Watersports in Plymouth
|| Plymouth has long
been important to the UK’s maritime activities,
so it seems only right that it should now be home to an
array of sailing, rowing, jet-skiing and diving venues.
There’s the Mount Batten Sailing and Water Sports
Centre [map] on Lawrence Road, which was opened in 1999 thanks to funding
from Sport England. Built on a former Royal Air Force
base, this place offers a wide range of activities
for watersports enthusiasts including sailing, diving,
powerboat racing, angling, jet skiing, canoeing and rowing.
Keen divers may prefer to sample the facilities at the Fort Bovisand Underwater Centre [map],
which is located in the impressive Napoleonic fort overlooking
Plymouth Sound. The centre is accessible by both land
and sea, and offers recreational diving all year round in its own harbour and excellent dive sites, such
as Whitsand Bay, Eddystone Lighthouse, and Plymouth Breakwater.
Wreck and drift diving is also catered for here,
and the facilities are deemed so good that all three armed
services do recreational and professional diving training
at the centre.
Alternatively you could pay a visit to Sound Diving
[map] on the Queen Anne's Battery Marina, which caters for people
of all ages and experience wanting to have a go at sea diving at local wrecks or learn to dive.
The slipways that are used here for launching and recovering
diving craft today were once used by large landing craft,
part of the American force which took part in the D-day