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Diving Stoney Cove, England Inland Dive Site
Dive Site: Tower
Depth: 5 to 20 metres (60 feet)
Rating: See Stoney Cove overview
Location: From the Bus Stop entry take a 280 degree bearing and expect a 5 minute swim down a steep sloping rock wall and head a few metres past the BOP (Blowout Preventer). If entering from the main slipway increase your bearing to 290 degrees and expect a 5 - 8 minute swim. You can take in the Tower and BOP if returning from a deeper dive in the 36 metre area. From the deep Hydro Box you can ensure you pass the Tower and BOP by taking an 80 degree bearing or if you've been to deep Mini then return on a 20 degree bearing. Once at the Tower it's a 155 degree bearing to the bus, or a 105 degree bearing to the Viscount Cockpit which is just south of the Bus Stop exit point. Also close to the Tower is the 20 metre Hydro Box which is in the opposite direction to the BOP on a 270 degree west bearing.
History & Description: The Tower is just a pole - and old pole, a big pole, a long pole (about 15 metres long to more exact) and sticking straight up towards the surface from 20 metres. A couple of old tyres are at its base and one practical use is that it provides a good visual reference point for ascents and descents, particularly during diver training. Other than this I can't believe I've bothered to write about a pole, let alone draw it. Still this should enthral pole enthusiasts the world over!
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
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