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Andark Diving & Watersports

The Lake

Our very own purpose built inland diving lake

Andark Lake is a purpose built Inland Diving Lake, located in Lower Swanwick, near Southampton, Hampshire on the South Coast of England. Andark’s Diving Lake is specially designed as a training facility for Scuba Diving, whether you are a qualified PADI, BSAC, SSI or SAA or any other recognised diving agency.

The Lake is designed for openwater scuba diver training, perfect for components of many diving courses including PADI Openwater, PADI Advanced, PADI Rescue, PADI Dive Master, BSAC Ocean Diver, BSAC Sport Diver, BSAC Dive Leader, SSI Openwater Diver & SAA Diving courses. Advanced level diver training such as Re-breather & Instructor courses and HSE Commercial Scuba Diver training can be accommodated in the Andark Lake for sections of these training courses.

The lake offers confined openwater conditions with great onsite facilities- changing rooms with showers, free WiFi, a Café and Shop.

Other uses of the lake include openwater swimming, triathlon training, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and model boating. The lake also offers venue hire of its classroom/conference room, and is available for trials and equipment testing.

Lake Information

The lake has been designed with training in mind, ease of access with handrails and beach type entry. With stepped training platforms at 1.5 metres and 3.4 metres. The depth of the lake is a maximum of 7metres to flat concrete area in the middle, this can fluctuate.

The average temperature ranges from 25°C in summer to 6°C in winter. Water temperature will vary depending on weather conditions.

Water temperature on 18/07/18 was 24°C

Like many UK inland and sea diving sites visibility can alter from good to low. Many factors affect visibility including water temperature, algea bloom (in summer), and precipitation.

What’s in the lake to see?

  • Sunken Jet Ski for you to sit on
  • Barge Timbers – The Bow section of an old Barge
  • Underwater mirrors on the east end of lake to see what you look like!
  • Shop/Cafe/Reception – serving tea/coffee/cold drinks & snacks
  • Shop selling basic diving essentials
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Male & Female changing rooms with hotshowers & lockers
  • Public WiFi
  • Conference/Classroom for 24/30 people
  • Air is available at 232 Bar at Lake – cost £4.00
  • Purpose built training lake with beach type entry
  • Max depth 7 metres with 2 platforms at approx 1.2 metres and 3.5 metres
  • Tie down points on bottom of Lake
  • Mirrored wall check out your kit
  • Bow section ribs of 17th century barge
  • Sunken jet-ski
  • Pontoon access
Time of Day Member Non – Member Timings
All Day Session £12.00 £15.00 09.00 – 16.30
Morning Session £12.00 £15.00 09.00 – 13.00
Afternoon Session £10.00 £13.00 12.45 – 16.45
Lunchtime Session £8.00 weekdays only £10.00 weekdays only 12.00 – 14.00
Evening Session £8.00 £10.00 18.00 – 20.30
Andark Students £10.00

Open Water Swimming Sessions: £6.00 per person

Membership & Groups Prices
Individual Membership £20.00 per year
Schools/Groups/Clubs 1 Instructor free per 4 paying non-members

Lake opening times

MondayClosed (Except full lake bookings)
Tuesday09.00am - 12noon
Wednesday09.00am - 17.00pm
Evenings 18.00pm - 20.30pm (May – September) Scheduled dates only see http://andarklake.co.uk/events/
Thursday09.00am - 17.00pm
Friday09.00am - 17.00pm
Saturday08.00am - 17.00pm
Sunday08.00am - 17.00pm
Michael Ambrose
Lake Manager

Michael was on of our Scholars Andark Dive Master Scholarship  he has now joined the Andark Team full time to run our Diver Training Lake!

Jenny Dewhirst
Caƒe Assistant

Jenny is the wife of one of Andark’s Dive Masters Paul. She is a retired nurse and is the social secretary of a local club, with catering experience from the social events.


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256 Bridge Road,
Lower Swanwick,
Hampshire UK,
SO31 7FL

email: admin@andark.co.uk
Call us on: +44 (0)1489 581755
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PADI 5* IDC Diver Training Centre

About Andark

Andark was formed in 1976 , originally as a diving contractor working on many underwater projects from ship hull surveys to underwater construction and marine salvage. In 1980 we diversified into scuba diver training . Today Andark is one of the country’s biggest leisure diving schools offering a range of world-recognised dive courses.