Dosthill Quarry Dive Site Review

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Posted October 8, 2012 by admin in dive spots

Date Visited: 07/10/2012
 
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Friendly and welcoming atmosphere
 

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Vis wasn't great, not the best facilities, bit pricey compared to other (bigger and clearer) UK sites
 

DostHill Quarry near Tamworth is a strange place… When you are driving to find it, you’ll end up in a housing estate, and right next to a church graveyard is the quarry carpark. I’m not religious, but I did find it odd to be stood changing into my semi-dry with people metres away putting flowers […]

Rating

Underwater Attractions
45%


Water Visibility
45%


Site Facilities
32%


Price
56%


Total Score
45%


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DostHill Quarry near Tamworth is a strange place… When you are driving to find it, you’ll end up in a housing estate, and right next to a church graveyard is the quarry carpark. I’m not religious, but I did find it odd to be stood changing into my semi-dry with people metres away putting flowers onto graves. Whilst we are on the carpark, it is a little small, so I’d recommend getting there early and reversing into the space (saves hassle later).
The water is very near the car park which is great as there are no long hikes with gear. The site itself has the basics a diver needs – a compressor for fills, some portaloo’s and the all important butty van (even if the bacon comes a wee bit underdone for my liking)
According to the site there were first divers in the water in 1958, then BSAC bought it and then it was sold on privately. What was great about Dosthill is that it was clear there was a family feel about the place. Many of the divers seemed to be local and knew each other. They were also chatty and welcoming to use newbee’s.
As you enter the water from the main entry points, there are a couple of platforms which are great for teaching, or as we found, great for your safety stop. Entry is really easy to get in and out, with a couple of options, although it does get pretty busy, so be prepared to get out of the way quick!
As you descend you’ll start to notice the vis quickly vanishes, and torches become essential. As you get into the real depths you’ll find a thick black surrounds you (which totally freaked me out when it hit it by mistake and felt my knee go into a soft squelchy substance)
There are a few things to see down in the depths including an old minibus, some cars and old boats and a digger complete with scary shark! You’ll also spot some marine life too, but keep your eyes peeled for the big sturgeon! He’s a beast!
It wasn’t my favourite UK dive spot, and it certainly wasn’t the worst, but with vis not great, my buddy and I opted to cut our trip short and only do 2 dives, not the intended 3. Who knows, maybe we’ll go back, but for now, we’ll stick to futher away, but better vis dive sites. I’d say, stick to the shallower water and maybe follow someone in there who knows the site better, so you see more of what it has to offer.

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