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!
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WIN AN AQUALUNG REVEAL X1 MASK
Are you ready for Vobster Santas? We'll be throwing open the gates at 8:00am sharp tomorrow morning for a rush of Santas to converge on Vobster Quay for a festive dip in aid of charity.
Before the fun starts, though, we've got one more festive prize to 'reveal' to you -... [more]POSTED: 16th December 2017
Vobster Quay is looking for Divemasters for paid work in 2018.
Andrea has just completed the new accelerated divemaster training programme at Vobster Quay, consisting of a four day development course, before moving on to course assists in the New Year. Congratulations are due for her effort this week!
If you would like to take the first step on the professional diver... [more]POSTED: 16th December 2017
HAVE A FESTIVE WARM HEAD THANKS TO OTTER
Coming to Vobster Santas 2017 this Sunday. We've got another great reason to make sure that you're registered and through the gates nice 'n' early thanks to the good folks at Otter Watersports Drysuits.
Otter have very kindly donated twenty toasty warm woollen beanie hats which we'll be giving away... [more]POSTED: 15th December 2017
The next time your favourite wreck or carefully laid plan is blown out, remember the magical world of mud. Mud and fine sediment are there because it's a sheltered environment, which means it's also a possible bad weather weather alternative. No excuses for not diving, learning and discovering something you haven't seen before! Cheers, Tim
POSTED: 15th December 2017
WIN A SUUNTO SK8 COMPASS
We've got another superb raffle prize to share with you today courtesy of the good folk at Suunto Diving UK.
Worth Â£59, the new Suunto SK8 compass is a favourite amongst recreational and technical divers alike. The latest edition of Suuntoâ€™s leading dive compass delivers even better underwater performance with... [more]POSTED: 15th December 2017
THE COUNTDOWN TO VOBSTER SANTAS HAS BEGUN...
Looking forward to Vobster Santas this coming Sunday? We're hard at work making final preparations for the big day and hopefully you are too - don't forget to cut a hole in your Santa suit for your drysuit dump valve and a bit of bungee to keep your Santa hat... [more]POSTED: 14th December 2017
Vobster Santas Temp and Viz update: The forecast is for sun and clouds, with light SW winds. Underwater, we have a temp of 9 degrees at the surface and 20m viz in places. More importantly, we have around 140 divers forecast to attend - if we can get a few more, we might even be able to top the record of 188 to celebrate 10 years of Santa diving at Vobster Quay. Please remember to collect heaps of sponsorship money for the RNLI and Air Ambulance - the reason for Santa diving is fundraising to save lives. Cheers, Tim
POSTED: 14th December 2017