Cotswold BSAC Coronavirus funding

by Craig Gibson in Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 11th December 2020 we successfully raised £4,280 with 47 supporters in 44 days

The COVID-19 pandemic has limited our activities in 2020. To continue to offer our sport to new divers we need to secure vital funds.

by Craig Gibson in Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Extra funds will contribute to "Project Lifesaver", which will help us return to teaching lifesaving skills to our membership to enhance safety, in a COVID-safe manner. With an in-water rescue manikin, and additional resuscitation manikin resources, we will be able to resume the rescue elements of the Sports Diver and Dive Leader courses. They will also help us deliver the Lifesaver and Oxygen Administration Skill Development Courses in 2021, to our members, and other clubs from around our region.

Who we are?

Cotswold BSAC were formed in 1969 to offer diver training and diving to our members, and try-dive experiences to our local community. We currently have 29 members, and are looking to expand in the coming year. Many of our members find scuba diving a great way to make friends, cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life, and improve their health and wellbeing. We offer our members the adventure and excitement that comes with scuba diving around the UK. Members range from age 10 and upwards, with no upper age limit. We don't have any fixed infrastructure or facilities, so we rely on local businesses and organisations to host our training and events.


A young diver enjoying a try dive in October 2020

Why do we need help?

The COVID-19 pandemic has limited our activities in 2020, which has had a knock on to our income through membership growth, diver training, and equipment use. To secure the future of the club, we need to secure funds to continue offering our key activities and grow our membership and wider offer. Our main costs are:

  • Pool hire for diver training
  • Equipment maintenance and insurance
  • Boat maintenance, storage, and insurance

Diver training

Our volunteer instructors deliver diver training under the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) scheme. Regular access to a swimming pool is essential for offering "Try Dives" and sheltered water training for the initial stages of the Diver Training Programme. We returned to the pool in October 2020, but need a regular income to make it viable as an offer to members throughout the year.



Our pool, at Dean Close School, Cheltenham

UK Diving trips

Our members plan diving trips for other members throughout the year, and key to this is having our own boat "Cotswold Diver". This gives us the independence to go where we want, when we want (subject to restrictions of course!), and is substantially more affordable and flexible than chartering a boat. Whilst we have made use of the boat in 2020, the income generated by regular trips has not been possible due to the varying stages of lockdown, yet the fees for insurance, storage, and maintenance continue regardless of use. We need to find a way to meet these costs, whilst maintaining the financial viability of the club for its members.


Cotswold Diver being launched in Cornwall, July 2020



A club trip to Hope Cove in Devon.


Just one of the local inhabitants of our UK waters

As travel restrictions continue, we think that more and more people will want to make the most of what is on our doorstep, and that includes some incredible diving in UK waters!

Social activities

We recognise that social contact and reducing isolation is a key component of leading a healthy lifestyle. Under normal circumstances, the club offers social activities to its members and non-members (where appropriate). Quizzes, bingo, and skittles are popular activities, as well as a BBQ in the summer. Out of necessity we went online in 2020 for our social activities where we could, with a weekly chat over zoom to keep everyone in touch, and a very popular online Bingo session!



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

Try a Dive for £15

Pledge £15 and we will introduce you to the delights of Scuba Diving in our swimming pool during 2021. We provide all equipment and have COVID-secure procedures in place. These make great gifts for Christmas if you want to treat someone else, so if you prefer we'll give you a voucher to use as a gift!

£9 or more

Cotswold BSAC branded Beanie Hat

Keep warm through the winter...pledge this amount and we'll send you a beanie hat branded with our logo as appreciation for your support. Usual price £10. Choose a flourescent colour and you'll be sure to stand out!

£13 or more

Cotswold BSAC branded t-shirt

Looking forward to summer already...pledge this amount and we'll send you a t-shirt branded with our logo as appreciation for your support. Usual price £15.

£14 or more

Cotswold BSAC branded sherpa hat

Keep warm and stylish through the winter...pledge this amount and we'll send you a black sherpa hat branded with our logo as appreciation for your support. Usual price £15.

£15 or more

Cotswold BSAC Social Membership

This pledge is for a 12 month Social Membership to Cotswold BSAC. This provides reduced cost access to the pool (for non-diving), invites to social events, and the email newsletter published every 2 months.

£18 or more

Cotswold BSAC branded hoodie

Keep warm while you're out and about...choose this reward and we'll send you a hoodie branded with our logo as appreciation for your support. Usual price £20. Your only problem will be choosing the colour!

£25 or more

10 x Pool uses (Under 16s and social members)

Pledge £25 and receive a card which gives 10 pool sessions (for under 16s and social members), which work out at £2.50 each rather than the usual £3 each, and protects from any price increases.

£35 or more

10 x Pool uses (Over 16s)

Pledge £35 and receive a card which gives 10 pool sessions, which work out at £3.50 each rather than the usual £4 each, and protects from any price increases.

£45 or more

2 of 3 claimed

5 Piano lessons

Enjoy 5x 30 minute piano lessons, donated to our appeal by local Cheltenham piano teacher Christine Lundegaard. These can be face to face or held over Zoom. You will be able to arrange your lessons directly with Christine, who teaches Piano from Beginners to Grade 5, at any age whether children or adults. Always wanted to play? This could be a perfect opportunity for a taster. (Usual cost of 5 lessons is £50)

£60 or more

Cotswold BSAC Adult membership

Tried diving and want to join? Already a trained Scuba diver? Come and join us! Save £5 on the usual annual membership fee of £65 by joining through this Crowdfunding appeal. (Please note: Members are also required to be a member of the British Sub Aqua Club, for which a separate fee is payable).

£235 or more

3 of 8 claimed

Ocean Diver Training (including club membership)

Had a go at diving & want to join the club to start your Ocean Diver journey? With discounted club membership, Training Pack (not including e-learning), decompression tables, and equipment use while under training. Please note, that in addition to this you will need to pay pool and open water site entry fees, and air fills for your cylinder. Please make sure you have spoken to us about membership and health requirements before pledging.

£5 or more

16 of 16 claimed

Entry to Scott's Christmas Quiz

This is for entry to Scott's Christmas quiz being held Sat 28 Nov 20 at 7.30pm. Use this reward to pay for £5 per household entry and we will send you the Zoom link to enter the quiz. There are Christmas-themed fun prizes (collect from Cheltenham/Glos area (as we're unlikely to be able to deliver in time for Christmas, sorry!)

£10 or more

6 of 6 claimed

Cotswold BSAC 2021 Calendar

Pledge this amount and receive an A4-size Wall calendar, featuring photos from club activities throughout 2020. The calendar will include the tides phases, all you have to do is add your diving trips and dates to remember!

£10 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Brew and Bake cakes

Choose this reward and you'll receive 4 cupcakes/traybakes from the amazing Brew and Bake cafe on Bath Road in Cheltenham, or their new store at Gloucester Quays (opens 7th Nov). Individual cake prices vary, but value will be up to £14

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Morrisons Gift Card

Select this reward and we'll convert your donation into a Morrisons gift card for use in any Morrisons store. And if you prefer we'll send it to someone else

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Beautiful Surprise Bow box from Harpers Bows

Why not treat someone to a lovely box of Bows, donated by Harpers Bows. Your box will contain £25 worth of hair bows. Have a look at to see the gorgeous range of designs!

£65 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Luxury Facial voucher

Choose this rewards and we'll send you a voucher for a luxury full facial and chemical facial peel with local Gloucester beautician CM Aesthetics. Normally £95!

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