Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in United Kingdom

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in United Kingdom

General diving information in United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is a country in its own right and consists of four countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, along with more than 100 islands. Also, one can dive along the coast but also inland. UK has many different kinds of diving, from beginners to advanced technical divers. UK diving can offer you shallow safe dives for beginners, drift dives, wreck diving, technical diving and much more. The United Kingdom has more ship wrecks than any other country in the world. It also has extensive cave systems, deep walls, picturesque sandy bays, piers, fast flowing drifts, rocky chimneys, fissures and cold water reefs. All of these harbor abundant life, like basking sharks, seals, otters, cuttlefish, octopus, conger eels, plenty of lobsters and crabs, bib, pollack, bass, wrasse and seahorses, to mention just a few. The best estimate of the number of ships lost in these coastal waters is over a quarter of a million. Most of these shipwrecks are the result of collisions, storms and bad navigation. There is also the large number of casualties from the First and Second World Wars - a number nearing 7500. Some of the most popular shipwrecks are the Fairweather V, Koln, Kronprinz Wilheim, James Barrie, Cita, Eagle, S.S. James Eagan Layne, Torrey Canyon and the warship Montague. Visibility varies from 1 to 25 meters, depending on the location and time of year. Many sites in the UK have good visibility towards the end of the summer and Cornwall and Scotland have good visibility for most of the year. Drysuits and dry gloves will probably be needed in the UK. Water temperature averages from 5°C in winter to 18°C in summer (southern England), 4°C in winter to 13°C in summer (Scotland). The best time to dive is between April and October. There are dive centers all over the UK that will be able to supply you with air, training and any form of kit.

Geography and climate

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a sovereign state comprising most of the British Isles, England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and is located off the north-western coast of continental Europe. The UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel and the Irish Sea. The UK has a humid-temperate climate moderated by the North Atlantic current and the country's proximity to the sea, with plentiful rainfall all year round. Expect warm, damp summers and mild winters with temperatures pleasant enough to engage in outdoor activities all year round. Having said that, the weather in the UK can be changeable and conditions are often windy and wet. The temperature varies with the seasons seldom dropping below 11 °C or rising above 35 °C. Atlantic currents, warmed by the Gulf Stream, bring mild winters. Summers are warmest in the south-east of England, being closest to the European mainland, and coolest in the north. Snowfall can occur in winter and early spring, though it rarely settles to great depth away from high ground.

Entry requirements

Some countries require passports for entry, but do not require a visa for visits of up to 6 months. A visa is required for citizens of most non-EU countries to enter the UK. For more informations please contact your travel agent or the UK Embassy in your home country.

Health and safety

There is no mandatory vaccination to enter the country, although the vaccination against diphtheria and tetanus is advised. For more informations, please contact you doctor.

Time zone

UTC/ UTC +1 (summer)

Communications

Payphones are widely available, especially in stations, airports. Pre-paid phonecards can be purchased from newsagents. Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is mostly good. Internet can be used in Internet cafés, public libraries and some hotels/hostels.

Power and Electricity

230V, 50 Hz Plugs are the UK type.

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Choose and book the diving center that you want to dive

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Choose the best accommodation to rest while you rest from your dives

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