Yes, you will need a scuba diving certification to dive legally in the UK. Most diving centers and operators will ask for proof of certification before allowing you to dive.
Our dives range from 12m at The Mulberrys to specific deep dives such as the Carbineer 35m+. As our club has a range of divers we try to provide dives that appeal to everyone so there is always a dive to get involved with.
The water temperature in the UK varies depending on the season and location. In the summer, it can range from 14 to 18°C (57 to 64°F) and can drop to around 6 to 10°C (43 to 50°F) in the winter. A proper wetsuit or drysuit is essential to stay comfortable during the dives.
The UK waters are home to a diverse range of marine life. You can expect to encounter seals, various fish species, lobsters, crabs, jellyfish, and sometimes even basking sharks and dolphins
Some dive sites are suitable for beginners, but many are more challenging and better suited for experienced divers due to currents, tides, and potential depth. New divers will be matched with a certified guide or instructor while they gain their confidence.
The UK diving season typically runs from late spring to early autumn when the water is relatively warmer. However, diving is possible year-round for those who are adequately prepared for colder conditions.
Generally the weather is what stops dives going out. Very high winds mean that the rib cannot reach the dive sites or it is deemed to dangerous for divers to get on or off the boat. Dives are generally re-scheduled to another day later on in the month.
Standard scuba diving equipment, including a mask, fins, regulator, BCD (buoyancy control device), and exposure suit (wetsuit or drysuit), is essential. Drysuits are recommended for colder water dives.
The strength of currents can vary significantly depending on the location and tidal conditions. Some sites may have strong currents, making them suitable for experienced divers only.
Yes, the UK has many historic shipwrecks that have become popular dive sites and there are some great ones of the coast of Littlehampton and Worthing. Some wrecks are accessible to recreational divers, while others may require advanced training and experience.