Divers Down - Swanage Pier, Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
N 50° 36.516 W 001° 57.044
30U E 574243 N 5606826
Quick Description: Divers Down is a hugely popular area to dive from off Swanage Pier.
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/8/2008 11:15:33 AM
Waymark Code: WM547Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
Views: 8

Long Description:
The website describes the diving available off the pier:visit link

'Thousands come to the Pier to Scuba Dive under the Pier or to board boats to other local dive destinations. An area adjacent to the Pier being buoyed off as a safe Diver training zone.

The Dive shop is operated by Divers Down, here divers can hire equipment, charge up their cylinders or do diver training courses. Divers Down is celebrating its 50th year of operation in 2008 and is the oldest Diving School in the UK.

The Pier is also the home of the Isle of Purbeck Sub-Aqua Club, an active club of 50 plus members and now in its 20th year.'

Divers Down is Britain's oldest diving school. There are opportunities to dive under the pier and off the pier to ship wrecks further out in the bay. They describe their facilities:

'The Dive Shop on Swanage Pier, providing Boat Charter, Air, Nitrox, Hire Equipment and Shop Sales. The shop is open 7 days a week, (weather permitting) to supply you with all you need to carry out your dive. At weekends the air filling station opens at 08.00 and closes between 17.00 and 20.00 depending on demand. If for any reason the shop is not open during the day when you require something, please just phone us on 07977 142661, as we are never usually more than a few minutes away.'

It costs £2.00 for a day for diver's to enter the pier area.

Water Type: Ocean

Salinity: Salt

Access: Boat (day trip)

Maximum Depth: 130

Typical Visibility: Fair (26-40 ft)

Has Reef?: no

Wreck or Submerged Object?: Ship/boat

Underwater Life: Squat lobsters, velvet swimming crabs, leach's spider crabs and many fish

Visit Instructions:
1) To log a visit, at least a picture taken at the surface, including any distinguishing landmarks or buoys if present, is required. While you do not have to enter the water, this is encouraged.

2) If you dive at the site, describe your visit including any details you wish to share such as weather, water temperature, visibility, bottom time, and anything of interest that you observed, living or nonliving.
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