The Isle of Purbeck Sub-Aqua Club, IPSAC, based in Swanage, Dorset, was formed in 1988 by a group of Divers who were previously members of the oldest diving school in the UK, Divers Down of Swanage. When the commercial interests of Divers Down were sold in 1988, this group took the BSAC number and carried it on as a BSAC Diving Club, branch 1058, and the Isle of Purbeck Sub-Aqua Club was born.
The club currently has about 55 members, most are diving members, but some are social members (mostly ex-divers who have a wealth of knowledge at their finger tips ready to pass on to new divers).
Diving holidays are organised for our divers. These have included trips to the Red Sea each January or February (depending on the cheap holiday offers !!) diving out of Sharm el Sheik, and a club trip to the Isles of Scilly. A weekend diving in Plymouth has also become a more recent fixture.
In the winter months, when the weather is not so good, we keep ourselves busy with social events like quiz nights, skittles nights, slide shows and trips to the London & Birmingham Dive Shows. It is often said that we convert to a Dining Club with regular monthly meal meet ups !!
Training continues over the winter at the Purbeck Sports Centre in Wareham where we have exclusive use of the pool one night a week, under the watchful eyes of our Training Officer. Training then moves into the sheltered waters under Swanage Pier and beyond. Each year we aim to train several divers as we find in doing so it keeps our skills up to date and also brings new blood into the club.