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Diving Stoney Cove, England Inland Dive Site
Dive Site: Transit Van
Depth: 19 to 21 metres (63 feet)
Rating: See Stoney Cove overview
Location: The Transit Van is located quite close to the Cabin Cruiser on the south wall of the west corner. It is easiest to navigate here via the deep Hydro Box or the Cessna Plane wreck - for the direct route, from the Bus Stop entry take a 240 degree bearing and expect around a 25 minute slow swim much through open water, unless you follow the bottom in which case you will pass the deep Hydro Box. From the Slipway entry take a 245 - 250 degree bearing and expect a 25-30 minute swim. If going via the Cessna Plane then from the Bus Stop entry take a 270 degree bearing and expect around a 20 minute slow swim. From the Slipway entry take a 275 degree bearing and expect a 20-25 minute swim (note: you will encounter a mid-water swim over the deeper area). From the Cessna a 165 - 170 degree bearing will take you to the Transit Van after about 3 - 5 minutes of swimming.
History & Description: The Transit Van is an older model with the rounded front wings and lights. The bonnet and doors are missing and the interior is empty. Sitting upright in just over 20 metres the front end is pushed up against some large slate blocks making it look as if the van crashed into them. The doors and other debris lies nearby on the silt bottom. Like the Cessna, Cabin Cruiser and Estate Car, the Transit is less dived than many of the other features in Stoney Cove due to its distance from the entry points and its proximity in the west corner. The result is generally better, less disturbed, visibility and significantly less divers. The west corner is a good place to dive and with the Transit, Cessna, Estate Car and Cabin Cruiser there’s plenty to see.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
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