The "Cylinder Pool"

When the club was re-established after the liberation of Kuwait in 1991 it had lost a boat and most of its diving equipment including cylinders. A local contractor donated a compressor but the club could not afford to buy any cylinders and so the "Cylinder Pool" was established.

Our compressor

Individual members bought cylinders and loaned them to the club for use by any other member. In return the club paid for testing and maintenance of the cylinder and that member got unlimited air for diving for a small fixed annual charge - an "air fee". The system continued even after the air fee was abolished.

Over the years the club acquired many of its own cylinders, usually by members leaving Kuwait and donating their cylinder(s) to the club, and it now owns almost all of the 40 to 50 cylinders in its collection.

A number of developments during recent years have led the club to sell first the compressor and thereafter the container in which it was housed. Presently, cylinders are filled by Qabazard, Al-Boom, Al-Sabih and other SCUBA gas suppliers in Kuwait.

Currently, the club no longer specifically charges for the use of cylinders nor for the cost of gas-fills. The costs are included in a single fee for a diving trip. This make the collection of monies at the the end of the day simpler for both the Dive Manager and those diving.