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Northamptonshire dive guide

Northamptonshire 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 surface.
The visibility
is between 5 - 20 metres (15 - 65 feet). Note that this site is strictly for advanced divers.

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