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RelaxedBeing
posted : December 27, 2011 Post subject: Australian arriving in London in March - have no idea where to dive...
Hi,

Novice Australian diver from Sydney here. I'll be arriving in the UK in March and would like to get an understanding of the different diving conditions and areas available to dive.

If I'm based in London, what would be the most reasonable recreational dives to consider, including wrecks?

I expect to be over there for up to two years, so let me know of any sites I should check out across the UK!

Thanks!

 
JamesPullin78
posted : February 6, 2012 Post subject: Australian arriving in London in March - have no idea where to dive...
Hi,

If you're based in London, your nearest inland dive centre is Wraysbury, a flooded reservoir near Heathrow airport, used as a training/recreational dive site (alas it's only about 10 metres deep and the vis is like soup).
However, you aren't too far from the South Coast of England there, and thanks to England's long history of Naval warfare and transport/goods shipping with Europe, the south coast is littered with good wrecks. Plenty more information all over the internet - try using Google earth, there's a layer select to highlight wrecks and dive sites - and the wrecks tab here on UK diving.

 
RelaxedBeing
posted : February 7, 2012 Post subject: Australian arriving in London in March - have no idea where to dive...
Thanks James.

What about conditions - we're able to get away with a 7mm wetsuit. Well aware that it's colder, but what sort of suit would be required, and what sort of depth do most of the wrecks sit at?


 
JamesPullin78
posted : February 7, 2012 Post subject: Australian arriving in London in March - have no idea where to dive...
Although the UK is colder, the sea does benefit from being on the right end of the gulf stream, so it's not as cold as some expect it to be. That's not to say it's warm of course!
I dive in a 7mm Semi-Dry, which keeps me warm for 8 or 9 months of the year, but hire out a drysuit for the colder months. Of course those who own drysuits tend to wear them all year round.
There are a few wrecks within the 20metre reigon (check out Portland Harbour in Dorset), but most lie between 20-35 metres, and there are more deeper still (which I know little about, I'll leave stuff that deep to Tech divers). The Kyarra and Carantan are nice "easy" wrecks to check out (again in Dorset). The Barn Hill is also as close to London as a wreck can be, and also benefits from being only 500metres out from shore (debateably that's surface-swim distance), and is only 4m deep at low tide).

 
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