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.