Enjoy Pembrokeshire

Diving

Pembrokeshire has some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the UK where the geological formations that create the landscape continue to weave their wonder as they drop into the sea. Steep walls, caves, reefs, mounts, off shore islands and wrecks aplenty make the county an ideal dive destination. The diving in Skomer Marine Nature Reserve, one of only three in the UK, can be superb with an abundance of sea life to be encountered where visibility is often 10m plus.

Water temperature varies from 7 degrees in March to upwards of 17 in September. With a coastline spanning three sides of the county there is usually a sheltered spot to find allowing diving to continue throughout the year. While there are many slipways to launch a rib, local dive operators can offer expert knowledge and advice on dive sites, many of which can only be dived at certain states of tide.

Diving facilities can be found around the Fishguard and Mathry area in the North of the county and in the South of St Brides Bay. There are a number of launching opportunities with some best avoided at peak times with narrow access lanes and limited parking creating congestion.

Dive operators are encouraged to work within the Pembrokeshire Marine Code. Please follow the guidelines given in our Code of practice.



Top Tips

  • If you want to get involved in helping keep the underwater habitats of Pembrokeshire clean check out Neptunes Army of Rubbish Collectors.
  • Also why not join the local Seasearch Group which is part of a national project for volunteer sports divers who have an interest in what they're seeing under water, want to learn more and want to help protect the marine environment.

Healthy You

You don’t have to be super fit to enjoy scuba diving, nor do you need to be a particularly good swimmer, in fact it is often enjoyed by people with limited mobility. Diving can be a great way to expand and relax your mind as you explore a fantastic underwater world.

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Health terms

RNLI message

  • Always wear a lifejacket
  • Carry some means of calling for help
  • Tell someone where you are going
  • Check the weather and tides
  • Check your engine and fuel
  • Get the right training and boat within your limits