


Summer Solstice Dive

A summer solstice dive will take place at Furnace Tearooms on Sunday, June 24th,2007. All SSAC branches are welcome to take part. This is a social event and, as in previous years, individual branches will organise and oversee their own diving.

Furnace is on the west bank of Loch Fyne, south of Inverary on the A83. The tearooms are south of the village on the left had side of the road (if you are travelling south).

Hope to see you on the day, Kevin Miller, NDO

Posted 10/04/07

NDC Action Plan 2007

Training Weekend - Sports Diver

Loch Fyne Tea Rooms

Sport Diver Assessments

28th April & 29th April

Training Weekend - Master Diver

Loch Fyne Tea Rooms

Master Diver Assessments

19th May & 20th May

Summer Solstice

Loch Fyne Furnace Quarry

Social Diving Activity

24th June

Examiners Course

H.Q. Open Water


1st September

Training Weekend - Master Diver

Loch Fyne Tea Rooms

Shared Accents

15 th Sept & 16th Sept

Training Weekend - Sport Diver

Loch Fyne Tea Rooms


29th Sept & 30th Sept

Regional Instructors Course

Isle of Cumbrae

Theory & Practical

12th – 14th October

Diving Officers Conference

Aberdeen (tbc)

Conference Guest Speakers
Break-Out Rooms

3rd & 4th November

Download the NDC Action Plan for 2007 - Please contact SSAC HQ to book any course.

Posted 10/04/07

Proposed Changes to Cylinder Valves

The proposed EU changes to SCUBA cylinder valves will require a different sized valve for nitrox and trimix gas mixtures (see BS EN 144-3:2003). There are no problems with the current A-clamp and DIN (M25) thread size and it has not been the cause of any incidents.

The proposed EU changes will lead to confusion and increased risk and it is a wholly unnecessary cost that divers and commerce can do without. The HSE voted against the EU proposal and here's your chance to support them and common sense, you can sign the petition online at the 10 Downing Street website

Billy Symington

Posted 10/04/07

DiveTrack Competition

The IET, Europe’s biggest engineering Institution, and the British Sub Aqua Club, are challenging engineers to design and create a tracking device for divers who get into difficulties at sea.

The DiveTrack competition has been set up in memory of Penny Glover, who was a member of both organisations, and died in a tragic diving accident. Her body was only discovered after seven weeks. She was a diver and a satellite communications engineer.

The aim of the global competition is to develop and manufacture a simple and inexpensive device that will ensure divers can be easily found. The device should be able to be worn by the diver and used to communicate from depths of up to 200 metres, with a range of 400 metres.

The equipment should allow the diver to send an enhanced signal to show a problem has occurred, which should last a minimum of 48 hours to help search and rescue operations. There is a £5,000 prize for the winning design.

Penny’s sister, Fiona Denny, launched the competition because her family wanted to help prevent families of missing divers from having to wait so long for news and hopefully prevent a similar tragedy occurring again.

She said: “Penny was a highly experienced diver and lived for her sport. But she was also very safety conscious and this is one of the reasons that her death came as such a shock to both her family and to the diving community generally.”

She added: “Her family and friends collected money to help launch the DiveTrack competition because we wanted something to commemorate Penny’s passion for both diving and for engineering but also to get people talking about diving safety. If it results in a piece of kit that can then be produced commercially and at a cost that makes it attractive to divers and their families, then we will have achieved our ultimate goal.”

The competition is open to individuals and teams who must register by 1 March 2007 to take part in the competition.

Colin Foote of the IET Young Members’ Board, said: "Penny Glover was a well respected member of the IET and we are happy to support this initiative to encourage engineers to take part in the competition and make advancements in this area of technology. This will be of great value to the diving community and demonstrate to a wide audience the contribution made by science and technology to our enjoyment and safety in leisure activities."

Clare Peddie, National Diving Officer for BSAC, said: “The British Sub-Aqua Club is delighted and privileged to be involved in the ground breaking DiveTrack competition run in honour of Penny Glover. The competition aims to improve diver safety through the design of a simple diver location system.

Penny was one of the worlds most highly qualified and experienced divers. She was a respected National Instructor with BSAC and was responsible for the introduction of rebreather diving into BSAC diver training; she is deeply missed by all who knew her”.

For further information about the competition please visit the BSAC website

Posted 20/02/07

Changes to Buddy Breathing Ascent Training

In June last year the NDC recommended the cessation of buddy breathing ascents during Sport and Master Diver open water training. This was ratified by GC as an emergency measure pending discussion and a vote at the Diving Officer's conference, in line with the then SSAC Constitution.

At the DO conference, a full and lengthy discussion took place, followed by a vote by attending Branch Diving Officers. The Constitution required a two-thirds majority of those voting to pass. The voting was 14 for and 9 against. Therefore the proposal failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority. This means that with immediate effect, we must reinstate the buddy breathing ascents during both Sport Diver and Master Diver training. Trainees must complete the buddy breathing ascents as per their training record book.

Trainees who have completed their qualification since June 2006 will not currently be required to complete the assessments. However we strongly recommend that they do so for their own satisfaction and confidence. SSAC continue to recommend that all divers carry an alternative air source.

This is a rather controversial subject and if you have a strong view on it, or queries about the impact on Trainee divers, please let the NDC know through your Regional Coach.

Posted 11/1/07

Membership Forms

As a result of the change in status, some minor changes have been made to the Membership forms. Branch approval is required for the registration of new members. The new membership forms may be downloaded here. The form for new members requires the signature of the Branch Chairman, Branch Diving Officer or Branch Secretaries. This requirement only exists for new members and not for renewing members.

Posted 11/1/07

Company Limited by Guarantee Formed

Following the EGM of 26 th November 2006 , the new company was formed on 28th December 2006. This is the Company limited by guarantee and is called The Scottish Sub Aqua Club.

As of 3rd January 2007 , all current Members and Honorary Members of Scottish Sub Aqua Club have been registered as Members of the Company.

Copies of the relevant documents are now available here

Posted 11/1/07

SSAC Basic Nitrox Course Dates
  • Saturday 17th February 2007 - Edinburgh
  • Saturday 12th May 2007 - SSAC HQ
  • Saturday 4th August 2007 - SSAC HQ
  • Saturday 6th October 2007 - SSAC HQ
    Locations subject to change to meet candidate requirements.

Course cost £80

SSAC Basic Nitrox Course, in association with the International Technical Diving Agency (ITDA), is an entry level qualification allowing divers to use upto 40% enriched air nitrox.


  • Hold current membership of the Scottish Sub-Aqua Club.
  • Hold current medical certificate.
  • Be aged 18 or over.
  • Hold the Sport Diver Award

Places are limited. This is a classroom-based, one-day course. To book your place, complete the course booking form, and send to HQ along with 50% deposit.

Posted 9/1/07