Our new dive site operators are Janine and Tony Mansford and Nick Jackson from Southern Scuba, who will always go that extra mile to be friendly and helpful
Information about the dive centre to wet your appetites.........
Buckland Lake Scuba Diving Centre is run by a family and friends and projects this family and friends outlook. You will even be welcome inside the diving hut for a cup of tea when wet - but not too wet!
Helping people explore the underwater world is something very important to the owners of Bluckland Lake nature reserve and as a result they have created probably the best scuba diving lake in the south east and a PADI five star rating to go with it. Depths of up to 50 feet with a water clarity and quality not normally associated with inland diving sites because this is a deep ex chalk quarry rather than a shallow gravel, or clay one.
Day visitors are most welcome. Please telephone for opening hours.
Courses if new to the sport, training is not only heaps of fun and a great new life skill but there’s also heaps to explore here, with exciting shoals of fish, sunken boats, jet aircraft, and flooded pump rooms. Why not take up the scuba diving challenge this summer and make new friends? The open water diving course costs only £350 including training, books, costume hire and dive centre fees and the age range for training starts at just ten onwards. The other point is that it’s right on your doorstep in Salt Lane, Cliffe ME3 7ST. So no more excuses, Call Tony on 07748767569
*** New for 2016 new W.C block with full size, seperate ladies and gents cubicles and flushing toilets. Hope to have fully installed by end of January. Lots of you have asked for this and now it is being installed.
Whats in the water......
New for 2016 Double Decker Bus! It's on site and being cleaned out ready for craining in and floating out soon.
Caitlin - a small cabin cruiser sunk in about 6.5m.
Falcon Jet Aircraft - accessible to all levels of diver - fuselage has been
gutted making it a superb swim through - ideal for wreck courses
maximum depth 6.5m. This is the complete aircraft.
Flat Bed Lorry Trailer - this is used as a training platform and is large enough to give students lots of room in a depth of 6m. At over 40 feet in length training groups have plenty of room for skills.
CESA platform - located just off of the pontoon, the ideal base for students in a depth of 8m.
Training Platform - Located a short swim away from the pontoon, ideal for students. Made from scaffold tubes and boards in a depth of 8m
Confined Water Training Area - A brand new addition to the site, this platform is ideal for any confined skills that need completing, we have installed 2 levels......one at 1.5m and 2.5m....the shallow level has hand rails around it and the whole thing is visible from the surface.
We have a separate entry ramp for this training area for easy access and exit when you are using it.
Underwater forests - there are many trees under the water from when the quarry was flooded out.
The Old Pump House - This area has now been opened up and the roof has been removed, access is now available to all areas of the pump house where you will see all of the old machinery still intact.
A large well inside the building has been found and work has revealed a depth of 18 meters with the well being around 15 feet across giving enough room for about 6 divers on the bottom. In the wall of the well there is a tunnel entrance which is a swimthrough into the 15m deep Marianna Trench. This area is not for the faint hearted and should only be visited by experienced divers.
JAWS the Great White Shark - The only lake in the world with a lifelike 19 foot long great white shark swimming deep below the surface. Our main problem with ‘Jaws’, is that divers love posing for photo’s so much with their legs and arms in his mouth that he constantly needs teeth replaced!
His head is moulded from that of a real shark with a full set of realistic teeth and the body reflects the speed and power of this awesome creature. The big black eyes are waiting to look into yours.
Have your photo taken alongside but please respect our shark.
Gnome Garden - Our gnome garden is growing rapidly but please bring a gnome with you to join the others and make long term friends.
The Lady Di Yacht - This wreck sits in 8m of water and still has most of her features except the mast. In the galley you will find cups etc along with the kettle still on the side.
The Fletcher - This speedboat is sunk in 8m of water, she is laying very close to the Lady Di yacht.
The Port Rose - This 32 foot vessel lies in 11m of water and is a complete swimthrough, she is ideal for wreck specialities and has most of her original features. We think that she originates from an original herring fishing boat although we have yet to clarify this.
The Lady Francis - This is a 45' cabin cruiser which is a complete swimthrough, she is sitting in about 9m of water just off of the flat bed lorry platform. She took a week to sink but eventually gave up the fight. She has many original features including the oven and washing machine and is home to a resident Pike who investigates every diver who enters the wreck!
All wrecks and platforms are linked with safety lines and all have marker buoys. There is also a safety line leading from the entry steps to the Flat Bed Lorry Platform.
Dive centre facilities -
COMPLETELY BOARDED DIVERS AREA
We keep this area as clean as possible so that your kit stays dirt free.
DIVING ENTRY POINTS
For giant stride entry we have a large floating pontoon. We do not allow any kit to be left on the pontoon for the safety purposes of all divers. No non divers are allowed on the pontoon.
For alternative entry and for exiting we have the set of metal steps which make life easy for all divers.
No other area is to be used for entering or exiting the water.
DRY DECKED AREA - Take a break between dives and sit and relax on our decking, no kit allowed on this area apart from your suits. The entire lake can be seen from this point which also overlooks the diving area below. This is where we ask that all non divers sit if accompanying divers.
CAFE - The new Cliffe Cafe is now open and a just short walk along the north cliff path inside the reserve. It serves a great range of breakfasts, meals and snacks all year round. Opening hours presently 9am to 3pm, seven days a week, so you can meet up for a leisurely bite to eat and cuppa before the dive centre opens.
There is also a toilet block, shower room, baby changing facility and disabled toilet.
Function room - The fuction room is next to the Cafe. It can hold up to 40 people and enjoys far reaching views across the fishery lakes . The light interior creates a crisp and professional setting for meetings, parties and catering for functions of all kinds.
We can arrange catering from cold buffets, breakfast baps and homemade cakes to hot winter fare and even a BBQ and camping by the lakes for a summer event. The room is for hire all year round and costs from £30.00 for a half day hire and £60.00 for a full day.
There is plenty of hard surface parking right outside and tBuckland Lake is well sign posted from the B2000. Making it an ideal location for events or meetings.