Our adopted wreck the UB109

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Plymouth 2016

A fantastic success with some truely outstanding diving





Canterbury Divers in the news after discovery off Herne Bay


Canterbury Divers members were undertaking a drift dive off Herne Bay in July when they discovered a sea squirt growing prolifically across the sea bed. The visability, of at least 5m, helped to identify the highly invasive species Didemnum vexillum - this is the first time it has been recorded in the UK in offshore waters on the natural seabed.


Dover Diving

Last Sunday's dive on the Loanda


River Dive

Dive in the river Stour Monday evening at 6pm.
The plan is to assemble at the Fordwich Arms at 18.00, get kitted up in the car-park and enter the river by the pub. Afterwards drink/food in the pub. If you want food I suggest ordering before going into the river.
We've had 2m depth in previous dives there, so you techie divers better have their twin-set and accelerated deco tanks with you.
Things to do - try to find and remove any rubbish lobbed into the river by the great British public and watch out for the eel & pike that live just before the bridge.
Please bring a torch as it can be a bit gloomy underwater.
Qualified divers only.
Will update Sunday afternoon after the weather forecast.

Heinkel HE-111 Project


Canterbury Divers now hold the licence to dive on, and excavate, the protected wreck of a Heinkel HE-111 bomber that was shot down in the Thames Estuary on 30th August 1940 during the height of the Battle of Britain.  Obtaining this licence has taken an enormous amount of work by club members in terms of diving on the wreck, identifying it, then countless hours spent researching records at Kew, RAF Hendon, and any number of other sources. 
The wreck may be the only H2 variant of the bomber still intact.   At present the location of the wreck has to remain closely guarded in order to prevent unscrupulous looting of the type that blighted the Dornier project on the Goodwin Sands in 2012.  However, work is on-going to establish the condition of the wreck, and a decision will be made as to whether the entire aircraft or any parts of it that are threatened with damage, destruction, or theft can be raised for conservation and display ashore.
At present the sea is doing a good job of covering the wreck and protecting it but the situation is being monitored and, in the event that it uncovers again and becomes vulnerable, work will continue on the site.



Anyone interested in hearing more about the project or in diving on the wreck should contact Simon Woollett via the club website.


The Erect a Tent Underwater challenge was a huge success.

Lisa, Chris, John and Luke took part - with Phil keeping a close eye on proceedings.



Latest news on our involvement Amy Johnson project

Sunday Express 20th September


Simon Woollett's BBC Kent radio interview



Saturday's Boat Trip

Saturday's boat fettling and side scan sonar testing trip was a huge success.

The side scan sonar fitted to Sea Fury is now working, giving some facinating images of the seabed off Herne Bay pier.

More trips will be occuring when sea conditions allow and we are confident that it will play a major role in the Amy Johnson project and that there will be some interesting discoveries ahead.

Contact Simon or Chris for further details


Canterbury Divers 2016 Plymouth Trip - the Return

A return trip to Plymouth is currently being planned for June 2016

Contact/see/grab Debs for further details

Canterbury Divers AGM

Tuesday 10th November 2015

8.00pm HBAA

Ocean Diver Training Dates

2015 Training Pack

Date Time Venue Details
Thursday 15th October 7.30pm Kingsmead

Initial meeting and Lecture 1 of the Ocean Diver course.

Come along and meet us and get the first lecture for free. There is no pressure to join and you can have a free try dive after the lecture.

Thursday 22nd October 8.30pm Kingsmead Pool Training starts
Saturday 24th October 9.30am Herne Bay Angling Association

Lecture 2 Dive equipment and dive Signals

Lecture 3 The effect of diving on the body

Saturday 7th November 9.30am Herne Bay Angling Association

Lecture 4 Planning to go diving

Lecture 5 Going Diving

Saturday 21st November 9.30am Herne Bay Angling Association

Lecture 6 What happens if....

Lecture 7 Enjoying your diving

Saturday 28th November 9.30am Herne Bay Angling Association Revision session and Theory Exam


Weymouth 2015

2nd - 4th May

Saturday - Tom doing what he does best


1st annual Canterbury Divers Photo Competition

Unfortunately the dive was blown out so April’s dive competition was a little improvised.  Entries were accepted if they had been taken on the 11th of April and if they were dive related.  Here is the winning entry entered by Phil our training office.  Apparently the viz was excellent.




Canterbury Divers Annual Trip to Weymouth - 2015

The traditional Canterbury Divers epic trip to Weymouth will be on 2-3rd May 2015

£110 per person for accommodation and diving/fills
£55 per person just for diving/fills
£55 per person just for accommodation

Fantastic food, awsome diving, boat repair workshop and scallop retrieval

Weymouth trip report 2014

See Simon Woollett to book on a not-to-be-missed-event

Archaeology in the Club

This year Canterbury Divers have been lucky enough to work on three projects for English Heritage alongside commercial archaeologists from Wessex Archaeology.  This has given club members a valuable insight into the way that “proper” archaeology is carried out and has helped us to move forward in our own efforts.
In the summer several members dived on the wreck of an unidentified U-boat off the North Foreland in an attempt to confirm its type and settle its identity once and for all.
Towards the end of the season we supplied divers for trips to the sites of UB109 and UB78.  These dives were in connection with a project to thoroughly record and survey these wrecks at the centenary of the war in which they were sunk.
Later still we were lucky enough to be represented on a project to carry out a surface survey of the wreck of the SS Anglia – again as part of the centenary commemoration.
It has been a privilege to be involved in these projects – even in a peripheral way – and our thanks must go to English Heritage but also to the fantastic team of inspirational characters at Wessex Archaeology – most notably Graham Scott, Toby Gane, Peta Knott, and Steph Arnott.
Most gratifying has been the fact that we were able to contribute something worthwhile in terms of supplying video footage and stills that have genuinely assisted the projects.  Hopefully, there may be similar opportunities in the future.

Amy Johnson

The search for the wreckage of Amy Johnson’s aircraft has kept divers, researchers, and historians busy for many decades – and always without success.  Now Canterbury Divers have taken up the challenge.

The Amy Johnson Project

326 go mad in Devon

Trip Report of the Club's trip to Plymouth

HBAA Application Form - download the form here


Download your Diver Self-Certification medical forms here and give them to the DO



Always wanted to try scuba diving? With Canterbury Divers it couldn't be easier!

Contact our TryDive Officer for more details

Tom Reid on 07854 088176 or email

Canterbury Divers' Video Night

Videos now on Youtube

'Three Men and a Tent'


'Canterbury Divers' Trip to Scapa Flow'

Canterbury BSAC Ocean Diver Theory Course

Open to all members from any BSAC Club

£5/lesson £10/exam

Contact: Phil training@canterburydivers.org.uk

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Dive Magazine - read about Tom Reid's first dive off Dover in 'it happened to me' and Carl Freeborn's 'dive off Dover in low vis'






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