Anybody with a recognised diving qualification (BSAC or otherwise), or who wants to learn to dive, can join Kuwait Mantas Diving Club. For more information, write to General Enquiries.
Kuwait Mantas Diving Club is a branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club. Membership of the the BSAC costs about GBP 65 per year without any of the discounts that are available. Diving Membership of the branch itself costs an additional KWD 25 (about GBP 56) per year. This gets you diving.
If you have all your own equipment and have joined the cylinder "pool", a day's diving (usually 2 dives) can be as little as KWD 8 using pre-paid boat-trip tickets - KWD 30 for 5. The exact fees depend on individual circumstances, set out in the Members' Handbook.
For Guest diving, please contact the Expeditions Officer.
I would like to learn to dive
We organize a BSAC Ocean Diver training course if enough people are interested once every year in the Spring, but not "on demand" for individuals as the commercial operations can. If you are interested you should contact the Training Officer. The cost of the course is KWD 175 (memberships included).
If you are already qualified and want to take the next step, we have Sports Diver and Dive Leader courses. We also do more specialized courses from time to time, such as Boat Handling, Oxygen Administration, and Diving with Nitrox (Enriched Air), again if there is enough interest.
Joining with a BSAC diving qualification
If you already have a BSAC diving qualification and are currently a paid-up member of the BSAC, then you would only need to pay the local Kuwait Mantas Diving Club subscription (of KWD 25) upon joining.
If you have a BSAC diving qualification but your BSAC membership has lapsed, you will need to renew the latter.
Joining with a non-BSAC diving qualification
Any diver who has an internationally-recognized diving qualification (PADI, NAUI, SDI etc.) can join Kuwait Mantas Diving Club as a Diving Member for KWD 25 upon arranging their BSAC membership (either directly themselves or through our treasurer for kWD 30). It is not required that you "cross over" your diving qualification to a BSAC qualification.
However, we can only offer further training to those who have completed a short cross-over course. All such training is 'at cost' (i.e. for course materials) and thus very favourable, since this is not a commercial operation.
The equivalencies and progression are outlined in a BSAC document which can be obtained by clicking here. The Training Officer and the Diving Officer will be happy to discuss such matters further.
Crossing over to BSAC
"Crossing over" takes place in one or two theory sessions dependent upon the current diving grade. One will explain the BSAC and how to use the BSAC diving decompression tables. You may also need to attend one or two Nitrox Workshops, depending on diver grade before you can start training on your next qualification. Talk to our Diving Officer about what your options are.
After "Crossing over", you will pay slightly more for further training than those who are upgrading an existing BSAC qualification. For this you will get a qualification record book and diving manual according to the course. The cost varies slightly depending on your current qualification.
Benefits of BSAC membership
The British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) is the largest diving club in the world, and being a member has a number of benefits. As a BSAC member you will receive a copy of the club magazine every month and be covered by third party liability insurance of up to GBP 10 million.
Since training is "at cost", it is far cheaper than that offered by other agencies, and what is more, it is fully-transferable between BSAC branches even if a course is only partially completed, meaning you can start a course here and complete it with another BSAC branch, even if you move to another country.
BSAC members receive 10% discount from the BSAC online shop, where you can buy diving books, clothing and lots of other diving related goodies. You also have access to expert advice from the BSAC HQ team and can participate in the online diving forums. Members also receive discounted offers on holidays from the BSAC travel partners.
You will be joining a network of over 1100 branches and 300 dive centres all over the world. An instant network of diving buddies.