Diving in England is challenging. The conditions are frequently harsh, the tides can be severe and visibility low. Don’t expect to see coral in abundance, although they do exist in certain areas. The whole of the UK (including England) is famed for its wreck diving (mainly due to WW1 and WW2).
Marine life is varied; basking sharks, seals, cuttlefish, octopus, conger eels, lobsters, crabs, seahorses, bib, pollack, bass, wrasse, blennies, gobies... etc but most inland sites have no fish at all, others have pike, roach, perch and fresh water crayfish.
Weather here is often unstable and unreliable and can often ruin the most carefully laid plans. The seas warm up during the summer months and, consequently, the good dive sites become busier.
The English dive scene is well governed, regulated and safety driven. The British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) organisation (club) regulates many of the dive operations. BSAC clubs dotted throughout the UK tend to encompass resident divers who live locally to dive sites in their area. Some are well funded and well organised and travel regularly to good dive sites in UK and overseas on dive trips.
England is a big and the diving varied so click on the links for detailed information by region:
Europe - England: Latest User Reviews
Jem Divers, South West of England
Added: 4th September 2013 by terryd1
If you want sloppy quick training then yes Jem Divers is the place to go
Take good advice and go else where !
and their not an 5 Star IDC centre
Camping and diving. Perfect...
Porthkerris Divers, South West of England
Added: 30th August 2013 by pokey
If you want to wake up with the sea breeze in your hair and walk from your tent to the beach for a shore dive or boat dive, then this is the place to be.
As a diver you couldn't ask for anything more. The diving and shore dive sites...
A great friendly club
Dive Northampton, England
Added: 29th August 2013 by dawnlouise
I was petrified of water and putting my head underneath the water but the instructors and staff at Dive Northampton were fantastic with me, spending so much time with me and showing extreme patience.
I cannot praise them enough. I have since become a member and continue to dive.
Steer well clear!
Dive Northampton, England
Added: 25th August 2013 by missmcfc
My partner and I booked on a Padi Refresher course with Dive Northampton before our holidays. We were really looking forward to it having bought ourselves some new gear, we couldn’t wait to get down there and get stuck in. Sadly it was a really negative experience.
When we did...
Excellent tuition, great staff
London Scuba, South East of England
Added: 23rd August 2013 by Lallan
We have completed PADI Open Water Referral, Open Water Qualification, Drysuit, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Enriched Air, and Advanced Open Water courses with London Scuba during 2013 and have been very impressed throughout with the professional attitude of the staff and standard of instruction. Simon Gray, Luke McGrath, Jason Linbourne and...
VISIT TO SHOP
Aquaventurers, North West of England
Added: 7th August 2013 by mike0009
I visited this establishment which was down a back street and climbed some steep stairs to get there.
The man behind the counter was quite helpful, however the shop was dirty and old fashioned with limited stock of bigger items. The sales assistant's appearance was unkempt.
Good stock of the...
Scuba Republic Roxton
Scuba Republic, England
Added: 24th July 2013 by daver1955
Just finished my open water with Dave and the guys at Scuba Republic now looking forward to advanced. Great team with instructors that take care of you and make everything enthusiastic and fun, whilst keeping you in line with the course, teaching you as a person and not a student....