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- Indoor Scuba Diving Opportunities in and around London
- Scuba Diving Certification Courses in London
- The Confined Open Water Course in the UK
- Completing Your Open Water Course Abroad
- How much does it cost to learn to dive in the UK?
- Exploring Beyond: Nearby Diving Excursions from London
- Conclusion: London, a Diver’s Unexpected Paradise
Scuba Diving in London: The Unexpected Diving Hub
In a city known for double-decker buses, black cabs, and the River Thames, scuba diving is probably the last thing that comes to mind. Yet, London boasts an extensive diving community with numerous opportunities for exploration, education, and certification. Let’s dive in!
Indoor Scuba Diving Opportunities in London
Scuba diving in the heart of London might sound like an oxymoron, but the city is home to several prominent diving schools and indoor centres offering an array of underwater experiences.
In Chertsey, Nick and his team provides both pool-based training and open-water experiences. Catering both for beginner try-dives to advanced technical diving courses for seasoned divers. With its state-of-the-art facilities and experienced staff, it is a beacon for diving enthusiasts.
The Confined Open Water Course
The Confined Open Water (COW) course this course is typically carried out in a swimming pool or a shallow, calm body of water such as a lake or a quarry.
The COW course introduces fundamental diving skills under the guidance of certified instructors. These skills include equipment handling, underwater communication, buoyancy control, mask clearing, regulator recovery, and emergency procedures.
Training sessions typically last between one to three days, depending on the learning pace of the individual. Once the COW is completed, trainees receive a referral form which details their progress. This form is valid for a year and is accepted by diving centres worldwide.
Completing Your Open Water Course Abroad
Completing the COW course in the UK and then finishing the open water course abroad is a popular option. This allows trainees to handle the theoretical and confined water portions of the course at home, and then enjoy their first open water dives in some of the world’s most iconic diving spots.
This can be a great option to make the most of holiday days in the sun, although it is necessary to leave a gap after diving before you fly in order to reduce the risk of decompression sickness. For a single dive at least 12 hours rising to 18 hours for multiple dives (both without decompression stops) is needed before flying to avoid decompression sickness (DCS). If in doubt leave 24 hours.
How much does it cost to learn to dive in London?
If you just want to dip your toe in then a Discover Scuba sessions range from £50-£100.
Exploring Beyond: Nearby Diving Excursions from London
Once you’ve honed your skills in the pool, it’s time to explore open waters. London’s location offers access to several renowned dive sites.
Stoney Cove, Leicestershire is a freshwater dive site that’s about a two-hour drive from London. It’s a popular site for both training and pleasure dives due to its clear waters and abundant marine life.
Wraysbury offers a mix of training platforms, a 737 fusalage wreckage for exploration, and fish-feeding areas. It’s a great site for divers of all levels to enhance their skills.
A bit further afield is Vobster Quay (2.5-3 hour drive) with depths ranging from 6 to 36 metres. There are many underwater attractions to explore here including aircraft and vehicles.
Conclusion: London, a Diver’s Unexpected Paradise
While London may be miles from the sea, it offers an unexpected array of opportunities for divers. From training centres and certification courses to nearby open water excursions, London caters to the needs of diving enthusiasts from all walks of life. Next time you feel the call of the deep blue while wandering the streets of this bustling metropolis, remember: London’s got you covered.
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