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
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
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
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
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.