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Devon - Cornwall - Diving information wanted

Discussion in 'Diving Trips and Locations' started by Ruige, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Ruige

    Ruige New Member

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    Hello fellow divers,

    First of all, I’m not entirely sure if this is the right place to post this message..

    My son and I are coming over via Devon to Cornwall on the 27th of October until the 1st of November and we are very keen to go diving there. We are seeking for divers who would be pleased to advise us on dive sites, what to expect, circumstances, etc, or who would be pleased to go diving with us and show us around as we are not familiar with the local dive sites and circumstances. Primarily we are looking for shore diving, however any ideas of boat diving are also welcome.

    Who we are:
    Roel, 13 years of age, PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver, 80 dives.
    Roy, 48 years of age, PADI OWSI and SSI Instructor, 380 dives.

    Also I do not know what the water temperatures would be that time of the year, we are both wetsuit divers so our dive times are not expected to be very long, max 45 min I would expect.

    It would be great if there are people out there who can help us here and or point us in the right directions for finding dive locations and its circumstances, tidal times and so on…. Also, if you know of any lakes in Devon and Cornwall area which are worth it, then please let us know.

    My email address is ruiger@gmail.com

    Thank you all in advance for your help!

    Roy and Roel
     
  2. Badknees

    Badknees Meg Pilot (retired) and Forum KGB

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    Depends how far down you are going.

    Porthkerris divers on the Lizard have their own shore dive and and choice of rhib and hard boats.

    http://porthkerris.com/
     
  3. Ruige

    Ruige New Member

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    Hi Badknees,
    We are indeed planning to go that far yeah, Porthkerris is beautiful, was down there last year for holidays, then it was decided to come back for some diving...bringing our own equipment.
    Roy
     
  4. Badknees

    Badknees Meg Pilot (retired) and Forum KGB

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    Yep its a cracking place.

    The only weather that stops diving at Porthkerris is a Easterly wind. Everything else is divable.

    This is the first year I've not managed to get down there. :(

    Edited because I don't know my left from my right ;)
     
  5. Roy

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    Porthkerris if fine in a Westerly, its Easterlies that blow it out!
     
  6. Nidge

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    Hi, you will definitely need dry suits for the UK.

    Plymouth (although not in Cornwall) can offer you some excellent dive sites, boats, skippers and centres.
     
  7. Jenkins

    Jenkins Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.

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    Water temps take ages to come up in the spring so even in June it is still cold in the water, on the plus side I find temperatures don't fall too much untill November. I have also noticed a considerable difference in temps between the south coast and Scotland - on one memorable occasion going from diving with no gloves at Swanage, to the following weekend freezing my fingers off in 5mm's.

    You can dive in wetsuits in the UK, although as Nidge says drysuits are by far the better option. It's not just water temps, but also the problem of getting/keeping warm when sitting around between dives, plus on boats (especially RIBs) there is the added problem of windchill and being exposed to the elements for the journey to/from the dive site to contend with.
     
  8. Badknees

    Badknees Meg Pilot (retired) and Forum KGB

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    You sir are correct.

    I'll edit my post so as not to confuse.
     
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  9. Ruige

    Ruige New Member

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    Thank you all for your feedback... :)

    We dive in 7mm suits with a top under, hopefully that will do.
    We want to do some shore dives, maybe with the cold just one per day...

    What are the temperatures anyway that time of the year?
     
  10. Roy

    Roy Active Member

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    At the moment about 16/17 degrees out of Plymouth.
     
  11. Ruige

    Ruige New Member

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    I suppose it will drop to 10-12 or so by the end of October, beginning November.
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    Anybody,

    Any more suggestions on shore dive locations, which are not difficult to dive for Devon/Cornwall...?

    And lakes?
     
  12. Roy

    Roy Active Member

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    Just checked my log, it was still 10 degrees at the end of December last year down from 15 at the end of September.

    Babbacombe is a nicve easy shore dive any state of the tide with no currents to worry about. Is easier at high tide though, not so far to walk.
    Bovisand harbour is good, with an on site dive centre and food available.

    No lakes.
     
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    Babbacombe (close to Torquay) is a very easy shore dive.

    See Roy beat me to it so I second Babbacombe
     
  14. Ruige

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    Thanks Guys, I'm going to check these places out on the internet.....
     

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