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
while in winter they can drop to about 4°C (39°F).
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
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.