Inland Dive Centres in the U.K

 

Water temperature:

3°C (37°F) in winter to 17°C (63°F) in summer

Suit:

Drysuit for most of the year, but a semidry is sufficient from June to October, or all year round if you are hardy enough!

Visibility:

1 – 20 metres (3 – 65 feet)

Type of diving:

Skills, training, introductory ‘wreck’ diving and gradual depth experience in controlled conditions

Marine life:

Trout, Sturgeon, pike, roach, perch, Carp and fresh water crayfish.

When to go:

Inland dive sites are the perfect places to visit during the winter when diving in the sea isn’t an option in order to keep your diving in practise. They are also there for the rest of the year when dives are blown out or in order to develop skills

How to get there:

See individual dive site locations for details

The inland dive sites that are featured  are all flooded quarries that have been adapted to serve as scuba diving training centres. In the UK, the lack of predictable weather conditions (and tropical reefs!) mean that open water training is not something that is always possible to complete in the sea. This is where the numerous inland dive sites come in handy as a controlled, predictable environment where it is easy to complete first open water dives and subsequent training.

Most sites offer the same services – varying water depths, underwater ‘attractions’ (such as small boats and old cars), platforms on which to complete skills, food and air. However, there is a big difference between how well the different locations do this. Here we look at these differences and why they may affect your choice of which one you visit for your training.

Sites

  • Blue Lagoon
  • Buckland Lake
  • Capenwray Quarry
  • Eccleston Delph Quarry
  • Eight Acre Lake
  • Gildenburgh Water
  • Horsea Island
  • Littleton Pit
  • National Diving & Activity Centre
  • The Rez
  • Stoney Cove
  • Swithland Quarry
  • Vobster Quay
  • Wraysbury