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WESTLAND WS-61
SEA KING HELICOPTER


DIVING FACTS
MIN DEPTH:
22 metres
MAX DEPTH:
24 metres
BUOY #
28
BEST BITS:
  • It's a helicopter!
  • Easy penetration
HAZARDS:
  • Protruding metal
  • Overhead environment
  • Loss of visibility
  • Entanglement
  • Depth
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Old caravans and the odd motor cruiser make for fun dive attractions but nothing quite beats the thrill of diving something with a military background. Where did it serve and what action might it have seen? Military wrecks have a unique story to tell...

Vobster Quay is already home to one ex-military vehicle - our popular Armoured Personnel Carrier (buoy number 24) and we're proud to add another - a Westland WS-61 Sea King helicopter. Formerly operated by both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, the Sea King has been an important military asset since the late 1960s. It's seen service across the globe and saw action in Afghanistan, the Falklands and both Gulf Wars.

The background of our Sea King remains something of a mystery but we're sure it enjoyed an illustrious career. Now retired and put out to pasture, the airframe now lies at a depth of 24 metres in a position that makes it accessible to the majority of divers. Whilst it's beyond the depth of Open Water divers, we're hoping it's presence will provide new divers with an incentive to further their training - we'd recommend a PADI Advanced Open Water as a minimum level. Feeling even more adventurous? A PADI Wreck Diver Specialty will give you the skills and knowledge to safely explore the impressive interior of this exciting attraction.

Naturally we've put in a lot of effort to ensure that the helicopter is safe to visit - all cabling and anything you can get tangled in has been removed but care should obviously be taken, especially if you're planning to go inside. We've taken the sliding side door off to make access to the interior as easy as possible but we still recommend that only divers with overhead training should venture inside. Even then, make sure you take a torch with you and always ensure you know where the exit is should the viz become disturbed.
SAFETY FIRST: Only very experienced divers with overhead environment training should enter this dive attraction. Movement inside is restricted and the cold, darkness and depth can be very disorientating. If in doubt, DO NOT ENTER!




SURFACE WATER TEMPERATURE
9.8°C
RECORDED ON:
18-04-2018    11:40













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