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VOBSTER QUAY OPEN WATER ACTIVITY CENTRE
VOBSTER QUAY
SURFACE WATER TEMP:  16.5 °C    UPDATED:  12-06-2024
SURFACE WATER TEMP:  16.5 °C
IMPORTANT SAFETY UPDATE - Bringing a child to Vobster? important guidance now available
Vobster Quay welcomes members with a range of high quality facilities that deliver all you need to enjoy a fun and leisurely open water swimming, diving and paddle sports experience. Join Vobster Quay today!
ADVENTURE AWAITS!
DISCOVER VOBSTER QUAY
Welcome to the UK's friendliest open water swimming, diving and paddle sports venue. We are proud to offer the perfect blend of awesome open water activities and a great range of facilities sure make your visit relaxing and fun.
For certified scubadivers and freedivers, there's no better place to indulge your passion for diving than Vobster Quay. With 36-acres of fresh water diving in depths ranging from 6 - 36 metres, divers of all levels will find the heady mix of exciting underwater attractions and a full range of diving support services hard to resist.

We've got a lot to offer open water swimmers and triathletes too. We offer a full range of great facilities, coaching and support services that will appeal to both casual swimmers and triathletes alike.

Between April through to the end of October, we also offer paddle sports enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely session on our beautiful lake. Whether you own a SUP board, canoe or kayak, we think you'll enjoy all that Vobster Quay has to offer.
SERVICE SECOND TO NONE
FABULOUS ONSITE FACILITIES
As the UK's friendliest inland diving centre, we pride ourselves on constantly striving to deliver a level of service and facilities that are second to none - all backed up, of course, by our signature sparkly welcome!
CYLINDER GAS FILLS
DIVE GEAR RENTAL
KIT SERVICING
SCHOOLS FRIENDLY
SWIM COURSE
HASSLE-FREE PAYMENTS
THE VOBSTER TAB SYSTEM
We understand that carrying your wallet around when you're in your gear is not always easy or convenient. To make your visit as pleasant and hassle-free as possible, our tab system let's you pay only when you're ready to leave...
  • SIGN IN...
    Upon arrival at Vobster Quay, we ask all visitors - even spectators - to sign in. Simply park your vehicle in a designated space and then pop into the onsite shop to register your arrival. During busy periods, you may have to register your arrival at the top gate as you enter site.
  • SET UP A TAB...
    A member of our staff will hand you a numbered (and fully disinfected) wrist band which you should wear at all times, even when you're in the water. This wrist band contains a unique number which you can use to add stuff to your tab.
  • HAVE FUN...
    With your tab open, you're now ready to enjoy your visit to Vobster Quay! Need an air fill or a cup of tea? Just present your wrist band and we'll add whatever you want onto your tab.
  • PAY YOUR BILL...
    Once you're ready to leave site, just pop into the shop and hand in your wrist band. We will then inform you of your tab balance which you can then pay using your choice of payment method. We prefer contactless payment methods - either a payment card or Apple Pay. Once your tab has been settled, you're free to leave...
OUR PARKING SYSTEM
PARKING YOUR CAR AT VOBSTER
One of the biggest limiters we have on the number of visitors we can welcome here at Vobster Quay is space. In particular, space for car parking. Whilst we'd love to open our gates to everyone, the number of vehicles we can accommodate has a limit.
We currently have space for approximately fifty five vehicles in our bottom car park with an additional one hundred more in our top car park. Whilst we understand that all our visitors wants to park their vehicle as close to the water as possible – we're pretty sure some divers would choose to 'giant stride' out of the boot of their car if they could – we simply don't have the capacity to provide the close proximity to the water that everyone wants.

To make things as fair as possible for all our visitors, we employ a system of prioritisation. The system for visiting divers works like this...

  • THE FIRST FIFTY FIVE
    The first fifty five diving members to book parking on a given day - either individually or via a school / club link – will get parking in the bottom car park allocated to their booking. You'll see this within our booking app as a '[PARKING]' flag next to the booking. If this flag is not there then all spaces have already been allocated - sorry! Booking a space as a member instead of part of a group booking will not increase your chances of being allocated a space.
  • DIVE SCHOOLS & GROUPS
    Booked schools / groups get one space by their bench for a van. Additional instructors or divemasters will not get automatic parking in the bottom car park unless they are also members and spaces are still available.
  • PARKING UPGRADES
    Any additional members beyond the 'early bird 55' appear on our list for potential upgrades when we open the gate - spaces can become available due to 'no shows', 'two in a car' or plain old Vobster car parking precision. Sadly we can't change the laws of physics, but we do try to avoid having to ask members to drop off their kit and park in the top car park. Sometimes though.... it's just that way.
  • NON-MEMBERS
    Any remaining spaces get offered to non members on a first come first served basis.
  • EVERYONE ELSE
    Everyone else will need to drop off their kit at the bottom of the ramp and then park in the top car park up the hill.

What's the best way to snag a parking spot in the bottom car park? Book early - especially for Saturday mornings!

PLEASE NOTE If you turn up in an oversized van carrying just one person, we might not be able to fit you into whatever spaces remain. Whilst we will do everything we can to avoid this, you may be asked to park in the top car park. Unless you're a dive school, please leave those long wheelbase vans at home!
Parking for Swimmers
The parking system for our swim visitors operates slightly differently as their parking is not allocated at the time of booking.

Instead, we employ signage placed at the top of the hill to direct you to the appropriate place to park. Please do not be tempted to simply drive down and chance your luck if the signage is asking you to park in the top car park – even if you spot a space, it will have been allocated to a diver. The last thing we want is to tell you to move!
Disabled Parking
Are you a Blue Badge holder? We have recently increased the number of parking spaces available to visitors with mobility issues. These spaces provide easy access to both the onsite facilities and, of course, the water.

In order to secure one of these spaces, please book your visit via our online booking system and then email us with the details of your booking. Please note that our disabled parking spaces are ONLY available to visitors displaying a valid Blue Badge and are available on a first come/first served basis only.
DEEP WATER DANGER
KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE
Vobster Quay is NOT suitable for children under the age of 10. Deep, cold water risks make the waters edge far too hazardous and no one wants a tragedy. Please help us to keep your children safe by observing these important guidelines...
  • Children 16 and older are able to participate in swim activities at Vobster Quay. They will need their own registration on our booking system (including completing all terms & conditions) and will need their own email address to register and book sessions.
  • Children aged 14 - 15 can be left by the water's edge. 14 year olds can also look after one other (sensible) younger child aged between 10 - 14 (subject to good behaviour). They can also be used as spotters for paddle boarders.
  • Children aged 10 - 13 cannot be left alone at Vobster Quay. They must be supervised by a non-participating adult or child aged 14 or older at all times.
  • Children under 10 and mobile are not allowed at Vobster Quay under any circumstances. This includes toddlers even if they are asleep / in a chair etc.
  • Very small children who are not yet walking and secured in a pushchair are welcome but should be monitored by a non-participating adult.
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION
ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES
Vobster Quay offers the very best in fresh water inland diving but what's it really like below the surface? Below you'll find a detailed breakdown of the environmental features of the lake...
Environmental Features
Water Type
Fresh water, non-tidal
Depth Range
Minimum
6 metres
Maximum
36 metres
Average
12 - 24 metres
Temperature
Minimum
3 °C / 37 °F
Maximum
18 °C / 64 °F
Average
10 °C / 50 °F
Annual Temperature
Water Quality
Visibility
Minimum
< 1 metre
Maximum
> 20 metres
Visibility Effectors
Silt disturbance, algae bloom and/or rainfall 'wash'
Bottom Composition
Rock and Limestone silt
Underwater Obstructions
Quarry buildings (various)
Subterranean tunnel
Aircraft wreckage (various)
Vehicle wreckage (various)
Training platforms (various)
Steel cables
Navigational Bearing
Potential Risks
Depth
Thermal Exposure
Entanglement
Disorientation
Low light
Reduced Visibility
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION
EMERGENCY INFORMATION
In the event of an emergency, please inform a member of the Vobster Quay staff immediately. Our staff are there to assist you. ALL injuries - no matter how minor you think they are - must be reported to a member of our staff.
Vobster Quay employs a very simple diver recall signal that you should listen out for at all times when underwater. In the event of an incident that requires all divers to exit the water, a member of our staff will pound a heavy object against one of the metal ladders located at the water's edge. If you hear this signal, make a safe ascent and leave the water by the nearest safe exit.

Emergency Information
Nearest Telephone
Shop, Office and Main Building
Waterside staff have a radio link to the main building
Emergency Services
Dial 999
Site GPS Coordinates
2 ° 25 ' 28 '' W
51 ° 14 ' 44 '' N
Site Postcode
BA3 5SD
Site Telephone
01373 814666
Specialist Hyperbaric Advice
07770 423637
DDRC, Plymouth
01752 209999
07940 353 816
Haslar Naval Hospital, Gosport
02392 584255
Royal Navy Doctor
07831 151523
0845 408 6008
DAN: Divers Alert Network
Emergency
0870 8719999
Advice
0870 8728888
Website
Nearest A&E Hospital
Oxygen Therapy Units
Inside shop - main building
First Aid Kit
Inside shop - main building