Plymouth Sound and surrounding area is a great place for diving. There are numerous wrecks and natural seascapes to see. Plymouth Sound is the arm of the English Channel between Devon and Cornwall, covering an area of 2,226 ha/5,500 acres. It provides good anchorage. Its inlets include the Catwater (or ‘ Cattewater’), Sutton Pool, Mill Bay, Stonehouse Pool, the Hamoaze (a naval harbour at the estuary of the River Tamar), and Cawsand Bay. A long breakwater was completed 4 km/2.5 mi south of the Hoe in 1845, to provide shelter from southwesterly gales. It is an excellent place for Fishing, Boating and Diving.
Diving in Plymouth
This is just a small proportion of the fantastic diving locations in and around Plymouth. See below for contact details of some of the diving schools.
HMS Scylla - The Final moments before Scylla became Britain's first of its kind man made reef
Scylla Reef is the wreck of F71 HMS Scylla, a Leander-class frigate
that served in the Royal Navy between 1970 and December 2003.
She lay in a state of disrepair for ten years until the 27 March 2004, when she was sunk off Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, to form an artificial reef, the first of its kind in the UK. The ship was 'planted' on a 23 metre sandy seabed at location:
A lot of work was done to ensure the ship was safe and easy to explore inside, and as expected, she has become a very popular dive site, situated some 40 minutes by boat from Plymouth. The bridge, rear helicopter bay and deck and the side passages are all visible. Additionally there are penetration dives possible.
Location: 50°19.655'N; 04°15.162'
Depth: 24 metres to sea floor (79 feet)
Visibility: 2 - 14 metres (6 - 45 feet)
The Elk is a wreck of an old trawler that sank after hitting a mine in 1940. It lies in approximately 30m of water, sitting upright on the sandy bottom. There are clear signs of damage on the port side offering chance to penetrate for experienced divers.
There are plenty of fish to see. It’s not easy to find however.
Location: 50°18'24"N; 04°10'12"W
Depth: 30 - 36 metres (100 - 118 feet)
Visibility: 2 - 14 metres (6 - 45 feet)
Glen Strathallen is a good for beginners to dive as there is a lot to see laid out over the seabed, without the danger of any superstructure to lose divers in. There are many fish to see in the large boilers which are still left. There is a lot of kelp around and therefore quite a lot of sealife.
Location: 50.18.922N 004.07.529W
Depth: 15 metres (50 feet)
Visibility: 4 - 12 metres (13 - 40 feet)W
Persier is about 12 miles from Plymouth by sea and is situated in Bigbury Bay. Fabulous view from the sea of the countryside. Worth goig just to see that.
Persier was a Belgium that was torpedoed during the war around the Eddystone Lighthouse, abandoned and left to drift. It was foud only recently in Bigbury Bay.
A nice little wreck dive and descent of about 25m down a shot line will lead you to the wreck or nearby reef (hopefully!). There is lots of life to be found on both the reefs and on the wreck, including snap and fan corals, urchins, starfish, crabs and assorted fish.
Location: 50°17.115N; 03°58.13W (Description: 5832 ton
Depth: 28 metres (92 feet)
Visibility: 5 - 8 metres (15 - 25 feet)
Plymouth Breakwater Fort.
Four million tons of rock and thirty years in the making, Plymouth's free standing Breakwater, the first of its kind was one of the greatest engineering feats of the age, and was vital in maintaining Britain's sea power at a time when Napoleon's army rampaged all over Europe. Without its shelter the great anchorage of Plymouth Sound could never have supported the Royal Navy in its blockade against the French ports, without which the final victory at sea would have been impossible.
And on the Breakwater is the Fort.
The Fort is a circular building with vertical walls that go down to the seabed, north of the breakwater. It has been used for many years as a training area for commercial divers and hence there are a lot of structures underwater that have been using for underwater cutting, welding and lifting. These include a fishing boat, a decompression chamber and a massive tubular framework. Lots of dogfish and scallops around here not to mention the usual life that can be seen in Plymouth Sound. It's also a good dive to watch people get lost, which is surprising given that the wall is circular!
Depth:12 metres (40 feet)
Aquanauts Dive Centre, Plymouth welcomes you. Whether you are looking to do your first PADI Open Water course, Instructor training, to dive HMS Scylla, to charter a hard boat or are just looking for an air fill for your adventure diving plymouth, we can cater for all your diving needs. Your safety and enjoyment is paramount, so all of our fully qualified hardboat skippers are also diving instructors.
Plymouth Diving Aquanauts, Dive Centre, PADI Diving Courses & Diver Charters
88 Vauxhall St,
Plymouth Diving School
Located in Queen Anne's Battery Marina, 10minutes from Plymouth city centre on the beautiful S.Devon Coast, Plymouth Diving Centre is the areas premier PADI 5 Star Dive Resort. Offering Diver Training from entry level, PADI Open Water Diver right through to Instructor Training and beyond!
Queen Annes Battery
Tel: 01752 263900
University of Plymouth Diving and Marine Centre
The University of Plymouth has its own unique Diving & Marine Centre. We are the only University in the country to offer students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised Professional Diving (SCUBA) qualification, as part of your marine-based academic degree program. This qualification is a requirement if you intend to work ( and get paid ) as a diver.
The Diving & Marine Centre is the University of Plymouth's unique diver training centre. Situated on Plymouth's historic waterfront we are currently safely supervsing over 5000 dives per year. We are the only training centre in the UK where you can learn to dive professionally as part of your chosen academic pathway.
In addition to diving and diver training we also offer technical support to the University for marine based projects and research activities.
Diving & Marine Centre
Tel: +44 (0)1752 584660
Another great day out when staying at The Athenaeum Lodge Guest House
A Plymouth Bed and Breakfast with that little extra to make your stay a special one. Enjoy Plymouth - It's a great place to be!