This will be our first trip down to Buckland Lake reserve, so it should be an interesting trip. From their website:
Whats in the water?
Double Decker Bus!
Caitlin – a small cabin cruiser sunk in about 6.5m.
Falcon Jet Aircraft – accessible to all levels of diver – fuselage has been gutted making it a superb swim through – ideal for wreck courses. Maximum depth 6.5m. This is the complete aircraft.
Flat Bed Lorry Trailer – this is used as a training platform and is large enough to give students lots of room in a depth of 6m. At over 40 feet in length training groups have plenty of room for skills.
CESA platform – located just off of the pontoon, the ideal base for students in a depth of 8m.
Training Platform – Located a short swim away from the pontoon, ideal for students. Made from scaffold tubes and boards in a depth of 8m.
Underwater forests – there are many trees under the water from when the quarry was flooded out.
The Old Pump House – This area has now been opened up and the roof has been removed, access is now available to all areas of the pump house where you will see all of the old machinery still intact. A large well inside the building has been found and work has revealed a depth of 18 meters with the well being around 15 feet across giving enough room for about 6 divers on the bottom. In the wall of the well there is a tunnel entrance which is a swimthrough into the 15m deep Marianna Trench. This area is not for the faint hearted and should only be visited by experienced divers.
JAWS the Great White Shark – The only lake in the world with a lifelike 19 foot long great white shark swimming deep below the surface. Our main problem with ‘Jaws’, is that divers love posing for photo’s so much with their legs and arms in his mouth that he constantly needs teeth replaced! His head is moulded from that of a real shark with a full set of realistic teeth and the body reflects the speed and power of this awesome creature. The big black eyes are waiting to look into yours. Have your photo taken alongside but please respect our shark.
Gnome Garden – Our gnome garden is growing rapidly but please bring a gnome with you to join the others and make long term friends.
The Lady Di Yacht – This wreck sits in 8m of water and still has most of her features except the mast. In the galley you will find cups etc along with the kettle still on the side.
The Fletcher – This speedboat is sunk in 8m of water, she is laying very close to the Lady Di yacht.
The Port Rose – This 32 foot vessel lies in 11m of water and is a complete swimthrough, she is ideal for wreck specialities and has most of her original features. We think that she originates from an original herring fishing boat although we have yet to clarify this.
The Lady Francis – This is a 45′ cabin cruiser which is a complete swimthrough, she is sitting in about 9m of water just off of the flat bed lorry platform. She took a week to sink but eventually gave up the fight. She has many original features including the oven and washing machine and is home to a resident Pike who investigates every diver who enters the wreck!
All wrecks and platforms are linked with safety lines and all have marker buoys. There is also a safety line leading from the entry steps to the Flat Bed Lorry Platform.
We will be meeting at 8:30am in the car park. Please call the dive centre or drop us an email to confirm if you are attending this event
All Equipment available to hire from the dive centre
Diving for all levels.