Sub Aqua club celebrates its 60th birthday

Whilst Ilfracombe and North Devon Sub Aqua club celebrated it’s 60th anniversary in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic meant that members could only get together and celebrate in style this November.

Old members and new came together to commemorate the club’s big birthday and to remember founder members and friends. Club president, Brian Watts, has been associated with the club since its inception and only gave up diving in the last couple of years.

Current club members benefit from the fundraising and pioneer spirit of former members. Club assets include a clubhouse on Ropery Road complete with compressors and a training facility, and two boats – Neptune which sits on a mooring in Ilfracombe harbour and Combe Diver, a RIB which is used for local diving and trips away.

ILFSAC is part of the British Sub Aqua Club and was formed when BSAC had only being going for four years. It is one of the oldest BSAC dive clubs in the country, has been consistently active all those years and remains a vibrant SCUBA diving club for members in Ilfracombe and beyond.

The North Devon coast boasts world beating diving with historic shipwrecks, reefs and wildlife. If you’re interested in learning to dive in a club environment, or in joining as an established diver, get in touch by emailing us on or you can make contact through the Club’s Facebook page by visiting

Local News – The Ilfracombe Magazine