|Brixham on the Devon coast offers a good variety of diving. There
are interesting scenic dive and lot's of interesting wrecks.
The sites range from easy to more difficult ones for the more
advanced diver thus giving a great opportunity to divers whatever
their level of experience.
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.
Breakwater beach is a good shore dive site and
is easily accessible and safe. The depths go to about 10 metres
(33 feet) and there's very little current. Many dive professionals
in the country use this dive site to give novices their first
The sea life around here is abundant and includes pipefish,
scallops and soles.
A tip, when you're in the water keep the Breakwater
on your left and you can enjoy diving safely as far as you wish.
Shoalstone Beach is located between Berry Head and Breakwater.
An easy site with straightforward acess although you will have
to clamber over rocks. The depth doesn't exceed 17 metres (56
feet) and the site is well protected, except from the easterlies
and north easterlies. Beware of the tides. The ebb tide could
take you eastwards in the direction of Berry Head which is deeper.
This dive isn't adviced for night dives and is recommended
for experienced divers.
Brixham is a nice shore dive on a reef with depths
going to 10 metres (33 feet). The visibility ranges from 6 - 8
metres (20-25 feet) and is suitable for all levels and especially
for training dives.
There's plenty of marine life which includes wrasse, cuttlefish,
crabs, lobsters and pipefish.
Some wreck dives accesible from Brixham are:
The Galicia went down in 1917 after hitting a
mine and the broke up in 1923. Although she is fairly flat she
is still an interesting worthwhile dive. You can still figure
out the shape of the ship and quite a number of things are still
visible. Marine life around here included pollack, wrasse and
congers among others. The Bretagne sunk in 1918
after another ship collided into it. She is sitting upright and
is quite intact. Some superstructure is left, the prop and rudder
are in place, with a spare prop on the stern deck. There's
plenty of marine life around this wreck including wrasse, pollack,
bass, conger, lobster and crabs.
The Dudley Rose sunk under fire from Heinkel
111k stick bombs in 1914. She's at 37metres (121 feet) and lies
upright and intact. Beware, there are some trawl
nets on this wreck.
The Perrone went down in 1917 after being torpedoed
by UC-65. She is cut in two halves. The stern section lies alongside
the starboard side. It can be hard to see the entire wreck on
a single dive but it's a very interesting dive.
The Dutch Barge which is also referred to as
"The Pipes" locally is not really there but it's cargo of of 20ft
pipes is. It's 8 metres (26 feet) long and it makes a nice scenic
and wreck dive with a large variety of marine life living around
Beware, white phosphorous can regularly be found
on world war one vintage wrecks. In a number of incidents divers
have been burned because they brought this dangerous substance
to the surface and when exposed to air it lights instantly.