Llantrisant Sub-Aqua Club
www.llantrisantdivers.com

West Wales Diving
 
 
 

 

Please Note

For information about the dive weekends at West Wales, members should contact Phil Dewhurst on:
01443 226201
01443 227667
07910 073123
who will have up to date information regarding the arrangements for the weekend and a list of those members who intend going diving with the club.
 
SWSFC Guidance Leaflet
 
 
 
 
 
 

Please Note

For information about the dive weekends at West Wales, members should contact Phil Dewhurst on:
01443 226201
01443 227667
07910 073123
who will have up to date information regarding the arrangements for the weekend and a list of those members who intend going diving with the club.
 
SWSFC Guidance Leaflet
 
 
 
 
 
 

Please Note

For information about the dive weekends at West Wales, members should contact Phil Dewhurst on:
01443 226201
01443 227667
07910 073123
who will have up to date information regarding the arrangements for the weekend and a list of those members who intend going diving with the club.
 
SWSFC Guidance Leaflet
 
 
 

 

Diving around the
Pembrokeshire Coastline

As a club based in South Wales we are very fortunate to live close enough to dive around the Pembrokeshire Coast, the only coastal national park in the UK and an area of "outstanding natural beauty" which also incorporates the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve.

Pembrokeshire is also an area rich in wildlife with many species of birds and mammals to be found. Some of the offshore islands are famous for their bird colonies such as the Gannets of Grassholme and the Manx Shearwaters of Skomer. Many of the more remote beaches and islands become home to seals during the breeding season and dolphins and porpoises are often sighted in the area.
 
 
 
 

As well as the breathtaking coastal scenery, Pembrokeshire's underwater environment is also very scenic and abundant with a diversity of marine life. The strong sea currents which race around this stretch of coastline carry food and nutrients to ensure a healthy growth of both plants and animals within this marine environment.

With many wrecks in the area for divers to explore and underwater visibility up to 15 metres this area is a superb venue for sports divers.

When diving in the area, we base ourselves at the West Wales Diving Centre at Hasguard Cross which is located on the Haverforwest to Dale road (B4327) and near to Little Haven and Broad Haven. We keep our club boats and 4WD here and launch from local sites such as Broad Haven and Little Haven in St. Bride's Bay and Dale and Gelliswick in Milford Haven.

From these launch sites we can reach many of our favourite dive locations at any state of the tide and in almost any weather conditions.

The following links show maps of the launch areas and popular diving areas:

There are literally dozens of excellent dive sites around this area of coast, information on which can be obtained from the West Wales Diving Centre. Some of the more famous dive sites are shown on the map below.

The West Wales Diving Gallery

During the diving season the boats are kept in
the boatyard at West Wales Divers.


The boats being prepared and
checked out before use.

When they are ready they cane be hitched up
and towed to the chosen launch site.

The larger boats are quite heavy and require a four
wheel drive vehicle to tow them.

The outboard engines are large and powerful so that the
boats can carry us at speed to the various dive sites.

After the divers have suited up
the dive gear is then loaded on to the boats.

We usually use a tractor to tow the boats down
the beach to the sea and launch them.

Sometimes we use
four wheel drive vehicles.

Final checks are
carried out on the beach.

Using a tractor for launching and recovery
makes life a lot easier. (an awful lot easier)

Once the boats are in the water
the engines are started and warmed up

Somebody stays in the water to hold the boat steady while everybody else climds aboard.

The powerful outboard engines allow us to
travel quickly to the chosen dive site.

The boats can carry eight divers with ease and we usually take more than one boat on a normal dive day.

Sometimes we take all three boats.

The Hen & Chicks
One of our favourite dive sites
a site with spectacular marine life

The view from the other side.

Hen and Chicks is usually diveable in bad weather
when other more exposed sites are inaccessible.

Stack Rocks
(west side)
another popular dive site

Brian Goffee as boat cover

Skomer Island
Famous for the Skomer Marine
Nature Reserve

One of the boats anchored
off the north wall of Skomer.

Grassholme Island (birdshit island)
Owned by the RSPB and
home to a huge Gannet Colony

Some good diving is to found
around this island.

One of the main drawbacks to diving here is the
terrific pong that comes from the gannet colony.

The Smalls Lighthouse

Home to many seals and at the furthest limit of our
club boats. There are several superb dive sites out here
but due to its remote location, it can only be visited
during periods of calm weather.

The Club President
(Peter Rees)

Our equipment officer Billy Whizz
and The club treasurer Jeff Canning
(a pair of real crooks)

Dicky Taylor (club fashion guru)

Guess how much I paid for this?

Our senior citizen Phil the Flute

Gary Hortop wondering why he bought a Suunto Computer.

Merville Burrows
(the bearded wonder)

Divers kitting up on a crowded boat.

An afternoon in late summer.

Going ashore for lunch.

Heading for home.

Recovering the boat with a tractor.
   
   
SAA Club 349
 
Welsh Association of Sub Aqua Clubs
 
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Marine Conservation Society
 
Divernet Magazine
 
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Atlantic Pressure Charts
 
UK Wind Chart
 
 
UK Wind Map
 
UK Tidal Predictions
 
Tidal Prediction
 
Admiralty Charts
 
Imray Charts
 
Eagle GPS
 
West Wales Sailing
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
X-RAY MAG is an international dive magazine. It is complimentary and published in pdf-format and distributed worldwide over the internet every other month.
 
Wales Tourist Board
 
Alan James Photography
 
Cameras Underwater
 
British Society of Underwater Photographers
 
Wildlife Trust Marine Section
 
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
 
Visit Pembrokeshire
 
Friends of Pembrokeshire
 
The Shark Trust
 
Campaign for the Protection of Rural WAles
 
The Countryside Council for WAles
 
Wildlife Wales
 
The Nature of Wales
 
Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
 
BBC Nature - Wales & Southwest
 
British Divers Marine Life Rescue
 
RSPB
 
World Wildlife Fund
 

 

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