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Somerset Diving

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Somerset dive guide

Somerset in South West England in one of the most visited areas of England for diving. The Somerset diving centers offer a wide array of dive courses at all levels. Here on the south west coast divers of all expertise will find something as the diving is so varied.

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.

Vobster Quay is a fresh water lake situated in Somerset. The depth range is between 6-36 metres (20-118 feet) which ideally suits both novice divers and advanced divers. There are lots of underwater attractions including the wreck of a large aircraft, a motor cruiser, a tunnel going from 14-20 metres (45-65 feet) and several old quarry buildings. You will see lots of rainbow trout which somehow seem to be more concentrated at the entry and the exit.

In summer the temperatures are a comfortable 18C (64F)
while in winter they can drop to about 4C (39F).
The visibility is between 5 - 10 metres (15 - 33 feet) but better in winter. No currents are observed here.

Diving centers in Somerset regularly organise trips to Devon and Cornwall. Both places have an interesting choice of dive sites which can cater for all levels of divers.
In the Devon area there is Paignton and Torbay which provide good diving for novices and which boast abundant marine life. The summer comes with dolphins and porpoises.

Other sites in the Plymouth area provide a good variety of diving ranging form reefs and walls to wrecks. The wrecks are at different depths, some quite easy to access while others are much more challenging. Therefore this area makes excellent outings for diving centers and clubs because it's pretty close.

The HMS Scylla in Whitsand Bay, Plymouth was recently sunk and has become a big diving attraction in south west England. It's a 113 metres (370 feet) Frigate lying at a depth of 24 metres (79 feet). The visibilty is between 3 and 14 metres (10 - 45 feet). She makes an excellent dive even on days when the visibility isn't so good.

Cornwall is also a favourite with divers from Somerset. Known for it's clear waters and abundant marine life Cornwall also has a major attraction in the summer months, the basking shark which draws a lot of divers to the area. For the more adventurous diver and wreck lovers there are numerous wrecks to explore in the area. In the Land's End area there are the famous SS Malta and The Luna to explore. The wrecks here are numerous and at different depths. Some are quite shallow and easy to access, some challenging and many which are yet to be discovered.

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