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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!

Got an question about Vobster Quay? Below you'll find a mountain of information to help you get the most out of your visit to Vobster Quay. If you need further help, though, do not hesitate to get in touch - send us an email to info@vobster.com or call us on 01373 814666.

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Planning a trip to Vobster Quay? Please note that Vobster is open for business seven days a week - including bank holidays - between the following times...

Here at Vobster Quay, we're proud of our record of keeping the gates open seven days a week - including bank holidays - throughout the year. Whether you're a fair weather diver or a hardcore winter dipper, we're here to ensure you get your diving fix whatever the weather. Note that on the very rare occasions that we are forced to close the site to visitors, advance notice will always be given on both the front page of our website and on our Facebook page. We advise all visitors to check these pages before travelling to avoid disappointment.

Day Opening Hours Water Exit
Sunday 08:30 - 17:30 16:45
Saturday 08:30 - 17:30 16:45
Monday 08:30 - 17:00 16:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00 16:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00 16:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00 16:00
Thursday Evenings (April - Oct) 17:00 - 21:30 21:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00 16:00
** Bank Holidays ** 08:30 - 17:30 16:45
PLEASE NOTE:  Thursday evening diving available EVERY Thursday from April (start date TBC) until the end of October. Day divers wishing to stay on after 17:00 will be required to pay an additional entry fee.


The lake at Vobster Quay is open throughout the year with open water swimming activities taking place between April and October. Swimming is available outside of these dates but be aware that the water temperature will be very low - appropriate thermal protection is a must!

Note that between June 12th - Late August, we switch to extended opening hours on a Tuesday early evening 1700-1930 and Wednesday mornings 0630-0830. These are lifeguarded swim sessions during which time swimmers may swim solo without a swim buddy. Hot drinks and some hot food options will also be available during these times.

Between June and September, why not get involved in our popular Open Water Swim and Aquathlon events!
LAST SIGN IN: Please note that all swimmers must have arrived on site and signed in by the last sign in time indicated (usually 30 mins before water exit time). If you arrive after this time, you will not have enough time to swim and entry will be refused.

WATER EXIT: Please note that we require all swimmers to exit the water at the time indicated in the 'Water Exit' column. This will allow you enough time to make use of the changing room facilities before the site closes.

For more information on the full range of swimming events at Vobster Quay, please visit the new TRIbal Triathlon website.

1st Nov - 31st March Opening Hours Last Sign In Water Exit Lifeguarded
Monday 08:30 - 17:00 16:00 16:30 -
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00 16:00 16:30 -
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00 16:00 16:30 -
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00 16:00 16:30 -
Friday 08:30 - 17:00 16:00 16:30 -
Saturday 08:30 - 17:30 16:15 16:45 -
Sunday 08:30 - 17:30 16:15 16:45 -

Entry Fees...

We like to think that a day at Vobster Quay offers superb value for money - where else can you enjoy a full day of diving fun and banter and still have change for your bus fare home?

Unlike traditional diving centres, we don't charge 'per dive' - you merely pay an entry fee onto the site and for the rest of the day (normal operating hours apply), you're free to make as many dives as you desire. Once you're signed in, there's no need to carry cash around either - we operate a tab system onsite so you only need settle up at the end of your diving day. Below you'll find details of the entry fees - please note that these fees are subject to change without notice...

For regular visitors to Vobster Quay, we offer entry at a discounted rate via our Quay Membership Scheme. For a small annual membership fee, members gain access to a host of discounts including a reduced entry fee and discounts on food, gas and retail purchases.
For dive instructors accompanied by four or more students, we offer FREE ENTRY. Better still, the more students you bring along, the more of your staff gets in for free and we'll even carry across unused student 'credits' to your next visit! For more information on the benefits that we offer dive instructors, visit our page detailing services for dive schools, clubs and instructors.

Between the Spring/Summer months - 2019 season starts April (start date TBC) - through to the end of October, we also offer divers the opportunity to take advantage of our evening diving session every Thursday. Our gates will remain open until 21:30 with last divers out of the water by 21:00. Note that day divers who wish to stay on after 17:00 to take advantage of these extra hours of diving will be required to pay an additional entry fee.

Diver£ 19.00£ 14.00
Spectator£ 0.00£ 0.00
Swimmer£ 8.50£ 6.00
Afternoon Diver (midweek after 1pm)£ 10.50£ 9.00
Evening Diver (after 5pm Thurs Eve BST)£ 10.50£ 9.00

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
Specialist Hyperbaric Advice The Diver Clinic, Poole
DDRC, Plymouth
London Diving Chamber, London
Haslar Naval Hospital, Gosport
Royal Navy Doctor
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
07770 423637
01752 209999
07940 353 816
02392 584255
07831 151523
0845 408 6008
DAN: Divers Alert Network Emergency
0870 8719999
0870 8728888
Nearest A&E Hospital Royal United Bath 01225 428331
Oxygen Therapy Units Inside shop - main building
First Aid Kit Inside shop - main building

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
Temperature Minimum
3 °C / 37 °F
18 °C / 64 °F
10 °C / 50 °F
Visbility Minimum
< 1 metre
> 20 metres
Visibility Effectors Silt disturbance, algae bloom and/or rainfall 'wash'
Depth Range Minimum
6 metres
36 metres
12 - 24 metres
Bottom Composition Rock & Limestone silt
Underwater Obstructions Quarry buildings (various)
Subterranean tunnel
Aircraft wreckage (various)
Vehicle wreckage (various)
Training platforms (various)
Steel cables

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