Sundays are made for diving

Thinking about our community and how to interact more with it, we created The Andark Sunday Dive Event. It’s a weekly programme for new and experienced divers, from any recognised training agency, to come together and share the same passion at the South Coast.

It’s a great way to meet other divers, encourage the beginners and keeping it exciting for the seasoned professionals. Build up experience and get some dives in your log book.

We facilitate it giving local dive site briefings and providing shore-based support as well marshalling the dive, but you must plan the details of your buddy pairs dives keeping in mind your level on diving and water conditions.

If you are by yourself though, we can arrange a buddy to dive with you. On most Sundays, it is usually possible to make two dives. Please, feel free to ask any question if needed. Non-divers are also welcome to come along for the day and watch. Kimmeridge Bay, in particular, has a lovely grassy bank where you can sit and see the bubbles.

If you have never dived in the UK before, the 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 before 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 equipment, you must ensure it is suitable for the environment and conditions in which you’ll be diving and that it is following the manufacturer’s guidelines.  It is also essential to book before 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

Dates and location may change depending on weather.

Date of diveLocation of dive
Sunday 8th March 2020Vobster
Sunday 22nd March 2020Chesil Beach
Sunday 5th April 2020Swanage Pier
Sunday 19th April 2020Luworth Cove
Sunday 3rd May 2020Chesil Beach
Sunday 10th May 2020Kimmeridge Bay
Sunday 17th May 2020Swanage Pier
Sunday 24th May 2020Luworth Cove
Sunday 31st May 2020Selsey
Sunday 7th June 2020Chesil Beach
Sunday 14th June 2020Swanage Pier
Sunday 21st June 2020Kimmeridge Bay
Sunday 28th June 2020Selsey
Sunday 5th July 2020Luworth Cove
Sunday 12th July 2020Chesil Beach
Sunday 19th July 2020Swanage Pier
Sunday 26th July 2020Kimmeridge Bay
Sunday 2nd August 2020Chesil Beach
Sunday 9th August 2020Swanage Pier
Sunday 16th August 2020Luworth Cove
Sunday 23rd August 2020Selsey
Sunday 30th August 2020Kimmeridge Bay
Sunday 6th September 2020Vobster
Sunday 13th September 2020No Sunday Dive Due to Boat Show
Sunday 20th September 2020No Sunday Dive Due to Boat Show
Sunday 27th September 2020Vobster
Sunday 11th October Chesil Beach
Sunday 25th October No Sunday Dive - Dive Show
Sunday 8th November Wraysbury
Sunday 22nd November Vobster
Sunday 6th December Vobster
Sunday 20th December Andark Lake

Procedures for Sunday Dives

PRE-REQUISITES

  • Any qualified diver must have dive 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

  • Gear hire – per item £4 – for Regulator, BCD, Cylinder with Air, or Wetsuit
  • Gear pack hire – Regulator, BCD, Full Cylinder, Wetsuit £15
  • Gear pack hire – Regulator, BCD, Full Cylinder and Drysuit £40
  • Drysuit Hire £35.00 a day.
  • Undersuit Hire for Drysuit £15.00 a day.

BEFORE

1. Book your place

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

2. Confirm the dive

You can 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).

3. Check your equipment

Make sure your equipment is ready to go, your cylinder is filled with air since we won’t be doing that on Sunday morning and you packed everything needed. Here is a checklist we’ve made to help you remember everything.

*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.

ON SUNDAY:

* Arrive at the Shop at the advertised time, usually 8.00am. 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.