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Berkshire diving consists of a good variety of activity. Although Berkshire county has no water around it, there are a good number of diving schools offering full fledged classes and clubs that organise weekly meetings and weekend outings to other places in the UK and longer stays abroad.
Always dive according to your level of training. Never enter the water without checking with the local dive center for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional.
All the information provided is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.

The diving schools offer diving courses from beginner to advanced levels and technical training.

The clubs organise outings for their members
to many places around the Uk and also abroad like to the Red Sea, the Caribbeans, Asia etc...Below are some of the preffered diving spots in the UK. The list is by no means exhaustive.
There are many other places divers are able to visit depending on the time available. Newton's Cove, in the Weymouth area.

This site is a safe shingle beach composed of a small reef and some interesting rocks to explore. The depths range between 5-8 metres (15-26 feet) depth. Diving at high water is recommended.

Chesil Beach, in Dorset is a shallow dive making it ideal for novices. There are wrecks that are visible from the surface and lots of marine life. However, be warned that Chesil Beach has a steep drop.
Also in Dorset you can spend an action packed week-end in Weymouth, Portland and Swanage which provide a big variety of dive sites for all levels of experstise.
Weymouth and Dorset have one the biggest concentration area of shipwrecks in the world and yet not all the wrecks lying here have been discovered. So wreck lovers can explore the Weymouth and Portland region which is full of shipwrecks from past wars, sail ships and other ships that by some misfortune ended in these waters.
Swanage Bay on the Dorset coast faces eastward and thus is protected protected from the prevailing English Channel's southwesterly winds.
The wooden pier provides shelter to the many creatures now living here. Many nutrients are brought in by the ebb and flood of the tides. Some of the marine life you can encounter here are cuttlefish, grey mulletand bass in the warm months.
This dive is ideal for novices because the depth is only 5 metres (15 feet) under the pier. More challenging dives are found further away from the shore. Porthkerris in Cornwall which is a very popular UK dive locations. This is due to the fact that there are many dive sites that have easy access and very good shore diving.
The Mulberries in Sussex were originally artificial harbours that were created for the purpose of D-Day landings.

Today, they are huge concrete structures that are several metres high and which provide a home for tompot blennies, wrasse, huge shoals of bib and conger eels.

In Devon, there are many dives to explore one of which is the Scylla wreck. HMS Scylla which was sunk on 27th May 2004 close to Plymouth makes an interesting dive because the wreck is still pretty new still intact so there's still quite much to see. Very close to the HMS Scylla wreck is the James Eagan Layne. This is a World War II liberty ship that sunk in 1945. Although she is not so intact anymore she has a lot of coral and marine life.

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