Dorset ‘most dangerous for divers’

Report references popular Jurassic coastline as incident hotspot

Author: Pat
2nd February 2012
 

The sea around Dorset holds the ominous distinction of the most diving accidents last year.

A new report from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency details 41 non-related diving incidents in 2010 requiring assistance of the Portland Coastguard.

The number – which includes three diving fatalities – is three times higher than the national average.

Although not seeking to apportion blame per se, the report does suggest that many incidents are down to inadequate training and preparation.

Scuba diving as a sport has never been more popular and many Brits gain their qualifications on holiday in clear blue waters overseas.

But this can leave them ill prepared for UK diving with our low visibility, cold waters and challenging conditions.

However, it’s worth noting that Dorset’s ‘Jurassic Coastline’ is one of the most popular regions for scuba diving in UK waters.

Consequently a greater number of dives – and dive incidents, sadly – should be expected.

 
TAGS: / /
 
MORE News
BARE 50th Anniversary Edition X-Mission Evolution

BARE introduces 50th Anniversary X-Mission Evolution drysuit

Unique colour and styling celebrates half a century for the Canadian manufacturer

Poseidon SE7EN rebreather - go CCR

Join the BSAC Poseidon SE7EN try-dive event

Places available on 26 and 27 March for club members who want to try a rebreather

Cressi Quantum mask

Cressi Quantum solves mask fogging issue

Membranes direct moist air towards the skirt and away from the lenses

Student training with BSAC

BSAC introduces Advanced Ocean Diver course

Intermediate qualification allows ODs to progress to 30 metres

 
 
©2022 British Diver