Meet the Crawley Divers, also known as CRABBSAC. Crawley Divers is a Scuba Diving Club based in Crawley, West Sussex. The club was founded in 1956, and is a branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC).
This is Our Town approached CRABBSAC as a local club/ association to get the low down on the club and what they are all about!
‘We currently have about 35 members and are always looking to expand this’ said Alan Mayes, of CRABBSAC.
The Club pride themselves in drawing our membership from a wide cross-section of people and jobs. The ages of their members spans from teenagers to pensioners. Single people and married couples, with or without families are also part of what we feel is a diverse and socially rewarding environment.
It may be thought that SCUBA diving is a male oriented sport but we are keen to point out that this is not the case. CRABBSAC have many female members, making up about one third of the Club, covering the full range of diving grades and contributing fully to the success of the branch.
Being a long-standing branch means that their membership almost spans the full range of diving qualifications, including three First Class Divers, and encompasses a wealth of diving experience. We have some members who have been with the Branch for over 25 years.
The Club are well blessed with instructors having at time of writing, one National Instructor, one Advanced Instructors, five Open Water Instructors, and three Assistant Instructors. This is unequaled by any other local branch. Members actively teach on the BSAC Instructor Training Programme which helps ensure that practices are kept up to date and that standards remain high.
Where CRABBSAC dive
Although most of their regular diving is carried out from the Sussex coast, the club often run diving expeditions to other areas such as Dorset, South Devon, West Wales, and inland locations such as Stoney Cove in Leicestershire. A diving expedition may last a half-day, a whole day, a weekend, or longer. Essentially we dive where most members want to go. Many dives sites are chosen so that a member’s family will be catered for and have adequate shore facilities.
Going farther afield, members have in the past few years also dived in such diverse places as Cornwall, the Inner Hebrides, Jersey, Sardinia, Malta, Gozo, Ibiza, Greece, Minorca, Gibraltar, the Red Sea, the Maldives, Jamaica, St Lucia, Cayman Islands, Thailand, Indonesia, Cyprus, Florida, and other popular holiday destinations.
In 2010 our members dived in England, Egypt, The Maldives, The Galapagos, Crete, Scapa Flow, and St Kilda. In all, 40 busy divers did over 1000 dives.
Come and join us!
We are an active club and, with a membership at around 50 to 60, we are a fairly average sized branch. We are always on the look out for new members whether you:
- Are interested in learning to dive for the first time (try dive)
- Have learnt to dive on holiday and would like to continue with your diving in the UK
- Are a “lapsed” diver who wants to return to the fold
To join as a novice is £345 for the first year which includes training, materials, club and BSAC membership, further years will cost the BSAC membership of £56.50 and £180 a year club membership which most of us on as a £15 a month standing order.
So why not get in touch and see if we can help you. (We are always particularly interested to hear from other divers wishing to cross-over to the BSAC system).
Get in touch with the Crawley Divers on +44(7584176875) or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org .
or check out their website for more details! They can be found at: http://www.crabbsac.org.uk/Default.asp