If you are looking for some Scuba Diving in Cardiff then you are certainly spoilt for choice. With several PADI registered centres and sub-aqua clubs throughout the area, there is guaranteed to be somewhere suitable for you whatever your age or ability.
Obviously with any ‘extreme’ sport, health and safety is the number one priority, so wherever you go, make sure that the diving centre is registered with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and has the full PADI certification. Once you have done your homework, then you are ready to enjoy the thrill and excitement of scuba diving in Cardiff.
Scuba Diving & Sub-Aqua Centres in Cardiff
Named seven years in a row as the Number One scuba diving recreational training facility in South Wales, Cardiff Scuba Limited is a well established dive centre with an outstanding reputation. Providing 5 star IDC scuba training, with an emphasis on “quality and availability in a friendly and relaxed environment”, Cardiff Scuba courses include standard PADI courses as well as PADI speciality courses such as deep sea diver & wreck diver for the more advanced with diving trips abroad also. CSL are based in Whitchurch Road.
Claiming to be South Wales’ premier 5 star Scuba Diving & Watersports facility is Ocean Quest. Based on Coldstores Road in Queen Alexandra Docks, you can learn to scuba dive with one of their PADI courses starting from beginner stage all the way up to instructor level. Prices start from £20 per session all the way up to a complete Open Water Diver course costing £325. However, taster sessions are available free of charge.
Scuba Diving & Sub-Aqua Clubs in Cardiff
There are a number of diving clubs in Cardiff and the surrounding area, providing a wide variety of different levels and dive experiences across the sub-aqua spectrum.
Cardiff Octopus Sub-Aqua Diving Club
A small and friendly club, with only approx. 30 members, who meet every Tuesday evening between 8.30pm & 9.30pm at the Cardiff Olympic Pool. They have a varied dive programme throughout the year, including regular away trips, and own their own boat, a Phoenix, a 5.5m RIB with 90hp Mercury outboard, GPS and VHF.
Trident Divers Sub Aqua Club
Formed just last year (2012), via the merging of three older clubs, the Cardiff Dolphins, Cardiff Underwater and South Glamorgan BSAC. Based in Cardiff, they great access to three superb inland diver training sites which offer a variety of fresh water diving experiences. Trident welcomes anyone of any age and ability, from complete beginner to divers with PADI, SAA or BSAC experience. Weekly training is held at Whitchurch High School (during school term time only) between 7.00pm & 8.00pm.
Cardiff Phoenix Divers
Providing boat & shore experiences to all certified members, Cardiff Phoenix Diving Club is a non-affiliated diving club who warmly welcome divers from all diving organisations. They have a strong social element to the club and also arrange at least three overseas diving trips every year. Pool training sessions are held 8:15pm until 9:15pm every Wednesday night at Howells School, Llandaff.
As a branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club, Cardiff BSAC is a friendly organisation for recreational divers. With regular diving courses and dive trips throughout the year, there is something here for the complete beginner or those with experience of the other training agencies. Training takes place at Whitchurch School Swimming Pool on Wednesdays between 7.00pm & 8.00pm.
By Paul Taylor