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Durham dive guide
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Durham county's coastline in the north eastern part of England boasts good shore diving. Durham diving offers cliffs, gulleys and wrecks that are abundant with marine life. The dive sites provide for beginners and advanced divers alike.

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. Durham diving activities are often conducted in the St.
Abbs and Eyemouth which is a is a natural reserve and offers good diving as well as opportunities for family activities.

The St. Abbs harbour is a shallow dive and is protected by a large rock locally called Broad Craig. You can access the water by climbing down a rocky slope to the end of the harbours wall.
This site is ideal for newly certified divers to train newly acquired skills in open water. More advanced divers are advised to explore the Broad Craig rock or dive the gulleys on the east which lead to breathtaking underwater arches. However, beware that diving in the harbour itself or its immediate environs is not allowed. Although there are shore dives which give an excellent opportunity for novices to practice their skills all planning to dive here should beware that though the high cliffs provide shelter from the Westerlies many sites on the coastline are exposed to swell brought about by the Easterlies. This could well make diving impossible.

Wuddy Rocks, close to St. Abbs harbour has dramatic underwater cliifs covered in marine life and dead mans fingers. The visibility is generally good and you can find gulleys that lead to great swim throughs all full of marine life. Skelly Rock & West Hurker are located to north of St Abbs Head. There are lots of nudibranches and colourful anemones. Good drift dives await you here and as you go through the gulleys you can take in the great view of deadmans fingers and plumrose anemones. Beware these sites are quite tidal.

Black Carrs has a series of underwater gulleys that boast colourful anemones. This site is tidal and you may seek shelter by dropping into the gulleys or staying nearer to the rocks.
Although the Durham area doesn't have many wrecks there are two wrecks that are regularly dived and which make interesting dives.

The S.S Alfred Ealsden is the wreck of a Danish ship that sunk in 1907 after hitting the Ebb Carrs. It's well broken up and scattered in the gulleys but the site harbours a lot of marine life. You will encouter pollack, lobsters and wrasse in plenty.

The S.S Glanmire a 1100 ton steamship went down in 1912. It's broken up but you can still distinguish the boilers and ship ribs strewn all over the place. There's abundant marine life here
but beware of the tides. These can be quite strong and the dive is best attempted at slack water.

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