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Dive trips are organised by Newbury Scuba Diving Club for most weekends from early Spring through to late Autumn and we try to cater for all tastes and experience levels. Diving is typically either from one of the club’s RIBs, from a charter hard-boat, as a shore dive on the south coast, or at one of the inland dive sites.
There is a huge variety of diving in British waters and our nutrient-rich waters mean that there is prolific marine life to see. There are literally tens of thousands of shipwrecks around our coast and most of these act as magnets for the marine life to a point where you sometimes cannot see the wreck through the shoals of Bib and Pollack. There are wrecks to suit all tastes from submarines to luxury liners at depths from 6 to 60 metres.
If you are not into wrecks, then there are numerous reefs, rocks and gullies packed full of marine life that make great scenic dives. Have a look at the member’s photo gallery to get an idea of what you can see on our club trips.
Newbury Scuba Diving Club owns two 6m Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) that are custom built for diving. These powerful boats can handle up to eight divers and are perfect for diving sites up to 10 miles off the coast as they are capable of speeds of over 20 kts. One of the RIBs is usually stationed at Ferrybridge Marina in Portland during the summer so that it can be used by any qualified club member as the marina offers a launching service. The other RIB can be towed and launched by any member with a suitable 4×4 vehicle.
RIB diving is probably the most flexible of the UK diving platforms, as all elements of the diving day are planned by club members. For more information about diving from the club RIBs go to the Members’ Zone pages.
If you fancy something a bit more luxurious, or you dive with heavier kit such as twins or a rebreather, then hard-boat diving is probably for you. Club members arrange dive trips throughout the summer on a wide range of charter boats around the British Isles from Eastbourne to Scapa Flow. Not only are most dive boats now fitted with lifts to help you back on board, they are probably the safest way to venture out to do the deeper dives that the club arranges.
The club also arranges some trips down to the South coast for shore dives at Chesil Beach, Swanage or Kimmeridge. It is amazing just how much life you can see just a few tens of metres off the beach in as little as 10 m of water.
There are often magical encounters with marine life to be had on the surface as well.
If there are specific training needs to address, or if it’s too windy to dive off the coast, then an inland site is a great alternative. The club is within easy reach of many of the top UK inland dive sites such as: Vobster Quay, The National Diving and Activity Centre at Chepstow, Stoney Cove Diving Centre and Cromhall. See the links on our Home Page to these Dive Centre websites.
Club members regularly organise dive trips abroad to a variety of fantastic locations such as the Red Sea, the Norwegian Fjords, Gozo etc. If you have a hankering to dive somewhere exotic and want to dive safely with friends whom you can trust and you know will maximise the dive time available, then diving with fellow club members is the perfect solution.
To find out more about the wide range of diving that you could be enjoying with us, please use either the ‘Contact Us’ form on the Home Page or email our membership secretary.
A great way to see if scuba diving is for you is to have a Try Dive, Click here for more information.