Stoney Cove

View of the Lake

Stoney Cove over time



In 1978, Stoney Cove Marine Trials Ltd was formed to develop the full potential of Stoney Cove for scuba diving and commercial underwater activities. Since then there has been a continuous programme of improvements which began with a tarmac surface for the waterside parking area.

On Site Facilities

Ladies and Mens shower and changing block, Two storey dive shop, gas station, and on-site a pub - Nemos Bar. All staff have first aid training and a powerful RIB is on standby - which doubles up as an alarm signal to naughty divers not getting out of the lake on time. September 1999 saw the completion of a new access road and entrance to Stoney Cove. Beneath the new road is a drain system that directs rainwater and silts from the cliffs and banks away from Stoney Cove during storms. This has significantly improved underwater visibility during rainy periods.

Underwater Attractions

But that's not all. The Stanegarth, the U.K.'s largest inland ship wreck, and the Nautilus submarine have both provided major attractions. And recently the Tug Boat Defiant, Trawler MV Belinda, a Bus, collection of Minis, Sesnor aircraft, purpose built mini submarine (on 6m ledge) with our old favourite the Wessex Helicopter.

Marine Life

Perch, Roach, Pike, Crayfish, Freshwater Muscles

The development of Stoney Cove now boasts a state-of-the-art dive centre building with two storey shop and basement swimming pool.  containing new breathing gas production facilities and a medical centre.

Depth ranges start at a 6m bank (for Open Water Divers/Novice) running from Nemos' Bar to Dive Centre building. Slopping down to 20-22m (Advanced Divers/Intermediate) where Stanegarth, Defiant and Belinda plus many other attractions such as a helicopter, bus, minis, sesnor aircraft and many vehicles. There is a technical section which drops down to 36m (Advanced +/Expert). This is only adviced if you have Deep diver or Technical training.

So what are you waiting for come and join us for some great inland diving

Fees - Non member


Fees - Non member



1 year £20

2 years £30

Opening times GMT

Mon - Fri: Dive from 8:30am - 4pm - out of water

Sat - Sun: Dive from 7am - 3pm - out of water

Opening times BST

Main Gate opens at 8:30am

Mon - Fri: Dive from 8:30am - 4pm - out of water

Automatic top gate opens 4:30am

Main Gate opens at 7am

Sat - Sun: Dive from 7am - 4pm - out of water

Dive Shop and Gas Station closes 1hr later

Parking can be reserved only at weekends to Diver Log Members @£10 ontop of entrance fee. Vans/Schools £30. Spaces will be by the edge of the lake which saves you from parking in the other further away car parks. Or at weekends you arrive at 5am and queue until opening time at 7am. Bookings need to be made in advance to reserve parking. Midweek no reservations required as plenty of room.

Underwater Map

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Stoney Cove

Sapcote Rd

Stoney Stanton




A47 Leicester to Hinckley Road, turn into the B581 to Stoney Stanton From M1 junction 21 (Leicester) take M69 to junction 2, follow the B4669 to Sapcote Leave the M69 North at junction 1 and follow A5 south. Turn onto B4114 to Sapcote