Try Dives – First Steps and FAQ

Kendal and Lakes Sub Aqua Club

Try Dives: Your First Step

It’s easy to get started with us. Simply arrange a Try Dive in the Pool and we will introduce the SCUBA equipment to you, give you the chance to breathe underwater and then take you for an underwater tour.

Try Diver

You may be surprised to know that little swimming is involved in scuba diving – we use our fins to propel us around, but we do need you to be reasonably confident in the water. You will receive: -

• A brief explanation on the major parts of a SCUBA set and their use

• A safety induction, so that your progression underwater is made comfortably and safely

• Instruction on key hand signals, so that you and your instructor can communicate in this silent world

• Instruction on fitting and demisting a mask

• Explanation and demonstration in breathing from an aqualung and an opportunity to try it yourself

• Explanation and demonstration on how buoyancy control works and a chance to try it yourself

• Once you are comfortable and happy, we can try swimming underwater and allow you to experience the weightless underwater environment

If you are confident enough and, more importantly, you want to, we will let you try some simple skills such as fin pivots, barrel rolls, or play Frisbee or catch…

You will need to complete a Try Dive Disclaimer and be at least 14 years of age (unless part of a specially organised group when the minimum age will be 12), and if you are under 18, we will need your parents’ consent. We charge £10 per try-dive (to help cover the provision & maintenance of the equipment etc), which we will fully credit against the initial club membership.

All you will need to bring:

• Swimming costume or shorts

• A ‘T’ shirt to wear in the water

Email or call our Try Dive Co-ordinator, Gary Davis on 07977 276276. Alternatively, you could join us at the Lakes Leisure Kendal on Tuesdays at 8:30pm (first Tuesday in September through to the last Tuesday in April) to arrange a session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to wait until I am 14 to learn to dive?

Diving is quite a technical sport and needs a reasonable level of maturity and physical strength. BSAC (the sport’s UK governing body) has decided that most young people are capable of learning to dive safely from the age of 12. As a club we decided that we would prefer not to take under 14s as trainees for the time being (this policy is reviewed regularly). However, if you are aged between 12 and 14 you can undertake a try dive with KALSAC.

Is there an upper age limit? Am I too old?

No, there is no upper age limit. So long as you are reasonably fit and healthy (you may require a medical certificate – see below) you can continue to dive well into your 70s and beyond!

How fit do I need to be?

Diving can be quite strenuous and a reasonable level of fitness is desirable. However, you do not need to be a super-fit athlete (and most of us aren’t!). If you walk, cycle or run, or visit the gym occasionally you should be fine – after that, it’s up to you.

Do I need a medical?

Most people complete a self-certification form recommended by the UK Sports Diving Medical Committee. However, if you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions or have a pre-existing medical condition you may need to consult an approved Medical Referee; we can provide a contact list of these should you need it.

It is an express condition of our membership that you have an up to date medical declaration and we cannot accept anyone for training or on a trip without one.

Is it dangerous?

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