Inland Diving and Training Sites.

Due to the unpredictable nature of the UK weather, most dive centres tend to use an inland lake for their initial diver training as this makes course scheduling reliable and keeps their students safe.
Below is some brief information on the sites we use and links for further information

Wraysbury is situated in Surrey, just off the M25 around 5 mile from Staines. It is a disused gravel quarry offering shallow depths, ideal for training junior divers, however viability can sometimes be a problem due to the very silty bottom composition.

Also the facilities are somewhat limited at this site with communal changing booths (no seats) and no showers at all, in its defence it is however the cheapest of the inland sites at only £10 per diver admission.

For both students and certified divers Vobster Quay has much to offer. With 36-acres of fresh water diving in depths ranging from 6m to 36m, divers of all levels will find the heady mix of exciting underwater attractions and a full range of diving support services hard to resist.

Beneath the lake waters you'll find a good array of attractions just waiting to be discovered. Divers can explore the wreck of a large commercial aircraft, a 42ft motor-cruiser, two metal wheelhouses, the Crushing Works (a towering structure the size of a 2-storey house) and even a spooky concrete-lined tunnel that's not for the faint hearted!

Although like Wraysbury the bottom can be a little silty in places the viability trends to remain fair even on the busiest weekends.

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NDAC recently announced that it would be closing permanently for redevelopment and would no longer be available to divers - what a loss to the diving community.

Another flooded quarry, this lake reportedly offers some of the best inland scuba diving conditions in Europe with a range of depths to suit beginners and the experienced alike. The waters hide loads of attractions including, planes, boats helicopters and armoured vehicles to name a few.

NDAC has all the facilities you would expect from a good dive centre including classrooms, heated changing rooms and showers and a great cafe, along with a fully stocked shop and filling station.

The Stoney Cove diving site is based in a flooded stone quarry in Stony Stanton, Leicester.
Underwater attractions include a viscount aircraft, cockpit, bus, trees, wooden boat, land-rover, MG cars, tug boat, trawler and many more boat wrecks and points of interest. Wildlife commonly spotted here includes pike, perch, roach and crayfish.
Facilities include full equipment hire, dive gear shop with cylinder testing, refills and equipment servicing. There is also heated changing / shower room and a snack bar and restaurant (including licensed bar).

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Covid-19 Information (Feb 2022).

Keeping you safe...

Our first consideration as always is your safety, in an effort to ensure this all our training will be undertaken in line with the industry best standards.

  • Out training group sizes will be strictly limited to 4 students and two PADI professionals.
  • All equipment will be washed, sterilised between uses and stored in a well ventilated area for at least 36hrs before re-use.
  • If you are undertaking a course that takes more than one session your equipment will be issued to you at the start of the course and you will be asked to keep it and care for it between sessions, thus eliminating any chance of cross infection.
  • Unfortunately numbers in our pool facility and at dive sites are strictly limited at this time to allow for social distancing therefore may not be possible to allow spectators.
  • All students will be expected to observe social distancing, unless from the same cohort.
  • Divers are asked NOT to clear masks by spitting, anti fog will be supplied free of charge at out sanitising station.
  • All entry level courses booked after the 18th of April include a brand new diving mask and where required snorkel for you to keep again ensuring you are the only person using your equipment.

At Sussex Diving & Leisure we offer a full range of courses for Children and Adults alike, from total novice to professional level, including First Aid and Manual Handling training.
We specialise in Children's diving courses and have a monthly Diving club to engage young minds, we are also able to offer private courses for those who are insecure or just want some privacy.
Not sure if diving is for you? No problem we run informal taster sessions (Try Dives) most weekends at our private heated pool in Eartham, Nr Chichester and we will be happy to let you try diving without committing to a full course, If you do decide you like it and want to go further then, we will give you your money back when you purchase our premium option, if its not for you then all you have lost is the small fee and an hour of your time.
We offer staged payment terms on most of our courses, 1st payment when you register, 2nd payment just before your first pool session and the final payment when we go to the open water site.
At Sussex Diving & Leisure we offer a full range of PADI diving courses in West Sussex & Hampshire covering Selsey, Chichester, Bognor Regis, Petworth, Midhurst, Petersfield, Arundel, Littlehampton, Wittering, Bracklesham, Emsworth, Havant and Worthing area's.

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