Dive Sites

The area of the coast of Weymouth and Portland is a haven for shipwrecks locally we have scores to choose from. 

You can dive warships, submarines old sailing ships and well basically anything you want. Some wrecks are not too far offshore and we can normally dive whatever the weather as we have some sheltered locations. Here is a small selection to wet your appetite. If you wish to know more about what to dive other than the wrecks listed below please contact us and we will be only to glad to help.

Technical divers have used Skin Deep since the early 1990’s when the mixed gas revolution first swept mainstream diving and it’s these divers that have opened up many of the offshore deeper wrecks. 

With the catamaran we are travelling further and faster and operating from different ports in the Southwest. We often have some exciting weeks for the wreck hunters but if you just fancy a good dive have a look at this list of excellent wrecks – it’s just a few of the many great sites we have.

Scenic Dives and Drift Dives

Weymouth & Portland is situated in the centre of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline with an abundance of reef and ledge dives such as Pulpit rock, Durdle door, Stennis ledges and Lulworth banks which are all homes to an amazing verity of marine life. We’ve also got some of the countrys classic drift dives round the area of Portland Bill and are very often the choice of second dives. Life thrives in these strong tidal conditions and the area offers a number of good drift dives, some will fly you through dramatic seabed locations lined with deadmans fingers and plumrose anenomies. Look more closely amongst this marine growth and you will often find unusual nudibranchs, octopus, as well as gorgeously coloured anemones that adorn these gullies.

With the catamaran we are travelling further and faster and operating from different ports in the Southwest. We often have some exciting weeks for the wreck hunters but if you just fancy a good dive have a look at this list of excellent wrecks – it’s just a few of the many great sites we have.

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U-Boat U-772

German U- Boat approx 55m, broken in front of the conning tower winter garden and life raft tubes still visible excellent dive and strong example of a type VII C german U-Boat. Excellent dive and explored by Shadow divers Richie Kholar. Max depth 57m

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Outer Breakwater

You never know what one might find here from a cannon ball to a glass bottle a treasure trove of the old and various sea life hiding in the harbour wall or crawling across the seabed

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Warrior II

A once beautiful steam yacht built with no expense spared. She was requisitioned in both wars but her luck ran out in 1940 when she was attacked from the air. Her bow is a fantastic site and she still retains many of her very heavy brass fittings. Some of the best portholes I have seen […]

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Stennis Ledges

Scenic drift westside Chesil Beach –  Distinct set of ledges and rough ground perpendicular to Chesil beach, these rocky exposures allow various species of hard and soft corals (pink seafan), sponges, sea squirts etc to live & grow creating reefs full of life

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Aeolian Sky

The Sky as she is known locally is a very large wreck and although the subject of much salvage work is still very recognisable. Lying on her port side the stern and rear accommodation area are relatively intact and stand some 12M. There is much evidence of her cargo within the wreck and strewn across […]

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Binnendijk

Binnendijk

The Benny as she is known locally literally went down in a blaze of glory. After striking a mine she caught fire and was alight from stem to stern. The wreck is well broken after salvage operations but is still substantial and is often diveable when most other sites are blown out, due to her […]

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UB 74

This submarine has had a lot of attention from the salvage men. The Conning tower has been removed and her stern has been reduced to nothing. For those with knowledge of U boats however she makes a fascinating rummage dive. She has really thrown up some surprises and if you fancy diving this one there […]

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Landrail

After a long and chequered Naval career that saw her involved in several accidents this ship was sunk but not intentionally during target practice. She had been filled with cork and was supposed to float even after several direct hits and then towed back to Portland repaired and used again Landrail had other ideas and […]

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Meknes

Meknes

A 6000-ton liner sunk in WW2 by German E boats. She was carrying troops at the time and sank with the loss of over four hundred lives. A very large site, which has been extensively depth charged as the Navy were concerned that her hulk could provide a nice hiding place for a U boat. […]

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Gertrude

Wreck/scenic drift dive victim of the fog, steel plates anda rudder with a propeller sticking out of the seabed and boiler to be found 4m from wreck

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HMS Fisguard II

Formerly the ironclad battleship Invincible she was converted to a static training vessel but sank in the deep hole just off Portland Bill while under tow. Completely upside down and lying up against a ledge Fisguard makes a challenging dive due to the fact there isn’t much slack water and sea conditions can change very […]

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Illinois

Illinois

Standing over 15M in places this three castle American tanker dating from the first war is an incredible dive. One of the country’s leading technical divers Jamie Powell rates this wreck as possibly the best in the English Channel. August 1997 saw her very large bell, which can be seen on the homepage, come aboard […]

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Crab City

East side Portland various ledges and hiding spots for creatures from lobsters to blennys, kelp and other weeds to search through and find small creatures of the sea

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Frogner

A victim of the first war this wreck is a haven for large and I mean large Lobster. She is one of several wrecks worked by local divers over the years but much still remains I have never had any complaints about this wreck most divers love it and often want to return so that […]

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Iolanthe

Iolanthe

It’s hard to believe but this wreck was only found in the early nineties, considering her size and location that’s quite surprising. The wreck is fairly well collapsed but there is plenty of it and her cargo of railway rolling stock is in evidence. She stands 7 metres in places and the bow is still […]

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Waitara

I remember back in 1995 talking to one of the country’s pioneer mixed gas divers Alan Yeend about this sailing ship. I was explaining how she was one I would like to find and even had a few possible sites. Imagine my surprise and his when two weeks later he found her lying in 60M […]

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M2

The M2 is classified as a war grave due to the fact that she sank as the result of an accident in 1932 killing all the crew. This submarine was unique in that she carried a small aircraft in a hanger built on to the conning tower and it is thought that whilst practising emergency […]

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Salsette

Imagine coming across this for the first time. A P&O liner on it’s portside a wonderful dive. At 34M you arrive on the starboard rail looking across the steeply sloping decks she makes a fantastic sight. The hull is largely intact and there are some great swim throughs for the experienced diver, however it is […]

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Alex Van Opstal

This ship was almost brand new when she also succumbed to the mines near the Shambles bank. She was a large passenger/cargo vessel and like the Benny is often a good bad weather dive. Her bow is intact and stands some 7 metres high as you travel along towards the stern she is more and […]

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Sidon

Sidon

This submarine originally sank in Portland harbour due to an explosion and subsequent fire, which killed some of the crew. She was salvaged and sunk in her present position as a Sonar target and makes an excellent dive. The Sidon is upright and although in tact there are many holes in her casing, which have […]

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St Dunstan

St Dunstan

In times of poor vis this wreck can be the rabbit out of the hat and save the day. For some reason the clarity of the water here often remains when everywhere else is poor and even though her description as a dredger drums up thoughts of boring most divers are pleasantly surprised. Although well […]

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P555

An ex American submarine which was supplied to the British navy under the wartime lease lend scheme. At the end of the second war we must have had the best out of her as they didn’t want her back and in 1947 she was scuttled as a Sonar target. P555 remains in remarkable condition and […]

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Durdle Door

An underwater reef  offshore and parallel to the beach between the famous rock arch of Durdle Door and Bats Head. A shallow site suitable for beginners and interesting for more experienced divers due to the prolific marine life, crabs, starfish, fish, etc

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Buccaneer

This well-known Portland tug was sunk in a variation of the now famous friendly fire!! She was towing a target, the firing vessel obviously got mixed up and much embarrassment ensued as the Navy sank one of it’s own. This was a true Dennis Norden style cock up but has given us another great dive. […]

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James Fennel

A Steam trawler 123’ long that went around on Blacknor Point in January 1920 in thick fog. The stern is still there and amidship can be found the boiler and an engine. An abundance of sea life around.

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Pomeranian

After being torpedoed this large ship sank so quickly that there was only one survivor out of a crew of 56 he was able to jump overboard and then hang on to the ships rigging which was sticking out of the water after she had settled on the bottom. The wreck although upright lies in […]

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Aerials

This is one of Portland’s most exciting and rewarding drift dives on a sea bed of black shells. Divers are advised to watch their depth as the area has a number of drop-offs.

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Avalanche

This sailing ship sank as the result of a collision in 1877 with a huge loss of life. She makes an excellent dive and over the years she has given up much of her cargo of porcelain. Lying upright but buried up to the gunwale on one side it is important to avoid stirring the […]

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Martha

The Martha for some reason doesn’t get much attention, which I find surprising. A victim of the first war She is relatively intact with a lovely counter stern, not far out and just seems to be ignored. I really liked exploring her and wonder if everyone sees what I see. Come and dive her and […]

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White Nothe

East side an array of life among the shallower ledges and weeds where the sun shines and the smaller creature of the sea can be found

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Ethel

Discovered in the late eighties this wreck lies outside the Shambles bank she is well collapsed amidships but stands at the bow and stern. The wreck is often covered in mussels, which attracts much life and makes a scenic dive. The Ethel sankunder tow and apparently part of a bell was raised but I do […]

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HMS Delight

A destroyer sunk early in WW2 by German aircraft. I am told that the aircraft found her mid-channel using an early form of radar, which if true she must surely be the first ship sunk as a result. The planes did a good job. Her centre section lies upside down, her bow is broken off […]

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Siren

Sank in 1896 after colliding with another wreck in our waters, the Landrail. The smallest bell I ever saw came from this 75m sailing ship, so is there another one! I can’t believe the one I saw, although it had the ships name on it, was the main bell, if it was those sailors must […]

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Merchant Royal

A large wreck sunk as the result of a collision. Standing 11M high with her centre castle area largely intact she is still a recognisable ship. Care is needed when entering her holds as it is possible to go below seabed depth and reach 60M but if you do find yourself there look out for […]

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Elena R

This ship sank on the outside of the Shambles bank after hitting a mine she still stands 6 metres high in places but the wreck is constantly being buried and uncovered by the ever shifting sands of the bank. This has also had the effect of sand blasting and parts of the wreck are highly […]

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