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VOBSTER QUAY INLAND DIVING & SWIMMING CENTRE
VOBSTER QUAY
SURFACE WATER TEMP:  10.2 °C    UPDATED:  1-12-2020
SURFACE WATER TEMP:  10.2 °C
Vobster Quay is pleased to welcome freedivers and scuba divers with a range of high quality facilities that provide all you need to enjoy a fun and leisurely diving experience.
DISCOVER VOBSTER QUAY
FOR YOURSELF
Welcome to the UK's friendliest inland scuba diving and open water swimming venue. Please note that for the Autumn and Winter of 2020, you will need to be a member to visit Vobster Quay.
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 6 - 36 metres, divers of all levels will find the heady mix of exciting underwater attractions and a full range of diving support services hard to resist.

We've got a lot to offer open water swimmers and triathletes too. We offer a full range of great facilities, coaching and support services that will appeal to both casual swimmers and triathletes alike.
CAN I VISIT VOBSTER QUAY?
To enjoy activities at Vobster Quay, we ask that you are able to meet these simple requirements:

  • You must be a current member at Vobster Quay. We offer visitors cost effective swim membership or dive membership options.
  • All members will need to sign our new terms & conditions, the health questionnaire and COVID-19 declaration. This can be done easily via our new booking portal at app.vobster.com.
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...
Convenient
Parking
Easy
Parking
Two large car parks with capacity for upto 150 vehicles
Food & Drink
Catering
Hot Food
& Drink
Onsite catering offering hot and cold food and drinks
Cylinder
Gas Fills
Air, Nitrox and Trimix available upto 232-bar
Kit
Servicing
IDEST cylinder & regulator testing plus drysuit repairs
Onsite
Shop
Onsite retail sales stocked with dive and swim essentials
Safety
Response
Rapid response to incidents via our high speed RIBs
Swim
Course
Dedicated coaching area and a buoyed 750 metre swim course
Dive
Attractions
Superb
Diving
A myriad of submerged objects waiting to be explored
Water
Quality
Our water is regularly tested to ensure your health & safety
Free
WIFI
Get social with our free WIFI - use hashtag #vobsterquay
CHANGES FOR 2020
Please note that for the remainder of 2020, the following restrictions are in place:

  • CHANGING ROOMS - We regret that changing facilities and showers will NOT be open. We ask you to change in the car park.
  • KIT HIRE - In the interests of maintaining infection control, hire equipment is currently limited to cylinders and lead only.
  • SHELTERS - We regret that no shelters or picnic tables will be available to visitors. We ask that you move away from the water side once you are out of the water.
  • PARKING - Swimmers are asked to park in the top car park only.
FIND YOUR WAY AROUND
DOWNLOADS
Need an offline copy? Download these PDF files for your reference...
Not sure where everything is at Vobster Quay? Here's a handy site map to help you navigate your way around. For mobile and tablet, use 'Pinch Zoom' to view.
Vobster Quay is built around a 36-acre lake nestled in the beautiful Somerset countryside. With ample parking, heated changing rooms with free hot showers, onsite catering offering a range of hot and cold snacks and drinks, we're confident that you'll enjoy your visit. Please refer to the map below for an overview of where our facilities are located.
QUAYSIDE WATER ENTRY DIVE SCHOOLS CAR PARK LOWER CAR PARK CATERING GAS FILLS VOBSTER SHOP & WEEKDAY SIGN-IN SLIPWAY KEEP CLEAR KIT DROP OFF AREA CLASSROOMS 8 11 4 14 12 16 10 18 3 5 13 9 15 17 22 4 4 3 3 1 2 19 7 20 5 21 6 6 1 24 2 2 3 23 25 19 SCHOOLS ENTRY POINT 750M OPEN WATER SWIM COURSE 750M OPEN WATER SWIM COURSE 1 2m T unn e l 1 2m R o a d 2 6m Pit R o a d 22m 2 0m 2 4m 2 5m 3 0m 3 0m 2 6m 23m 3 2m COLD, DARK & VERY SILTY SCHOOLS ENTRY POINT 35m FREEDIVING PLATFORM SAFETY BOATS 2m 2 4m 3 2m Map created by BARDOCREATIVE CONFINED WATER 26 19 27 SWIM SKILLS TRAINING AREA Cormorand Rock 28 RAMP CHANGING UPPER CAR PARK 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 6m Training Platform 9m Training Platform Wheelhouse Block House 36m Training Platform Jacquin II Boat Wreck Caravan Bang Hut Water Box Aircraft Centre Section Crushing Works Pumping Rig Tunnel Entrance Upturned Truck Aircraft Cockpit 20m Training Platform Aircraft Fuselage Pipeworks 6m Training Platform 12m Training Platform Handrail Car Wreck Jester Henge Armoured Troop Carrier Peveril Pride Boat Wreck Vobster Wheelhouse Poppy boat wreck Sea King Helicopter 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. KEY TO BUOYS 6 Industrial Drier Small Boat Wreck Guidelines 1. 2. 3. Car Wrecks Concrete Pipes Glider trailer swimthru 4. 5. 6. SHELTER SHELTER SHELTER SHELTER COLD, DARK & VERY SILTY
THE VOBSTER TAB SYSTEM
We understand that carrying your wallet around when you're in your gear is not always easy or convenient. To make your visit as pleasant and hassle-free as possible, our tab system let's you pay only when you're ready to leave...
  • Upon arrival at Vobster Quay, we ask all visitors - even spectators - to sign in. Simply park your vehicle in a designated space and then pop into the onsite shop to register your arrival. During busy periods, you may have to register your arrival at the top gate as you enter site.
  • A member of our staff will hand you a numbered (and fully disinfected) wrist band which you should wear at all times, even when you're in the water. This tag contains a unique number which you can use to add stuff to your tab.
  • With your tab open, you're now ready to enjoy your visit to Vobster Quay! Need an air fill or a cup of tea? Just present your wrist band and we'll add whatever you want onto your tab.
  • Once you're ready to leave site, just pop into the shop and hand in your wrist band. We will then inform you of your tab balance which you can then pay. Please note that we prefer contactless payment methods - either a payment card or Apple Pay. Once your tab has been settled, you're free to leave...
OPENING HOURS
Vobster Quay is pleased to welcome members back for a relaxing dive or swim. Open Water Swimmers will be welcome from the 10th June followed by Scuba and Freedivers on the 29th June.
We offer members the option to book a timed booking session every day, seven days a week. Sessions must be booked in advance via our new booking portal at app.vobster.com. Please click on the PDF links below for session times for both swimmers and divers.

Planning a festive dip? View our Christmas 2020 opening days.

Please do not turn up if you are not a current member and have not booked a session - you will not be able to enter.
SWIM OPENING HOURS
WINTER
1st Dec - 28th March
DIVE OPENING HOURS
WINTER
2nd Nov - 28th March
ENTRY FEES
We like to think that a visit to Vobster Quay offers superb value for money. With a full range of superb facilities on site and the very best in fresh water activities, we're confident that you'll keep coming back for more...
ENTRY TYPE
MEMBERS
NON-MEMBERS
Diver
£ 17.00
£ 23.00
Swimmer
£ 5.75
-
Spectator
-
-
DIVER
PRICE
Member
£ 17.00
Non-Member
£ 23.00
SWIMMER
PRICE
Member
£ 5.75
Non-Member
-
SPECTATOR
PRICE
Member
-
Non-Member
-
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...
Don't own a SATNAV? You can get directions from where you live with Google Maps...
GOT A SAT NAV?
GPS POSITION:
51°14'46.3" N
2°25'24.1" W
POST CODE:
BA3 5SA
ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES
Vobster Quay offers the very best in fresh water inland diving but what's it really like below the surface? Below you'll find a detailed breakdown of the environmental features of the lake...
Water Type
Fresh water, non-tidal
Depth Range
Minimum
6 metres
Maximum
36 metres
Average
12 - 24 metres
Temperature
Minimum
3 °C / 37 °F
Maximum
18 °C / 64 °F
Average
10 °C / 50 °F
Annual Temperature
Visibility
Minimum
< 1 metre
Maximum
> 20 metres
Visibility Effectors
Silt disturbance, algae bloom and/or rainfall 'wash'
Bottom Composition
Rock and Limestone silt
Underwater Obstructions
Quarry buildings (various)
Subterranean tunnel
Aircraft wreckage (various)
Vehicle wreckage (various)
Training platforms (various)
Steel cables
Navigational Bearing
Potential Risks
Depth
Thermal Exposure
Entanglement
Disorientation
Low light
Reduced Visibility
EMERGENCY INFORMATION
In the event of an emergency, please inform a member of the Vobster Quay staff immediately. Our staff are there to assist you. ALL injuries - no matter how minor you think they are - must be reported to a member of our staff.
Vobster Quay employs a very simple diver recall signal that you should listen out for at all times when underwater. In the event of an incident that requires all divers to exit the water, a member of our staff will pound a heavy object against one of the metal ladders located at the water's edge. If you hear this signal, make a safe ascent and leave the water by the nearest safe exit.

Nearest Telephone
Shop, Office and Main Building
Waterside staff have a radio link to the main building
Emergency Services
Dial 999
Site GPS Coordinates
2 ° 25 ' 28 '' W
51 ° 14 ' 44 '' N
Site Postcode
BA3 5SD
Site Telephone
01373 814666
Specialist Hyperbaric Advice
07770 423637
DDRC, Plymouth
01752 209999
07940 353 816
Haslar Naval Hospital, Gosport
02392 584255
Royal Navy Doctor
07831 151523
0845 408 6008
DAN: Divers Alert Network
Emergency
0870 8719999
Advice
0870 8728888
Website
Nearest A&E Hospital
Oxygen Therapy Units
Inside shop - main building
First Aid Kit
Inside shop - main building