New England Quarry Dive Site Review

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Posted August 27, 2012 by admin in

Date Visited: 20/10/2008, 21/08/2008, 06/03/2010, 24/04/2010, 20/06/2011
 
 

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Plenty to see underwater, clear water, great for training
 

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No on site facilities, not easy to find or get too,
 

I did most of my training at New England Quarry starting with my PADI Open Water and then my Advanced and part of my Rescue Diver, so I am pretty familiar with the dive site. The quarry is situated near Ivybridge (near to Plymouth) in Devon. It’s found off the beaten track and has a […]

Rating

Underwater Attractions
65%


Water Visibility
65%


Site Facilities
10%


Price
99%


Total Score
60%


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I did most of my training at New England Quarry starting with my PADI Open Water and then my Advanced and part of my Rescue Diver, so I am pretty familiar with the dive site.
The quarry is situated near Ivybridge (near to Plymouth) in Devon. It’s found off the beaten track and has a gated entry. Once through the gate, you’ll drive up some very holey paths to get to the quarry itself. Watch out for the holes and take the drive slow – I’ve witnessed people doing repairs to the holes to get their cars over before. (Google New England Rd, Devon (Yealmpton) – PL7 5BA, UK for a better map and directions)
There isn’t anything in the way of facilities at NEQ – it’s very much take your own, although there is a small petrol station on the main road that makes a good stop off for snacks / meeting before you get there.
The water itself is usually pretty clear – around 6 metres plus, but sometimes if there are loads of people training in there, it can get pretty silty. There is plenty to see down there including a helicopter (a Wessex placed there by Bovisand 15 years ago), gnome garden, landrover. There is also a pretty decent training platform at about 6m. There are opportunities for all kinds of entry and exit around the edges of the water.
I hear the quarry is due to be shut down or is already shut down as a waste incinerator is going in, a great shame as it’s well used by divers for training or for when the sea is not allowing them to dive.
New England Quarry Dive Site


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