The Scottish Sub Aqua Club (ScotSAC) is recognised and supported by sportscotland as the National Governing Body for the sport of diving in Scotland. We are a non-profit club, run by the members for the members.


ScotSAC was founded in Govan, early 1953, by a small group of like-minded enthusiasts, with a shared love for “underwater swimming”.  This makes us the longest running amateur diving organisation in the UK, and one of the longest running in Europe. By the 1960s we had grown to 10 branches and have expanded steadily thereafter. We now have around 70 branches with over 1250 Members. Our Branches are found all over Scotland with a number in the North of England, all of which operate individually under the ScotSAC umbrella and benefit from central support, training and insurance.

Our mission is:

  • To enable the safe enjoyment of our underwater world
  • To offer the development of diver skills in a planned and progressive structure
  • To make the sport of diving more widely available

Our comprehensive, progressive training programme is delivered by our Branches, who also organise regular dive trips, expeditions, courses and various social activities. We also have an impressive, long-established safety record, which is second to none, and maintained by our extensive training and backed by incident analysis which has been running since the 1970s.

Every year, thousands of us venture overseas on holiday and take part in a variety of diving including taster courses and intensive short courses. ScotSAC welcomes divers of all abilities, so whether you've already qualified with another agency, or are a complete novice, you can still reap the benefits that ScotSAC membership offers.  When you join you'll become part of a group of underwater enthusiasts, where you can safely enjoy learning to dive, and prepare yourself to discover what our amazing underwater world has to offer.