in the east of England has a lot of diving centers offering education
from all major certification agencies. Courses from beginner to
advanced level are offered and further practice is guaranteed
through the outings regularly organised by the diving centers
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 community in Essex is very dynamic and the
schools mainly offer pool training and after completion of the
courses organise outings to some of the many inland dive
sites in the UK.
The Gildenburg is located in Cambridgeshire making
it a favourite for dive schools from neighbouring Essex. It's
a lake that was turned into an inland dive site once
the former brickworks closed its doors. The depths go from 1metre
to 22 metres (3-72 feet) and makes a great site for training.
The facilities are good and the underwater attractions
which include some boats, a bus and plane are awesome.
Stoney Cove is also popular as a week end outing.
This is an excellent site because it's a multi purpose site. Newly
certified divers can put their newly acquired skills into practice,
regular divers can take a leisure dive and wreck diving can be
practiced. There are ledges at different depths providing ideal
conditions for training. The underwater attractions, bus,
helicopter, boat etc...make it an interesting dive.
Furthermore the marine life is interesting and includes roach,
fresh water crayfish and pike. For the more adventurous
dive and wreck lovers a visit to neighbouring Kent is worth it.
Kent's coastline is littered with interesting wrecks. There are
some quite shallow ones which are easier to access and others
which are deeper or provide a bigger challenge.
Some of the most dives wrecks on this coast are
the Pomerania, an iron steamship dating back
to 1878 that went down after a collision with an iron hulled barque,
the Preussen which was transporting a cargo of 100 pianos at the
time of her sinking in 1910 and
HMS Berazen, a British Navy destroyer which was
bombed the germans in 1940. There are many other wrecks to explore.
Some are quite broken up but still make an interesting dive. On
occasion you may even still see remains of the original cargo.
Marine life is thriving around these wrecks making the dives even
the more intetersting.