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PUMP WORKS
& BLOCK HOUSE




Diving Facts
MIN DEPTH: 13 metres (Block House)
MAX DEPTH: 24 metres (Pump Works)
LOCATION: Front of Quayside / Far Side of Lake
BEST BITS:
  • Pump Works electrical switchbox
  • Pipes
HAZARDS:

  • Protruding metal
  • Overhead environment
  • Loss of visibility
  • Entanglement
  • Depth

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Squeezing into the silty interior of the concrete block house is not recommended...

We still have yet to figure out what this massive metal bucket is for...

A diver explores the pump works piping located at a depth of 24 metres...
Back when Vobster Quay was still an operational limestone quarry, a number of small structures were built on and near the quarry face to provide the quarry workers with safe areas for observation and storage.

Many of these structures remain in place today and are well worth a visit once you've explored the larger attractions. Stepping off the quayside and descending down to 13 metres, you'll find the first of these - a 2 metre square concrete 'Block House' that provides a perfect platform for diver training or simply for doing a quick 'pat down' before journeying on further.

Constructed entirely of concrete, the block house is just large enough for a diver to squeeze inside but we wouldn't recommend you try it - turning around once inside is very difficult and it doesn't take much to reduce visibility to zero!

Near the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), you'll find what remains of the old quarry Pump Works. Lying just a few fin kicks from the APC, the pump works consists of a series of pipes running down the side of the quarry to a brick wall in 22 metres of water.

The pump works still has its corrogated iron roof despite three of its walls collapsing inwards. On the inside of the remaining wall, you'll find the ultimate in dodgy electrics - a large electrical switch box of the type that wouldn't look out of place in an old Frankenstein movie!
SAFETY FIRST: Only to be entered by divers with overhead environment training. The wheel house interior is confined and visibility can be reduced substantially if the bottom is kicked up!




SURFACE WATER TEMPERATURE
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04-12-2017   09:30

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