Excavations for its prized granite progressed through the 1800’s until 1934 when a large slab was pulled off the south wall at 150 feet below the surrounding ground level, causing a fresh water spring to flood the quarry. By 1958, scuba diving was well established, earning Dosthill Quarry it’s current title of “The UK’s First National Dive Site”. The site was purchased by Ian Forster, the owner of Gildenburgh Water, nr Peterborough – the UK’s Second National Dive Site
Diving first started here around 1960 and as the sport gained popularity Stoney Cove was developed into the amazing underwater adventure park it is today. You would be amazed what we have sourced and placed on the bed of the cove for our divers to explore, our history and the diversity of these objects are what makes us the ‘National Dive Centre’ of the UK and what keeps our hundreds of divers coming back for more.
Exceptional visibility and the second cleanest recreational bathing water in the UK (that’s official!).
The finest stock of fish in any diving Centre, anywhere! Huge shoals of roach and perch, together with vast numbers of extremely friendly trout (!) and of course, our world-famous sturgeons, two of which are six feet long.
Purpose-designed training platforms at depths from 2 metres to 12 meters to satisfy every training requirement.
Jetty with two piers for deep-water entry to simulate hard boat recovery.
Concrete slipway for entry/exit to training area platforms.
Two clear, buoyed and graduated training areas with two non-slip platforms positioned in 2 and 6 metres of water.
Underwater cave to simulate lining-out techniques for wreck / cave diving.
Numerous underwater attractions.
We try to make the diving affordable to all with accommodation that can include camping caravanning B&B. We welcome friends and family to come along to the weekends if able.
Diving overseas can make a great dive destination with often warmer waters. We usually have one club abroad holiday per year and again try to keep it to a sensible budget. 2019 club holiday was Cyprus with 21 people and 2020 is booked for Croatia with similar numbers.
It’s not surprising that you’ll find some of the very best wreck diving in the world along the coastlines of the UK. From battleships and merchantmen, through to steamers and tankers, our seabed is littered with shipwrecks, with the oldest dating back to 900 BC and the Bronze Age. Each wreck provides us with a unique window into history. Wrecks are never pristine; they tend to be pretty, naturally attracting marine life, and evolving into beautiful reefs that teem with life. Wrecks are a sanctuary, providing a foundation for corals and a shelter for critters.
You can be quietly cruising over a reef, and suddenly the seabed takes off in front of you. Queen scallops suddenly become animated swimming castanets, hermit crabs scuttle, plaice ripple away, starfish waggle their arms in greeting, and as you turn a corner you’ll find football-sized sea urchins camouflaged with algae, shells, kelp and other debris. And one of the smallest animals that we get excited about is the Nudibranch, spotted, striped, tentacled, bald, frilled and horned. There are over 2,000 different species of this soft bodied mollusc, with a spectrum of many extraordinary colours, sizes and striking forms! It is amazing that something akin to an underwater slug, and the size of a boiled sweet, somehow always gives even the most hardened wreck diver a thrill when they spot one..