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Hi all looking to draw on the wealth of knowledge from all you fellow divers, we are wanting to dive the shores of the uk but have no know how for uk shores any one got any Help full tip and places to try that are easy going.

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One of my favourite UK dives, also the one I mapped for DM:

Brief info on Criccieth:

The Dive
It is possible to enter the water anywhere along the seafront and swim into water deep enough to submerge. Favourite entry points are either side of the castle or from the esplanade. Diving here is a matter of swimming southwards from the shore, swimming out as far as required, turning and heading back. The maximum depth likely to be encountered, even at high tide is 10m. Little current exists here even during spring tides, so there are no restrictions to diving other than the weather. The water here can be quiet warm, it often reaches 20oC in summer and visibility is best after a settled spell of gentle northerly and northeasterly winds, visibility can approach 10m. It is not viably to dive during southerly winds that drastically reduce visibility. The site makes a fascinating dive, especially suited to beginners and inexperienced divers. Any diver interested in natural history will find there is plenty to see on the sand. On the way out there is a sandy bottom with clumps of rocks with sea grass. After a 2 to 3 minute gentle swim there is a large band of rocks, sea grass and kelp. Hermit, delicate long legged spider and vicious swimming crabs live among this oasis. So do fifteen-spined sticklebacks and greater pipefish. On the sandy seabed there are partly buried sea potatoes with their flattened spines, writhing brittle stars, spiny edged sandstars, common starfish, shore crabs, spider crabs and the like are relatively obvious and plentiful. There are also lesser-known creatures that are more difficult to find. These include little cuttlefish, necklace shellfish, whelks, small flatfish (plaice, flounders, solenette and turbot). One can even come across a few juvenile rays. Strangest of all is the sea mouse (Aphrodite aculeata), actually a worm but not unlike a land-bound mouse in terms of shape and size.

Criccieth is a wonderful dive for the photographer; it is a macro world out on the sand with subjects ranging from hand to fingernail size.

One word of warning: watch out for the lesser weever fish that can quiet literally disappear in the sand. This fish has poisonous spines that can cause painful stings. Since it is quiet common here, it may be a good idea to wear gloves. Weevers are very difficult to photograph!

The ice cream
Criccieth is renowned for its ice-cream shop, called Cadwaladers. It is located on the east side of castle hill. Delicious ice cream with a multitude of toppings, a definite must for the surface interval!

General Recommendations and Advice:
Yellow and orange buoys can be seen on the water, these are to inform boats of the areas they can use. Boats should stay outside the yellow buoys and go only between the orange buoys.

I recommend one surface marker buoy or delayed surface marker per group of divers. This is due mainly to there being jet skiers in the area but also small craft venture into the yellow buoyed area.

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