Plymouth – our new back yard!

As I write it is July 2018 and we have already had some fantastic diving in Plymouth. We are loving the new location for our diving activities (we now have our hard boat Endeavour moored there). It may be a bit further to drive to than our previous mooring in Weymouth, but the quality of diving plus more favourable tides are making it seem like a great decision up to now.

Here are a few of my own photos (I’ll add more from others as I get them) to whet your appetite. Please leave your comments below.

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Dive Schedule 2015

We welcome BSAC divers to join us, space permitting, on our dive boat Endeavour (for insurance reasons we cannot host non-BSAC divers: although if you join either our branch, another branch or BSAC Direct you can dive with us). Below are our planned dives for 2015, departing from Weymouth marina (except the IOW trip in July). If you are interested in joining a dive please use the link to contact the relevant dive manager who will be able to give you more information / reserve you a spot on the boat.

Regarding depths: most days there will be one deeper dive and one shallower dive. So if you only want to do the shallower dive then that may be possible (subject to space on the boat). Contact the dive manager to find out if they are happy with this.

We are also planning expeditions outside of Weymouth – details of those will be posted on the website in due course (currently weeks in Plymouth in Devon, Porthkerris in Cornwall and a Red Sea liveaboard are planned).


pdf copy of the diveplan from the meeting of the 29th Jan

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2013 Dive Programme



The 2013 Dive Programme is constantly being updated, details of Diving Expeditions along with all other events run by the branch will be posted on the Calendar (click on the Icon on the right of this page).

Our dives are open to all members of Oxford BSAC and also to members of other branches of BSAC and you are most welcome to come along and dive with us. 

If you are a member of BSAC, but not Oxford and are interested in diving with us, please get in touch and we will do the best to accomodate you.



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Dive Oxon 2012 – Back to Weymouth

dive oxon19th-20th May 2012

Once again we have our annual get-together with clubs from across Oxfordshire to dive from Weymouth. 

After last years partially successful (despite the weather) weekend, we are at it again! This year we are going back to Weymouth, camping at the popular East Fleet Campsite where we have a great relationship with the owners.

We hope to have lots of you attending for some great diving from many different platforms (including our new hard boat) and some excellent socialising.

As ever we hope to make this an inexpensive weekend open to divers of all experience and qualification, so bring the family.

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A week in… The Isle of Wight – July 2012


Branch Summer Expedition: 21st to 28th July 2012

This is a family friendly week-long branch expedition (holiday) to the Isle of Wight.

We have in the past run a number of these weeks, based in Weymouth and Lyme Regis. This year I am planning to organise the week based in and around Shanklin IOW. 

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Alex van Opstal survey, 3rd and 4th December 2011

Alex van Opstal Survey Divewierd pressure vessel

I’m planning (weather-permitting) to run a survey dive on the Alex on the weekend of the 3rd & 4th December. Plan is to use the ‘new’ RIB out of Casteltown to shuttle to the dive site.

Dive plan (provisional):

Saturday 3rd

Dive 1
  • 0830hrs launch RIB and begin loading kit.
  • 0915 hrs all aboard , ropes off.
  • 0945hrs – arrive at Alex and deploy shot
  • 1010hrs divers in – start of slack – tide running SW 0.4 knots
  • 1100hrs divers up – second wave in
  • 1150hrs all divers recovered, pull shot and return to casteltown
  • 1230hrs lunch at castletown, air fills etc
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2009 – 10 Annual Report

This year the DO is challenging the club to make 1000 dives before the next Dinner Dance (in early 2011).

Things got off to a good start in Weymouth at the beginning of the year with 71 dives and after the Anglesey trip we were over 10% of the way there at 121. Then we had three more great weekends in Weymouth on Gemini II taking us up to 174 thanks to the lots of work by skippers and divers. The week in Weymouth was a bit of a disaster weather wise, but still 83 dives got done and with the Pirate event river clearance a few more took us up once more to 301. After some more Weymouth diving and the Isle of Mann trip we were at 410 – over 1/3 of the way there!Three days later a training weekend in Weymouth added another 16 to the total taking it to 426.

The September training event at Burton Bradstock added 21 to the total and the sports sign off day on Gemini II another 15 taking us up to 462. The Alex project weekend added another 27 dives to raise it to a monster score of 490 – more than 3 of the previous 4 years. But…. this isn’t the end of the season! A dive expedition to Scapa Flow generated 67 more dives Raising the total to 557 – more even than the previous record year and the mass dive at Swanage Pier in October clocked up an impressive 33 dives to a total of 590. A trip to NDAC, a prop recovery dive in Weymouth and a last minute club trip to the Red Sea pushed us up to 616.

Come the New year 3 hardy soles dived in Hinksey lake getting us to 619 and then the Red Sea reef cleanup expedition clocked up 70 more bringing us up to 689. 4 bold souls risked the chilly depths of Vobster Quay to make 8 more taking us to 697 nearly up to 700…..

Finally in March a hardy bunch headed off to Cromhall Quarry to do some dive leader rescue exercises and racked up another 12 dives taking us over the barrier to 709.  Not bad at all!




Breakdown so far:

Date Place # dives Total
11th-12th April Weymouth, Training 44 dives 44
3rd May Weymouth 23 dives 67
16th May Dive Fest (Pentewan) 4 dives 71
23rd-25th May Anglesey 50 dives 121
31st May Weymouth 22 dives 143
13th-14th June Weymouth 17 dives 160
4th-5th July Weymouth 14 dives 174
11th-12th July Weymouth, Training 34 dives 208
19th July NDAC Chepstow 6 dives 214
25th July Pirate Event 4 dives 218
25th-31st July Expedition Weymouth 83 dives 301
6th August Stoney 16 dives 317
9th August Stoney 18 dives 335
13th-14th August Isle of Man 75 dives 410
22nd-23rd August Training weekend 16 dives 426
12th-13th September Burton Bradstock 36 dives 462
25th-26th September Alex Project 28 dives 490
3rd-10th October Scapa Expedition 67 dives 557
18th October Swanage Pier 33 dives 590
28th November Sharm el Sheikh 10 dives 600
5th December NDAC Chepstow 12 Dives 612
12th December Weymouth prop recovery 4 dives 616
1st January 2010 New Year’s Day 3 dives 619
8th-15th January 2010 Redsea Reef cleanup 70 dives 689
18th February 2010 Vobster Quay 8 dives 697
7th March 2010 Cromhall quarry 12 dives 709


Graph showing number of sives done through the year

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