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Queen's Harbour Master Plymouth

LNTM No 019/18

Diving in Plymouth Sound - Information

1.         This notice is issued for information by the Queens Harbour Master Plymouth

2.         The Dockyard Port Order 1999 contains Regulations (Schedule 1, Part 1, Reg 6) which preclude diving within the main shipping channels and in areas where anchorage is prohibited as depicted on Admiralty Charts, save with the permission of the Queen’s Harbour Master.

3.         Following recent near miss incidents involving recreational divers adjacent to the main channel, in conflict with large vessel movements, permission will not routinely be granted for any diving within these reserved areas.    

4.         Specifically, approval to dive will not be granted in Plymouth Sound north of a line joining Fort Picklecombe and Mount Batten Tower, including Smeaton Pass, Drake Channel and the Narrows together with Cobbler Channel and the Cattewater.  The prohibited area shall not include the small craft anchorages and bathing areas shown on current Admiralty charts. 

5.         Recognised diving organisations/clubs who wish to dive in the above area may request to be included on a list of approved users having supplied details of procedures and assurance of safety arrangements.  Further detail of the requirements can be obtained from QHM’s Port Safety Officer


1st January 2018

Monday 01 Jan 2018

Queen's Harbour Master Plymouth