News

21/06/2024  Advance notice of HQ closure for Summer Holidays

Please note that the office will be closed from 15Jul – 29Jul for Summer Holidays.  If you have an urgent query during that time, please contact the relevant member of the Board.  Thanks.

The office will also be closed on Mon 1Jul.

13/06/2024 Nautical Archeology - update

The ScotSAC Underwater Archeology Endorsement has been updated to reflect changes in the NAS courses.  Some of you may already have completed the modules that allow you to claim the ScotSAC endorsement (counts toward the ScotSAC First Class Diver Award), so if you have done both of the NAS modules you can get your endorsement signed up retrospectively.

04/06/2024  Eyemouth Harbour - replacement pay to park system.

Eyemouth Harbour Trust have let us know that their new pay to park system will be in place from 17th June. This includes the shore dive parking areas. The previous pay to park 'Just Park' app was not cost effective.

Full details are available here - this includes a map showing where Free parking is still available

27/05/2024  Nautical Archeology

Are you considering the Nautical Archaeology Module for your First Class Diver award?

Divers who have completed their eLearning with NAS (Nautical Archaeology Society) can attend and get their module signed off with ScotSAC.

There is now a planned Scottish Foreshore Skills of 2-days (27th - 28th July) at North Berwick. Anyone wishing to attend can sign up via the NAS website (under Education/Whats On/) or use the link above.   Please contact HQ if you want to ensure your attendance is coordinated with our contact in NAS.

30/04/2024 Nitrox Course postponed
Unfortunately, due to insufficient candidates coming forward, the Nitrox course that was scheduled to be held on 25th May will be postponed to later in the year.  A revised date will be communicated once confirmed.  If you are interested in attending, please add yourself to the waitlist in JustGo (Click on Events and Courses>>Click on the relevant course>>Click on Add to Waitlist).

03/04/2024  Make your voice heard regarding the closure of the NHS Recompression Chamber at Dunstaffnage, near Oban.

The closure of this chamber means that decompression incidents on the West Coast will now need helicopter (or Ambulance) transport to Aberdeen increasing delay and risk to affected divers.  You can express your views directly to your MSP or MP and by signing the online petition https://www.change.org/p/prevent-the-closure-of-the-nhs-recompression-chamber-at-dunstaffnage-near-oban

29/03/2024  Easter Holidays - HQ closed.

Please note that the office is closed from 29Mar - 10Apr for the Easter Holidays.  If you have an urgent query during that time, please contact the relevant member of the Board.  Thanks.

25/03/2024  Upcoming Courses

After the successful delivery of courses in Feb/Mar, plans are being progressed for further courses, but we can already confirm the following:

  • Branch Instructor – 20th April 2024
  • Deep Dive – 11th / 12th May 2024
  • Nitrox – 25th May 2024

Courses are only run where there is sufficient interest so…

Please register your interest on JustGo by adding your name to the Waitlist (in JustGo – Click on Events and Courses>>Click on the relevant course>>Click on Add to Waitlist.  Note: Club Admins can also do this for members of their Branch). 

If you have any questions, please do contact the relevant Course Director and if you have any problems adding yourself to the Waitlist, please contact HQ.  Thanks.

19/03/2024  Keep our Pools Open

Scottish Swimming have a petition in the Scottish Parliament at the moment to keep swimming pools open as they are so vital not just for swimmers but for other sports such as our own who use them for techniques, training and safety.

This petition is being considered in Parliament on Wednesday 20th March and it will be great to get as many signatures on it ahead of this.

The petition link is here. Recognise the value of swimming pools and provide financial relief to help keep pools open - Petitions (parliament.scot)

13/02/2024  Update on upcoming training courses

The significant work to ensure courses are running to meet demand is bearing results with following courses taking place in Feb/Mar:

  • Thursday 15th Feb – CWPS (Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport)
  • Sunday 25th Feb – Club Examiner Course
  • Sunday 10th Mar – First Aid/Heartstart/Oxygen Administration Course
  • Saturday 16th Mar – ScotSAC Nitrox Course
  • Saturday 16th Mar / Sunday 17th Mar – Regional Instructor Course

Thank-you to all those involved in arranging and delivering these courses.

9/01/2024

We hope the Christmas and New Year period was good to you and you are all ready to try out any shiny new kit Santa brought!

Membership Fees:

Please note that the updated membership fees as agreed at our AGM are now in operation and you can refer to them in the table on the Join Now page.

Training Courses:

There is significant activity in progress getting courses scheduled to meet demand.  The current plans are as follows:

  • HeartStart / O2.  Next course is 14th January 2024. Course is now full, but planning is underway for the next course (potentially mid February) – please register your interest on JustGo
  • Deep Diving.  Next course 13th / 14th January 2024.  Course is now full, but planning is underway for the next course – please register your interest on JustGo
  • CWPS course (essential if you instruct in a branch that has juniors).  Next date 15th February 2024 (Virtual). Spaces available – please register your interest on JustGo.   Branch CPOs will be given priority, however future courses will be scheduled to accommodate demand.
  • Nitrox.  Next Course 16th March 2024 in HQ.  Spaces available – please register on JustGo if you want to attend.
  • Regional Instructor. Date TBC but targeting mid/late March 2024.  The course is now full, but please speak to your Regional Coach if you want to take your instructing contribution to this level.
  • Branch Instructor.  Next course TBC but targeting April – Spaces available.  Please speak to your BDO and/or Regional Coach if you want to progress to become an instructor in your branch. You can then register your interest by joining the waitlist.

Note that in JustGo, when the course you wish to attend is full, you still have the option to join the waitlist for the course – that gets you into the queue for the next one or onto the scheduled one should a space become available.  If you have any problems registering onto the waitlist, please contact HQ.

 

8/12/2023

Christmas/New Year: Please note that the ScotSAC office will be closed from 22Dec to 7Jan inclusive.  Urgent items can be addressed to the Chair or to the NDO by email as appropriate.

7/12/2023

Reminder: Please be aware that there is only one postal collection per week from Caledonia House (on a Wednesday), so please allow for that when expecting qualification logbooks for new members of your branch.  Once Kirsty has the logbook packaged up, it can take up to a week for it to actually leave the building.

1/12/2023

Scottish Sub Aqua Club
Please note that our office at Caledonia House | 1 Redheughs Rigg | South Gyle Edinburgh EH12 9DQ is open: 

Monday and Thursday on 0131 625 4404

Also available by phone only on Tuesday on 07543 673 616

Email: hq@scotsac.com | Website: www.scotsac.com   | Membership login: scotsac.justgo.com

 

18/7/2022

New Admin and Finance Officer

After much searching we are delighted to welcome Kirsty Carella as our new Admin Officer.  Kirsty comes to us with lengthy experience in administrative roles in various settings.

She started work with us on 18th July 2022.

She will be working 21 hours per week, her working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

BDSG Website

10/07/2020

A link to the British Diving Safety Group website is now on our website and can be accessed from the main menu.

The diving industry as a whole is well represented as you will see form the list of organisations, and as such is a valuable resource of safety information.

Until recently ScotSAC representatives have been unable to participate in meetings which were physically held in London or elsewhere too far to travel.

Covid 19 has created opportunities for many more people to be involved remotely.

This a new BDSG website and now contains a very comprehensive range of information which is well worth exploring.

Office Services Unavailable

09/07/2020

Please note Dannielle will be unavailable from Monday 13th July until Monday the 20th July 2020

If you have an urgent enquiry, you can email the NDO at  - ndo@scotsac.com

 

 

Marine Protected Areas

08/07/2020

An interesting article regarding Marine Protected Areas for your information - https://theferret.scot/marine-protected-areas-scotland-study/

Covid 19 Update

07/07/2020

Apparently there are a number of Covid 19 scams on the go.  You may find this link useful,  blogs.gov.scot/cyber-resilience/2020/05/06/cyber-resilience-notice-covid-19/

Covid-19 3rd July Update

03/07/2020

Please read the updated information on the Covid-19 advice and support page following the First Minister's announcement yesterday

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