Norfolk Coast Dives
We have some great dives off the Norfolk Coast which can be accessed by boat or just from the shore. Throughout the Summer we arrange regular trips off the Coast as detailed below:
North Norfolk Shore Dives:
Weybourne (The Rosalie shipwreck): The Rosalie was torpedoed in 1915 and now sits just off the beach in a depth of approx. 8 metres. She is a lovely dive and covered in life such as crabs, anemones, sponges and fish. It is easiest to do the dive at Low Tide slack water. How to do the dive: Park in Weybourne beach car park and walk west (left) along the beach for about 600 metres until you are almost level with the wreckage that sticks out of the water around low tide. Surface swim out to it then drop down. On Low Tide slack the tide will still be running east to west a bit so walk in a bit east of the wreck.
Cley (The Vera shipwreck): Torpedoed in 1914 she now sits just off the beach in approx. 6 metres of water. Another lovely dive which is easiest to find at Low Tide slack, as follows: Park in Cley beach car park (almost opposite the Cley Marshes bird reserve centre) and walk east (right) along the beach for 400 metres until you are level with the wreckage that sticks out of the water around low tide. Swim out to it and drop down.
Sheringham gullies: Part of the famous chalk reef the gullies are shallow ridges in the sea bed that are home to lots of marine life including crabs, lobsters, scorpionfish etc. Park on the Esplanade and head straight down to the beach. Surface swim out for a while then drop down and swim out north, then turn around and swim back in.
Other chalk reefs: You can also dive other locations such as East Runton or the chalk reef off Weybourne. Follow the same procedures as for Sheringham, ie surface swim for 5 or 10 minutes and then drop down, swim north then turn around and head back south back to the beach.
These dives are not accompanied / guided, but we can put you in touch with others wanting to do them. Contact us and join our 'Buddy List' so you can contact people directly. Alternatively, if you would like a divemaster/guide we can provide one for a small cost. Please note that these dives involve a long walk in full dive kit to access the water and then a 10 minute surface swim to the wrecks. If you find diving physically challenging these are not the dives for you.
The tides off the Norfolk coast are very strong and these dives must be carried out at slack water (when the water has least movement). Also as they are accessed by a steeply shelving beach you need calm seas in order to get a safe entry and exit. You can calculate slack water as the centre of slack water is approx. 2 hours after low tide at Cromer or 2 and a half hours after high tide. Slack water lasts for about 1 hour so you can therefore enter the water approx. one and a half hours after low tide or 2 hours after high tide. View Cromer tide times on these website Cromer Tide Times Cromer Tide Forecasts Comer Tide times
The gullies can be dived at low or high tide but the wrecks are most easily done at low tide slack when the tips of the wrecks stick out of the water. There is some great information on the two wrecks and how best to dive them on the Seasearch East website, see Rosalie and Vera dives.
They have also posted a great one-take video of The Rosalie dive which is great to watch to get your bearings. Also see their great report on the North Norfolk Chalk Reef. and their information about the chalk reef dives. Also see Bernards great video of the Rosalie Dive September 2016
As with many UK diving locations, all dives on the North Norfolk coast are very weather dependent - please check the weather or call the day before to be sure that they are going ahead. Please always use a delayed SMB when surfacing so you are visible to boat traffic that may be in the area and do not tamper with any lobster and crab pots in place and if you are taking a free-moving crab or lobster please be familiar with minimum catch sizes.
Please also respect any fishermen on the beach and stay well away from their lines in the water.
Remember to call your dive in with the local Coastguard and let them know when you are you out again. Humber Coastguard are on 01262 672317 and will record that you are in and where you are diving and can also give advice on the weather and tides.
Do also read see the RNLI website for some great information about their Diver Sea Survival course which has been designed by the RNLI in conjunction with all training agencies plus the HSE, MOD and the Coastguard to enable divers to be better prepared and skilled for diving in UK waters.
North Norfolk Shore Dive dates. The Word document below has some slack water times that could be suitable for diving. Please contact us if you need help arranging a buddy to go out on any of these. Other dates and times can be easily calculated and planned by calculating Slack Water times as described above.
Norfolk Coast Boat Dives
We can also help arrange boat dives from local hard boat Sole Bay Explorer which leaves from Haven Marina in Lowestoft. Please contact skipper Mike Pacey for available dates and prices. Our local BSAC club, EAB11, also run boat dives off the Norfolk coast for BSAC members. See their website for contact details.