This Girl CAN Dive Taster Event

Women and girls aged 12 and above are being invited to try scuba and snorkelling at a free taster day on Saturday October 31 at Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover, Derby.

There are 100 places available for the afternoon’s series of 15 minute sessions and more than half the places have already been taken with ages ranging from 12 to 72.

The event has been organised by the East Midlands regional team of the British Sub Aqua Club who have joined forces with the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign in a bid to introduce more women and girls to the sport. BSAC Clubs from across the region have come together to support this event.

Donations made by participants on the day will be donated to the RNLI and Ovarian Cancer Action.

Organiser Caroline Albrecht explained: “Scuba diving and snorkelling is a popular sport in the East Midlands and we wanted to broaden this out to women and girls in the area with a free taster session to show them just how much fun this is.

“It is a perfect fit with ‘This Girl Can’ which is aiming to encourage more women and girls to get active and participate in all kinds of sports.

“Scuba diving is non-competitive.  It is about coming together as a group, learning new skills and working together to support each other underwater.

“Our local club, East Midlands Sub Aqua Club, meets once a month at Lonsdale Pool, which has been very supportive of the event.

“I love this sport.  Underwater you are in a different world and see some incredible sights from sea horses, to seals to ship wrecks.

“I hope that women and girls will take this opportunity to try the sport for themselves and hopefully they too will catch the ‘bug’ and take it further.”

Lynda Mangnall, Manager at Lonsdale Pool added: “We are delighted to be supporting this event with the use of the pool in Mickleover for the afternoon.

“We are fully behind the ‘This Girl Can Dive’ initiative. Our women-only swimming leisure sessions and lessons are very popular, encouraging women of all ages to gain confidence and enjoy swimming in a calm and supportive environment.

“We are currently looking for a new 1.5 acre site to build a new eight-lane 25m swimming pool in this area which will give us the capacity to expand our sessions for children and adults alike and accommodate more groups such as the Sub Aqua club.”

For more information about the taster session and to book a place on Saturday October 31, please email

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