in the north west of England has a lot of diving schools
and clubs. Training is available from beginner to advanced level.
The schools and clubs offer dive expeditions for the qualified
diver to sites all around the UK. Novices also get the chance
to participate as there is a wide variety of shallow suitable
dives and inland dive sites adapted to their 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.
The Blue Planet, in Ellesmere Port is a Cheshire
dive not to miss. This is the biggest aquarium tank in Europe.
Here you can dive with sand tiger sharks, lemon sharks
and nurse sharks. There are also lots of stingrays in the aquarium.
No previous diving experience is required but participants must
be over 19 years old. Divers go down in pairs with an instructor
who briefs them and they stay underwater 30 minutes. There are
not only sharks in the main aquarium. Triggerfish, barracuda,
morays and porkfish are some of the fish life to be seen
The Blue Planet Aquarium was opened in 1998 and
it has 5 theme galleries which contain 5'000 different animals.
In these galleries you can see things such as the tidal pool,
the UK's biggest piranha exhibit and dart frogs
just to mention a few.There's a huge viewing area with
acrylic tunnels which take you beneath the water of the huge aquarium
to see the marine life inside. Dive expeditions are regularly
organised within the UK and overseas. Some outings are possible
on the week end but others are done as a week trip.
Some popular sites regularly visited by divers form Cheshire
The Isle of Man which has some of the best diving
in the UK. There is excellent scenic diving and a collection of
exciting wrecks. The marine life is abundant
and is a hot spot for seals.
The Lleyn Peninsula has a lot of interesting
marine life in an out of the water. The dives go from shallow
sheltered areas to steep drop offs and submarine pinnacles that
rise from very deep down.
Farne Island, a group of Islands located off
the Northumberland cosat has lots of seals. The area is also rich
in wrecks and marine life.
St Abbs, Scotland, north of Eyemouth has an extraordinary
variety of marine life. The visibility is generally very good
and combines with the extraordinary underwater scenery it has
some of the best diving in the UK. Out of the water you can see
puffins and kittiwakes in the bird reserve.
Lundy Island located off North Devons coast there's
a granite outcrop that's 3.5 miles in length and half a mile on
width. Lundy was the very first marine reserve to be made in Britain
and this accounts for the superb marine life existing here. The
scenery is breathtaking both underwater and above. You will encounter
the resident seals and have a wide choice of wrecks
to choose from.
However, divers must be very cautious because
the island is on the edge of the Atlantic and therefore exposed
to rough weather conditions. Even on apparently calm days the
conditions can instantly change. For this reason only divers with
advanced qualifications and experience should attempt diving in