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 their 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. From old sailing vessels with precious cargos to relics of the two World Wars there really is something for everyone.
Scimitar is named after a Royal Navy, fast-attack training ship which 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 first dive will be on HMS Landrail. This wreck sits at 32 metres. HMS Landrail entered service just after the outbreak of WW1 as a torpedo gunboat. After the war she was decomissioned and sold for breaking. In 1921 she was used as a floating target for the Navy and filled with cork. It was hoped that this would keep her afloat longer than usual. Unfortunately, this plan did not work and she sank to the bottom, not long after the first shell was fired. She makes a lovely site and is home to the biggest crabs and lobsters you will see. She sits in a line North to South and in places rises 5 metres from the sea bed.
The trip cost is for the charter dive boat only. You are required to arrange the following:
- 2 full 12 or 10 Ltr tanks for the day
- Your own travel arrangements
- Your dive equipment
- Minimum qualification is Advanced Open Water or BSAC Sports Diver
Please note: the deposit is non-refundable, unless cancelled by the skipper.