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As the Governing Body for the sports of snorkelling and SCUBA diving, the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) wishes to assure parents and guardians that all reasonable precautions will be taken to ensure the safety and well being of young children and juveniles who participate in the activities of BSAC.

Calling all parents - make the most of BSAC Beachcomber this summer!

 

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The BSAC Beachcomber activity has now been opened up for parents to deliver so that BSAC members can keep their youngsters entertained on the beach over the summer holidays. Already available to BSAC clubs and instructors wanting to provide more family-friendly activities within their branch, parents can now also take advantage of what is becoming a very popular BSAC activity.

And with the summer holidays upon us, now's the perfect time for families to go out BSAC Beachcombing!

Designed specially for children, BSAC Beachcomber is fun and easy to run. It can add an educational and inclusive element to a dive weekend or club holiday where there are non-diving family and friends. It is also ideal to run as part of snorkeller training.

The BSAC Beachcomber activity can be delivered in a few hours or incorporated into a full-day beach activity. It enables young people to have fun rummaging around rock pools while learning about the marine life they find.

To deliver the BSAC Beachcomber activity as a parent, all you need to do is order a BSAC Beachcomber pack for you child. Parental guidance notes will be included as part of the first order.

To order packs visit the BSAC KIDZ on-line shop

Please note: parents can only deliver the BSAC Beachcomber activity to their own children.

If you are an instructor visit the club page.

Find out more information about BSAC Beachcomber


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Last Updated on Jul252013
 

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BSAC Beachcomber has been introduced to support clubs and dive centres in providing more family-friendly activities.

Designed specially for young children, BSAC Beachcomber is fun and easy to run. It can add an educational and inclusive element to a dive weekend or club holiday where there are non-diving family and friends. It is also ideal to run as part of snorkeller training.

You do not need a lot of time and experience to run BSAC beachcomber - what you need is passion and patience.

BSAC Beachcomber has been designed to introduce young people and those young at heart to the British seashore and to help them discover all the wonderful and weird creatures that can be found in rock pools. It will keep your young members occupied for hours and they will feel a part of the BSAC family doing a BSAC activity.

BSAC Beachcomber can be run over a few hours or as an all day activity.

What you will need

A beach, where rock pools can be found

An instructor resourse pack - these are free with a minimum order of five Beachcomber Activity packs

Any BSAC instructor qualification or have an appropriate qualification such as: teachers with QTS, teaching assistants, Scout leaders, Brownie leaders and ASA swimming instructors.

To be comfortable with and enjoy working with young people

BSAC Beachcomber activity packs for every child
You may also want to order bright Kidzs safety bibs, especiallu for larger groups

 

Supporting documents to download:

Appendix 1 - consent form

Appendix 2 - Information sheet for parents

 

You can purchase BSAC Beachcomber packs in our shop.

You can also order posters to help you publicise BSAC Kidz activities.

 

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"I was watching a sea-life documentary when I decided I wanted to learn to dive so I could see it for myself. My parents were very supportive - they used to dive a lot, so knew what to expect. We had to find a club that would take a 12-year-old and Mid Herts SAC was the one. Everyone at Mid Herts was lovely right from the start – they now feel like family! I started my training in a group of older people but it was never a problem, everyone has been so kind and supportive. The hardest thing was that I felt quite claustrophobic – at first all the kit felt tight and I was nervous about going into open water. But I had a great instructor who would hold my hand when I needed it – and I got over my fears."

HANNAH BROWN joined a BSAC club at 12 to learn to dive. She now sees her club – Mid Herts SAC – as family and travels for an hour each week for her club night.

 

"I would just like to thank all who were involved in the Dive Fest weekend in Anglesey! We had a fabulous time and the Beachcombing was really enjoyed by our boys Matthew & Jack. The packs we came home with were lovely, especially the certificates and t-shirts. We would really like to get our boys (and ourselves!) snorkelling, so could you pass on any info that might be useful?

Many thanks again for a superb event which was so very well run. You were all extremely professional and ultra organised!"

Sonia

"Thanks for organising such a FAB weekend, the kids and adults really enjoyed themselves."
Laura

starfish"My daughter and I recently took part in the excellent BSAC Beachcomber activity as part of the Anglesey Scubafest. What a treat to go hunting in the beautiful rock pools of Anglesey with a marine biologist to offer expert advice, it was amazing what we found under seaweed and hidden in the sand! This is an excellent introduction to the coastal environment for our budding water babies; I think the oldies had just as much fun too! My daughter is rightly proud of her certificate and t-shirt, thank you BSAC!"
Amanda

 

"I was the youngest in my training group but it really didn't bother me – it didn't make a difference and I enjoyed learning
with the adults. I think 12 is right to be the minimum age to start – I knew I wanted to learn to dive. I felt that at the age of 12, I was old enough to make that decision for myself. I just love being in the water and all the creatures I can see – I'm fascinated by sea life, although I can't wait to dive a wreck."
ADAM PETCH, from County Durham, is a member of Tyneside SAC and qualified as an Ocean Diver three
months after his 12th birthday.


"It was great fun for all the family and very educational for all of us. We spend a lot of time on beaches and it was really nice to be able to ask an instructor all those questions we have always wanted to ask a marine biologist. The delivery of the course had the right balance for the little ones to keep their attention."
McChesney family

lobster"The BSAC Beachcomber course was great, I really enjoyed myself discovering different things in the rock pools, especially finding a mermaid purse, a big crab and touching sea anemones on the rocks, the whole experience was really fun and we discovered and learnt loads about the creatures that live in the and their environment, I can't wait to do it all again, soon I hope!"

Scarlett

 

"I did a two-metre reef dive on holiday in Egypt last year and it was awesome – I felt like a ghost, hovering and gliding in the background watching all these fish and not being seen. When we got home, I kept bugging my dad to let me learn and, three days after my 12th birthday, I finally got my chance. My school friends think diving is a cool thing to do, and were impressed when I brought my qualification card in and when I appeared in my local paper. Learning to dive so young has been great fun and I've gained skills and experience I would never have had. When I grow up I think I want to be a pilot or a diving instructor. My brother Isaac, six, is already wanting to learn to dive, as he is fascinated by sharks but he's got a bit of a way to go yet!"

SAMUEL MARLE, from Morayshire, Scotland, qualified as an Ocean Diver in August. His father Martin, an Advanced Instructor, has played a key role in his training and they now dive together.

 

"I always wanted to dive and my aunt, who is an Advanced Instructor, has always been a diver. I wanted to see marine and fish life and diving just seemed the natural thing to do. I joined Chorley Sub Aqua Club and it didn't take me long to pass my Ocean Diver certificate, then I passed as a Sports Diver when I was 14 and now I've qualified as an Assistant Instructor."

Jacob Bestwick, 16 from Chorley Sub Aqua Club

 

 

Last Updated on Aug062013
   

As the Governing Body for the sports of snorkelling and scuba diving, the British Sub-Aqua Club wishes to assure parents and guardians that all reasonable precautions will be taken to ensure the safety and well being of children and young people who participate in our activities.


Mary TetleyMary Tetley, BSAC Chief Executive is also the BSACs Safeguarding Officer. BSAC takes its responsibility for all our members and their welfare very seriously. We take great pride in being at the leading edge of the UKs movement to formalising the role of Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable People.  We work in conjunction with leading organisations such as The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

BSAC's Policy is to encourage all members to take a responsible attitude towards safeguarding the welfare of all vulnerable people. In particular, where young people are concerned, our policy is that people who have significant involvement with young people and vulnerable adults should voluntarily request a CRB disclosure to confirm there is no underlying reason to prevent such contact.

BSAC is able to facilitate this process and is fully registered to carry out these checks which are simple and treated in the strictest confidence.

If anyone has any questions regarding safeguarding issues then Mary can be contacted on 0151 350 6220 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Jul252013
 

About BSAC training

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Written by Sophie
Feb252013

The British Sub-Aqua Club is the UK National Governing Body for Under Water Activities.

Since 1953 we have been working continuously to ensure the ongoing development, safety and enjoyment of scuba diving and snorkelling for everyone.

BSAC knows just how enjoyable and life-changing scuba diving and snorkelling can be.

Our social, family-friendly club and centre network offers a great mix of quality training and regular underwater activities where children can learn and progress at their own pace.

Beachcomber is open to children from the age of five. Our snorkelling training programme is open to children from the age of six who can swim. Scuba training is available from the age of 12 to young people who can swim at least 200m.

BSAC provides all the training and support you and your child need to become beachcombers, snorkellers and scuba divers.

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Jul242013
   

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