Try Dive

If you are curious about scuba diving then a try dive will enable you to discover what it is all about. In the safety of the pool you will be able to take your first breaths underwater, one to one, at your own pace,  with a Try Dive Instructor. This is also a good way to refresh your memory if you are a qualified diver who has taken a break.

What does it involve?

edited red kite (1 of 1)-13You will be introduced to your experienced Try Dive Instructor and there will be the opportunity to ask any questions and highlight concerns. Having been fitted with mask, fins and scuba kit you will be given a  poolside explanation of the equipment, underwater hand signals and safety procedures in preparation for your dive. Entering the pool at the shallow end you will be introduced to some basic diving techniques. At all times you will be under the watchful supervision of the Try Dive instructor as you gain confidence.

After ~45 minutes you will leave the pool for a well deserved hot shower and debrief with a certificate to show you have successfully completed a Try Dive. For those that are interested in becoming internationally certified divers we can then explain more about the club, joining fees and how to learn to scuba dive with Bracknell BSAC.

Who can do a try dive?

All ages are welcome but participants must be able to stand comfortably in the 1.2m shallow end of the pool, and a parent / guardian must be present at all times for those under 18. Please let us know the ages of any under 18’s when you book a Try Dive so that we can organise a suitably DBS checked instructor.

Anyone doing a try dive should be able to confidently swim 100 metres without the use of buoyancy aids.

Participants need to be medically fit and not suffering from any disqualifying conditions including those of Covid-19. The Try Dive Form covers this in more detail and needs to be completed prior to taking part in the try dive. Please read this form carefully and if in any doubt contact us before booking your try dive to discuss any issues.  You can contact us at or visit us at the club on a Thursday night.

How much does it cost?

Your session costs £20 per person and needs to be booked in advance by email to

When and Where?

Try dives are typically run on the first Thursday of each month (by prior appointment) from 8.00pm – 9.30pm in the competition pool at Bracknell Leisure Centre (Everyone Active) on the A322 Bagshot Rd, Bracknell. Diver numbers are inevitably limited and we do encourage you to get in touch in plenty of time.

Please contact us for further information, or to book a date, by email at Full joining details will be confirmed after your booking.

What to bring on the night?

All you need is swim wear and a t-shirt (or wetsuit if you have one). DSC_0093A mask and fins will be provided but again if you have your own you are welcome to use them.


Every precaution will be taken for your personal safety during the Try Dive.  Bracknell BSAC organisers or individually appointed instructors reserve the right to terminate instruction of any person should there be reason to doubt fitness, ability or suitability to take part in the activity.

Video of a typical Try Dive with Bracknell Sub Aqua Club.