About Our Club
The one thing you will notice with BSAC 49 is the diversity of activities that take place.
That means we’re confident that there is something of interest for everyone, no matter what your diving goals are, there will be a variety of activities to help achieve them.
The Branch (BSAC49) has a rich history.
Established in 1957, we celebrated our 60th
anniversary in 2017. We are one of the oldest
British Sub-Aqua Club's and with over 100 members,
are still going strong.
Both BSAC and BSAC49 are World Record
Holders. You may have read that BSAC Member Ray
Woolley broke his own Guinness World Record of being
the World’s Oldest Scuba Diver on his 95th
Birthday. You may not have read that BSAC 49 has
held two World Records for Scuba Diving.
In 1957, the Ilford Underwater Swimming
Club was established.
The Club's Structure
The Club is run by a Committee comprising
15 members, elected annually by the membership at
the AGM held in December every year.
We are proud to have our own clubhouse and bar – This provides the club with the revenue to allow it to invest in equipment and events for the benefit of our members.
With Scuba Diving at the heart of the club we have 17 full sets of diving equipment (Mask, Fins, Regulator, Air Cylinder, BCD, Weights etc.) , supplemented by the many ancillary pieces of kit, ranging from Wetsuits, Drysuits, Snorkel; DSMB, Reels, Scooters etc.).
To support our diving activity, the club has two Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) and there is an active schedule of dives out on the RIBs throughout the year. The UK offers simply the most thrilling, challenging and rewarding diving in the world, whether you want to explore the amazing wrecks, or diverse marine life our country has to offer.
The diver training programme runs throughout the year.
For the newcomers, once you’ve progressed from the local and deep water pools, then there are training days at the inland sites, such as the famous Stoney Cove and the NDAC in Chepstow. Shore dives and shallow water dives also take place on some of the inshore reefs, where there is much to see. This is quickly followed by dives from the Club RIBs.
For the more experienced divers, there are
exciting wrecks to explore in some of the deeper
waters offshore. If you enjoy underwater
photography, then a dive on one of the natural and
artificial reefs with their plethora of marine life,
will give you plenty to smile about and we run a
Photographer of the Year Competition, where you can
bag bragging rights (and a trophy).
We also subscribe to skill development courses, run by both BSAC and external providers, where our members have qualified in Boat Handling, First Aid Treatment, Oxygen Administration Therapy, Marine VHF Radio to name but a few.
We’re a social bunch, so it’s not just
about diving, but developing friendships which last
As well as UK Diving excursions the length and breadth of the country, there is a calendar of overseas holidays, which naturally have diving at the heart of them. Recent excursions, both hotel based and liveaboard, include the core sites of the Red Sea, Malta, Cyprus, Norway and the Canary Islands, to destinations further afield, such as the Maldives, the US and Caribbean, the Philippines and the wonder of Truk Lagoon.