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
Avoid avoid avoid
London Scuba, South East of England
Added: 5th March 2014 by AndyGibbs
I have just taken up scuba again. I tried this place a few years ago. I had an injury due to missing tiles in the pool. I was taken to a hospital by an instructor with a broken leg, he answered the phone while driving the car and reading a...
Technically sound however strange, bizarre and a little tatty to say the least
Lodge Scuba Academy, South East of England
Added: 17th February 2014 by Arquette
I pride myself on judging books by covers etc however on meeting Simon he appeared scruffy and smelt strongly of cigarettes. He also lacks what might be considered social etiquette and communication skills. First impressions were not great. It didn't get much better as we taken to his van to...
Ran off with our money!
Just Add Water Sports, England
Added: 11th February 2014 by pebbleheed
This place used to be great for lessons. The staff were decent enough and it was reasonably priced. Sadly this has now changed.
One week, we were hounded by staff to pay up a months lessons in advance. They were going round everyone asking them to do this. I agreed and...
Stellar Divers, East of England
Added: 9th February 2014 by Hammy01
I have just been to a Sunday morning session with Stellar Divers and they are great. So pleased to see you, very professional and friendly. If you want a Scuba Club or want to do a paid course in the Lincoln area its a no brainer. You will not be...
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.