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 exciting for the ones that do this for a long time. 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 never dive 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, except to fill cylinders as it delays our departure. 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 and location may change depending on weather.
|Date of dive||Location of dive|
|Sunday 17th March||Kimmeridge Bay (weather dependant)|
|Sunday 31st March||Chesil Beach (weather dependant)|
|Sunday 14th April||Swanage Pier (weather dependant)|
|Sunday 28th April||Kimmeridge Bay (weather dependant)|
|Sunday 12th May||Chesil Beach (weather dependant)|
|Sunday 26th May||Swanage Pier (weather dependant)|
|Sunday 9th June||Chesil Beach (weather dependant)|
|Sunday 23rd June||Kimmeridge Bay (weather dependant)|
|Sunday 7th July||Chesil Beach (weather dependant)|
|Sunday 21st July||Swanage Pier (weather dependant)|
|Sunday 4th August||Kimmeridge Bay (weather dependant)|
|Sunday 18th August||Chesil Beach (weather dependant)|
|Sunday 1st September||Swanage Pier (weather dependant)|
Procedures for Sunday Dives
- Any qualified diver must have dive within 6 months (if not see refreshers)
- 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.
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.
* 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.