What is our project?
Our aim is to purchase a new air compressor for our Sub Aqua club so that we can fill our tanks to go on dives.
What is the need for this project?
Without an air compressor, our club could not continue. Our current compressor has been in our club for around 20 years despite the average lifespan of a compressor being 10-15 years.
Unfortunately, our compressor is now unfit for purpose and needs urgent repairs. Due to the old model of our compressor, it is not possible to get the repairs and spare parts we need.
If we cannot replace our air compressor we will have to travel to Glasgow at least once a week to refill. With the transport problem of carrying the tanks this would mean that our club numbers would have to decrease due to the reduced air available at any one time.
Without air, we cannot dive!
A bit about us....
Our club has been going more than 20 years and currently has over 40 current student members over half of which are female. We also have some non-student members and alumni members too.
As a member of the club you get the opportunity to learn to dive, complete training and receive qualifications through the British Sub-Aqua club (BSAC). Once you have completed your initial training you can choose to further this and eventually build up to instructor level where you can use the skills you have learnt to teach new members of the club. Alternatively, you can just dive with the club for fun. We run trips across the UK and abroad so our members have lots of opportunities to expand their diving experiences.
A bit about air compressors
Air is the single most important thing to a diver when scuba diving. Compressors allow us to fill our tanks and take our members on dives locally and internationally. They require ongoing maintenance to make sure they meet safety standards which is why our club is constantly fundraising.
Air compressors are expensive to purchase due to the unique parts and long lifespan of the machine. It also takes a lot of energy to compress air and compressing air is in fact about 8 times more expensive than generating electricity.
What difference will this project make?
A new air compressor would save our club! We will be able to support the next generations of students over the next 20 years.
We will be able to attract new members and also partner with local clubs who will be able to use our compressor. This will allow us to fundraise and save up for a future compressor.
We will be able to support more divers and encourage new members to join and even try diving for the first time.
Why do we need your help?
We are an active team who are constantly fundraising to meet our target. We have so far completed bake sales and our annual aquathon which has brought us closer to our target.
We have also received a generous donation from our Vice Chancellor, Gerry McCormack, who is a keen diver himself. He has offered to support our club if we reach our target of £6000 by April 2018. It costs £8000 for a new air compressor.
Air compressors are expensive
We need your support to help us reach our target!
What can we offer you?
We are grateful for any support that you are able to offer our club. We have some rewards that may be of interest to you which you can find down the right hand side of this page.
- For a £5 donation you will receive a personalised shout out on our social media platforms
- For a £25 donation you will receive an official club t-shirt in your size of choice
- For £100 you can experience a dive of your own with one of our instructors!
With your help we can encourage the current and next generations of students to get active at university and join our club! We will be able to support our members and the local community for the next 20 years.
We need your help
Thank-you for taking the time to read about our project