is in central England and is landlocked. Despite it's position
there's a lot of diving going on. The diving centers offer classes
at all levels and the clubs have many active members.
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.
Northamptonshire has quite a number of diving
centers that are fully equipped to deliver courses
to the highest level.
The clubs are open to all and even non divers
can join because the activities are not confined to diving.
Club members organise dive outings to other parts of the UK
and even abroad. Considering that this is an inland county open
water dives are done in the inland dive sites or on the coast.
Outings to the other parts of the UK like Cornwall, Devon, the
Isles and Wales are done on week ends or for a longer period.
Stoney Cove is a popular site as it's pretty
close. It's an inland quarry in Leicester with several underwater
attractions including a cockpit, a bus, a helicopter and a boat.
There are ledges at different levels making it an ideal and
safe site for training purposes. This site is very busy and
the visibility may diminish when there are too many people disturbing
the floor. So it's better if possible to try and get there during
the week when it's less crowded.
The fish life here includes roach, perch pike and fresh
water crayfish. The facilities on place are good and
the dive worth it!
The Gildenburg Water is an inland quarry in
Cambridgeshire, next to Northamptonshire. It has a maximum depth
of 22 metres (40 feet) and good visibility in winter 15 - 20
metres (50 - 65 feet). However in the summer it's only 1 - 5
metres (3 - 15 feet). The facilities are basic but it's a nice
training site. There are plattforms at varying levels and some
attractions like a bus, a truck and a few boats. There are buoys
above the attractions to facilitate navigation.
The Swithland Quarry in Leicestershire is a
granite quarry. It has a depth of maximum 50 metres (165 feet).
This is a dive for very advancd divers. To access the water
you must go through a gate and then to a steep bank that brings
you to the beach. Here there's a short walk in the water after
which you drop off the edge and this goes 50 metres down. It's
quite dark as there are many trees overhanging and leaves on
The visibility is between 5 - 20 metres (15 - 65 feet).
Note that this site is strictly for advanced divers.