About CPA

About CPA 2018-01-08T13:44:16+00:00

If you’re just curious about us, or are thinking about taking up SCUBA diving, this is the place to start.

CPA was founded in April 1972. The club’s culture is very social – it is not a fanatical or extreme diving club. The attitude is more one of a having a fun day out with some diving thrown in. The diving standards are taken very seriously though, and we do have a good safety record.

We meet in Reading on Alternate Monday nights, 7.30pm at Palmer Park for social meetings and lectures.

Membership of the club includes free training to various levels, lectures and weekly use of the pool. You will also benefit from use of the club’s SCUBA equipment during pool training and cheap use of club dive boats within your club membership.

The Club owns one RIB  power boat (with electronics and full safety equipment), and several full sets of SCUBA equipment for use by trainees.

Most of our diving is on the south coast, typically between Bognor Regis and Lyme Regis. We occasionally go further afield (Cornwall, Scotland, Red Sea and more…) for longer breaks. We run fairly frequent tropical holidays, and are quite active in the local community.

New joiners can usually start training immediately. The basic fitness test is rarely any difficulty, but there is a medical certification requirement too. Training can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months depending on the student. From there, we work hard to try and keep ongoing diving costs down for members.

If you are already a qualified diver, you can start diving with us as soon as we have checked your qualifications and done an assessment dive. You will be able to dive at levels appropriate to the equivalent standard as defined in a recognised crossover table.

If you have further questions please feel free to e-mail do@cpanet.co.uk and we will make every effort to get back to you with help.

If you like what you’ve read, take a look at how easy it is to come and meet the members and see if it’s the sort of club you’d like to join.

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