Budehaven Sub Aqua Club - Coronavirus Crowdfunding

by Andy Squirrell in Bude, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 28th October 2020 we successfully raised £4,217 with 51 supporters in 44 days

Bude Sub Aqua Club is inviting the community to help us continue our environmental and scuba activities , curtailed by the Covid pandemic

by Andy Squirrell in Bude, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Should we be really lucky and successful we would love to be able to purchase additional scuba equipment of smaller sizes that e will enable us to offer more activities for scout and youth groups.

We also need to carry out some repairs to Bude Divers - our club rib. Ensuring she's ready to take club members to dive locations for another 20 years.

What is Budehaven Sub Aqua Club?

We are a small, friendly scuba diving and snorkeling club that has been involved in the sport since 1975. Based in Bude, North Cornwall, we encourage members of all ages and walks of life, from both Bude and the surrounding areas, to join us to learn and participate in the sport, education and environmental sides of scuba diving.



Social location

As a club we are very aware that, where we are based,  North Cornwall,  is rural in it's designation and an area with low incomes and social deprivation. Within the club we work hard to break down these barriers and offer our members more than just a dive club. We regularly meet for social activity and diver training, bringing people together to talk about their shared activities, breaking the cycle of exclusion that can so easily happen when remote. The Covid lock down has seen us carry out zoom meetings and online training to ensure we don't break the contact we've worked so hard to establish across the membership.

We keep our fees and costs as low as possible to ensure we can support our members on low incomes and we work hard to source all equipment and facility use as cheaply as possible to ensure these fees remain low. All of our club trainers are volunteers providing their time and skills for free.


What are we raising funds for?

During the lock down our equipment has suffered from lack of use! 

There is nothing worse than unused equipment in storage for going rusty or perishing. We urgently need to repair the trailer for our boat, allowing us to continue our environmental action, diving the local reefs & wrecks and providing safety cover at local events.


We also need to replace our junior snorkeling equipment, used in our outreach program. We have been running this program now for the last 10 years or so and we have introduced around 400 young people to the safe use of masks and snorkels. 

Some go on to scuba dive with us, others go away on holiday with their families, safe in the knowledge that they can use the equipment correctly.


Why we need your help?

The pandemic curtailed our environmental work, diving education program, outreach snorkeling program and our scuba diving activities. All activity ceased mid March with our education and snorkeling program still suspended (September).

During lockdown our equipment has suffered through lack of use and loss of access to maintain. With the suspension of our normal income activities all stopped we've been unable to raise the funds, needed to complete the repairs and upgrades required.

Our plan to is rebuild our current boat trailer, enabling our club boat to be easily and safely moved - and with the boat available our environmental activities can once again incre1599422724_seal.jpgase.

We also wish to purchase modern snorkeling equipment,  by replacing older equipment we can ensure the equipment we use is up to date, safe and fully ready for use.


How do we usually fund activities?

Our funds are raised in a variety of ways, throughout the year, via a variety of events and activities. 


Examples of our usual income streams are;

Air fills

Boat dives

Pool sessions


Equipment hire and sales

Come and try it 

Social events (dinner and dance)


All of these have been cancelled this year. 


How we support the local community and environment

As well as our diving education program we support a range of local clubs and locations with our specialist skills in additional to the local wildlife with our environmental activities. 

We underwater litter pick our local beaches and bays.


Using the boat enables us to access smaller, secluded bays and beaches along the North Coast. Removing rubbish risks from areas the general public can’t access. 

Our activities in the secluded areas are vital to the local sea life. The area has a large seal and sea bird population. There are numerous pictures in the press of the damage fishing line, lead weights and plastic does to these majestic animals - our activities, although small, ensure that at least locally the risk to these animals is reduced.


We've released baby lobsters for the lobster hatchery. Ensuring that the small babies are released safely into their new homes and habitats.


We regularly use our dive boat to provide safety cover for local gig rowing or charity raft race events.


We enjoy working with The National Trust to provide safe snorkeling events in their harbours;


and we've even been known to help the RNLI find their lost equipment.


What's in it for you?

Not only will you know that you are helping one of the oldest clubs in Bude survive this pandemic and be ready for another year of training and diving there are a range of rewards and offers available to those who donate. You can choose from fun try dives, merchandise, vouchers and a weekend away diving! 

Sport England are offering to match funding towards our target. Therefore if we are successful with our Campaign Sport England  will match fund 50% of our £3,000 target!! 

So anything you donate now will go that little bit further in helping us reach our goals!

We'd also like to thank Crowdfunder for making our Campaign 100% free for our crowdfunding project during the Corona virus crisis.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

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Try a dive

If you've ever fancied trying the underwater world, pledge £10 today and if we're successful we'll arrange a pool session with you (post covid restrictions) so you can try diving in a warm, safe, secure location with qualified instructors (min age 12).

£5 or more

£5 Donation

Please help us to continue our activities through whatever COVID-19 sends our way. As a thank you we'll send you a small surprise in the post as a memento of your generosity and support.

£5 or more

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Gig rowing experience

If you pledge £5 today, when we're successful Bude Gig Club will offer you the great experience of Gig Rowing! You will be with an experienced crew who will teach you the basics, so you can enjoy a fun row around Tamar Lake. Before you know it, you will be hooked! The Gig Club will provide date options once they are allowed back on the water.

£7 or more


Pledge £7 today and when we're successful we'll send you a Dive Club beanie as a thank you for your donation

£10 or more


Pledge £10 today and when we're successful we'll send you a club t-shirt if we're successful.

£10 or more

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Try snorkel session

If you pledge £10.00 today, and we're successful in our funding, we'll arrange with you (once covid rules allow) for a snorkelling session in the local pool. You'll be taught the basics of safe snorkelling and we'll ensure you get a certificate afterwards (min age 5)

£10 or more

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Wall picture

Pledge £10 and when we're successful we'll send you a 20 x 20cm professionally produced picture of the large wrasse or eel on the main page (or a picture of your choice) just perfect for wall hanging.

£15 or more


Pledge £15 today and we'll send you a club hoodie as a thank you if we're successful.

£15 or more

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Menswear voucher

If you pledge £15 today, when we're successful we'll send you a voucher from Coombes Menswear. Coombes are supporting our campaign with a £20 voucher that can be used for anything in their Holsworthy shop. Www.coombesmeanswear.com

£30 or more

Air fill card

Pledge £30 today and receive an air fill card worth 10 air fills that can be used for past or future air needs.

£50 or more

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Diving trip

A pledge of £50 will mean a diving trip (BSAC divers only) to Penzance next spring (18th - 20th June) and includes; 2 nights camping (bring your own tent), 1 pre planned boat dive, possibility of additional boat or shore dives, Saturday night BBQ with all food supplied, Social evening with fellow divers. Event t-shirt.

£100 or more

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Boat dive card

By pledging £100 today you'll receive a boat dive card. This card will give you 10 local dives from the club boat with no boat fees payable on the day (apart from excess fuel costs).

£105 or more

Bude Dive Club membership

By pledging £105 today you could be joining the biggest dive club in the world (BSAC) and the best dive club in Bude. BSAC membership brings access to world class training and qualifications, a monthly magazine and worldwide dive insurance. Bude dive club membership gives you access to the club compressor and boat, training by our Nationally qualified instructors, social events and of course - some of the best diving in the UK!

£250 or more

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2021 boat sponser

If you pledge £250 today when we're successful in our appeal you'll become our boat sponsor for the rest of 2020 and all of 2021. We'll ensure that each press report and each club photo will have your name and logo displayed. We'll also display your name and logo on our website, facebook page and and each banner add we run. The club boat will also proudly display your logo, to be seen each and every time the boat is out and about the SW.

£250 or more

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2021 Compressor Sponser

If you pledge at least £250 you could be one few the 2021 compressor sponsors. The compressor is used by every member and a number of guests - sponsor the compressor today and have your logo on the device, your name / logo on the club's facebook page and website and of course - free air if you dive with us for the whole of 2021.

£5 or more

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Cream tea

Pledge £5 today and when successful the good folks over at Ruby Oak Park will supply a cream tea. Using the best Cornish clotted cream and scones made at the venue you'll receive a choice of fruit or plain scone, jam, cream and a tea or coffee. The cafe will be open during your visit and the play area will be open (weather dependent). http://www.swimaquastars.co.uk

£5 or more

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Individual Victoria Sponge

If you pledge £5 today, when were successful we'll arrange for you to receive 3 individual Victoria sponges from the great cake makers over at Dean's Fancy Creations. Tuck into a lemon, chocolate and victoria sponge whilst knowing you're helping a great cause.

£15 or more

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Swim coaching (adult or child)

Pledge £15 today and when successful the good folks over at Ruby Oak Park will arrange a 30 minute swim coaching session. Their professional coaches will work with you to improve your stroke, ability or speed during the session. The cafe and play area will be open on site during your session. http://www.swimaquastars.co.uk

£15 or more

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Swim coaching session (child)

Pledge £15 today and when we're successful the good folks over at Ruby Oak Park will arrange a 30 minute swim coaching session. Their professional coaches will work with you to improve your stroke, ability or speed during the session. The cafe and play area will be open on site during your session. http://www.swimaquastars.co.uk

£15 or more

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Homeleigh Gift Card

If you pledge at least £15 today when we are successful we'll send you a voucher from Homeleigh Garden Centre. It can be used in any of their stores and in any of their departments - we're thinking 2 breakfasts but please use as you like. Face value £20

£25 or more

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30 minute sports massage

If you pledge at least £25 today when we're successful we'll send you a voucher for a treatment from the great team over at Flex Therapy, Bude. You'll be able to experience a 30 minute laser therapy and a deep tissue massage which if booked direct would cost in excess of £30 www.flextherapybude.com

£35 or more

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Bubble (swimming pool) hire

Pledge £35 today and when we succeed you'll receive a voucher for a free 'You, your family, and your Bubble' pool hire from the good folks at Ruby Oak Park. You will have full use of the pool and be able to bring 17 of your family and bubble with you for your hours private use. The cafe will be open if requested too. http://www.swimaquastars.co.uk

£45 or more

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Gas Boiler Service

If you pledge at least £45 today the great team from JJW Gas Technical Services will come and service your gas boiler (30 mile radius from Bude). All labor is included but should any parts be required these will be supplied at the usual parts supply costs. https://jjwgastechnicalservices.weebly.com/

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