Common Time 2019

Sub Aqua

Boys with scuba gear on
Boys Scuba Diving

People are attracted to diving for many reasons. It allows movement in three dimensions and opens up a new world of different plant and animal life. Some are drawn to the sport by their desire to explore wrecks that have been undisturbed for centuries. Whatever the motivation, the sport will help bring a greater respect and understanding for the world in which we live.

At Winchester we offer a full range of PADI diving courses from beginner/novice diving to rescue and speciality diving. The courses are open to all fit and able boys. Beginners' courses are conducted at the School using the School pool, and open water sessions are at a variety of safe dive venues in the locality. The School classrooms are used for all theory sessions. The Winchester College Sub Aqua Club offers boys an opportunity to gain a qualification in this exciting sport.

In 2014 five boys qualified as PADI Open Water divers. For all instruction we are using Siren Diving, performing our open water dives at Vobster Quay. Next year the club would like to develop the program, offering another open water course in the Easter period and possibly an Advanced Open Water course for the boys who are already qualified. The club hopes to run a couple of local diving trips a year to places like Vobster Quay and Swanage.

16 boys are taking part in the Marine Biodiversity Trip to Cuba in July 2015. Unqualified boys will have the opportunity to take the PADI Open Water certification and those already qualified will be able to take the PADI Advanced Open Water and additional speciality dives