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      Overall summary of England & Wales
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It would be fair to say that England and Wales are not the first choices for visiting holiday divers. But, there is a HUGE dedicated mass of local divers who get great experiences every weekend from their local and national dive sites. You have to be dedicated to brave the cool/cold waters but if you can handle it there are lots of rewards.

The most obvious reason for diving in the UK is wrecks. As the Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, it is not hard to imagine that the UK has one of the highest density of ship wrecks in the world. For every well known wreck that Big Blue Planet knows about there are another 10 that are known about at the local club! The main focus here is the southern coast line running from Penzance to Dover, with well known diving locations such as The Lizard and The Manacles. But there are wrecks everywhere!

Visibility is usually not great but as with everything else, there are occasional exceptions that keep people jumping in. There are soft corals and Gorgonian fans in some locations with Cornwall probably your best bet. England also hosts Basking Sharks in spring, again around Cornwall or around the Isle of Mann.

This is not easy diving, and you have to be well trained and familiar with your kit. Thankfully, the UK has a tremendous network of BSAC diving clubs and PADI dive centres that ensure good local knowledge and proper training for the conditions likely to be encountered. If you are a visiting diver, the best thing you could do if a location interests you is to look for the local dive club (www.bsac.org) or Dive Centre (www.yell.com), get in touch, and ask for advice.
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Definitely not a waste if just our house id bigger and epsiceally I have the resources, i would love to put a swimming pool but all is just a wonderful thought because we don't even have a bathtub. hehehe
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Big Blue Planet knows about the following locations in England & Wales:

Brighton
Well known for its amusement arcades, antique dealers and the infamous Pier, Brighton in Sussex makes a lively place to visit anytime of year. Its easily reached from the M25 via the M23 that runs almost on to Brighton Pier. Diving is made easy by th...
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Buckland Lake
This is a nice inland dive site... it is set in a disused quarry that has been flooded for 40years... The lake is part of a nature reserve, and the dive site is run and managed by Polaris scuba. The site has free parking for divers only (car share ...
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Dosthill Quarry Birmingham
Dive In's second National Dive Site, Dosthill Quarry near Tamworth, approximately 10 miles north-east of Birmingham, was bought in 1988 from the BSAC. Set in the beautiful green belt area of the Tame Valley, it offers a number of facilities, includin...
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Dover, England
Dover has one of the highest concentrations of wrecks in the world. The water can be tricky, with strong tides, and it can be a bit cold in the winter. Visibility tends to be a bit random, but improves greatly as you move out to the deeper wrecks. ...
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East Wittering
East Wittering is a small English seaside town with a pebble beach, (Bracklesham Bay) and a lifeboat station nearby. There are a couple of good fish and chip cafes and a selection of reasonable bed and breakfasts for those staying overnight. It is an...
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Eastbourne
Vis can be tricky early in the season (April) as the planktion bloom kicks off then. But there are lots of interesting wrecks, and the reefs are beautiful! There are plenty of restaurants, and local hotels make it easy to stay in the area. There a...
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Gwingees Rock
This is a great novice dive or 2nd dive as well as a main dive although depth bandits may need to go more towards the bouy side of the rocks. Depth around rock, 10mtr dropping off to 30mtr by the bouy. Wreck smashed up around NE side. Tide can run on...
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Isle of Wight
The water around the Isle of Wight provide some of the most exciting diving in England. The ledges and rocks around the Island have caused numerous shipwrecks many of which are accessible by boat. The waters teem with marine life and there is dramat...
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Lamorna Cove
Lamorna cove is a good easy shore dive, there is a nice and easy entry via slipway, surface swim to the entrance to the small harbour. If you want a dive with an easy navagation decend by the right hand wall (from the shore,) then swim out keeping th...
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Littlehampton
Easy slip to launch Rib with lots of local restaurants. Interesting wrecks in area with a lot of marine life incl Fish , Crabs and Lobster. Easy drive from London on good roads. Wrecks- Indiana went down early 1900's carrying oranges. My dive ...
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Lizard
The Manacles are granite ship traps covered with coloured carpets of Jewel anenomes. If you are not impressed by this image, hang up your fins! 2 primary beaches - Porthkerris and Porthoustock located on the East Coast - grey shingle, available for...
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Lulworth Cove
Lulworth Cove is a picturesque sandy cove west of Swanage, it can be reached by car and has a large pay and disply car park. You will need to carry you kit about 300m down a small access road to access the cove. Diving is colourfull with the max de...
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Lundy Island
Lundy Island is located in the Bristol Channel about an hour and a halfs boat ride from Ilfracombe, Deven. It is possible to stay on the island they also have a camping ground for the more adventurous. We decided to base ourselves from Ifracombe, u...
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Lyme Regis
The south coast of england is beautifull in character and charm, and the diving is good too. Lyme Regis is a small hustle and bustle fishing habour that lies in between Exeter and Weymouth. The best way to get out there is by hiring a charter boat...
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North Cave
Long muddy drive, don't wash your car before going. Friendly staff, welcomes family and allows children to swim in the lake, under supervision. Picnic/barbecue area. Never gets crowded. Max depth 14m quite a few underwater attractions, viz ranges fro...
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Northumberland Coast
Surely one of the undiscovered treasures of the UK, magnificent castles, unspoilt beaches, friendly locals and clear waters make Northumberland an excellent dive location. Whether you enjoy wrecks or reefs you can take your pick and with the 'Farne...
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Pembroke
Here in Pembrokeshire we are proud and privileged to have a stunning coastline. The surrounding waters host a dazzling array of sea life both large and small. Pembrokeshire is some of the best diving in the UK. This area is one of outstanding beauty...
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Pendennis Point
Diving at Pendennis Point is easy, just follow the one way system arount the castle, untill you come to a large lay by (not the car park). just next to it are some steps that lead to the water. Kit up at the steps and enter the main gulley, follow th...
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Plymouth
Plymouth has historic ties with the sea, with a strong naval tradition which continues to this day. The Mayflower left for America from here and two navies have been sunk by storms in Plymouth Sound. From a diving perspective, Plymouth isn't called...
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Poole
Poole Harbour is the second biggest Natural Harbour in the world and as such has a wide range of diving for all levels, from deep wrecks to some as shallow as 4m. There are also rock pinnicles in the bay which act as reefs for wildlife, and also good...
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Portsmouth
Portsmouth is the traditional home of the Royal Navy, and a huge Base is located here. Also there is a lot of pleasure and competitive sailing, as there is the HQ of the RYA in Southampton and the Royal Yacht Club in Cowes. Diving out of Portsmouth...
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Stair Hole
This site is a good way to see the area outside of Lulworth cove without the long swim, it is although a hard climb down the cliff not for the novice! once you are down there is a great swim thought to start the dive then turn right and enjoy the gul...
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Swanage Pier
Swanage Pier, a great shallow location for a second dive or for training. The depth ranges around the 4-6 metre mark, with visibilty normally being sufficient to see the many different species. Some of the species I've seen on my dives under the pie...
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Torquay Riviera
Good shallow diving. Can be choppy if there is an easterly wind. Low visibility and not much life. Great for practise and training. It is easy to get to: just follow the M5 south and then the A380. Best during late summer because of higher water temp...
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Trefor Bay, North Wales
The main diving in Trefor Bay is around the, now derelict, pier. The shore diving rarely gets below 4m, even at high tide, but you can easily spend an hour here. There is an abundance of life under and around the pier including pipefish, lobsters, pr...
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Weymouth (Portland Harbour)
The Dredger is a dive that you will one day dive, this is because it's only at 10mtrs, close to the harbour and with no current at all. You descend down a shotline attached at the western end of the wreck, its a wreck broken into two parts. Once th...
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Wraysbury
Wraysbury is essentially a training centre for Open Water divers in the South East of England, or for those who like fresh water diving and live too far from Stoney Cove. Located in a reservoir near the flight path of Heathrow airport, it contains ...
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