A customers view of May’s training weekend at Buckland Lake.
An uncharacteristically bright May sunshine accompanied DiveMania Scuba's recent May training weekend at Buckland Lake in Kent and with ten students undertaking courses we were planning for a busy and hot timetable of diving.
As we jostled for favourable positions to unpack kit, change and shade to avoid melting Jaffa cakes, the air was filled with excited conversations about the dives to come, and the regret of unpacked sun cream lotion.
On the outskirts of the scenic village of Cliffe, Buckland Lake is one of the South East's premier inland dive sites and managed by Janine and Tony Mansford.
Buckland Lake was formally a chalk, rather than a gravel or clay quarry so water clarity and quality can be better than many inland sites and is full of a healthy cocktail of sunken discoveries, from an old Pump House to a Flat bed Lorry Trailer. With the water temperature that weekend being a very pleasant 16-17 degrees, indications were that it going to be a good weekend, and so it turned out.
Not only were these conditions favourable to those working through their open water programs, and experiencing the joys of diving for the first time outside of a swimming pool, Wes, Freya, Keiran and Angela, but also for those of us undertaking advanced who were fortunate enough to clear view of a number of interesting points of reference, particularly as we undertook our wreck dives and experience which served as an exciting introduction to the joys of wreck diving.