We're free chilled out here at Vobster but we do ask you to observe the following rules whilst freediving with us:
All freedivers must dive with a buddy at all times - solo diving is not allowed at Vobster.
Freedivers must only dive to the limits of their training.
All freedivers using the Lilypad must wear a lanyard.
Freedivers must sign in on arrival before entering the water. You can sign in either at the dive centre shop (weekdays) or at the top gate (weekends).
When you have finished, please pull all lines out of the water.
A freediver prepares to dive to 35m from the Vobster Lilypad
Lines run to the bottom of the lake for constant weight diving
Happy freedivers enjoying the diving facilities at Vobster Quay
Welcome to the Lilypad...
Welcome to The Lily Pad - the freediving platform at Vobster Quay! The platform has been specifically placed in the lake for the use of freedivers wishing to train, practice and - of course - have fun!
Moored over the deepest part of the lake with 6 lines going straight to the bottom, the 'Lily Pad' (as we affectionately call it) is the ideal platform to enjoy the sport of freediving.
Interesting Lilypad Facts...
The two lines at the front of Lily (by the shed) are set to 15 metres and are for free immersion and testing buoyancy. They are marked using the system below.
All the other 4 lines run to the bottom are for constant weight diving and are marked as follows - 1 black line for 10 metres, 2 for 20 and 3 for 30. At 5, 15 and 25 metres there is a red line. At 16, 18, 22, 24, 26, 28, 32, 34 metres there is a yellow line.
All lines are easily retrievable from the platform. A member of Vobster Quay staff will show you how to use these if you are unsure. Please set your depth before you make a dive to avoid overshooting your target.
Please be aware that below 26 metres the water gets very dark! This depth should only be reached by suitably trained freedivers (ie. AIDA **** freediver or equivelent).
If you have forgotten your lanyard then quick release freediving lanyards are available to buy in the shop.
So what is freediving? Freediving is the sport of Apnea ie. breath hold diving. This can be in a pool or open water. Learning to freedive has many benefits: It increases the amount of time you can stay underwater whilst snorkelling or taking underwater photographs. It is a wonderful way to relax, and can also really help to reduce the amount of air you use when scuba diving.
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Discover the Red Sea with Vobster Quay - 8th to 15th December 2017.
Vobster Quay doesn't just puddle jump. After trips to Naples last Autumn and Mull in March, Pete Shaw takes the helm for an early season Cornwall fix. Later this year, we have Plymouth weekender, Normandy wrecks and Malta to make full use of the training gained at Vobster and extend confidence and skills into rewarding diving. Interested in trips or training - get in touch, we have options for everyone. Cheers, Tim
POSTED: 24th April 2017
FREE TANK POD WITH SUUNTO EON STEEL
In the market for a new dive computer? If so, you definitely want to check out this new offer from Suunto UK. Just purchase an EON Steel between now and the 30th June and you can claim a FREE wireless tank POD! Offer only valid while stocks last.[weblink]POSTED: 21st April 2017
The first of our regular weekly late-opening hours kicks off this evening. From now until late October, we'll be staying open until 9:30pm (exit the water by 9:00pm) every Thursday for divers wishing to take advantage of the long Summer evenings. See you all at the quayside!
POSTED: 20th April 2017
SPACES THIS WEEKEND DIVING AT PORTHKERRIS
A weekend of boat diving with friends & buddies in one of Cornwall's iconic dive locations. One day Â£60 for 2 dives, 2 days 4 dives Â£110.Porthkerris has amazing shore diving, sheltered from all but Easterly winds, with reefs that drop to 18-19m maximum.Offshore, accessed by Porthkerris Divers Celtic Kitten... [more]POSTED: 18th April 2017
TRICKLE DOWN: TRICKLE UP.
From right to left here is Pete Shaw, Vobster Quay instructor being evaluated for his IANTD Normoxic Plus (70m) by Howard Angel, Vobster Quay Technical Instructor, ( who is being evaluated by Tim Clements, Vobster Quay Technical Instructor Trainer). In turn, Tim is being evaluated as a Normoxic Plus IT... [more]POSTED: 14th April 2017