To become a BSAC member there is a minimum age of 12. To enroll on any of the courses we run, you must show a basic level of comfort in the water and you will have to demonstrate that you can swim 200m in swimwear, there is no time limit on this test. You will be required to complete an annual medical disclaimer to ensure you are fit enough to dive.
If you enrol as a Junior member (aged 12-18) the BSAC fees are reduced, and the club will require a parent or guardian to be present at all club nights and open water dives.
Child Protection and discrimination as defined by BSAC.
As an employer and a sports club and national governing body, BSAC is committed to eliminating discrimination and valuing diversity in all of our activities. BSAC also recognise we have a responsibility in the wider sporting community to encourage good health and active lifestyles in all sections of the population.
BSAC will ensure that our employees and members are treated equally, with dignity and respect, regardless of the nine characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010. These are: Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Marriage and Civil partnership, Pregnancy and maternity, Race (including ethnic origin, colour, nationality and national origin), Religion and belief, sex/gender or sexual orientation.
London City Scuba Club's policies on the above.
This section has been put in place specifically to ensure the safety of students below the age of 18 years old. But the statements made below the word “student” will be used as and when required, as the policy adopted by London City Scuba Club applies to all members of the club regardless of age.
The London City Scuba Club is committed to a Club environment in which all students can participating in its activities and have a safe and positive experience
We recognise that all students participating in the London City Scuba Club (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have a right to enjoy their involvement in scuba diving in a safe environment and be protected from harm.
We will ensure that those individuals who work with students between the age of 12 to 18 years old, whether paid or voluntary, provide a positive, safe and enjoyable experience for the student.
We will ensure all those persons who work with children in the London City Scuba Club have undertaken the appropriate training and will adhere to the codes of conduct and good practices required for safeguarding children.
We will ensure that all individuals who will be working or will work with children in the London City Scuba Club have been recruited in accordance with the BSAC Safe Recruitment Policy.
We have appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) with the necessary skills and training as outlined by BSAC who will take the lead in dealing with all safeguarding matters raised within the Club.
Ben Clifford has been chosen to be the clubs CWO. Ben has experience in this role with his involvement with The Scout Association for over 19 years.
We will ensure that the Club Welfare Officers name and contact details are known to all staff, Club members and parents of our younger members (below 18 years old).
The Club Welfare Officer will be available to discuss issues of concern on matters of safeguarding and deal with such concerns appropriately with any member of the club including parent or guardian.
We will provide all Club members and parents of members who are below the age of 18, with the opportunity to raise concerns in a safe and confidential manner if they have a concern about a child’s welfare.
We will ensure that all child safeguarding matters, whether they be concerned about child welfare or protection, are dealt with appropriately in accordance with the guidance for reporting and action in the BSAC Club Safeguarding Policy Statement
We will ensure that confidentiality is maintained appropriately and in line with the best interest of the student, and ensure all papers relating to child safeguarding matters are held in a safe and secure manner.
If you would like to review the policy set out by BSAC and followed by the London City Scuba Club, they are available on the BSAC website . On this page there are all of the documents generated by BSAC as well as the external contact details of Mary Tetley, BSAC National Safeguarding Officer. These documents are reviewed each year and will be updated if the law changes.
All of our instructors have been DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked and their certificates are available for inspection if required.
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