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Kent dive guide

Kent, southeast England offers a variety of diving activities. Kent diving consists of a number of interesting shore dives as well as loads of wrecks off the Dover coast which boasts some of the most varied wreck diving in the UK. The choice of diving schools in Kent is large and they offer certification at different levels and trips to other parts of the UK and abroad.

Air temperature during the year 15 to 30C (59-86F) Kent has a pleasant climate almost all year with most of the rainfall in the winter months. May to August are the wettest months. When planning a holiday to the south east keep in mind that it's a very popular holiday area in England. There is accomodation going from the very basic to luxurious. As the holiday season falls at the same time as the main diving season it's advisable to make sure that hotel rooms or campsites have available space.

Dover and Folkstone area offer great wreck dives for the novice and adventurous divers. The depth of the wrecks ranges from 15 to 50 metres (49 - 164 feet) so everyone will find something to suit their needs. For those who are not into wreck diving there are many shore dives around the Kent coastline. Some of the dives accesible from Kent are.

Western wall is a good wall dive. However beware of the current on this dive. The marine life here includes lobbies and crabs in the cracks on the wall. Best dived at high tide.

Gildenburg Lakes are located near Peterborough. A lot of items have been put in the lake including a double decker london bus, a raf jet provost aircraft and a broads cruiser. The depth is approximately 23 metres (75 feet) and the visibility between 6-10 metres (20 - 33 feet). There's a bar and cafe and i'ts possible to stay overnight on site. Loanda is a fairly easy wreck dive. She went down on 31 May, 1908 with a cargo of general merchandise including alcohol, perfume bottles, clay pipes etc... some of which can still be seen today.

The wreck, approximately 40 minutes from Dover lies in about 24 metres (78 feet) of water. You can encounter bib, crabs and lobsters around Loanda.

Pomerania was an iron steamship that went down on 25 November, 1878 after colliding with iron-hulled barque Moel Eilian off Folkestone. She is quite broken but parts of the wooden deck are still intact. Pmerania lies on the port side at about 28 metres (91 feet)and the visibility is around 4-5 metres (13-15 feet).
Gold and silver coins were recovered. A large amount of marine life including wrasse, edible crabs, anemones, dead mand fingers, mussels and starfish can be found here.

Preussen was the largest ever steel ship at the time and the only five masted full rigged ship to be built. She was also the world's largest sailing ship built and designed without an auxilliary engine. She was sailing from Hamburg to Valparaiso with a general cargo which included 100 pianos when she collided with the cross channel steamer Brighton on November 6th 1910. There isn't much of the wreckage left, a few hull ribs sticking out. Visibility is quite poor and the depth around 4-8 metres (13-26 feet).

HMS Brazen a British Navy destroyer went down on July 21st, 1940 under fire from German bombers.The destroyer Brazen was escorting convoy CW7 in the North Sea at the time of attack. Attempts made to tow her proved impossible so she was abandoned and sank a few hours after the attack. She's quite intact although in two halves at 8 metres (26 feet). Now she is getting buried in the sand and less of the wreckage is visible, but torpedo tubes, depth chargers and the guns are still present. Visibility is good and the dive worthwhile.

Anglia, an auxilliary hospital ship went down after she struck a mine on November 17, 1915 as she crossed the Channel from France transporting a large number of wounded. She lies in about 30 metres (98 feet) of water and most of it is broken. Please note that this wreck must be treated with respect and leave all you find intact, she is a war grave.

Strathclyde sunk on February 17th 1876 while sailing from London to Bombay after colliding with the Franconia, a German steamship. She was overtaken by Franconia shortly after leaving Dover, Capt Eaton (Capt of Strathclyde) turned his ship to starboard and unfortunately at the same time the Franconia turned to port and the collision happened. She currently lies in 30 metres(98 feet) of water and the visibility can be 1-2 metres (3-6 feet) and sometimes a good 5-10 metres (15-33 feet). Some of the items found on board are perfume bottles, hand painted teacups and saucers, different kinds of bottles, bottles of champagne (undrinkable now) and many other items. Apparently, an order was isuued by Dover Port Control in 2004 forbidding diving on this wreck. The list is very long and includes other famous wrecks like Lusitania, SS Komet, SS Strathclyde, SS Cuvier,Katharina Kolkmann, St. Cecilia, HMT Angelus, UB38, Brandenburg and many others.

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