Diving in Dorset

Home to the atmospherically-named Jurassic Coast, famous for the fossils found there, Dorset is set on the English Channel and is a great option for diving, with a whole host of dive sites, whether you’re beginner or advanced. Beginners will love the gentle slopes of the shore dives that can be reached by boat, while more advanced divers will enjoy the amazing wrecks, including World War One and Two vessels – after all this was a key area for shipping during both wars and the Normandy Landings also departed from this county. It means you can expect some incredible wrecks, ranging from aircraft carriers to torpedoed ships. The tides here are strong so dives will need to be well-planned to coincide with slack waters. If you are heading out by boat you will likely be departing from the luxury seaside town of Poole, or Swanage, Weymouth or Portland. Visibility varies between 5 and 20 meters (and 66ft) and like with much of England’s south coast, the water temperature can rise to about 19C (66F) in late summer, with the diving season stretching from April to about October. You’ll find plenty of accommodation in charming towns here, but do book ahead in the peak summer season.

Dive Sites in Dorset

Featured places to go in Dorset

Swanage is the ideal spot for new divers to come and learn the skill in the south coast of England.

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Weymouth and Portland

In this area, Chesil beach is a well-known training site for divers and is where many people in this area come to learn.

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Aquatic Life in Dorset

There are a wide variety of underwater creatures in Dorset which is one of the reasons why many divers enjoy learning the craft here. When diving in this area you can see all sorts of fish such as bass, cuttlefish, John Dories, grey mullet, and triggerfish. The area is most famous for their interesting and colorful blennies which move in massive schools around local divers. This is also one of the best locations in the area to find a variety of lobsters that are native to the region and advanced divers won’t want to miss the many wrecks and marine animals that inhabit them.