North Norfolk Shore Dives:
Weybourne (The Rosalie shipwreck): The Rosalie was torpedoed in 1915 and now sits just off the beach in a depth of approx. 8 metres. She is a lovely dive and covered in life such as crabs, anemones, sponges and fish. It is easiest to do the dive at Low Tide slack water:. How to do the dive: Park in Weybourne beach car park and walk west (left) along the beach for about 600 metres until you are level with the wreckage that sticks out of the water around low tide. Surface swim out to it then drop down.
Cley (The Vera shipwreck): Torpedoed in 1914 she now sits just off the beach in approx. 6 metres of water. Another lovely dive which is easiest to find at Low Tide slack, as follows: Park in Cley beach car park (almost opposite the Cley Marshes bird reserve centre) and walk east (right) along the beach for 400 metres until you are level with the wreckage that sticks out of the water around low tide. Swim out to it and drop down.
Sheringham gullies: Part of the famous chalk reef the gullies are shallow ridges in the sea bed that are home to lots of marine life including crabs, lobsters, scorpionfish etc. Park on the Esplanade and head straight down to the beach. Surface swim out for a while then drop down and swim out north, then turn around and swim back in.
These dives are not accompanied / guided, but we can put you in touch with others wanting to do them. Contact us and join our List' so you can contact people directly. Alternatively, if you would like a divemaster/guide we can provide one for a small cost.
The tides off the Norfolk coast are very strong and these dives must be carried out at slack water (when the water has least movement). Also as they are accessed by a steeply shelving beach you need calm seas in order to get a safe entry and exit. You can calculate slack water as the centre of slack water is approx. 2 hours after low or high tide at Cromer. Slack water lasts for about 1 hour so you can therefore enter the water approx. one and a half hours after high or low tide.
The gullies can be dived at low or high tide but the wrecks are most easily done at low tide slack when the tips of the wrecks stick out of the water. There is some great information on the two wrecks and how best to dive them on the local Seasearch co-ordinators website, see Rosalie and Vera dives.
Also see their great report on the North Norfolk Chalk Reef.
As with many UK diving locations, all dives on the North Norfolk coast are very weather dependent - please check the weather or call the day before at 18:00 to be sure that they are going ahead. Please always use a delayed SMB when surfacing if there are boats in the area and do not tamper with any lobster and crab pots in place. Do not intefere with any crab or lobster pots that may be present in the water and f you are taking a free-moving crab or lobster please be familiar with minimum catch sizes.