Portland in Dorset benefits from miles of coastline with a variety of different habitats from reefs to an abundance of historic shipwrecks. This variety and accessibility makes Dorset a paradise for divers at all levels and from our Portland base Scimitar diving is in the perfect location to exploit this natural bounty. The area is probably most famous for the extensive variety of wreckage scattered around the coast. There are wrecks suitable for all levels of diving from the beginner to the most experienced technical divers and the wrecks represent every historic watercraft. Old sailing vessels with precious cargos to relics of the two World Wars there really is something for everyone.

The Boat

Scimitar is named after a Royal Navy fast attack training ship that operated from Portland Harbour. She is a South Boat 11m catamaran, renowned for speed and stability, commercially certified to carry 12 divers up to 60 miles off shore. She has twin 400 HP, Caterpillar engines, and cruises at 17 Knots.
For your comfort and convenience the boat is fitted with a hydraulic dive lift on the stern which means you are lifted out of the sea easily and safely.
Thorough safety briefings are given before departure and dive briefs given on arrival at the site. In addition to the safety equipment required by law, Scimitar has a defibrillator, extensive first aid kit and oxygen.


The Ethel was British steamship built in Stockton on Tees in 1898. She weighed over 2300 gross tons, 88 metres long and was fitted with a triple expansion engine. on September 16th 1918 en route from Rouen to Barry in ballast, defensively armed, without warning she was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-104. Her crew survived. The wreck was discovered in the late eighties and lies outside the shambles bank. She is upright, in two parts (the bow is detached and is lying on the western side of the main body of the wreck). The wreck attracts an abundance of marine life.


The trip cost is for the charter dive boat only. You are required to bring the following:

  • 2 full 12 or 10 Ltr tanks for the day
  • Your own travel arrangements
  • Your dive equipment
  • Minimum qualification is PADI Deep Speciality or BSAC Sports Diver

Deposit Required: £70

Please note: the deposit is non-refundable unless cancelled by the Skipper.

Current Availability: 7 spaces



Jul 27 2021


12:30 am - 4:30 pm


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