Keeping Our Club Alive

by London No.1 Dive Club in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 21st April 2021 we successfully raised £20,855 with 196 supporters in 35 days

Help us keep our club alive by supporting us in raising funds for new engines for our boat which is vital for our survival.

by London No.1 Dive Club in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Reaching our extended target would allow us to replace our broken compressor and buy more equipment for new junior members and replace more of our aged equipment.  


Why we need your help

We are BSAC Number 1, the UK’s first-ever British Sub-Aqua Club branch. We need your help to save our club from the financial pressures of COVID-19!

Over the past ten years, we have been saving up to replace the ageing engines on our club boat. At the end of 2019, the engines broke beyond repair. We intended to replace them in 2020.

In 2020, the world – and our club - was hit by COVID-19. With pools closed, we had to interrupt our scheduled training and momentarily stop recruiting new members. We had to cancel most of our dive trips and for the few that went ahead, we could only have six divers instead of our usual twelve to comply with social distancing guidelines.

As you can imagine, this impacted our finances massively and we’re no longer able to afford to replace the engines. Without fixing them we’ll be unable to attract new members or train our existing members and, as a result, we’ll struggle to retain them.

This may lead to the first-ever British Sub-Aqua Club closing down.

In 2020, we have also seen a reduction in the number of members attending club trips. We believe this is due to the financial burden COVID-19 has had on our community. 

As a result, in 2021, we would like to introduce cost reduction measures for new and existing members when joining dive trips. We intend to reduce the price of renting our most popular scuba equipment to £1 and our membership fee to £1 for students.

This is why we need your help.

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Who we are & what we do

As the original branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC), we have been an integral part of the British scuba diving community for more than 67 years. Over the years, we have seen many divers come and go, and shown hundreds of them the beauty and wonder that can be found below the waves.

Our unpaid volunteer instructors have taught hundreds of divers to dive and to respect the fragile beauty of our seas. As a non-profit organisation, all of our members, committee and instructors contribute to the running of the club voluntarily.

Our revenue comes from membership, courses and dive trip fees, with all of our income used to pursue the club’s objectives and keep it running. We always strive to offer our members diving that is affordable and great value for money.

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Why we need a club boat

Our club boat ‘Perseverance Too’ gives us our independence, allows us to explore and dive when and where we want.

It enables us to teach members boat handling skills and enables non-diving members to be an active part of our club and keeps our older members who have retired from diving active by coming out to boat handle.

One of our member's first-time boat handing, under the instruction of one of our instructors.
One of our member's first go at boat handing, under the instruction of one of our instructors.

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Supporting a younger, more diverse membership

This appeal is important, not only to fulfil the demands and expectations of potential new members but because the club has grown in size and changed in nature over the last few years.

Significantly, our mix of members has changed considerably. We now have a greater proportion of younger and junior members, bringing diving and the love of the sea to another generation.

It’s crucial that we can offer younger members both training and dive trips from our boat, as diving from it is considerably cheaper than chartering a hard boat.

Please help us to keep our heads above the water.

1613512048_cara.jpgOur youngest member (12 years old) before her first-ever open water dive.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

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Come Try-Dive with Us!

Pledge £25 today and we'll reward you with a try-dive! If you’re curious about scuba diving then you can try it with us at Seymour Leisure Centre in Marylebone. Our instructors will talk you through all the basics and then you can experience what it feels like to breathe underwater at your own pace, in the safety and comfort of our pool. *Dependant on covid restrictions in London.

£5 or more

£5 Donation

Donate £5 and support our project. Your name will be listed (with all other donors) on our website as a thank you.

£10 or more

£10 Donation

Donate £10 and you will be rewarded with a personal thank you message from the club committee.

£10 or more

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50% off haircut at Jay The Barber

A voucher for 50% off Jay The Barber, New Cavendish Street, London, W1W 6YA

£15 or more

Invitation to the Club BBQ

Pledge £15 today and we'll reward you with an invitation to our annual club BBQ where you can meet our members and chat with us about diving and everything else. *Dependant on covid restrictions in London.

£20 or more

London No. 1 Beanie

Pledge £20 today and we'll reward you with a club beanie - a must on all London No. 1 diving trips!

£20 or more

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Video to DVD/USB Conversions - £25 voucher

Have your videotapes professionally converted to DVD, USB memory stick or Digital Download. https://milesav.co.uk/services/video-to-dvd-conversions/

£50 or more

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London No 1 Water Bottle

Pledge £50 today and we'll reward you with a special edition water bottle with a London no 1 logo from ocean bottle. The bottle is made from double-wall vacuum-insulated stainless steel and recycled content.

£50 or more

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Dive Trip Voucher

For qualified divers only: Join us for a day of diving, including two boat dives. (Does not include transport, kit hire, food or any extras) *Dependant on covid restrictions.

£60 or more

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3 month gym pass for Seymour Leisure Centre

RRP £75. 3 months gym pass for Everyone Active, Seymour Leisure Centre, Marylebone, London.

£75 or more

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Refresher Dive

If you are a qualified scuba diver but feel a bit rusty before a dive trip abroad, an hour in our pool with one of our instructors will refresh your dive skills and get you ready for the ocean. The session can be tailor-made to your needs and we will provide all the equipment that you require. *Dependant on covid restrictions in London.

£160 or more

Club Membership for One Year

Membership of our club for one year. Be a part of one of the oldest scuba diving clubs in the world

£250 or more

London No. 1 Season Pass

For club members only: buy a season pass for all your diving this year.

£500 or more

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Underwater Photographic Print by Terence Dormer

Pledge £500 and you will be rewarded with a signed high-quality canvas print by renowned underwater photographer Terence Dormer. Select any photo from Terence's site https://www.alamy.com/portfolio/ourunderwaterworld

£20 or more

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Chase Gin Bottle Lamp by WellLitCreations

RRP £25. A creative handmade lamp, made out of the elegant looking Chase Gin bottle, complete with an inline switch. https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/889478981/bottle-lamp?variation0=1600430133

£25 or more

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2 pizza and drinks at Franco Manca

RRP £30. 2 pizza + 2 drinks added to your Franco Manca Loyalty app, drinks will need to wait for when Franco Manca is open for dine-in again. https://www.francomanca.co.uk/menu/

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