Monday, 25 August 2008
BUCKLAND DIVE CENTRE - OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND TO ALL DIVERS!!
The site is located in Cliffe which is inbetween Rochester and Gravesend. It is easily accessible from the M2 and it is also centrally located to all areas of Medway and Kent.
Below you will find information about the site and all of our facilities.
Opening hours are 6 days a week
We are closed on Wednesdays
£10 per diver.
A percentage of your entry fee goes back into the nature reserve.
We accept all major credit and debit cards either in person or over the phone
From the M2 take junction 1 - A289
Take the second exit - B2000 towards Cliffe.
Follow the road through Cliffe Woods village.
Take the second left after the village - Rectory Road.
Turn right into Buckland Road.
Turn left into Salt Lane.
We are situated down the lane through the second set of gates on the left.
Nearest postcode is ME3 7ST.
Buckland Lake is a large disused quarry and has been flooded for over 40 years.
There is an abundance of wildlife and the setting is one of peace and relaxation.
Many divers have already commented on the fact that they feel totally chilled
out before and after dives.
On a sunny day it is like being in the carribean as the sun shines on the diving area from dawn to dusk.
Surrounded by white chalk cliffs and colourful vegetation it has to be seen before
you can understand it's attraction.
Caitlin - a small cabin cruiser sunk in about 6.5m
Malaysian Sigma Jet Aircraft - accessible to all levels of diver - fuselage has been
gutted making it a superb swim through - ideal for wreck courses
maximum depth 6.5m. This is a complete aircraft.
Flat Bed Lorry Trailer - this is used as a training platform and is
large enough to give students lots of room in a depth of 6m. At over 40 feet in length training groups have plenty of room for skills.
CESA platform - located just off of the pontoon, the ideal base for students in a depth of 8m
Training Platform - Located a short swim away from the pontoon, ideal for students. Made from scaffold tubes and boards in a depth of 8m
Shallow Platform -
The Old Pump House
This area has now been opened up and the roof has been removed, access is now available to all areas of the pump house where you will see all of the old machinery still intact.
A large well inside the building has been found and work has revelaed a depth of 18 meters with the well being around 15 feet across giving enough room for about 6 divers on the bottom. In the wall of the well there is a tunnel entrance which is a swimthrough into the 15m Marianna Trench. Work is still being carried out to make it clearer and safer for training purposes.
Great White Shark
JAWS has arrived!!
The only lake in the UK where you can dive and see a great white shark and she waits for you in about 5m of water.
Her head is moulded from that of a real shark and her body reflects the beauty of an amazing and awesome fish.
Her mouth displays a full set of realistic teeth and her big black eyes are waiting to look into yours.
She is 19 feet long and ready for visitors.
Have your photo taken with her but please respect our shark.
Any diver found to have damaged the shark in any way will not be allowed future entry to Buckland.
This has now been started and about a dozen gnomes are in place, there is plenty more space for others so feel free to bring a gnome along for our underwater garden, club gnomes welcome too!!
The Lady Di Yacht
This wreck sits in 8m of water and still has most of her features except the mast. In the galley you will find cups etc along with the kettle still on the side.
This speedboat is sunk in 8m of water, she is laying very close to the Lady Di yacht, she is very colourfull and proved to us to be very unsinkable until we got the better of her!! See pics of her sinking on our gallery page - the progress of Buckland Lake.
The Port Rose
This 32 foot vessel lies in 11m of water and is a complete swimthrough, she is ideal for wreck specialities and has most of her original features. We think that she originates from an original herring fishing boat although we have yet to clarify this, see pics of her sinking on our gallery page - the progress of Buckland Lake.
THE LADY FRANCES
This is a 45' cabin cruiser which is a complete swimthrough, she is sitting in about
9m of water just off of the flat bed lorry platform.
She took a week to sink but eventually gave up the fight, she has many original features including the oven and washing machine.
All wrecks and platforms are linked with safety lines and all have marker buoys.
There is also a safety line leading from the entry steps to the Flat Bed Lorry Platform
FREE parking for divers only - please park sensibly when you arrive to enable enough room for everyone - where possible please car share.
The car park has now been extended but we still ask you to car share please.
OVERFLOW CAR PARK
This is located at the fishery side of the lake and is available for divers to use after unloading kit at the diving area. It is then just a short walk back to the dive area along the North Cliff path.
Please come down to the diving area and ask about this if the top car park is full.
This is where we ask that you come to BEFORE dropping your kit on the diving area so that you can sign yourself in and be advised of any details we may have for you.
We also have various items of kit on sale here at very good prices.
This is available at £50 per day for a full set of kit.
We also hire out cylinders and weights, cylinders are £10 per day and weight is £1 per kilo.
Kit hire disclaimers must be signed at the time of arrival.
We would appreciate a phone call or an email before your dive date advising us of any kit hire requirements.
We sell hot & cold drinks along with snacks and hot cooked food, the wagon is open for hot food at weekends and for all other items during the week.
You are welcome to bring your own lunch etc but no BBQ's are allowed or gas camping cookers.
CONCRETED DIVERS AREA
We keep this area as clean as possible so that your kit stays dirt free. This area is used by a lot of divers so please help us to keep it clean by using the rubbish bins provided and the "butt buckets" if you are a smoker.
This area is for DIVERS ONLY.
Changing areas & Toilet.
Our toilet is supplied with anti bacterial soap, anti bacterial hand wipes and pleasant air fresheners for your comfort.
The changing rooms are on the diving area and are roomy and dry.
DIVING ENTRY POINTS
For giant stride entry we have a large floating pontoon. We do not allow any kit to be left on the pontoon for the safety purposes of all divers. No non divers are allowed on the pontoon.
For alternative entry and for exiting we have the set of metal steps which make life easy for all divers.
No other area is to be used for entering or exiting the water.
There is a compressor on site that fills with triple clean air. If you require an air fill then we ask that you buy a tag from the cabin BEFORE you take your tank to the air room for filling.
Any tank without a tag will not be filled.
DRY DECKED AREA
Take a break between dives and sit and relax on our decking, no kit allowed on this area apart from your suits. The entire lake can be seen from this point which also overlooks the diving area below. This is where we ask that all non divers sit if accompanying divers.
This is located at the fishery end of the lake and is available for hire to any dive group that needs somewhere to do exams etc. It can seat up to 20 people and has fantastic views over the lake, it has running water and power. Advance notice is required and the charge is £15 per half day.
HOW CAN YOU DIVE THIS SITE?
Booking is required. For weekends please phone or email about a week in advance. For weekdays please email or phone a day or two in advance. We cannot be held resposible if you are turned away due to the site being fully booked.
You can enquire by contacting us on 07961077241 - Buckland Booking Line
You can email us at
Please note the telephone is manned from 9am - 6pm.
No dogs are allowed onto the dive site under any circumstances.
No children under the age of 7 are allowed onto the dive site.
All divers will need to show current cert card before diving - no exceptions.
All divers will be required to sign in and out of the site
All divers will be expected to adhere to the site rules
All divers will be expected to dive within the area perimeter of the site ONLY
All training facilities will need to provide surface support.
Polaris Scuba reserve the right to refuse entry to any diver or group at their discretion.
Divers area will be for DIVERS USE ONLY unless providing a surface support person. Any non diving people must stay off of the diving area please.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 December 2012 )