Intrepid Wiganers urged to take dip with scuba club

A scuba diver
A scuba diver

A DIVING club is giving Wiganers the chance to explore the world beneath the waves with a try-out night.

Sub C Divers, which has been running for more than three decades, are putting on an evening giving people the chance to put on their mask and breathing equipment and take the plunge.

The club, based at Howe Bridge Sports Centre in Atherton, attracts keen divers from across the borough to learn the skills of the sport and explore the underwater landscapes at a host of specialist sub-aqua sites across the country.

The sport can take enthusiasts around the world, with experienced divers getting to appreciate some of the world’s most beautiful wildlife and sights in the seas off exotic destinations including the Red Sea, Indonesia and Australia.

The try-out evening will see rookie divers guided through a full introduction and safety briefing before getting specialist tuition from a qualified instructor and then getting the chance to enjoy their first dive in the sports centre’s swimming pool.

Anyone who successfully completes a dive will be presented with a certificate as a memento of their achievement.

The sport already enjoys a loyal following in the borough, and the club hopes the try-out evening will attract some new converts to scuba diving. Branch diving officer Mike Rickard said: “If I were to describe scuba diving it would be to compare it to flying without the plane, an exhilarating experience.

“It’s quite popular in the Wigan, Leigh and Atherton area, and we also have a few club members from further afield across the North West.

“As a club we travel all over the country, to dive sites across the region and places like the Farne Islands in the North East.

“Last year I led an expedition to the Summer Isles, in the north of Scotland, which was fantastic.”

The club is also marking its diamond anniversary this year with an ambitious programme of events, including taking club members diving at 60 different sites across the UK.

As well as official trips, the club also has a strong social side, organising events throughout the year such as the Chairman’s Ball and prize-giving nights as well as novelty activities such as underwater Easter egg hunts.

In order to have a go at scuba diving, anyone attending the try dive will need to be able to swim 100m unaided, be aged 12 or over and be in general good health.

Sub C Divers will host a Try Dive evening at Howe Bridge Sports Centre on Wednesday, March 13, at 8pm. The session will cost £10.

To book a place or find out more, contact the club’s equipment officer, Alf Draper, on 07768 840466 or visit the website