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:

DatePlace# divesTotal
11th-12th AprilWeymouth, Training44 dives44
3rd MayWeymouth23 dives67
16th MayDive Fest (Pentewan)4 dives71
23rd-25th MayAnglesey50 dives121
31st MayWeymouth22 dives143
13th-14th JuneWeymouth17 dives160
4th-5th JulyWeymouth14 dives174
11th-12th JulyWeymouth, Training34 dives208
19th JulyNDAC Chepstow6 dives214
25th JulyPirate Event4 dives218
25th-31st JulyExpedition Weymouth83 dives301
6th AugustStoney16 dives317
9th AugustStoney18 dives335
13th-14th AugustIsle of Man75 dives410
22nd-23rd AugustTraining weekend16 dives426
12th-13th SeptemberBurton Bradstock36 dives462
25th-26th SeptemberAlex Project28 dives490
3rd-10th OctoberScapa Expedition67 dives557
18th OctoberSwanage Pier33 dives590
28th NovemberSharm el Sheikh10 dives600
5th DecemberNDAC Chepstow12 Dives612
12th December Weymouth prop recovery4 dives616
1st January 2010New Year’s Day3 dives619
8th-15th January 2010Redsea Reef cleanup70 dives689
18th February 2010Vobster Quay8 dives697
7th March 2010Cromhall quarry12 dives709


Graph showing number of sives done through the year

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