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Welcome to Vobster Quay





THE UK'S FRIENDLIEST
INLAND DIVING CENTRE...


TWELVE GOOD REASONS
to dive at Vobster Quay

On the surface...
  • The warmest of welcomes!
  • FREE Waterside Parking
  • Warm Changing Facilities with FREE hot showers
  • Air, Nitrox & Trimix Fills
  • Equipment Hire
  • Onsite catering offer a full range of hot & cold food
In the water...
  • Packed with fascinating and fun dive attractions
  • Full of friendly fish life
  • Guaranteed Diving - no more 'blown out' dives!
  • Lots of training platforms to practise those skills
  • From 6m to 36m - suitable for divers of all levels
  • Full Emergency Safety Cover
Welcome to Vobster Quay - the UK's friendliest inland diving centre. Whether you're a certified diver looking for some fresh water fun or completely new to diving, Vobster Quay has something to offer...

For certified divers, there's no better place to hone your diving skills and have fun than at Vobster Quay. With 36-acres of fresh water diving in depths ranging from 6m to 36m, divers of all levels will find the heady mix of exciting underwater attractions and a full range of diving support services hard to resist.

Beneath the lake waters you'll find a fabulous array of attractions just waiting to be discovered. Divers can explore the wreck of a large commercial aircraft, a 42ft motorcruiser, two metal wheelhouses, our famous Crushing Works - a towering structure the size of a 2-storey house - and even a spooky concrete-lined tunnel that's not for the faint hearted!


Fabulous facilities...


As you'd expect from one of the UK's top inland diving centres, all this great diving is backed up by an impressive array of facilities designed to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. We aim to cater for your every need so - whether it's a steaming hot mug of tea or a brand new drysuit - we're here to help.

Whatever your need, you'll find it at Vobster Quay. If you're looking for a spot of retail therapy, our dive shop stocks a full range of products from some of the biggest names in the dive industry including Fourth Element, Apeks, Halcyon, Hollis and more. We also offer a comprehensive range of hire equipment.

We hope you enjoy diving at Vobster Quay. If you have any questions, we recommend you check out the extensive section all about diving at Vobster you'll find elsewhere on this site. If you don't find the answer you want - or you simply want to know more - do not hesitate to contact us today. We're always happy to help!


Learn to dive at Vobster Quay



For those wanting to take their first steps into the world of diving, our dive school offers a selection of training courses from the world's largest and most respected training agencies...


Our experienced instructors will take you through all the neccessary theory...

You'll learn all the skills you need to dive in the safety of a warm pool...
Vobster Quay is one of the UK's premier diving schools for scuba divers of all levels. Whatever your experience or ability, we'll guide you through your first tentative steps into the world of diving and help you to become a safe and competent diver.

We offer a full range of diving courses from the world's largest and most respected diver training agency - PADI. With greater global recognition than any other diver training organisation, your PADI certification will ensure you enjoy a warm welcome wherever you choose to dive!

For more experienced divers, we also offer a full range of technical diving courses from IANTD - the leader in technical diver education. Our technical courses will add a whole new level of safety and fun to your diving - giving you the skills and confidence to explore wrecks and other dive sites out of reach of the crowds.

Our professional instructors and divemasters are some of the most experienced in the industry and have helped hundreds of budding divers to achieve their diving ambitions. We strive to deliver courses that are a cut above the rest ensuring you learn to dive in a friendly, fun and - above all - safe environment.


Dive Now... Pay Later!



We understand that carrying your wallet around when you're in your dive gear is not always easy or convenient. To make your visit as pleasant and hassle-free as possible, our tab system gives you the option of dive now, pay later...


Fancy a hot drink or something to eat? Just stick it on your tab and pay later...

Just settle up your tab in the shop before you leave - it really is that easy!

There's no need to carry cash - all services including gas fills can be put on your tab!
Our tab system ensures that you can enjoy your day at Vobster Quay without the hassle of having to carry your wallet with you wherever you go. Fancy a quick cup of tea? Need an air fill? Not a problem - just stick it on your tab and pay for it later. Here's how it works...
  1. When you first arrive at Vobster Quay, we ask all visitors - even non-divers - to sign in by filling out one of our visitor declaration forms. At weekends and bank holidays, you'll be asked to sign in on arrival at the top gate. During quieter periods midweek, you can sign in by popping into our quayside dive shop.
  2. Once you've filled out a visitor declaration form, you'll be given a key tag which you should keep about your person at all times, even when you're in the water.
  3. WEEKEND: At weekends, a tab will automatically be opened for you. No deposit is required - all we ask is that you settle up your tab (either in cash or with a credit/debit card) before you leave site. The status of your tab will be checked when you return your tag at the top gate on your exit.
  4. MIDWEEK: All visitors sign in and out at the quayside dive shop. Whilst we're signing you in, we can also open up a tab for you simply by swiping a debit or credit card. You'll be handed a numbered tag which you can then use to add stuff to your tab.
  5. With your tab open, you're now ready to enjoy your day at Vobster Quay! Fancy a cup of tea? Need an air fill? There's no need to fumble about in your wallet looking for change - just show the member of our staff your tag and they'll add whatever you order onto your tab. It really is that quick and easy!
  6. Once your day is complete, signing out is just as easy as signing in. Just pop into the shop, settle up your tab (either in cash or with a credit/debit card - we accept either) and you're ready to leave. As you exit site at weekends, all that remains is to hand your tag back to the staff member on the top gate and - after verifying that your tab has been closed - you're free to leave...

Fabulous Facilities...



As the UK's friendliest inland diving centre, we pride ourselves on constantly delivering a level of service and facilities that are second to none - all backed up, of course, by our signature sparkly welcome!
  • Parking - With two large car parks including one close to the waters edge, getting from your car to the water has never been so easy. We even offer reserved parking close to the water's edge for Vobster Quay members.
  • Changing Facilities - The days of changing in the back of a damp old van are well and truly over! Our heated changing facilities are clean and spacious and we even offer free hot showers and a loo for disabled divers.
  • Food Catering - Feeling peckish after a long dive? You're sure to find something to grab your fancy in our catering van. Offering a range of delicious hot & cold snacks and drinks, you certainly won't go hungry!
  • Cylinder Fills - Whether you need air, nitrox or even trimix, our onsite filling station can pump tanks up to 300-bar. Breathing Air and Nitrox cylinders are also available for hire.
  • Shelter - Getting wet on a dive is all part of the fun but not on the surface! We provide a number of large marquees with seating to keep you and your buddy dry should the weather decide not to play ball.
  • FREE WiFi - Need to check your email or look something up on the internet? We offer FREE WiFi for all visitors to Vobster Quay...
  • Equipment Hire - There's nothing worse than turning up at a dive site only to discover that you're short of equipment! Should you need additional gear, our hire department offers a full range of equipment for hire at competitive prices including BCDs, regulators, masks, fins, semidrys and even drysuits.
  • Equipment Servicing & Repairs - Whether you need your cylinders put in for testing, your regulators serviced or your drysuit needs a new neck seal, our servicing & repair department is there to help.
  • Fully-stocked Dive Shop - Our dive shop stocks all the best brands at the keenest prices! Whether you need a buckle or a complete set of dive gear, our fully trained shop staff can help you make the right buying decision for your needs and budget.

Join today and save money!



If you're planning to visit Vobster Quay more than a couple of times per year then why not consider becoming a Quay member? In return for a small annual fee, you'll benefit from a raft of exclusive benefits...
  • Discounted Entry - Every time you visit Vobster Quay, you'll benefit from a discount of £5 on the normal entry fee... Kerching!
  • Prebook Parking - Worried that you're not going to get a good parking spot? As a Vobster Quay member, you'll be able to prebook your parking spot in advance...
  • Buddy Search - Can't find someone to dive with? Our online Buddy Search will match you up with a dive buddy that's just right for you!
  • Upto 15% Retail Discount - Bag yourself a bargain in the Vobster Quay dive shop and online with a discount of upto 15% off our already keen prices on some of the best brands in the dive industry...
  • 10% Gas Discount - From good old air and natty nitrox to those fancy trimix fills that the techie-types love so much, Vobster Quay members get an automatic 10% discount off their cylinder gas fills...
  • 10% Servicing Discount - Take the sting out of periodic regulator and cylinder servicing and repairs with a generous 10% discount exclusively for Vobster Quay members. That's money you can take to the bank...
  • 10% Kit Hire Discount - Forgotten your fins? Left your mask at home? Need a complete set of gear? Whatever your needs, Vobster Quay members get a 10% discount off our already keen kit hire prices..
Quay membership runs from the date you join for a period of 12 months. During this period, we encourage Quay members to take full advantage of the benefits available. After this period, membership will need to be renewed or your membership benefits will cease. Click here for more information on becoming a Quay member, click here...

How to find us...



Vobster Quay is located in the heart of the beautiful Somerset countryside approximately 5 miles from the market town of Frome and 4 miles from Radstock. With easy access from the M4 and M5, finding us is easy...



Contact us...



If you have any questions or comments about the services we offer, we'd like to hear from you...

Postal Address:
Vobster Diving Ltd
Upper Vobster
Radstock, Somerset
BA3 5SD
Telephone:
01373 814666
Email:
General Enquiries: info@vobster.com
Training Enquiries: training@vobster.com
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An early Friday view of Vobster Quay Inland Diving Centre. Russ Fords manages not to add a light aircraft to the Lake attractions and can't quite reach the bacon roll we're holding up...
POSTED: 29th March 2015

Sentinel CCR try dives today for Cynthia Wallbridge and John Collins. Both showed an excellent level of understanding of the Sentinel as rebreather AND life support system, then put a solid effort in to master minimum loop for a stable lap of the 15m ledge with very good buoyancy control. A great start to a CCR journey, well done. Cheers, Tim
POSTED: 28th March 2015

There's only one way to check out the viz round the entire quarry - by DPV! A swift 40 minute lap of Vobster this morning reveals that the mussel spawn has settled almost everywhere and the viz is well on the way back to it's normal levels. This short clip of Howard traversing the far side shows him 3m from the wall and me 2-3m from him. The viz was easily enough to scooter at a good speed and this is the worst we could find! It's also good enough to admire the streamlining of Apeks valves and first stages on Howards twinset. Temp still a rock solid 7 degrees C. Cheers Tim
POSTED: 26th March 2015

Calling all clubs, schools and instructors! Don't forget our instructor discount scheme! If you're planning a visit to Vobster during the start of the dive season simply download our Group Booking Form from [weblink] , fill it in and scan it back to us to book your waterside parking, free instructor spaces AND save your students filling in paperwork on the gate. Spare students? Don't worry, we'll track them till you have enough for another FREE instructor space.

Get in quicker and cheaper! What's not to like? See you soon,

Cheers, TimPOSTED: 24th March 2015

Evening Dive Heads Up!

Thursday evening dives return in just 10 days time on 2nd April, running EVERY Thursday evening until the end of October. That means you can dive at Vobster from 0830am right through until 9pm if you wish. Evening divers can sign in from 2pm onwards.

Give it a couple of weeks... [more]POSTED: 23rd March 2015

Viz and Temp update: The viz at 20m is 12m, but the good news is the viz improving markedly in the shallows - it is currently around 3-5m, but clearing each day. Temp is still around 7 degrees, but still no colder than two weeks ago. Some optimists even reckon it feels a bit warmer! Cheers, Tim
POSTED: 23rd March 2015

An excellent pre season staff rescue session here today. A thorough review of procedures for unresponsive casualties in the lake and walking wounded in the first aid room. Boat handling, casualty recovery, landing and full EMS activation simulation completed for duty managers and staff.

We look forward to seeing you all this year, please dive safely!

Cheers, TimPOSTED: 20th March 2015












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