History

Bicester Sub-Aqua Club is now 40 years old. It was founded in 1978 a gentleman by the name of Dave Burden, who was by then an experienced diver, began running snorkeling lessons in the evening at Bicester swimming pool.

After one of these courses a number of the students, one of whom was our own Viv Mead, expressed a desire to move further on and learn to scuba dive. They managed to persuade Dave to start teaching them and thus was born the first BSAC diving club at Bicester.

In these early days equipment had to be begged or borrowed and gathered together as best they could. Much of the open water training was done at Stoney Cove where the only facilities at the time were the recompression chamber and the compressor. Much has changed since then!

After a while Dave Burden moved on to pastures new, including working on the Mary Rose project. At around this time the club benefited from an influx of experienced divers from the Banbury area which allowed the club to continue training, ensuring its long term survival and growth.

From these early days the club has grown from strength to strength providing diving resources for all levels of diver, with diving organised at home and abroad.