Stoney Cove Scuba Diving
For 2013 Waterfront Scuba have decided to move the majority of our open water training to Stoney Cove. Stoney is a disused slate quarry with a slate bottom offering our students better visibility and a better experience when conducting their open water training dives.
The Training will be run over selected weekends shown above and will require one nights overnight accommodation in local B&B. We have provided a link below of places to stay in the Stoney Stanton area. The Stoney Cove Diving weekends are very organised for training purposes and they are a lot of fun, several of the waterfront dive team will be staffing each weekend and as well as training courses there will be a chance just to come along and go diving. Stoney Cove offers us a huge ledge at 6m metres for training purposes which is also home to the Viscount Cockpit, Nautilus Submarine, Gresham Wreck and Block house. It also gives us deeper water training areas which includes purpose sunk wrecks. It is a perfect venue for PADI Open Water, PADI Advanced Open Water, PADI Professional Training and PADI Specialty diver courses. After a days diving and training its back to the B&B for a shower and maybe a power nap and then out for a meal in the local or surrounding villages before a well earned good nights sleep.
If you would like to book onto one of training weekends please email email@example.com or just give us a quick call at the shop 01708 227122.
History Of Stoney Cove
Stone quarrying first began in Stoney Stanton at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Granite from local quarries was used to repair roads. Around 1850, a railway line was built to move granite out of Top Pit. The railway line ran through a tunnel and surfaced near St Michael’s Church in the centre of Stoney Stanton linking the village with the busy Birmingham to Leicester line. During the quarry’s working life, the spring water was a constant problem. Pumps were used to prevent the quarry from flooding. When all quarrying ceased in 1958, spring water was allowed to flood the quarry workings. Five years later, the flooded quarry had already become popular with local pioneers of diving and waterskiing. The discovery of North Sea oil was important to the development of Stoney Cove. During the 1960s and 1970s, the flooded quarry was used to train commercial divers en route for the North Sea. The facility was also used for developing and testing underwater equipment destined for use in the oil fields.
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. A shower facility and that most important item, a pub, followed soon after. 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.