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SCUBA DIVING

Divers Cove is London and Surreys newest dive site and the perfect place to learn or refine your underwater skills. The lake is a former sand extraction site and due to the fantastic biodiversity of the lake, it offers exceptional visibility for most of the year. The lake is just over 7.5 acres with depths down to 40ft and various underwater features including 2 light aircraft to keep you occupied. We have male and female heated changing facilities with wc, cafe serving hot and cold food and drink, ample parking spaces and air refills (£5/Refill) available on site.

OPENING TIMES

Divers Cove offers scuba diving at the following times:

Tuesday , Wednesday & Thursday evenings from 6:00pm  - 8:00pm

Saturday & Sunday from ​9:00am - 11:00pm 

LOCATION

Located just off Junction 6 of the M25, and easily found on the A25, Divers Cove is situated on the East Lake Nature Reservoir, a scenic position where everybody is welcome. 

MEMBERSHIP

All divers must have paid an annual membership and signed the relevant disclosure forms required to enter the water, membership is charged at £10/year.

LAKE RULES

Please ensure you have read and fully understand the below lake rules, if you have any questions please ask a member of staff.

  • All divers must report to our reception post and complete a personal details/health questionnaire and indemnity form. Last entry to the water is half an hour before the end of the session. All swim session will start and finish at the allotted time

  • All divers must sign in and pay before every swim with their phone number and car registration number.

  • Children of under 16 years old are not allowed to dive in the lake. The only exception to this will be during specific events at a pre-organised time or with a coach.

  • Children are not permitted to play on the beach at any time. Parents please ensure your children are kept off the PONTOON.

  • ALL (no exceptions) divers must pass the SOWS swimming competency test. This must be observed and confirmed as completed by SOWS Staff before you are allowed to swim on your own. This test involves being observed to be able to swim 50 metres minimum and tread water for 1 minute.

  • All divers are to wear a wetsuit. 

  • If, at any time, you hear a loud hooter being sounded you must immediately leave the water at the nearest exit point. You should stay on land and make your way back to the beach/decking area to await further instructions. Raise your arm for attention if you cannot make it back to land.

  • Calling over the safety canoe unless you have an emergency puts other swimmers at risk. We will not be amused if you just wish to adjust your goggles. Swim with a buddy if possible.

  • Please also swim responsibly and know your limits. Stay near the beach or stick to the shorter loop if you have any doubts.

  • If you sight anyone in trouble you must alert a member of SOWS staff as quickly as possible.

  • Swimmers must stick to the swim courses set out by coloured buoys.

  • Swimmers should swim parallel to the bank when possible.

  • If staff ask you to leave the water please do so immediately, arguing will result in you not being welcome back (your safety is our priority)

  • Safety cover will be provided at all sessions and this will not be below the required minimum standard identified in the venue risk assessment.

  • Before your first swim a pre-swim briefing will be given. This will provide clear guidance on the course to be swum and information on what to do if a swimmer experiences difficulty. Please ask staff if anything you are told is not clear.

  • Try to ingest a minimum amount of water when swimming.

  • When on land footwear must be worn at all times.

  • Cover all cuts and abrasions, however minor, with sticking plasters. Do not swim if you have deep cuts.

  • Wash hands in fresh water before eating after you have swum and take a full shower at the earliest opportunity.

  • In the unlikely event that you develop any flu-like symptoms after swimming with an open cut/wound please tell your doctor that you have been swimming in open water.

  • A first aid kit will always be on site if you ever have any need.

  • Any accidents no matter how small must be reported to SOWS staff and will be logged

  • Children under 16 years of age are not be left on their own without the supervision of an adult (over 18 years of age)

  • The SOWS safety officer on site has the final say to whether a swim or dive session can proceed or not.

  • All are welcome! There are some lovely dog walks at Divers Cove and we make a great breakfast!

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