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For years I sneered and mocked: it would be too cold, there would be nothing to see and even if there was, the visibility would be so bad, it would not be worth the effort. British diving was for obsessional weirdos who knew no better. Little did I know.

Like thousands of other divers who qualified in the tropics I had never given serious thought to diving in the UK. Diving, for me, only involved warm waters and coral reefs. Diving in Britain was akin to taking a cold shower in a dirty and murky public bathroom. ...read more

Places to stay in Dorset
Coombe House
Coombe house Bed and Breakfast situated on the Rame peninsula in South East Cornwall is the ideal location for your diving stay in Cornwall. 3 miles from Whitsand bay and the now famous 'scylla' dive site. The surrounding area offers an abundance of wrecks, reefs and underwater wildlife.

We have ample parking on site and are a 15 minute drive from Plymouth Harbour and the historical Barbican Torpoint slip is a mere 10 minute drive.

Relax, unwind and enjoy your diving experience with us at Coombe House.
www.coombehouse-cawsand.com

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Roey
posted : March 05, 2007

Just been down there fantastic definately go again!!!!

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g04873
posted : October 06, 2006

the diving is amazing !! i would recommend talking 2 jon anstay at aqua blue divers bridport. he can advice u on excellent dive site and can fill ur cylinders up with air and nitrox

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Chrissie
posted : March 29, 2006

Can anyone tell me about the diving in this area? Thanks, Chrissie.

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wild frontia
posted : January 23, 2006

why did you say my arse

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dive4fun
posted : July 19, 2005

Chesil Beach in Dorset is a great dive if you are lucky with the conditions there are three wrecks which can be found off this beach and a copy of Dive Dorset is well worth the money in finding them. Look for the pile of bricks in the middle of the pebble hill and read the directions in Dive Dorset to find the wrecks. The current can be used if flowing right to left to drift between wrecks if your nav skills are okay! Conga, lots of crabs and lobsters to be seen, but dont advocate doing any fishing as exiting the beach is quite hard work. A tip I was given by a local diver was to use two large stones as you approach the beach to pull yourself out and this was quite successful. Would be worth having some surface cover for getting in and out as it is hard work. Site has good facilities with cafe and toilets. Air fills are available in Portland - follow the signs for scuba diving as you approach portland, one shop and one scuba hotel/pub/cafe are overlooked by the prison. A great dive is also to be had at Lulworth cove but SMB is essential and strong currents exist outside of the cove. Air is not available, but there is a large car park and excellent facilities for a family day out. A copy of Dive Dorset is an essential item for diving in Dorset for any grade of diver.

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top dive clint
posted : April 27, 2005

Myself and a party of six are going to dive Lundy island on the 30/04/2005. This is a first for all of us. If anyone can give us any information on this dive it would be much appreciated.

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nickw
posted : April 25, 2005

Not one to put anyone off diving, but I thought that it was fair to inform you that conditions at Chesil are not always as Idylic as often described. Before you go onto read this story, I have dived Chesil at least 20 times and it hasn't always been as bad as this!! I was down there this weekend, up at 5.00 am, Loaded the kit into the car, got on the road, got to the car park at 7.30 am. Un packed the kit, got rigged up and climbed mount Chesil. (the horrible bank of stones you have to climb to get to the sea) I got my breath back and made my way towards the nasty looking grey mass in front of me. Dragged my arse into it(sitting down was the best approach as I saw the portly Dive leader get eaten by the surf on his first attempt). Eventually made it in, swam out about 20 meters and dropped down. There was a Swirling mass of bad vis made worse by the may bloom (minestrone type algae that kicks into life this time of year). Less than half a meter of vis at best. Launched my SMB and then thought, what now? I looked at my buddy, he shrugged his shoulders, I looked around hoping something might materialise before my very eyes, no such luck. Rollocks to this I thought, and I signalled to him that we should head to the shore. We made it to the shoreline like rolling whales being knocked around in the charging surf. The rest of the dive party were also back on land and they helped us to our feet and out. whilst we laid there and caught our breath, the dive leader who had previously had 10 bales knocked out of him, decided to have a go and get in the soup. Myself and my Buddy had enuff, and made for the car to de-kit, leaving the rest of the dive party watching their beloved leader roll his arse into the briney. We had just finshed loading the car when they walked past us. "how was that for you?" I asked, expecting the grumbled reply that I was personally feeling. "it was great", the dive leader replied. "are you mad" I asked. To which one of his mates called me a "F***ing sunshine Diver"! I was lost for words at this point, and stood there whilst they all signed each others log books and made their plan to find the nearest pub. (It was 10.30 am!!!) So they seemed quite happy with their very short and nasty dive, and all the culminated effort to get there was of no consequence to them. In the words of Jim Royal......."Chesil Beach my Arse"

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posted : September 10, 2004

I have dived this site for 17 years now. It is one of the best family dive areas in the south. The only problem with this site is the clubs (PADI BSAC ANDARK UNCLE JOE COBBLEY AND SON) boats and the idiots using them. It is a small dive from the steps to the pier or a small surface swim. And as you know you cant use a dive bouy under the pier. THEY COME IN TOO FAST AND TOO CLOSE AND WE HAVE HAD A NEAR MISS OR TWO. PS Please leave all the crabs and lobbies alone as in the past the area has been raped by the one for the pot merchants, and now its rare to see one in a year. Buy one from a shop if you have to with luck it might have come from a location other than this idelic spot. My daughter started diving here at seven and now at seventeen she still goes and our three year old also wants to see what mummy is getting up to with luck she will follow in the family tradition.

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posted : September 10, 2004

Yesterday we went off Ballard Down as a first work up dive. What a good dive! Neap tides, we dropped in off Old Harry and driftes South. Vis about 5 metres At first a few recky outcrops then shells during the dive say several spider crabs, one edible crab but too small to eat so left alone, a dog fish and two large thorne back rays. I leave them also as they are so elegant when swiming and the yield of meat is small. If this is a sign of the season roll on better weather. Sea Temp 11 degrees

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posted : September 10, 2004

I would like to know where can I dive from Winchester - Machester in England.

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