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Buckland Lake offers sweet water diving with an Aircraft, Railway locomotives and several other objects.
|Name Dive Site:||Buckland Lake|
|Depth: ||9-49ft (3-15m)|
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: Buckland Lake is Kent's latest available inland dive site opened in August 2008 by Steve and Linda. It is situated on the route out to the Isle of Grain Off the A2 on the B2000 lower Rochester Road.
Buckland Lake is suitable for all levels of divers with easy access into the water from a jetty and a ladder exit. There are no ramps at present for disabled divers yet. Many training schools use this location for their fresh water training. It also makes an ideal inland dive site when sea conditions do not permit diving. It is a is a very well controlled site with Steve, Linda and their friendly staff available to assist you. There is a changing room/cabin. Portaloo on site and their offices. There is also a sheltered area for the bright sunny days.
There are two large training platforms which are flat bed lorry trailers giving ample room for skills practise. The main feature is the Malaysian Sigma Jet Aircraft, not just a cockpit, the whole plane with fuselage, wings and tail fin. This is great for penetration dives but should only be done with proper penetration training. It is accessible to all levels of diver. The fuselage has been gutted making it a superb swim through - ideal for wreck penetration courses.
There is also the Caitlin Wreck, a small cabin cruiser in around 6.5 metres and other underwater attractions including an old pump house building. There are two tunnels that used to link the three chalk pits. These should not be entered unless permission is given by the site owners. There are railway locomotives and their trucks somewhere in the lake, but to date no one has yet found them. On our first dive there we also found a car, a scooter and a motorbike. Keep a good look out you never know what else you may find! Fish life consist of Pike, Roach, Tench, Carp, Sticklebacks and even fresh water shrimps. Maximum depth on the site is around 15 metres with the average depth of 6 metres.
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