Reef project could yield £60m over decade

A solace stone is released on to the seabed as part of the memorial reef.

Dave Fowler

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Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

PEOPLE are being urged to throw their support behind an underwater project that could bring £60million to Weymouth and Portland over 10 years.

Wreck to Reef aims to sink two ships on a square kilometre of seabed in Weymouth Bay – there is space for a community reef, lobster reef and memorial area.

The volunteer-run project wants to create a destination for divers to visit and the idea is that they will stay in the area and spend money.

The artificial reef created from the cleaned ships would also provide a home for marine life such as lobsters, crabs, fish and plants, and volunteers want to create an education area.

The lobsters would then replenish stocks in the area and support the fishing industry.

Working with local schools they aim to populate the community reef with sculptures made from Portland stone as well.

Organisers say that a similar project in Plymouth saw the decommissioned warship HMS Scylla cleaned and sunk and the latest figures from the site show it has attracted more than 30,000 divers and generated £60 million for the local economy in the last ten years.

Wreck to Reef (W2R) hope to have the same success with their project.

Last month artist Simon Faithful sunk the first art sculpture on to the community reef site.

The concrete boat sculpture was set alight and sunk to the bottom, where it will become a home for marine life, plants and fish.

Around the lobster reef a memorial reef will be created using solace stones.

The triangular stones will provide a home for the lobsters and other marine life.

Wreck to Reef is the only group in the UK to have permission for a one square kilometre area of seabed.

In the case of the Scylla the South West of England Regional Development Agency and the National Marine Aquarium came up with the funding.

The W2R organisers have launched a petition asking people to show their support for the project and urge the UK Government to gift the project a ship to use on the site.

In other areas of the world, including Thailand and Portugal, ships have been gifted to groups to become artificial reefs for dive sites. The petition hopes to change the government’s mind and get them to gift at least one ship to the site.

Dave Fowler from W2R said: “It’s a community project, there’s lots of facets to it. You don’t have to be a diver to get involved.”

He added: “Education, ecology- it’s all there. It ticks all the boxes.”

Marcus Darler from the project said: “It will be amazing for the economy. We are all local people. We want to see Weymouth and Portland thriving.”

He added: “It could be guaranteeing significant investment for the town. To volunteer on the project or to sign the petition visit wrecktoreef.co.uk

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8:08am Mon 25 Aug 14

arlbergbahn says...

yet another vague promise of x number of millions in however many years, based it seems entirely on an almost certainly equally vague estimate of what a similar project brought to Plymouth.
i like "the idea is that they will stay in the area and spend money.". Will, not might. Presumably they won't be allowed to leave until they do so.

Actually, it is encouraging to see something other than the Day Tripper market being catered for, so, even though i'm not in favour of sinking ships deliberately, it seems an idea worth encouraging.
yet another vague promise of x number of millions in however many years, based it seems entirely on an almost certainly equally vague estimate of what a similar project brought to Plymouth. i like "the idea is that they will stay in the area and spend money.". Will, not might. Presumably they won't be allowed to leave until they do so. Actually, it is encouraging to see something other than the Day Tripper market being catered for, so, even though i'm not in favour of sinking ships deliberately, it seems an idea worth encouraging. arlbergbahn
  • Score: -5

8:12am Mon 25 Aug 14

Newground says...

- Wreck to reef will bring in £65 million.
- Jurassica, the fossil museum on the east of the island will bring in another 100 mill.
- Memo, the giant memorial to lost species on the west side of Portland.... another 80 mill.
- Gas storage in the salt beds under Portland.... what shall we say... 50 mill?
- Portland Port... Cannes, Bahamas, Azores, Bermuda, er, Portland... 80 mill.
- Palm oil plant 10 mill.

And all the traffic will come via Boot Hill.
- Wreck to reef will bring in £65 million. - Jurassica, the fossil museum on the east of the island will bring in another 100 mill. - Memo, the giant memorial to lost species on the west side of Portland.... another 80 mill. - Gas storage in the salt beds under Portland.... what shall we say... 50 mill? - Portland Port... Cannes, Bahamas, Azores, Bermuda, er, Portland... 80 mill. - Palm oil plant 10 mill. And all the traffic will come via Boot Hill. Newground
  • Score: 14

8:30am Mon 25 Aug 14

jusphil says...

It's a good idea....but 60 million over 10 years 6 million a year that's 16 thousand a day just how many divers will actually come and how much will they spend, somebody needs to work this out a little better and come up with a realistic set of figures. I'm not knocking it it's a good idea but don't try to over estimate your figures be realistic.
It's a good idea....but 60 million over 10 years 6 million a year that's 16 thousand a day just how many divers will actually come and how much will they spend, somebody needs to work this out a little better and come up with a realistic set of figures. I'm not knocking it it's a good idea but don't try to over estimate your figures be realistic. jusphil
  • Score: 17

8:36am Mon 25 Aug 14

weymouth donkey says...

Marcus Darler ? part owner of O3 , no incentive to promote there then .
Marcus Darler ? part owner of O3 , no incentive to promote there then . weymouth donkey
  • Score: 1

8:41am Mon 25 Aug 14

weymouth donkey says...

Weymouth and Portland are teeming with wrecks , reefs and plenty of underwater natural beauty , who thinks another pile of rust is going to bring in £60000000 , dream on , charter boats etc. should lower there prices to take divers and fishermen out on trips , you will never see a decent skipper / owner with an old boat or hard up !
Weymouth and Portland are teeming with wrecks , reefs and plenty of underwater natural beauty , who thinks another pile of rust is going to bring in £60000000 , dream on , charter boats etc. should lower there prices to take divers and fishermen out on trips , you will never see a decent skipper / owner with an old boat or hard up ! weymouth donkey
  • Score: 9

8:55am Mon 25 Aug 14

Rocksalt says...

I see the cynics are out in force. Whatever. Whilst the figures are doubtless optimistic we should encourage enterprise of this sort.

Diving, sailing, climbing ( and even sculpting Portland stone) are all things that people will travel a long way for. It isn't something you can do pretty much anywhere. For sure, we don't want to be so let a tourist economy, but developing these outdoor activities makes it more rather than less likely one might attract other businesses.

Weymouth can't rely on UK tourism for ever. It's a shrinking market and Weymouth, lovely as it may be, doesn't really offer anything different to many other seaside towns as a beach resort
I see the cynics are out in force. Whatever. Whilst the figures are doubtless optimistic we should encourage enterprise of this sort. Diving, sailing, climbing ( and even sculpting Portland stone) are all things that people will travel a long way for. It isn't something you can do pretty much anywhere. For sure, we don't want to be so let a tourist economy, but developing these outdoor activities makes it more rather than less likely one might attract other businesses. Weymouth can't rely on UK tourism for ever. It's a shrinking market and Weymouth, lovely as it may be, doesn't really offer anything different to many other seaside towns as a beach resort Rocksalt
  • Score: 13

9:16am Mon 25 Aug 14

Get a grip says...

Dear Rocksalt

I for one are struggling to believe the figures.

Especially when this is only an addition to the sites that can be dived.
Dear Rocksalt I for one are struggling to believe the figures. Especially when this is only an addition to the sites that can be dived. Get a grip
  • Score: 7

9:32am Mon 25 Aug 14

portland.bill says...

What a load of rubbish , if you cant work out your maths better than that what chance of you got for getting people to support it ? Also if there,s not enough wrecks to dive on at the moment there never will be,
What a load of rubbish , if you cant work out your maths better than that what chance of you got for getting people to support it ? Also if there,s not enough wrecks to dive on at the moment there never will be, portland.bill
  • Score: 7

9:47am Mon 25 Aug 14

railwaychickenboy6 says...

Newground wrote:
- Wreck to reef will bring in £65 million.
- Jurassica, the fossil museum on the east of the island will bring in another 100 mill.
- Memo, the giant memorial to lost species on the west side of Portland.... another 80 mill.
- Gas storage in the salt beds under Portland.... what shall we say... 50 mill?
- Portland Port... Cannes, Bahamas, Azores, Bermuda, er, Portland... 80 mill.
- Palm oil plant 10 mill.

And all the traffic will come via Boot Hill.
So true, and yet we can't find a few quid for Condoms birth, with all this money potentially being generated why is Weymouth still struggling with empty shops, it strikes me that all these proposals are great but talk is cheap, actions speak louder than words
[quote][p][bold]Newground[/bold] wrote: - Wreck to reef will bring in £65 million. - Jurassica, the fossil museum on the east of the island will bring in another 100 mill. - Memo, the giant memorial to lost species on the west side of Portland.... another 80 mill. - Gas storage in the salt beds under Portland.... what shall we say... 50 mill? - Portland Port... Cannes, Bahamas, Azores, Bermuda, er, Portland... 80 mill. - Palm oil plant 10 mill. And all the traffic will come via Boot Hill.[/p][/quote]So true, and yet we can't find a few quid for Condoms birth, with all this money potentially being generated why is Weymouth still struggling with empty shops, it strikes me that all these proposals are great but talk is cheap, actions speak louder than words railwaychickenboy6
  • Score: -1

10:31am Mon 25 Aug 14

marabout says...

£60,000,000 divided by an estimated 30,000 divers would mean that each diver would have to contribute £2000 each time (s)he visits?

These figures just don't work. Another pie in the sky idea?
£60,000,000 divided by an estimated 30,000 divers would mean that each diver would have to contribute £2000 each time (s)he visits? These figures just don't work. Another pie in the sky idea? marabout
  • Score: 8

10:38am Mon 25 Aug 14

macca18 says...

Wow 6 million pound a year estimate who needs Condor.
Wow 6 million pound a year estimate who needs Condor. macca18
  • Score: 5

11:30am Mon 25 Aug 14

PossumGoose says...

Perhaps Condor could donate an old boat? Sounds like they might have one going begging soon.
Perhaps Condor could donate an old boat? Sounds like they might have one going begging soon. PossumGoose
  • Score: 13

1:03pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Rocksalt says...

railwaychickenboy6 wrote:
Newground wrote:
- Wreck to reef will bring in £65 million.
- Jurassica, the fossil museum on the east of the island will bring in another 100 mill.
- Memo, the giant memorial to lost species on the west side of Portland.... another 80 mill.
- Gas storage in the salt beds under Portland.... what shall we say... 50 mill?
- Portland Port... Cannes, Bahamas, Azores, Bermuda, er, Portland... 80 mill.
- Palm oil plant 10 mill.

And all the traffic will come via Boot Hill.
So true, and yet we can't find a few quid for Condoms birth, with all this money potentially being generated why is Weymouth still struggling with empty shops, it strikes me that all these proposals are great but talk is cheap, actions speak louder than words
As you say, talk is cheap, so what are planning to do ?
[quote][p][bold]railwaychickenboy6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Newground[/bold] wrote: - Wreck to reef will bring in £65 million. - Jurassica, the fossil museum on the east of the island will bring in another 100 mill. - Memo, the giant memorial to lost species on the west side of Portland.... another 80 mill. - Gas storage in the salt beds under Portland.... what shall we say... 50 mill? - Portland Port... Cannes, Bahamas, Azores, Bermuda, er, Portland... 80 mill. - Palm oil plant 10 mill. And all the traffic will come via Boot Hill.[/p][/quote]So true, and yet we can't find a few quid for Condoms birth, with all this money potentially being generated why is Weymouth still struggling with empty shops, it strikes me that all these proposals are great but talk is cheap, actions speak louder than words[/p][/quote]As you say, talk is cheap, so what are planning to do ? Rocksalt
  • Score: -2

1:05pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Zummerzet Lad says...

Imagine the reaction from Dragons Den if the people behind this went to them for some funding?
Imagine the reaction from Dragons Den if the people behind this went to them for some funding? Zummerzet Lad
  • Score: 1

1:09pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Rocksalt says...

Some of the ideas proposed will never come to frúition. Others may well evolve into something more modest. Who knows, at least people are coming up with ideas and demonstrating some enthusiasm.

At the moment all the organisers behind this project ( volunteers I note) are asking us to is sign a petition, which doesn't seem so outrageous.
Some of the ideas proposed will never come to frúition. Others may well evolve into something more modest. Who knows, at least people are coming up with ideas and demonstrating some enthusiasm. At the moment all the organisers behind this project ( volunteers I note) are asking us to is sign a petition, which doesn't seem so outrageous. Rocksalt
  • Score: 6

1:37pm Mon 25 Aug 14

annotater says...

The clue is in the headline and the word is "Could". This is Weymouth with an incompetent council. I would agree it may make some income if it were Tennerife or Lansagrotti but not here. Consult the diving schools first!
The clue is in the headline and the word is "Could". This is Weymouth with an incompetent council. I would agree it may make some income if it were Tennerife or Lansagrotti but not here. Consult the diving schools first! annotater
  • Score: -1

1:50pm Mon 25 Aug 14

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

Anyone for a surf-reef! (tongu firmly in cheek)
Anyone for a surf-reef! (tongu firmly in cheek) TenBobDylanThomasHardy
  • Score: 2

2:36pm Mon 25 Aug 14

35vulcan35 says...

Although the figures may seem optimistic, it's good that people want to do a project like this. Good luck to the volunteers, also brilliant that it will help sea creatures. Hope everyone supports it.
Although the figures may seem optimistic, it's good that people want to do a project like this. Good luck to the volunteers, also brilliant that it will help sea creatures. Hope everyone supports it. 35vulcan35
  • Score: 33

3:04pm Mon 25 Aug 14

breamoreboy says...

If I had money to invest the last place I'd look is Weymouth. Whatever gets suggested is knocked, knocked and knocked again. I understand from this website that the town is dieing. Judging from the negative responses to any suggestions for improving the town that's hardly a surprise. When I first visited the town years ago it was a wonderful place for a day out. What has gone wrong?
If I had money to invest the last place I'd look is Weymouth. Whatever gets suggested is knocked, knocked and knocked again. I understand from this website that the town is dieing. Judging from the negative responses to any suggestions for improving the town that's hardly a surprise. When I first visited the town years ago it was a wonderful place for a day out. What has gone wrong? breamoreboy
  • Score: 1

4:01pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Simon Nicholas says...

breamoreboy wrote:
If I had money to invest the last place I'd look is Weymouth. Whatever gets suggested is knocked, knocked and knocked again. I understand from this website that the town is dieing. Judging from the negative responses to any suggestions for improving the town that's hardly a surprise. When I first visited the town years ago it was a wonderful place for a day out. What has gone wrong?
You are in danger of believing the people on this site mate. Weymouth certainly has a problem or two (most places have in the 21st century) but dieing it most certaintly isn`t!. The vast majority of shops are still in business, and the empty ones do generally get picked up eventually - the former large H Samuel unit is back in use for instance, by a fashonable retail chain that chose Weymouth over Dorchester. The majority of people in the town that I speak to (be they bank staff, restaurant employees/owners or the retired, to name just three very different groups) seem more than happy.

Simon N.
[quote][p][bold]breamoreboy[/bold] wrote: If I had money to invest the last place I'd look is Weymouth. Whatever gets suggested is knocked, knocked and knocked again. I understand from this website that the town is dieing. Judging from the negative responses to any suggestions for improving the town that's hardly a surprise. When I first visited the town years ago it was a wonderful place for a day out. What has gone wrong?[/p][/quote]You are in danger of believing the people on this site mate. Weymouth certainly has a problem or two (most places have in the 21st century) but dieing it most certaintly isn`t!. The vast majority of shops are still in business, and the empty ones do generally get picked up eventually - the former large H Samuel unit is back in use for instance, by a fashonable retail chain that chose Weymouth over Dorchester. The majority of people in the town that I speak to (be they bank staff, restaurant employees/owners or the retired, to name just three very different groups) seem more than happy. Simon N. Simon Nicholas
  • Score: 11

6:00pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Under35andout says...

WOW 60 MILLION QUICK EVERYONE LETS DUMP SHIPS IN THE SEA
WOW 60 MILLION QUICK EVERYONE LETS DUMP SHIPS IN THE SEA Under35andout
  • Score: -5

6:03pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Under35andout says...

IF you want to invest buy a resturant food is the only market down here lol or buy a boat and charter , fish ect
IF you want to invest buy a resturant food is the only market down here lol or buy a boat and charter , fish ect Under35andout
  • Score: -2

10:33pm Mon 25 Aug 14

wurzelbasher says...

macca18 wrote:
Wow 6 million pound a year estimate who needs Condor.
"Who needs Condor...?" Anyone who wishes to escape from a load of hot air!
[quote][p][bold]macca18[/bold] wrote: Wow 6 million pound a year estimate who needs Condor.[/p][/quote]"Who needs Condor...?" Anyone who wishes to escape from a load of hot air! wurzelbasher
  • Score: -1

10:42pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Be_Happy says...

This looks like the projected figures that someone with copper in the surname might come up with. We all know how other projects with copper related people have fared.
This looks like the projected figures that someone with copper in the surname might come up with. We all know how other projects with copper related people have fared. Be_Happy
  • Score: 2

11:14pm Mon 25 Aug 14

portland.bill says...

Be_Happy wrote:
This looks like the projected figures that someone with copper in the surname might come up with. We all know how other projects with copper related people have fared.
Very good way to put it if people know ( copper) hehe that will go down like a LEAD balloon ,,,,, 10/10
[quote][p][bold]Be_Happy[/bold] wrote: This looks like the projected figures that someone with copper in the surname might come up with. We all know how other projects with copper related people have fared.[/p][/quote]Very good way to put it if people know ( copper) hehe that will go down like a LEAD balloon ,,,,, 10/10 portland.bill
  • Score: 2

8:00am Tue 26 Aug 14

Get a grip says...

Just a thought perhaps the Echo could do a follow up story and ask for a few facts to back up the claim of £60 million?
Just a thought perhaps the Echo could do a follow up story and ask for a few facts to back up the claim of £60 million? Get a grip
  • Score: 0

10:37am Tue 26 Aug 14

Under35andout says...

Plymouth currently has a population of 256,700 which the figure of 60 million has come from wrecktoreefs publication on there website states this figure for plymouth, , them braking a ship out at sea , thousands watched the spectical , 60million income since 2004 , thousands of dives ect . The town's population is 52,323 with one road in and out , two mcdonalds , , one cinema , 3 supermarkets , no tesco , JOKERS , in the winter it is dead , shops are shut , town is empty and the people left 4-5 go diving - the charter guys , this is a stupid calulation of 60million just because plymouth made that in a decade , good luck with your figure of 60million from weymouth you got more chance finding a local pizzahut
Plymouth currently has a population of 256,700 which the figure of 60 million has come from wrecktoreefs publication on there website states this figure for plymouth, , them braking a ship out at sea , thousands watched the spectical , 60million income since 2004 , thousands of dives ect . The town's population is 52,323 with one road in and out , two mcdonalds , , one cinema , 3 supermarkets , no tesco , JOKERS , in the winter it is dead , shops are shut , town is empty and the people left 4-5 go diving - the charter guys , this is a stupid calulation of 60million just because plymouth made that in a decade , good luck with your figure of 60million from weymouth you got more chance finding a local pizzahut Under35andout
  • Score: 0

10:46am Tue 26 Aug 14

Under35andout says...

i can just see all the elderly guys queing up from pier now wanting to go diving with their familys , have we even got enough space in the harbour for all the extra Boats to take all these divers out ,
i can just see all the elderly guys queing up from pier now wanting to go diving with their familys , have we even got enough space in the harbour for all the extra Boats to take all these divers out , Under35andout
  • Score: -6

6:51pm Tue 26 Aug 14

breamoreboy says...

Simon Nicholas wrote:
breamoreboy wrote:
If I had money to invest the last place I'd look is Weymouth. Whatever gets suggested is knocked, knocked and knocked again. I understand from this website that the town is dieing. Judging from the negative responses to any suggestions for improving the town that's hardly a surprise. When I first visited the town years ago it was a wonderful place for a day out. What has gone wrong?
You are in danger of believing the people on this site mate. Weymouth certainly has a problem or two (most places have in the 21st century) but dieing it most certaintly isn`t!. The vast majority of shops are still in business, and the empty ones do generally get picked up eventually - the former large H Samuel unit is back in use for instance, by a fashonable retail chain that chose Weymouth over Dorchester. The majority of people in the town that I speak to (be they bank staff, restaurant employees/owners or the retired, to name just three very different groups) seem more than happy.

Simon N.
Pleased to hear it. It sounds better than Christchurch High Street where your choices are seemingly limited to coffee, cheque books or anything you like from the charity shops.
[quote][p][bold]Simon Nicholas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]breamoreboy[/bold] wrote: If I had money to invest the last place I'd look is Weymouth. Whatever gets suggested is knocked, knocked and knocked again. I understand from this website that the town is dieing. Judging from the negative responses to any suggestions for improving the town that's hardly a surprise. When I first visited the town years ago it was a wonderful place for a day out. What has gone wrong?[/p][/quote]You are in danger of believing the people on this site mate. Weymouth certainly has a problem or two (most places have in the 21st century) but dieing it most certaintly isn`t!. The vast majority of shops are still in business, and the empty ones do generally get picked up eventually - the former large H Samuel unit is back in use for instance, by a fashonable retail chain that chose Weymouth over Dorchester. The majority of people in the town that I speak to (be they bank staff, restaurant employees/owners or the retired, to name just three very different groups) seem more than happy. Simon N.[/p][/quote]Pleased to hear it. It sounds better than Christchurch High Street where your choices are seemingly limited to coffee, cheque books or anything you like from the charity shops. breamoreboy
  • Score: -1

6:59pm Tue 26 Aug 14

breamoreboy says...

Zummerzet Lad wrote:
Imagine the reaction from Dragons Den if the people behind this went to them for some funding?
Being professionals they'd take a long hard look at the figures and give one of three replies. One, yes I'm in as your figures make sense. Two, I'm not sure, can I have more data then I'll think about it. Three, two words, second word off. I've no idea as to whether or not the quoted figures are in the right ballpark, or are off by a factor of 10 or even 100, perhaps somebody with far more business knowledge than myself can enlighten me?
[quote][p][bold]Zummerzet Lad[/bold] wrote: Imagine the reaction from Dragons Den if the people behind this went to them for some funding?[/p][/quote]Being professionals they'd take a long hard look at the figures and give one of three replies. One, yes I'm in as your figures make sense. Two, I'm not sure, can I have more data then I'll think about it. Three, two words, second word off. I've no idea as to whether or not the quoted figures are in the right ballpark, or are off by a factor of 10 or even 100, perhaps somebody with far more business knowledge than myself can enlighten me? breamoreboy
  • Score: 0

11:21pm Tue 26 Aug 14

EtaoinShrdlu says...

This is what used to be known as "interviewing the typewriter".
This is what used to be known as "interviewing the typewriter". EtaoinShrdlu
  • Score: 0

10:35am Thu 28 Aug 14

scubadude says...

I wonder if any of the commentators above dive?

The UK only has a couple of major diving destinations at present- Scapa Flow and Plymouth, Weymouth used to be the heart of UK South Coast diving with 30+ boats, shore diving on Chesil and Clubs running out of Ferrybridge, the town and Castletown- on a weekend you couldn't move on Castletown beach for divers and dive boats.

On average we spend at least £200 in fuel, food and accommodation each weekend we dive and Weymouth needs the facilities to attract divers and take that money like it used to.

Yes- we do have plenty of wrecks but not all wrecks suit all abilities- our shallow wrecks are Very (too) shallow and generally silty, as a destination we have a lack of 18-25mtr non-silty, low tidal wrecks- something Wreck to Reef would combat (Remember Portland Harbour banned diving on the Hood, one of the best local wrecks for visitors)

Divers are easy to cater for once you get them here- they need B&B's with Parking, lots of power sockets in rooms and an area to hang up kit to dry. Restaurants which can cater for groups up to 12 and a air shops.

Come on Weymouth/Portland, we already have almost everything we need to be a World class destination, a suitable training reef/wreck area will set us apart, that and the local dive businesses working together!

If any hoteliers etc want to attract divers go visit one of the dive businesses and ask what you need to do, plenty to speak to- Old Harbour Dive Centre, Underwater Explorers, O3, Scimitar Diving, Fathom & Blues, Aquatec, Shorebase Servicing, Aquasport Hotel to name but a few.

Perhaps alittle positive action for a change rather than the usual doom and gloom?
I wonder if any of the commentators above dive? The UK only has a couple of major diving destinations at present- Scapa Flow and Plymouth, Weymouth used to be the heart of UK South Coast diving with 30+ boats, shore diving on Chesil and Clubs running out of Ferrybridge, the town and Castletown- on a weekend you couldn't move on Castletown beach for divers and dive boats. On average we spend at least £200 in fuel, food and accommodation each weekend we dive and Weymouth needs the facilities to attract divers and take that money like it used to. Yes- we do have plenty of wrecks but not all wrecks suit all abilities- our shallow wrecks are Very (too) shallow and generally silty, as a destination we have a lack of 18-25mtr non-silty, low tidal wrecks- something Wreck to Reef would combat (Remember Portland Harbour banned diving on the Hood, one of the best local wrecks for visitors) Divers are easy to cater for once you get them here- they need B&B's with Parking, lots of power sockets in rooms and an area to hang up kit to dry. Restaurants which can cater for groups up to 12 and a air shops. Come on Weymouth/Portland, we already have almost everything we need to be a World class destination, a suitable training reef/wreck area will set us apart, that and the local dive businesses working together! If any hoteliers etc want to attract divers go visit one of the dive businesses and ask what you need to do, plenty to speak to- Old Harbour Dive Centre, Underwater Explorers, O3, Scimitar Diving, Fathom & Blues, Aquatec, Shorebase Servicing, Aquasport Hotel to name but a few. Perhaps alittle positive action for a change rather than the usual doom and gloom? scubadude
  • Score: 2

10:44am Thu 28 Aug 14

scubadude says...

Under35andout wrote:
i can just see all the elderly guys queing up from pier now wanting to go diving with their familys , have we even got enough space in the harbour for all the extra Boats to take all these divers out ,
Yes- lots of space left by all the Boats who've moved to Portland Marina because the council messed them about in Weymouth and the decimation of the fishing fleet, the Harbour is probably only 40% full right now- remember when the boats used to raft 3 deep each side?
[quote][p][bold]Under35andout[/bold] wrote: i can just see all the elderly guys queing up from pier now wanting to go diving with their familys , have we even got enough space in the harbour for all the extra Boats to take all these divers out ,[/p][/quote]Yes- lots of space left by all the Boats who've moved to Portland Marina because the council messed them about in Weymouth and the decimation of the fishing fleet, the Harbour is probably only 40% full right now- remember when the boats used to raft 3 deep each side? scubadude
  • Score: 0
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