Photography of Stoney Cove late 2019

Photography of Stoney Cove late 2019

Diving first started here around 1960 and as the sport gained popularity Stoney Cove was developed into the amazing underwater adventure park it is today.

Much work has taken place to keep Stoney Cove at the forefront of diver training and it is recognised as the benchmark for other centres to follow. The Centre includes a heated indoor training pool, superb conference rooms, a fantastic dive store with a vast range of dive gear at very competitive prices and a super public bar and restaurant called Nemos as well as the underwater features.

Key features and attractions are The Stangarth, Defiant, Gresham and many more.


Stanegarth was brought to Stoney Cove as a project in association with DIVER magazine.

The Stanegarth was originally built in 1910 as a steam powered tug by Lytham Ship Builders Co. for Rea Transport Co. Ltd. of Liverpool, she is older than The Titanic! She was later converted to diesel power with the addition of an enclosed wheelhouse in 1957. In 1999 we found Stanegarth abandoned at Sharpness, Gloucestershire.


It’s not every day that an Elizabethan shipwreck is driven across middle England and dropped into a lake in Leicestershire, but that’s exactly what happened in the last week of May 2012. It was certainly be a day to remember at the Stoney Cove National Diving Centre, where the substantial remains of the 16th-century “Gresham Ship” was finally laid to rest.

Since sinking in the River Thames over 400 years ago, the ship has travelled many miles. It was rediscovered in 2003 by the Port of London Authority while they were clearing a navigation channel, and so they called in the archaeologists. A gun from the wreck bore the insignia of Sir Thomas Gresham (1500-1579) on the barrel, while tree ring analysis of the hull timbers suggested the ship had been built in or just after AD 1574.

The team from Wessex Archaeology and the Maritime Archaeology Programme, led by Dr Jens Auer, recorded the astonishing find partially on the sea bed and then on dry land, once the five huge sections of the hull had been raised.

We organise monthly training and pleasure dives here, well worth a visit.

Members are always on hand to help with general diving skills, experiences or advice on underwater photography.

Schedule of dates on our home page

Under normal circumstances we meet on Sunday nights at One Leisure St Ives (the St. Ives Recreation Centre), with theory lessons starting at 6:30PM and the pool is available exclusively for our training from 8:15PM.One Leisure St Ives Recreation Centre Westwood Road, St. Ives Cambs. PE27 6WU.  

Due to Covid 19 we have suspended all Pool training and Try Dive activities.

St Ives Sub Aqua Club is affiliated with BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club)

Contact us now 01480 708029

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