The City of Derry Sub-Aqua Club was formed in the mid 1960ís by people attracted to the possibility of exploring the seas and coastlines close to the city. Some of the first members came from a naval background and thus were able to pass on their experience to those starting diving for the first time.
The club uses the city baths in William Street as a base for training and is affiliated to CFT (Comhairle Fo Thuinn ) Irish underwater council.
Membership of the club is not restricted except for reasons of medical fitness and age which are conditions laid down by the sports national body on safety standards. A persons gender, religion or disabilities will not preclude them from membership provided they pass an initial water competency test and are certified fit to dive by their doctor. The club also has provision for junior members as breathing compressed air is restricted to over 16 year olds.
City of Derry Sub Aqua Club
Besides pursing its sport the club members have provided their services in search and rescue operations. They have trained a local river rescue organisation in boat handling. They have also been involved in search operations in county Donegal. The club has opened its pool sessions to cross community initiatives inviting youngsters from both sides of Northern Irelandís religious divide to try diving and they have also allowed children from a school for disabled children to try diving.