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Experience | Scuba Diving

Exploring the Devon coastline from beneath the waves is exhilarating and awe-inspiring. With an abundance of wrecks, the UK’s only marine nature reserve at Lundy island and a diverse range of marine wildlife, from dolphins and porpoises to seals and a variety of fish and crustaceans.

On the North Devon coast visit Ilfracombe and dive from the harbour or shore and you can also charter a dive boat to experience some of the best diving the North coast offers.

In South Devon, Thurleston (either South Milton Beach or Lea’s Foot Beach) are excellent choices. Travel to Plymouth and try Devil’s Point and Eastern Kings or Fairy Cove at Paington. Torquay and Dartmouth also provide superb opportunities to explore.

Totnes offers shore diving and Brixham Breakwater beach is an established site amongst the diving community and it’s particularly good for training purposes. Remember, however, that in general shore diving can be more strenuous than diving from a boat as it will require walking a distance with your equipment, wearing full dive-kit and swimming a further distance. You will also lack the added support and security that a boat provides. In addition to this, there is a greater risk of currents and it is likely that visibility will not be quite as good as diving from a boat, out to sea.

Further information on diving the South Coast can be found by visiting the Totnes Sub-Aqua Club’s website -

It is paramount that your equipment is safe and sufficient for the diving you intend to do. Never dive alone and if you’re travelling to Devon to dive and do not have a dive buddy, contact a local club or dive boat charter to experience life beneath the waves with a group.

If you’re just starting out and need guidance or are new to the sport, a local and experienced instructor can teach you and even take you through the necessary BSAC dive qualifications, if required. Shop locally in Devon to gain an insight in to some great places to dive and advice on the necessary (and indulgent!) dive kit that you may wish to purchase.

The British Sub Aqua Club provides instruction to anyone who is over the age of 12. It is highly important to be a strong swimmer and have a good level of fitness. We recommend visiting the BSAC website for further information - and to find out how you can become a qualified scuba diver.

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