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Freediving at Vobster


We're pretty chilled out here at Vobster but we do ask you to observe the following rules whilst freediving with us:
  • All freedivers must dive with a buddy at all times - solo diving is not allowed at Vobster.
  • Freedivers must only dive to the limits of their training.
  • All freedivers using the Lilypad must wear a lanyard.
  • Freedivers must sign in on arrival before entering the water. You can sign in either at the dive centre shop (weekdays) or at the top gate (weekends).
  • When you have finished, please pull all lines out of the water.

A freediver prepares to dive to 35m from the Vobster Lilypad

Lines run to the bottom of the lake for constant weight diving

Happy freedivers enjoying the diving facilities at Vobster Quay

Welcome to the Lilypad...

Welcome to The Lily Pad - the freediving platform at Vobster Quay! The platform has been specifically placed in the lake for the use of freedivers wishing to train, practice and - of course - have fun!

Moored over the deepest part of the lake with 6 lines going straight to the bottom, the 'Lily Pad' (as we affectionately call it) is the ideal platform to enjoy the sport of freediving.
Interesting Lilypad Facts...
  • The two lines at the front of Lily (by the shed) are set to 15 metres and are for free immersion and testing buoyancy. They are marked using the system below.

  • All the other 4 lines run to the bottom are for constant weight diving and are marked as follows - 1 black line for 10 metres, 2 for 20 and 3 for 30. At 5, 15 and 25 metres there is a red line. At 16, 18, 22, 24, 26, 28, 32, 34 metres there is a yellow line.

  • All lines are easily retrievable from the platform. A member of Vobster Quay staff will show you how to use these if you are unsure. Please set your depth before you make a dive to avoid overshooting your target.

  • Please be aware that below 26 metres the water gets very dark! This depth should only be reached by suitably trained freedivers (ie. AIDA **** freediver or equivelent).

Diving Freedom

So what is freediving? Freediving is the sport of Apnea ie. breath hold diving. This can be in a pool or open water. Learning to freedive has many benefits: It increases the amount of time you can stay underwater whilst snorkelling or taking underwater photographs. It is a wonderful way to relax, and can also really help to reduce the amount of air you use when scuba diving.

20-03-2018    12:00

We're loving this awesome video of our new Sea King helicopter dive attraction created by Youtuber Jerriarchie. We love your work, Jerri!

Why not join us this weekend and discover this exciting new dive attraction for yourself! :-)

View the video - [weblink]

POSTED: 22nd March 2018

If you have been 3D curious about photogrammetry, now is the time to explore for yourself. 3D models can be produced with basic cameras with good lighting and steady diving - this course will discuss all aspects of acquiring images for photogrammetry while diving, along with guidance on equipment upgrades you could consider.

POSTED: 22nd March 2018

Develop diving photogrammetry skills with Simon Brown and Tim Clements. Three days discovering the basics of photogrammetry, discussion about camera / lighting rigs and supervised dives to acquire data and create your own single chunk 3D models. You don't need high end camera gear, computers or technical diving skills, just curiousity and enthusiasm to gain new and rewarding skills. Please call 01373 814666 and ask for Tim for more details or email training@vobster.com

POSTED: 22nd March 2018

Congratulations to Karlos Moodster for the successful completion of his PADI Advanced Open Water, Enriched Air and SMB Diver courses. He is now ready to tackle the briskest of British diving conditions in safety and style, whilst having a jolly good time too, it would seem.

Safe adventuring to you all. Hugo

#PADI #scubadiving #ukdiving #outdoorpursuits #adventure #otterwatersports #vobsterquay #highqualitytraining

POSTED: 22nd March 2018

Thanks for your support Emma Hewitt, lovely to see you again and thanks for the 15 years award! Looking forward to a great summer here at sunny Vobster.

POSTED: 21st March 2018


Some years ago we took delivery of a shipment of 10 Jesters from Highbridge Carnival Club. The now form a 'park' at 25m and an excellentdive for AOW and above. Meander through the model here, then book your visit to the real thing! Thanks again Marcus for the expertise and... [more]

POSTED: 20th March 2018


It's been a while, so here is the 'post beast' outlook.

First, the easy bit - it is just over 6 degrees throughout the lake, at all depths. Take a degree off if you wear a Suunto.

Second, viz - it was poor in the shallows last weekend (premature mussel spawning),... [more]

POSTED: 20th March 2018

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