The East of England is based around the ancient kingdom of East Anglia, which was originally made up of Norfolk and Suffolk and Essex which are the coastal counties and runs from The Wash in the north, to the Thames estuary in the south.
Diving in this part of the country is not very popular, presumably, because other parts of the country offer such extraordinarily good diving. But the East coast does have it's attractions.
- The Kylemore - a paddle steamer, built in 1897, which was bombed by German aircraft in WW2 and now lies in 23 metres off the Norfolk coast. You can launch from Cromer, Blakeney, Morston or Wells.
- The HMS Umpire - a British submarine lying in 18 metres, some 15 miles off the north Norfolk coast. The dive is suitable for all qualifications. HMS Umpire was accidentally rammed by the Admiralty trawler Peter Hendriks and 14 of the 31 crew were lost during the night of 19th. July, 1941 while she was escorting an Allied in-bound convoy. Suddenly something went wrong with her steering, and she veered sharply into the path of one of the convoy's escort trawlers was hit and sank. For more information on these wrecks and others, please use this link http://www.divernet.com.
- Invariably dry suits are required, although a 7mm suit may be OK during the summer.
- Plan your dive carefully and pay attention to any likely currents and slack water times.