Welcome to Vobster Quay - the UK's friendliest inland diving centre! We
like to think we're pretty laid back at Vobster and so we like to keep
the 'rules and regulations' to a minimum - in truth, our primary
concerns are that a) you enjoy your visit and b) you stay safe.
is, nobody likes rules and regulations for the sake of it but
unfortunately some are neccessary to ensure that those 'primary
concerns' we mentioned earlier are met. These rules aren't there to
give you a hard time - boil them down to their essence and you'll see
that most are there to keep you and others around you safe and to help
you make the most of your day. Stay safe and have fun!
- Do not enter the water unless
you have signed in and have been issued with a key tag. If you are
unsure of the signing in procedure, consult a member of the site staff.
Quay provides a number of entry points into the lake which will allow
you to safety enter and exit the water. If you are unsure where these
points are, ask a member of staff. Entering or exiting the water at any
point other than those designated for that purpose is not recommended.
In addition, always check the area you are dropping into is safe and
clear of hazards before entering the water. Pay particular attention to
submerged objects such as large rocks - they may be shallower than you
- Take adequate precautions
to minimise the risk of regulator free flows, especially during the
winter months. We recommend the use of regulators specifically designed
for cold water use. If in doubt, consult your regulator manufacturer.
aware that even during the summer months, deeper parts of the lake can
be very dark and very cold. Unless you are very confident in such
conditions, we recommend that you stay away from these areas.
deeper you go, the colder the water will be. Dramatic drops in water
temperature and cold water thermoclines are not uncommon in a fresh
water lake so always use a good quality hood and a pair of thick gloves.
not take on any dive below 30m without an alternative air source such
as a pony bottle, a 'bail out' cylinder or an isolated/independent
not dive below 30m or within an overhead environment without a primary
and at least one backup torch per diver. In the event of a light
failure, follow your training and abort the dive.
not enter an overhead environment such as the tunnel, aircraft tail or
the wheelhouse unless you are properly trained to do so. Due to their
confined space, these areas can silt up very quickly and do become
hazardous without proper training.
recommend that all ascents are carried out by following the side of the
quarry to the surface. If you do ascend mid water, be aware of surface
boat traffic and pop up a surface marker buoy to provide a stable
sections of the lake are still very silty and visibility can be reduced
dramatically if this silt is disturbed. Avoid all contact with the lake
bottom, especially with your fins and be mindful of the 'wash' that
your fins create behind you.
diving attractions at Vobster Quay are marked by a buoy tied off to the
attraction by a line of thick rope. If you plan to use these buoy lines
for your ascent or descent, be mindful of divers that may be above or
note that solo diving is not allowed at Vobster Quay - even if you are
qualified and/or trained to do so. Any diver found to be diving solo
will be asked to leave site.
take note of the time at which all divers must exit the water by at the
end of the day - 4:00pm weekdays and 4:45pm at weekends. This
information is also displayed on the site information board on the
Quayside. If you are unsure of what time you must exit the water, ask a
member of staff.
compressors are not allowed at Vobster Quay as they pose a health and
safety risk and are also a noise nuisance. Breathing air, enriched air
nitrox and trimix fills are available at competitive rates from our
the event of an emergency, please inform a member of our staff
immediately. Our staff are there to assist you in such circumstances. ALL injuries - no matter how minor you think they are - must be reported to a member of our staff. Remember we are here to help!