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Diving Stoney Cove, England Inland Dive Site
Dive Site: 36m - Deep Mini
Depth: 36 metres (108 feet)
Rating: See Stoney Cove overview
Location: From the Bus stop entry take a 280 degree bearing and expect a 5 minute slow swim down a steep sloping rock wall. If entering from the main slipway increase your bearing to 290 degrees and expect a 5 - 8 minute swim. NOTE: Both of the above bearings will take you to the BOP, in the area of the Tower and 20m Hydro-box. From the BOP take a 200 degree bearing and descend down the sloping wall to 36m. After around 3 minutes you will come to the Deep Mini at the base of the wall.
History & Description: The mini is the old style mark one Mini and currently lies on its drivers side. Unlike the 20m Mini (near the Stanegarth) this mini has been stripped and is little more than a shell. Doors, bonnet, engine and all the internal fixtures are gone and some of the outer panels are rusted through leaving large holes in the bodywork. Visibility is usually limited here due to the depth and a torch is definitely advised. The mini lies partially in the bottom silt and so visibility can be extremely poor if good buoyancy is not maintained and bottom sediment is disturbed.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
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