Club Owned Equipment

Clydebank Sub Aqua Club is fortunate to own a great deal of equipment. We have a Compressor to fill Club and members cylinders. There are several complete sets of gear including Demand Regulators, Buoyancy Devices, Cylinders & weight belts. There is a range of Dry-suits in various sizes, all for the use of trainees and others members who havenít quite acquired all their own gear yet.There is a small fee for the hire of this equipment for use in the sea or open water.


1103_ClubroomsWe also have a seperate Lecture Room where the Diving Officer and other Instructors give lectures and demonstrations with the aid of an overhead Projector. The room is also used for other social events.


The equipment, and our Equipment Premises, also in Clydebank, are well maintained by experienced members. Theyíve been doing the job for years and are getting quite good at it!!

Compressor Operation

Filling Diving Cylinders is a time consuming, tedious, noisy but extremely important job. Without it, we donít dive!

Suitably trained and qualified members of the club take it in turns to fill cylinders as required. If you need air for a diving trip please contact a member of the Committee IN PLENTY OF TIME !!!!

Please remember- Your cylinder may not be filled if it is "out of test"!!!!     ClydebankSAC compressor operators have the right to refuse to fill an "out of test" diving cylinder. Their safety comes first!

 Air at Clydebank Branch is FREE!!

   (It only costs £2.50 to put it in the cylinder)

(Air fills at commercial dive shops are typically at least £4.50)

Scuba Cylinder Tests

There is often some confusion over the requirements for scuba cylinder tests. This confusion could be dangerous considering the very high pressures contained within these potential bombs. So, I would like to try to put the record straight.

Scuba cylinders are required by law to be visually inspected or hydraulically tested at regular intervals. These intervals are always taken from the original manufacturers date stamped on the cylinder.

From new, any scuba cylinder MUST have a visual inspection within 2.5 years of the original manufacturer's date.

From new, any scuba cylinder MUST have a hydraulic test within 5 years of the original manufacturer's date.

If you are late with a test, say 6 months, you will still have to have the next appropriate test within 2 years. 

So, basically, you need an alternating visual or hydraulic test every 2.5 years.

If you get your scuba cylinder visually inspected after the expiry date, you may be obliged to have a hydraulic test instead. This is at the Testing Station's discretion. One Test Centre I know allows up to a discretionary 6 months. Another Testing Station doesn't allow any "grace" period. One day late and it's a hydraulic test regardless!!!

Cylinder Pillar Valves: Be aware that the Testing Stations may require you to have a "service" on your pillar valve. This will probably almost double the price of your scuba cylinder test. So, all you knowledgeable DIY enthusiasts needn't bother servicing your own pillar valves.

Surface Marker Buoys: Some of you may own, or are thinking of buying, one of the Delayed Surface Marker buoys which has a very small compressed air cylinder attached to it for inflation. Bear in mind that this small compressed air cylinder comes under the same legal test requirement as a standard scuba cylinder. The service costs will be exactly the same. Sadly, they are not reduced in proportion to size!!

Conclusion: Look after your cylinders. Treat them with respect. Don't let their test dates expire. They could be expensive bombs.

One final point, no reputable diving shop will fill an "out of test" cylinder and no safety conscious compressor operator of a diving club will fill an "out of test" cylinder. The consequences of a cylinder failing are too terrible to contemplate!!!! Please don't take chances!

Please remember- Your cylinder may not be filled if it is "out of test"!!!!     ClydebankSAC compressor operators have the right to refuse to fill an "out of test" diving cylinder. Their safety comes first!


 The Club Boat

Clydebank Sub Aqua Club is the proud owner of an XS 5.4metre Rigid Hulled Inflatable boat with a 90 HP Yamaha Engine. Also included are a GPS, Echo Sounder and VHF Radio. The boat is fitted with a S/S ďAĒ Frame and removable Dive Cylinder Support Rack. The whole rig is transported on a sturdy Snipe Trailer. Iain Kennedy did a great deal of research and work to get this boat and it has really paid off. It doesnít half shift !!


Diving from a boat is in many ways easier than diving from a beach. You "kit up" in the boat and just roll backwards, over the side. Immediately you are in deep water and ready to drop down to enjoy the dive. At the end of the dive the boatman will be there to pick you up and help you aboard.

Using the Club Boat

You will be aware that the Boat, Engine and Trailer represent a large financial outlay but they are also a huge asset, allowing us to have much greater diving opportunities. It is our boat, your boat and the Committee would like to think that everyone is happy to help when it comes to preparing the boat for a trip. Things such as helping to get the boat out of the Club Hut, adjusting the ramps, taking a turn on the winch, ensuring that all the boat kit is on board etc. At the launch site help is required to un-lash the boat and prepare it for launching, similarly the recovery operation is also an "all hands on deck" scenario. It is all part of the "day out" and it is a great way to learn about another aspect of diving which you should find useful and enjoyable.

Boat Safety

Boats are great fun but they are not toys! They are potentially dangerous. For this reason only a few adult Branch members, who have been suitably trained and qualified under the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) are permitted to drive the boat. They are also trained and registered to operate the Marine VHF Radio Transceiver. However, if you are interested in learning to drive the boat, then training is readily available. You can drive the boat under the supervision of a qualified boat handler. You can then go on an RYA course to gain formal, recognised qualifications. In the meantime you can still help regarding safety. The Helmsman is responsible for the safety of everyone whilst you are in the boat or in the water near the boat. It is an insurance requirement that only RYA (or equivalent) qualified persons may drive the boat.

If you are in the water, at or near the surface, always be aware of the engine propellor. Keep well away from it. If you are swimming to the boat, make contact with the boat near the bow or amidships. Never near the stern. When you enter the water from the boat swim away a soon as you can, so that the helmsman can operate the engine safely. Aways adhere to instructions given to you by the helmsman.

When on board the boat you should ensure that your diving gear is stowed as neatly as possible, and all in one place. Whilst the boat is moving always hold on to something firm in the boat. You never know when the helmsman may have to move suddenly! Try to be aware of what is going on regarding boat operations.

It can be quite easy to end up "over board" from an inflatable boat so, if you are wearing ordinary clothes you must always where a buoyancy  aid, (your unmounted BCD would do or an ordinary life jacket). Alternatively, and more likely, put some air in to your Dry Suit and close the vent valve. Finally, NEVER be on board the boat with an unzipped Dry Suit. If you fall over the side your suit could fill with water very quickly with disastrous results for you!!!

The helmsman is trained to ensure that everyone is safe whilst on board the boat or in the water near the boat. You can play your part by doing as you are asked to ensure your own safety and the safety of your buddy diver. 

Always wear a buoyancy aid or have air in your zipped up dry suit on board the boat.

Charges for the Boat use.

Every Clydebank Sub Aqua Club (CSAC) member using the Boat will pay £5 per dive. If you have 2 dives per day, that amounts to £10.

If, when the money is collected the total from every CSAC diver covers the boat fuel costs and hopefully, there is a profit, then that profit goes to the Treasurer.

However, if, when the money is collected there is still a "short-fall" for the cost of the fuel, then that "short-fall" is divided by the number of divers (including the person who towed the boat to the dive site) and that additional money collected to ensure the boat fuel "breaks even".

Please note that the person who tows the boat to the launch site does not pay for his/her dives, but does contribute to the total fuel cost if extra money is required to "break even".

Divers from other organisations who are diving from the boat as a guest of Clydebank Sub Aqua Club will be charged £7.50 per dive. That guest will also be required to contribute on an equal footing as CSAC members regarding making up any shortfall on boat fuel expenses.


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