Driving to Vobster this Sunday I drove through the snow wondering if I had made the right choice but felt I could not let down the other divers I was going to be diving with. I am so glad I kept going as it was a great day.
Vobster Quay for those who do not know is an inland scuba diving quarry that has 'attractions' for divers to see. when you arrive if you are not a member you have to fill in a short form with contact details and Scuba diving qualification you hold. You are then issued a keyring which you use to pay for things during the day only needing to get your purse out after all the diving has been completed. This makes the days diving very uncomplicated keeping warm with bacon butties and hot chocolates or filling cylinders.
The staff and owner are all very friendly with happy smiles and helpful information. Vobster has the usual facilities of a gas station, shop and food but also has facilities that are not at all the other places with covered areas to shelter from any bad weather. Heated changing rooms that also have hot showers. Large amount of parking on the Quay side with a large overflow car park for the busy summer months.
Vobster Quay has the usual selection of sunken attractions of cars and boats but also has a jet plane, a lorry and a tracked personnel carrier. One nice feature, if you can find it, is jester henge. Jester henge is a collection of tall standing jesters that have been sunken in a circle just like stone henge. The jet plane has been separated into three sections with a couple of metres between them so it is possible to see inside without having to actually go inside for those who do not hold an overhead qualification.
For a week during the summer it is Vobster who host Tec Camp. Where Tec divers can meet and dive with a selection of instructors to find an agency or instructor to continue their diving education but Tec Camp is not just for those who have completed a Tec course it is also for those who would like to meet, talk to, dive with a great group of Tec instructors. Which ones do you like and feel you would learn the best from them.
When I was there the visibility was not very good at about 4 metres and the water was cold at about 4 degrees Celsius. During the summer I know that the water temperature gets warmer, well down to about 12 metres where there is a thermocline and the temperature drops dramatically. Clarity of the water is usually better than my 4 metres but it does depend on how much rain there has been as this can stir the bottom silt.
Three great dives were had by my fellow divers and myself and a thoroughly enjoyable days diving was had by all.
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