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About scuba diving in United Kingdom

Planning your scuba diving experience and need comprehensive information about diving in United Kingdom? Scuba diving in United Kingdom will be an adventure. Even though diving might take place in cold water in the United Kingdom and often requires extra gear, the country has a lot to offer when it comes to variety of diving sites: wrecks and piers, caves and caverns, reefs and kelp forests. Moreover, there are numerous fast flowing drifts, rocky chimneys and beautiful sandy bays. The regular British divers prefer wreck diving, as there are more shipwrecks in the UK than at any other place in the world. Their number is estimated to be close to 250 000, and many of them are full of diverse marine life. There is around 8500 sea species of flora and fauna with many marine mammals and rare types. The larger species are presented by sharks, seals, leatherback turtles, bass, pollacks and octopus. Some other common fauna representatives include cuttlefish, conger eels, lobsters, blennies and seahorses. Diving spots are easy to access in the UK, because the country has a lot of airports, while the coastal area has quite extensive transport network. The most famous diving destinations are located in England and Scotland, which include Scapa Flow, Sound of Mull, Capernwray, Plymouth and Lundy Island. Many divers are attracted to the UK thankfully to the world famous shows for scuba divers twice a year: the London International Dive Show at ExCeL and the Birmingham Dive show at the NEC.

When to go to United Kingdom

The United Kingdom offers diving throughout the whole year due to the opportunity of using the inland sites. Sea diving is available from April till October, but a drysuit or wetsuit might be needed. The warmest months are September and October when a semidry suit is sufficient, while the coldest time is in February and March. The average air temperature during the summer is between 15-20C/59-68F. The water temperature averages to 4-5C/39-41F during the winter and 13-18C/55-64F during the summer. The visibility can reach up to 25m/80ft.

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