Diving and Watersports

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.

Diving Fees

Adult Heritage Diving Charge £5.00

Child Heritage Diving Charge £3.50 (under 14s)

Fees are charged per diver and all money will 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
Trolleys to transport diving gear
Car parking (extra charge)
Refreshments and patio area

Divers Down

Established in 1958, Divers Down 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

Swanage Boat Charter offers 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

Pier Head Water Sports

Visit Pier Head Water Sports for RYH Power Boat courses, Powerboat Level 1 & 2, Intermediate and Advanced Courses. Water skiing, wakeboarding, paddleboarding, kayaking, doughnut riding and sightingseeing trips.

Contact: Pier Head Water Sports, The Pier, High Street, Swanage, BH19 2AR.
Tel: 07801  825 481


Swanage Sailing Club

Training, racing, summer berthing, social. Visit Swanage Sailing Club

Swanage Sea Rowing Club

The Swanage Sea Rowing 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.