UK Lakes Buckland

Entry/Exit

Diving Platform

Lady Frances Wreck

Great White

Buckland Lake is a recently opened new lake which offers 15m max depth. Buckland is located in Cliffe between Gravesend and Rochester, Kent.

 

Attractions

 

Caitlin - a small cabin cruiser sunk in about 6.5m.

 

Double Decker Bus - Located in the far right hand corner

 

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

 

Confined Water Training Area - A brand new addition to the site, this platform is ideal for any confined skills that need completing, we have installed 2 levels......one at 1.5m and 2.5m....the shallow level has hand rails around it and the whole thing is visible from the surface.

We have a separate entry ramp for this training area for easy access and exit when you are using it.

 

Underwater forests - there are many trees under the water from when the quarry was flooded out.

 

The Old Pump House (Orange Buoy) - 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. Located just in front of the pontoon

Have your photo taken alongside but please respect our shark.

 

Gnome Garden - Our gnome garden is growing rapi

 

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!

 

Peak Performance Hoops - Located to the right bow of The Ladt Francis.

 

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.

 

For giant stride entry there is a large floating pontoon. Rules are No kit to be left on the pontoon for the safety purposes of all divers.

No non divers are allowed on the pontoon.

 

For alternative entry and for exiting there is a set of metal steps which make life easy for all divers.

No other area is to be used for entering or exiting the water.

 

DRY DECKED AREA - Take a break between dives and sit and relax on our decking, no kit allowed on this area apart from your suits. The entire lake can be seen from this point which also overlooks the diving area below. This is where we ask that all non divers sit if accompanying divers.

 

 

Facilities

Parking, Trollies, concreted divers area, dive shop, air fill station @£5 per air fill, changing rooms and toilet, hot drinks and some food on sale. £10 entrance fee. A percentage of your entry fee goes back into the nature reserve.

 

Buckland accept all major credit and debit cards either in person or over the phone

 

CAFE (Located 500m before you reach Buckland Lake entrance) - The new Cliffe Cafe is now open and a just short walk along the north cliff path inside the reserve. It serves a great range of breakfasts, meals and snacks all year round. Opening hours presently 9am to 3pm, seven days a week, so you can meet up for a leisurely bite to eat and cuppa before the dive centre opens.There is also a toilet block, shower room, baby changing facility and disabled toilet.

 

De-Brief Venue - The Stone Horse, Dillywood Lane, Rochester, Kent, ME3 8EN

 

Fees

£10

 

Opening Times

Saturday and Sunday 9:30am - 4:30pm. with notice Wednesday evening night Dives min 6 divers. See Night Specialty web page

 

Address

Buckland Dive Centre

Salt Lane

Cliffe

Rochester

Kent

ME3 7ST

Tel: - Please phone Janine on 07733225128 or Tony on 07748767569

 

Directions From the M2

Take junction 1 - A289

Take the second exit - B2000 towards Cliffe.

Follow the road through Cliffe Woods village.

Take the second left after the village - Rectory Road.

Turn right into Buckland Road.

Turn left into Salt Lane.

Situated down the lane through the second set of gates on the left.

Nearest postcode is ME3 7ST