Sundays are made for diving

The Andark Sunday Dive has become an institution amongst divers, offering a weekly programme of South Coast shore dives for new and experienced divers alike. All divers from any recognised training agency are very welcome to join us. It’s a great way to meet other divers, build up your experience and get some dives in your log book. These are not training dives.

Andark will facilitate diving, give local dive site briefings and provide shore-based support as well as marshalling the dive, but buddy pairs must plan the details of their own dives allowing for your own diving limitations and the prevailing water conditions. Please ask for advice if needed. If you are on your own we will arrange for a buddy to dive with you. On most Sundays it is usually possible to make two dives. Non-divers are also welcome to come along for the day. Kimmeridge Bay in particular has a lovely grassy bank where you can sit and watch the bubbles.

It’s a great way to meet other divers, build up your experience and get some dives in your log book.

Never dived in the UK before? Local sea temperatures are around 18ºC in summer and our 7mm wetsuits should keep you comfortably warm. There is always plenty of marine life on display and at most of our sites you can find a variety of crabs, anemones, fish, sponges and cuttlefish etc. depending on the season. Our light-hearted look at ‘Fish of the Day’ will point you in the right direction.

We subsidise the hire of main items of equipment and on rare occasions it may be necessary to share. The shop will be open early if you wish to buy anything prior to the Sunday Dive. The cost of the dive does not include air unless you are using one of our cylinders. If you are using your own equipment, you must ensure it is suitable for the environment and conditions in which you are diving and that it has been serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. Please remember that we cannot fill cylinders on Sunday mornings as it delays our departure. It is also essential to book prior to the Sunday Dive, even if it is just the day before, and check in to the shop on your arrival. See you on Sunday.

Dates

Date of diveLocation of dive
Sunday 9th JulySwanage Pier
Sunday 23rd JulyChesil
Sunday 6th August East Beach/ Selsey
Sunday 20th AugustSwanage Pier
Sunday 3rd September East Beach/ Selsey

Procedures for Sunday Dives

Telephone the shop to book your place on the dive (remember to let us know if you need to hire any kit). Call the shop on Friday or Saturday (before 5.00pm) to confirm the dive is proceeding as planned (we may have to make changes due to the weather). On Sunday:

Arrive at the Shop at the advertised time, usually 8.00am. Remember that no air fills are available on the Sunday morning. Please bring proof of certification.

Check in and make payment for the dive. Suits and cylinders will be issued before leaving Andark – they are your responsibility.

Regulators and BCDs will be issued on site and must be returned to your Dive Marshall directly after your dive.

All hired equipment must be returned to Andark on the day of the dive. A charge may be made for late return, based on shop hire prices.

Transport is not included in the price of the dive. However, many regulars share cars. It is up to passengers to arrange fuel costs, etc.

These prices do not include entry to fee paying sites.

All divers must have their own mask, fins, snorkel, weights, weight belt, boots, gloves, SMB and compass. These are available to buy in the shop.

See you on Sunday!

Pre-requisites

Any qualified diver must have dived within 6 months (if not see refreshers)

Minimum Age

As required for your qualification.

What it will cost and what you’ll need

  • PADI Scuba Diver, or anyone requiring an individual instructor £32
  • PADI Open Water, PADI Adventure Diver, BSAC Ocean Diver, BSAC Club Diver or equivalent £18
  • PADI Advanced Open Water, BSAC Sports Diver or equivalent £12
  • PADI Rescue Diver, PADI Master Scuba Diver, BSAC Dive Leader or equivalent £9
  • PADI Divemaster and above, BSAC Advanced Diver and above or equivalent £5
  • Snorkeller £3

You will also need a full set of scuba kit. Regulator, BCD, Cylinder and Wetsuit can be hired separately or as a pack, but you must have your own mask, fins, snorkel, weights, weight belt, boots, gloves, SMB, and compass. We do not hire these items but they are available to buy in the shop.

  • Gear hire – per item £4 – for Regulator, BCD, Cylinder with Air, or Wetsuit
  • Gear pack hire – Regulator, BCD, Full Cylinder, Wetsuit £15
  • Drysuit Hire £35.00 a day. 
  • Undersuit Hire for Drysuit £15.00 a day.

HOW TO BOOK

Telephone the shop on 01489 581755 to book your place on the dive (remember to let us know if you need to hire any kit).

Call the shop on Friday or Saturday (between 4 & 5.00pm) to confirm the dive is proceeding as planned (we may have to make changes due to the weather).

On Sunday

  • Arrive at the Shop at the advertised time, usually 8.00am. Please note that no air fills are available on the Sunday morning.
  • Check in and make payment for the dive and complete disclaimer. Suits and cylinders will be issued before leaving Andark – they are your responsibility.
  • Regulators and BCDs will be issued on site and must be returned to your Dive Marshall directly after your dive.
  • All hired equipment must be returned to Andark on the day of the dive.
  • Transport is not included in the price of the dive. However, many regulars share cars. It is up to passengers to arrange fuel costs, etc.
  • These prices do not include entry to fee paying sites.
  • All divers must have their own mask, fins, snorkel, weights, weight belt, boots, and gloves. These are available to buy in the shop.