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Welcome to Vobster Quay




Whether you're a certified scuba diver or just starting out, Vobster Quay offers the perfect blend of great fresh-water diving, first class service and the warmest of welcomes - isn't it time you discovered the UK's friendliest inland diving centre for yourself?


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WIN A PAIR OF
APEKS RK3 FINS!
POSTED: 08th December 2016

Have you bought your Vobster Santas raffle tickets yet? We've got some seriously cool prizes up for grabs including this rather sexy pair of RK3 fins donated by the lovely people at Apeks.

Designed in collaboration with the US military and renowned for outstanding performance and reliability, the Apeks RK3 is a rugged thermoplastic rubber fin featuring an over-sized foot pocket to accommodate drysuit boots and a spring strap for easy donning and doffing. Plus, of course, they look the business and that, after all, is half the battle :-)

Tickets for our prize draw raffle cost just 1 and every penny goes to the good folk at the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. You can buy tickets through the Vobster shop or over the phone - for telephone orders, all we ask is that you buy a minimum of five tickets and pay 50p to cover postage.


HAVE YOU BOUGHT YOUR
RAFFLE TICKETS YET?
POSTED: 06th December 2016

Vobster Santas 2016 is less than two weeks away and the fund raising fun is already well underway with tickets for our festive prize draw raffle now available to purchase from the Vobster Shop.

Once again, we'll be splitting the fundraising between two very worthy charities. Whilst all monies raised from Santa diver sponsorship will continue to go to the RNLI, money raised through our prize draw raffle will go to another charity that is also very dear to our heart - the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

For this year's prize draw raffle, we're very fortunate to have the support of some of the biggest names in the dive industry. We'll be announcing the prizes over the coming days so watch this space! Suffice to say that we're gonna have some seriously cool stuff up for grabs - and all it costs is 1 per ticket! Buy one or just one hundred - either way, every single penny raised goes to the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

Want to get in on the action but can't find the time to pop down to site to buy your tickets? Fret no more as we've made it easy to 'do your bit' - just call us on 01373 814666 and buy your tickets over the phone! All we ask is that you buy a minimum of FIVE tickets and pay 50p to cover postage. The more tickets you buy, the greater chance you've got of winning! Good luck, everyone!


SUPPORT THE RNLI
AT VOBSTER SANTAS 2016!
POSTED: 17th November 2016

Vobster Quay Inland Diving Centre with John Price and Kenni Purrdy Maidment.

Ho Ho Ho! Feeling suitably festive yet? Don't worry - we're still struggling with the concept of no more BBQs and dark evenings too. We're sure that by the time December comes around, though, you'll be whistling 'Jingle Bells' and hankering after a hot toddy with your mince pie.

With just 27 shopping days to go before Christmas Day (scary, huh!), why not join us for a festive charity Santa dive on the 18th December and help us to raise bags of cash for those very deserving men and women of the RNLI? Once again, we're aiming to raise as much money as possible for this very worthy cause and break the world record for most Santa divers in the water at once - in 2015, we smashed the world record with 188 Santa divers taking the plunge but we know we can do even better with your help!

Sign up today by visiting [WEBLINK]

Let's make Vobster Santas 2016 the biggest ever so please SHARE this post amongst all your friends!


CHRISTMAS 2016
OPENING HOURS
POSTED: 17th November 2016

Is it really that time again? Yes folks, the festive season is (almost) upon us and we're sure you'll all want to enjoy a hearty dip so here's the low down on our Christmas opening hours for divers. See you at the quayside!

ALL days up to 23rd Dec - OPEN

24th Dec - CLOSED

25th Dec - CLOSED

26th Dec - CLOSED

27th Dec - OPEN

28th Dec - OPEN

29th Dec - OPEN

30th Dec - OPEN

31st Dec - OPEN

1st Jan - CLOSED

2nd Jan - OPEN

3rd Jan - OPEN 7 DAYS PER WEEK

And don't forget Vobster Santas on Sunday 18th December! There's still time to get involved so pop across to www.vobster.com/vobstersantas and sign up today. Let's make this year's event even bigger than last year's record-breaking day!


MAKE YOUR WEEKEND GO
WITH A BANG!
POSTED: 02nd November 2016

Vobster Quay Inland Diving Centre added 5 new photos.

Stuck for something to do this coming Saturday? Why join us down at Vobster Quay for our annual celebration of nefarious individuals with pointy moustaches trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament? Yes folks, we'll be throwing open the gates this coming Saturday 5th November for an explosive evening packed with enough bangs, whistles and pops to scare even the hardiest of pets.

As is the tradition at this time of year, we'll be filling the skies above the lake with enough bangs, pops and whistles to scare even the hardiest of pets (so please leave them at home, folks!). Best of all, the fireworks display is COMPLETELY FREE so why not bring along the family? Don't forget the sparklers or the kids will be revolting!

Fancy a cheeky swim or dive whilst you're on site? For the usual small entry fee, divers can take advantage of the late season night diving whilst swimmers can get some laps - just make sure you're out of the water by 7pm, folks, or we'll set off some bangers in the water too!

Naturally we'll be laying on some very special food and drink during the evening with a very tasty BBQ serving a range of suitably fiery treats to tempt the taste buds. In addition, we'll have a fully-licensed bar onsite serving a full range of alcoholic - and, for the designated drivers - non-alcoholic beverages until 10pm.


FINAL LATE THURSDAY
OF 2016 NEXT WEEK
POSTED: 21st October 2016

Where has the year gone? It seems only last week that we kicked off the first late Thursday opening for 2016 and here we are in October! Time clearly flies by when we're all having so much fun!

Winter may indeed be coming (minus the White Walkers, thankfully) but that's not to say that you can't get a final fix of Thursday evening fun right here at Vobster Quay. For the final time of the 2016 season, next Thursday marks the very latest late Thursday opening so make the most of it folks - after that, we revert to our Winter opening hours.

So why not join us on Thursday October 27th for one last evening of mid-week diving and swimming fun? We'll be keeping the gates open from 5pm onwards for anyone who fancies a cheeky mid-week swim or dive - all we ask is that you're out of the water by 9pm. October is a great time for a night dive - the sun will set at 17:42 so there's loads of time to enjoy a relaxing night dive or two.

For full details of our Thursday late opening hours, visit our website at [WEBLINK]


HUGE THANKS TO
OTTER DRYSUITS
POSTED: 23rd September 2016

Vobster Quay Inland Diving Centre with John Womack.

Here is the winner of the first prize at TEKCamp 2016 raffle sporting his brand new Otter Britannic II made to measure drysuit; one very happy man. Next stop the Falklands!

Want to look as good? Orders your online via our web shop - [WEBLINK]. Want to get measured up for a made to measure? Pop into the Vobster shop and we can do that too :-)



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Thinking about tech training for 2017 - there are now better opportunities than ever with IANTD UK courses. Vobster Quay instructors Tim Clements and Howard Angel can offer both of these to get you where you want to be and instructor training to ART level.

POSTED: 08th December 2016

WIN A PAIR OF APEKS RK3 FINS!

Have you bought your Vobster Santas raffle tickets yet? We've got some seriously cool prizes up for grabs including this rather sexy pair of RK3 fins donated by the lovely people at Apeks.

Designed in collaboration with the US military and renowned for outstanding performance and reliability, the Apeks RK3 is... [more]

POSTED: 08th December 2016

HAVE YOU BOUGHT YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS YET?

Vobster Santas 2016 is less than two weeks away and the fund raising fun is already well underway with tickets for our festive prize draw raffle now available to purchase from the Vobster Shop.

Once again, we'll be splitting the fundraising between two very worthy charities. Whilst all monies raised... [more]

POSTED: 06th December 2016

Massive congratulations to Pete Shaw, Dean Murray and Stuart Allen completing their IANTD Normoxic course this weekend. Five days of intense skills, theory, deep dives and planning culminated in an exceptionally well conducted qualifying dive for their 60m cert - the smiles here afterwards say it all. These guys now have a solid set of skills to dive 75% of the 5000 wrecks in the Channel, or to extend to some overseas classics. Thanks to Howard Angel for invaluable assistance and Otter for saving the day - my suit here is one I bought before the Bullring project in 2001 and still good for technical diving today.

Want to extend your diving beyond 50m in sidemount or backmount? We have dates for 2017 now.

Cheers, Tim

POSTED: 06th December 2016

After five days of instructing an IANTD Normoxic course, I have to heartily recommend the Fourth Element Expedition Arctics I was wearing throughout. The five days involved no less than three suit floods (some unlucky seal action there) including one for an entire 83 minute skills dive and one during a 52m dive. At no point was I shivering or impaired and on the 52m dive did not even realise the suit had flooded! All I can say is that having given them an extreme test, I can recommend their performance as probably the best thermals Jim Standing and Fourth Element have made. Cheers, Tim

POSTED: 05th December 2016

Arriving back at Vobster last night, after a day at H20 film studios, working on the TDI / IANTD UK Rescue Exertion video with Mark Powell, I reported to Hugo that I had been involved in some 'on screen' action. Hugo is a trained actor and observed that, should he ever want to shoot a 'statue holding a cup of tea' I would be first on his list. Until then he felt I should stay away from the camera. Perhaps Bryan Stanislas would like to amuse us all with a preview still? Cheers, Tim

POSTED: 29th November 2016

Good Morning from Vobster Quay . Its beautiful down here today, the lake is steaming!

POSTED: 29th November 2016












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