Scuba, Kayaking and Water Sports

Photo by Andy Farrer - Lens Flair

Swanage pier is a popular dive site for new and qualified divers, being one of the few sheltered sea diving sites on the south coast.

Thousands come to Swanage Pier to Scuba Dive under the wooden Pier framework or to board boats to other local dive destinations, including many wrecks lying in deeper water outside the bay. An area adjacent to the Pier has been buoyed off as a safe Diver Training Zone and with a depth of 5 meters Swanage Pier is a popular diving site for new and qualified divers.

The Dive Shop on Swanage Pier, provides Boat Charter, Air, Nitrox, Hire Equipment and Shop Sales. Please check opening times with Divers Down.

Adult Diving Fee £2.50

Junior Diving Fee £1.00 (age under 16 years)

Fees are charged per diver and all money help to contribute to the enormous amount of restoration work and secure the long term future of Swanage Pier.

Facilities Available to Divers:

  • Safe Diver Zone
  • Ladies and Gents Toilets
  • Showers
  • Trolleys to Transport Diving Gear
  • Car Parking (extra charge)
  • Refreshments & Patio Area

Divers Down
Established in 1958 it is the oldest Diving School in the UK) providing Boat Charter, Air, Nitrox, Hire Equipment and Shop Sales. The shop is open 7 days a week during the diving season - March to October, to supply you with all you need to carry out your dive. At weekends the air filling station opens at 08.00 and closes between 17.00 and 20.00 depending on demand. We recommend you check Divers Down opening times before planning your visit.

Mike Potts Diving
With the sea quite literally 5 metres from the door, where better to either learn to dive or continue your diving education. Mike Potts regularly runs diving courses at every level, from 'try dives' under the pier to technical diving courses further offshore.

Swanage Boat Charter

Offering diving for the novice or more experienced divers, visiting wrecks, reef, scenic and dift dive sites. 

Isle of Purbeck Sub-Aqua Club
Swanage Pier is also the home of IPSAC  an active club of 50 plus members.


Water Sports

Land & Wave Kayaking  Kayaking from Swanage Pier

Tel 01929 423031


Pier Head Water Sports

RYH Power Boat courses, Power boat Level 1 & 2, Intermediate and Advanced Courses.

Water skiing, wake boarding and doughnut riding.

Contact: Pier Head Water Sports, The Pier, High Street, Swanage, BH19 2AR.
Tel: 01929 422254 or 07811 238171

Swanage Sailing Club

Training, Racing, Summer Berthing, Social

Swanage Sea Rowing Club

The Club's primary aim is to promote community participation in healthy exercise by providing facilities for sea rowing in Swanage. Members include men, women and children - families are especially welcome.