Diving Holidays in Swanage
Swanage is widely considered one of the premier diving destinations in the UK. There’s an extensive selection of dives sites in the local area, with something to suit all interests and abilities.
The town is geared up for dive visitors with plenty of accommodation available and excellent places to eat and drink. Divers can make use of a range of facilities close to the pier, including toilets, showers, trolleys, car parking and refreshments.
Diving Swanage Pier
The historic wooden pier is popular among novice divers looking for a shallow site with easy access. Water clarity is fantastic, so you can expect to see a variety of sea creatures hidden amongst the framework. These can include sand eels, crabs, blenny’s, wrasse, lobsters, cuttlefish, bream, pollock and more.
There’s a mixture of sand, pebbles and sea grass to explore beneath the pier structure. It’s extremely sheltered and just 5m deep, making it the ideal choice for beginners and newly qualified divers. There’s also a designated safer Diver Training Zone adjacent to the pier, which is marked by buoys for added safety.
Reef and wreck dives
If you plan on venturing offshore during your diving holiday in Swanage, there is well regarded fleet of dive charter boats offering transport and expert instruction. They can take you to reefs along the Jurassic Coast as well as WW1 and WW2 wrecks in deeper water.
The spacious catamarans offer a comfortable and spacious platform for all of your dive gear. During the steam to your dive site, you can enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding coast.
Dive Schools and Charters
Divers Down was established in 1958 and is Britain’s oldest dive school. They have two spacious catamarans with lifts to help experienced divers enter and exit the water safely. They’re based next to Swanage Pier with onsite parking for cars and vans. There’s a dive gear shop as well as equipment hire and air, if you don’t fancy transporting your own gear.
If you’re new to diving, Divers Down offer a number of PADI dive courses, designed to teach you the necessary skills to dive safely. The experienced instructors will familiarise you with equipment and boost your confidence in the water. Courses are open to individuals aged 12 and over. There’s even a 3-hour beginners experience in the safe water’s underneath Swanage Pier.
Swanage Boat Charters
Skipper Bryan, offers a range of dive experiences aboard his boats Mary Jo and Viper. You can charter the boat for your group or book individual spaces. Swanage Boat Charters run an action-packed schedule throughout the year, with dives planned at some of the area’s best loved wrecks. Bryan also offers Drift Dives and Scenic Dives.
Divers accommodation in Swanage
Ulwell Holiday Park is ideally suited for divers in Swanage*. We have a range of accommodation available to book for short breaks and week-long stays throughout much of the year. Bring your own caravan and campervan or stay in one of our modern self-catering units. We have a range of luxury caravan holiday homes to choose from as well as a camping pod and self-contained studio with garden.
Our popular camping and caravan site is just a short drive from Swanage Pier, so you won’t have to travel far before you head off in the mornings. We have a bar and restaurant on-site, where you can refuel and socialise at the end of the day.
*Please note – if you plan on bringing your own dive boat with you, you will need to speak to reception at the time of booking. It is sometimes possible to bring a small boat, but this will depend on a number of factors including the boat size, number of people on park and rental caravan location. Please call us on 01929 422823 to discuss your requirements.