In the year 1969, four expatriates, a biologist, a botanist and two physicists who were in Malta working as teachers at the Evans Laboratory and University used to practice different sport diciplines, like football, tennis, snorkelling etc.
One day these individuals met a certain Ken Riley who offered to teach them how to dive using self contained underwater breathing apparatus.
These individuals immediately set upon the idea and being all science graduates they already knew the theory and what they needed was some one to teach them the practicals. So Ken Riley taught them how to dive.
In 1970 Ken Riley suggested to the others to form a Club and to affiliate with the British Sub-Aqua Club. At the time to form a BSAC Club the requirement was that the Club had to have a minimum of 8 members. So the four individuals decided to rope in their respective spouses and the Calypso Sub-Aqua Club was born in June of 1970.
In order to function well and attract new members to the Club, the Club had to become self sufficient, it required to have it's own in-house instructors to teach the techniques of diving to others who wanted to learn this sport.
So in 1972 Mike Upton and Harvey Fudge went to Leeds University in London and followed an Instructor's course which is believed to be the first held by BSAC. They came back to Malta as fully fledged instructors ready to teach the sport.
In 1973 the Club organised the first Instructor's course locally at the Cresta Quay Diving Centre which was attended also by some locals, who in the meantime had joined the Calypso Sub-Aqua Club.
The first meeting place where the members used to meet was at the Mellieha Bay Hotel. This venue was offered to the Club by Mr Chris Scott Taggart at the time the General Manager of the Hotel. The hotel's pool was also made available to the Club.
You can see Committee Meeting Minutes from this period here (1970 - 1974).
During the initial years the Club moved from one place to another, the club had a Club house in Marsa, than from there it moved to the Vilhena Band Club in Floriana, and then to Centru Sport Edukattiv, 25 Market Street, Floriana, which it occupied for over the past 20 years until moving to the current temporary premises at Dive Systems in Tower Road, Sliema.
The Club is currently looking for new permanent premises.
The Club meets at the Club House on a Tuesday from 7pm to midnight, members attend the Club either to attend theory lectures or to socialise over a drink at the Club bar.
The Club from time to time invites speakers to conduct seminars on various topics, like for example, underwater archaeology, maritime history, marine biology, etc.
The club is very active throughout the year because courses are continually running, every two or three years, the club organises an Instructor course and examination so that the Instructor's complement is never depleted.
This factor helps so that new intake of members is a continuing process, thus ensuring that on a Tuesday night there is always a lecture going on.
The Club does its very best to try and attract new members to the Club, attracting already qualified divers from other agencies is also one of our priorities, this is working well as we have had some members who crossed over to BSAC.
Some of the many members of the club in September 2008