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PLACES TO DIVE UK INLAND DIVES

Horsea Island

Just off junction 12 of the M27 at Portsmouth, on the Port Solent complex.

From the M27 slip road, take the A27 westbound for 1/4 mile, passing under the motorway before turning left at traffic lights at the Port Solent complex. Horsea Island is signposted. An operational Navy training site, Horsea is an unusual inland site with salt water and stocked with marine life. It is divided into 3 zones. Zones 2 and 3 are around 6 metres deep with Zone 1 about 10 metres. Zone 1 contains an armoured engineering vehicle and a Land Rover ambulanceas well as an old road roller and a series of concrete pipe sections large enough to swim through. Zone 2 contains two platforms, a recompression chamber, a Land Rover ambulance, and an armoured personnel carrier. In Zone 3 you can find a Wessex Helicopter, a Land Rover Ambulance, a Naval Cheverton ferry boat and four bridge sections serving as platforms. Dryside there are changing rooms and showers, kit hire, refills, a shop, and hot food at weekends.


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Ginny
posted : September 05, 2007

I dived area 2 at the week end. The water was 19 degrees but vis only 2-4 mtrs. Loads of small but pretty jelly fish floating about.

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deep tech gnome
posted : May 08, 2007

This site has gone down hill booked to go diving as wanted to do a check dive (as kit has come back from a service) paid for the dive in advance. Woke up this morning with a cold so phoned them up to explain and rebook for the following weekend but they wont do that or refund my money I could understand if it was a boat dive but a inland site what a bunch of w*@?$rs

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Waikato
posted : September 04, 2005

This is a great lazy dive. It's all set up so you don't have to lug your gear too far. Underwater there are ropes between the 'attractions' so no effort is required. It's shallow - we couldn't find anywhere deeper than 7m and we had a good look around over 3 dives - but the plus side is that it's warm. I wish there was something like this where I learned to dive.

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posted : September 14, 2004

Zone 3 Horsea is about 6 - 6.4 mtrs deep and the same with Zone 2. However if you are lucky enough to book Zone 1 then you are able to get to about 9mtrs. It is highly unlikly you would be allowed to have access to Zone 1 with out first checking!! Zone 1 is where the Navy train and the NAS have a boat there for training too. Go to the Horsea Island's web site and see the layout of the place. It is totally facinating and an excellent dive site for beginners and experienced divers alike. www.horseadivecentre.com

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posted : September 14, 2004

Sadly not, or at least, not on this scale. It's the largest tower of it's kind in Europe (or so I believe). I know what you mean about the travelling. That's why I'm not trying to organise anything with the guys back home, cos we're in the same boat (though not as far away as you). I have the advantage of having plenty of family just a few miles away from the SETT, so I could do it, but I need to jump on the back of an already organised group. Not to worry. One day, I'm sure!!

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posted : September 14, 2004

the s.e.t.t thing sounds very good im intrested in it but dont really want to drive all the way from hull to try is they any other places that do this sort of thing

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posted : September 14, 2004

It's the Submarine Escape Training Tank at HMS Dolphin. I believe it can be hired for 3 hours by groups of 12 or so. It's a bit of an odd dive, perhaps not too exciting, but certainly unique. If you don't know it, it's a 30m vertical tunnel of water, where submariners are released at the bottom, and have to surface safely. However, you can hire it for a dive, whereby you get (I think) 30 minutes in the water. There's even windows at various levels where you can see through to offices!!! Here's a couple of links to sites with some proper info http://www.horseadivecentre.com/sett.htm http://www.ttnt.co.uk/diving/images/SETTApr2003/GrownUpSACPhotoGallerySETT/ http://www.bluewaterdiving.co.uk/sett.html If anyone more local than myself (I live in Birmingham!!) fancy a trip and can organise enough people, PLEASE let me know and count me in!! I'm itching to go, but it's a little hard to persuade people to travel 160 miles each way for a relatively expensive 30 minute dive!!

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posted : September 14, 2004

sorry but wots the s.e.t.t

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posted : September 14, 2004

Um...I hate to sound sarcastic, but there's not many posts on here, so it doesn't take long to read through them to find out what the maximum depth is!! As much as we all wish it was deeper, it looks like 11m is about it! Shame, I fancied a trip down there while visiting family in Pompey, but I'm not sure I'll bother!! Unless there's something I'm missing about the place?? Whilst I reckon it's a great spot for training, surely there must be some cracking sites not far down the coast? And of course, there's always the S.E.T.T. !!!

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posted : September 14, 2004

can anyone tell wot the maximum depth is please tks

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