The Crushing Works serves as one of the most prominent clues to Vobster Quay's industrial past and is a must for any visiting diver. With its shallowest section in just 12 metres of water, divers of all levels can enjoy the shear scale of this fascinating relic of stone quarrying.
Ideal for divers for all experience levels, beginners can take in the shear size of the Crushing Works whilst experienced divers will enjoy exploring its lower depths. Like a fortress of concrete and steel, the Crushing Works makes for quite an imposing site as you approach it from depth. Emerging from the gloom, you'll see large concrete supports that form a strong, seemingly impenetrable wall punctuated only by two small holes in its base.
Running out along its length at the top of the structure at a depth of just 12 metres you'll see an intricate metal framework which offers a series of fun swim-thrus ideal for divers of all levels - care must be taken to tuck hoses in close to the body to avoid snagging the framework, though!
INFORMATION FOR DIVERS
Rising up from a maximum depth of 22 metres, the Crushing Works is one of the most interesting and accessible dive attractions at Vobster Quay. Carved out of the side of the quarry wall, no visit to Vobster Quay is complete without a visit to this massive industrial structure.
The location of the Crushing Works makes it an ideal detour for divers visiting the aircraft, lying as it does within very close proximity of the aircraft tail section and industrial dryer. For divers wanting to visit the deeper section, descending down through the stone delivery tunnel will take you straight to the base of this impressing structure as you exit the tunnel at 22 metres.
For visiting instructors, the top of the crushing works provides an ideal platform to run through skills and drills whilst still providing students with visual interest during their dives. The Crushing Works has a pair of shotlines tied off as a trapeze half way along the metal framework that runs the full length of the structure, allowing easy ascent and descent for those still finding their way around the lake.
Whilst the deeper section of the Crushing Works is beyond the depth of Open Water divers, we're hoping it's presence will provide new divers with an incentive to further their training - we'd recommend a PADI Advanced Open Water as a minimum level.
Loss of visibility
SAFETY FIRST: As tempting as they may be, we strongly recommend divers do not attempt to squeeze themselves through the holes in the base of the structure. Movement inside is restricted and the cold, darkness and depth can be very disorientating. If in doubt, DO NOT ENTER!