Diving from Weymouth
Neary all of our diving in Weymouth is from the club hard boat Endeavour which is permanently moored in the Old Harbour Marina.
The image on the right shows Endeavour at her berth in the Old Harbour Marina.
Typical dive trips begin with loading the boat up to leave about 9 am. Most people drive down to Weymouth on the morning from Oxford which takes about 2 hours. The boat makes about 12-20 knots (depending on conditions and load) and we generally spend all day at sea, sometimes managing to fit three dives in. Endeavour has a toilet on deck so we travel in relative comfort. We enter the water via a gate on the starboard side – the drop to the water is around a foot (30cm).
We often use Weymouth for training and dive sites regularly include:
- The Black Hawk
- Durdle Door
- Alex van Opstal
- Aeolian Sky
- Lobster Alley
- British Inventor
- Grove Point
- Balaclava Bay
The Sand Barges
Located just south of the portland harbour wall these two sunken barges embedded in the sand make an ideal 8m dive site for first open water training.
These 15-20m dives are often used for training and also as an ideal location for collecting the evening meal. The banks are also close to the wreck of the British Inventor which we often dive during the summer.
Notes for training weekends (N.B. this document refers to ‘Gemini’ – the club’s previous boat – but everything else in it is still relevant to current diving trips).