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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
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Vobster Quay welcomes freedivers with a range of high quality facilities that provide all you need to enjoy a fun and leisurely one-breath diving experience.
THE EVERY BEST ONE-BREATH DIVING
FREEDIVING AT VOBSTER QUAY
Photos copyright © Jason Brown
Welcome to the UK's friendliest inland diving venue! Offering the very best fresh water diving and unrivalled onsite support services, Vobster Quay has something to offer every diver.
Whether you're just getting started in scuba diving or you're an experienced techie looking to polish your skills in preparation for adventures ahead, Vobster Quay has it all. With depths from 6 to 36 metres and a myriad of fascinating underwater attractions just waiting to be explored, we offer a rich variety of diving to suit divers of every level - all accessible via convenient entry points located close to our sturdy kitting up benches and car park.

Topside you'll find a great selection of diving facilities to help you get the most out of your visit. From dive kit hire to cylinder gas fills and retail sales, Vobster Quay offers everything you need to enjoy a great day of diving.

Please note you must pre-book to dive at Vobster Quay - do not turn up if you have not pre-booked a session through our online booking portal. First visit? We recommend you read our handy guide to planning your first visit to Vobster Quay.
DISCOVER AQUATIC WORLD OF
FREEDIVING ADVENTURES
FABULOUS SUBMERGED OBJECTS
WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED
Lurking beneath the waters of Vobster Quay you'll find a rich assortment of fascinating submerged objects just waiting to be discovered. What will you discover?
From the fuselage of an ex-Royal Navy Commando Sea King Helicopter to the shell of a British Army Armoured Personnel Carrier and a 15-metre long shipwreck just waiting to be explored, we've got dive attractions to suit freedivers of all levels. Don't miss our Quarry Crushing Works - it's as big as a house!
PERFECT TRAINING VENUE
FOR FREEDIVING COURSES...
Freediving instructors looking for a training site that offers a safe, convenient and richly varied training environment need look no further - we've got you covered!
Whether you're teaching entry-level freediving students or an advanced freediving masterclass, our lake provides the perfect venue to ensure your students get the safest and best possible training experience. We offer a generous number of shot lines tied off to various depths and easy ingress and exit from the water.
WHAT LURKS BENEATH:
MEET THE LOCALS
Vobster is home to a wide range of fish and other aquatic species which can add a fun natural element to any dive.
It's not uncommon for freedivers to encounter shoals of freshwater fish species including large Perch and Roach. These fish can grow to quite a large size and commonly congregate in large groups in the shallows. Nothing quite matches that feeling of being 'at one' with nature as you glide gracefully through the ranks of fish resting gently below the surface.

Working in conjunction with Bristol Zoological Society, Vobster is also proud to be an 'ark' site for the native endangered white-clawed crayfish.

DISCOVER ONE-BREATH DIVING
LEARN TO FREEDIVE
Vobster Quay has always been a popular destination for open water swimmers but have you ever wondered what lies beneath its tranquil waters? Now here's your chance thanks to our friends at Go Freediving!

Led by world-class freediving instructor Emma Farrell - the author of One Breath: A Reflection on Freediving - Go Freediving have been teaching at Vobster for the past eighteen years and Emma has also spent over a decade working with swimmers, including Olympic and Paralympic medal winners Keri-Anne Payne, Cassie Patton, Ellie Simmonds and Alice Tai. Learning to freedive isn't just an amazing way to explore under the surface at Vobster, it's also a way to improve your breathing and water confidence.

RAID FREEDIVER COURSE
The two day RAID Freediver course is a fantastic introduction to the world of freediving. Prior to attending the practical elements of the course you will have a short theory course to complete in your own time at home. You will also have access to our online video tutorial library containing more than 18 recordings made by the Go Freediving team, to help you improve your confidence and technique before the practical elements of the course.

All theory materials, certification charges, and professional kit and wetsuits are provided and our courses are held at the beautiful location of Vobster Quay. They also have the highest instructor / student ratios on our courses so you will be encouraged to progress at your own pace. Taught by some of the world's most experienced instructors and providing unrivalled materials and support, no other course offers such a comprehensive package, safety record and wealth of experience.

By the end of the weekend you could be diving to depths up to 20 metres in the most relaxed and safe manner possible. You'll dive Vobster's famous submerged boats, trucks, cars and planes, swim through shoals of beautiful fish and learn new skills to take your love of water to the next level!
All photos by Pash Baker - marinepix.co.uk

Got a burning question?
Please note that all freediver training is run by our friends at Go Freediving, an independent training school with no direct affiliation with Vobster Quay. If you have any questions about freediver training and its suitability for you, please contact them direct.