Welcome to Watford Underwater Diving Club

Inquisitive Seal at the Farne Islands

We are a Watford based scuba diving and snorkelling club. We normally meet every Thursday evening at Watford Leisure Centre – Central, however all our activities there are currently suspended, due to Covid-19 regulations.  We are a BSAC affiliated club with around 30 members, with interests ranging from photography to wreck diving and marine biology. Whatever your interests you are likely to find someone within our family friendly club to share your pursuits. We own a 21 foot (6.5M) rigid hulled inflatable boat called ‘Watford Diver’ which we mainly use in Swanage, Dorset. However we have trips elsewhere in the UK and abroad. We welcome divers from PADI and other training agencies. We provide training courses to BSAC standards.


A great dive!

If you are interested in learning and are over 12 years old,  we would normally recommend that you come along for a try dive. However, due to the Covid-19 crisis there are some restrictions in place meaning we cannot currently do try dives or any training

For any other information, contact us using our Contact Us Page.

Once we are able to give you a try dive, you may wish to join a new beginner’s (Ocean Diver) course. The next course will commence when the restrictions at the leisure centre are eased. This course takes a beginner up to the level where they can dive safely to 20 metres, with essential dive planning and rescue skills included. This is an equivalent qualification to PADI Open Water/Advanced Open Water Diver (although limited to 20 metres maximum depth).

Training Day at Stoney Cove

Are you already a qualified scuba diver and would like to continue your adventure or even go further?

Perhaps you have trained with PADI or another agency? If you have achieved a PADI Open Water/Advanced Open Water Diver certificate, you can dive with us without the need to re-train. Why not dive with us from “Watford Diver” before deciding whether to join the club?

Until recent events, we were running a Sports Diver course. Join this when it resumes if you wish to improve your skills and increase your diving range. Sports Diver is equivalent to PADI Rescue Diver, with a maximum depth of 35 metres and full Nitrox training included.

Both courses include annual membership of Watford Underwater Club and BSAC, access to the Watford Leisure Centre – Central pool on Thursday evenings for free while you are a member. You can also use the club boat for trips out of Portland, Dorset, you will have third party insurance and a copy of BSAC dive magazine “SCUBA” every month.

In conjunction with BSAC we also run refresher courses for those who have previously trained with BSAC or other agencies such as PADI. Contact us for further details.

If you are interested in any of the above, please contact us using the website contact form.

Finding Nemo – wreck dive in the Red Sea