dsd content copyright info

dive site directory providing information on diving and dive sites all over the world

free online diving information and dive site reviews

location map or:

home - news | highlights | dive sites a-z | search | contribute review | log book | about us | environment | diving events | screen saver & desktop backgrounds | diving books & equipment | Advertising & Business Listings


World | UK | England | Inland Diving:

Inland diving overview




Other Information Online:




Please note: we cannot
endorse the services of
companies listed. We recommend that you only dive with dive centers that are accredited by a major diving association or by their local tourist authority.




print dive site review | contribute site info / photo


Click to enlarge:


Buckland Lake, inland dive site - courtesy of Jef Proudfoot
Buckland Lake, inland dive site - courtesy of Jef Proudfoot
Shark at Buckland Lake, inland dive site - courtesy of Jef Proudfoot

UK Inland Diving

Reader Reviews:

Dive Site: Buckland Lake

Location: Kent

Description: Underground reservoir

Depth: 15 metres max (50 feet)

Visibility: 5 - 10 metres (15 - 30 feet)

Rating: ****

This is a new site quite close to London just off the M2. It's run by Polaris Scuba. The lake is large and is mainly given over to a wildfowl reserve. The diving section is bouyed off with about fifteen metres maximum depth. The centre is well equipped, with a toilet, a couple of changing rooms and a decking area where they serve a range of hot drinks good quality food. They also have a portable compressor. The prices are very reasonable.

Parking can be difficult at this site and will probably get worse as the place gains in popularity. On site is room for about fifteen vehicles is a purpose built car park. Access to the kitting up area is via a narrow roadway. They provide trolleys so it's not much hassle. The organisation seems quite geared up on health and safety issues - they actually ask to see your qualifications. They give you a dive brief. They have a rescue boat and oxygen on site. I was reassured to hear the rescue services can be in attendance within twelve minutes.

Entry to the water is from a platform set in two metres of water or for a gentler entry there are large steel steps into a sheltered area. There are five 'shipwrecks' of varying dimensions plus a small airliner which has been stripped and opened up for a swimthrough and various other attractions in depths of ten metres or less. Once again there has been thought given to safety with a large scale map of the site next to the entry and notices at the various entry points warning of the dangers of wreck penetration. On the downside the day we went, in July, the visibilty was not too good and could be reduced to zero by a carelessfin stroke. Having said that it's no worse than other places and considerably better than some. Overall I thought this was a well presented, safety concious operation which has a lot to offer for training and out of season diving.

Jef Proudfoot

Location map



Do you have any comments on this dive site?


Name:

Email:

Please Note: The form must have an e-mail address or it will not send to us (to stop us from getting too much spam) if you don't want to leave your address just make one up, however we would ask that you please give us your address in case we need to clarify any of the information you have given us. (privacy policy)

send us a photo of this dive site



print dive site review | contribute site info / photo | top



Do you run a dive operation in this area?

Click here to find out more about being listed on this
page in dive site directory.