One of Big Squid’s main training venues.
Located near Windsor and only a 45 minute drive from central London, the lake offers diving facilities for training and pleasure. The maximum depth of the lake is 14 metres,
This is an ideal training lake, it is challenging, but that will give you the edge when you make the transition to diving overseas.
The open water training area has platforms at depths of 6 meters. Visibility and temperature vary with the season amount of divers and time of day although it usually clearer during the colder months.
The lake is surrounded by vegetation, which gradually slopes down to the lake bed which is comprised of clay. There are carp, pike, tench, eels, crayfish and perch in the lake.
Sunken features have been added to the lake bed to provide interest and waypoints for navigation. These include sunken boats, a fruit machine, volkswagen van, bus,. London taxi, sunken boats and a huge steel container. Another feature is the trench of hell where you can descend through a crack in the lake bed, see the unusual features of the trench walls and confront the traffic lights of doom.
Driving: From Junction 13 of the M25 (Staines and Wraysbury) follow signs to the B376 (Wraysbury). Once in the village carry on through, pass the Perseverance public house on your left, 500 meters further on will be Douglas Lane also on your left, and after a further 50 meters you will find the entrance on the left hand side. If you find the Station you will have gone just a bit too far.
From Junction 14 of the M25 (Heathrow Terminal 4 and Poyle) follow signs for Poyle. Go straight over a roundabout following a major reservoir on your left. Approx. 1 kilometre after the roundabout turn left into Coppermill Rd. Follow this until you go over a railway bridge. The dive center is on your right 100 meters after the bridge.
Train: catch the train from Waterloo or Vauxhall: Saturday depart 8.28 arrive 9.10 Sunday depart 7.47 arrive 8.35 Returning to London Saturday 15.03 arrive15.47 Sunday 15.10 arrive 15.48 Please check times as they could be subject to alteration.
Prices & Facilities
Entry fees are £10 per day to the site. The site offers reasonably prices sandwiches and drinks. There is a compressor, toilet and changing facilities.