Dorset Dives by Will Appleyard

Dorset Dives by Will Appleyard

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Dorset Dives by Will Appleyard is a dive guide to 50 top dive sites along the Jurassic coast line from Swanage, Poole, Portland to Lyme Regis.


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If you need to contact us for any issue or assistance, you can do so online by filling out the online Contact Form, emailing us at or calling us on +44(0)1305 824 555. If it's about a purchase you've made for us please also include your order number.

Our brick-and-mortar store Underwater Explorers based on Portland, Dorset is staffed 7 days a week, including weekends and bank holidays. As it's an active store visited by divers from around the country and world regularly, if we can't make it to the phone for any reason please leave a message and we'll get back to you asap.

Any queries are usually answered the very same day and at most within 24 hours.


Why Portland?

We’re located on the Isle of Portland (in Dorset) because Portland has been one of the most popular scuba diving locations in the United Kingdom even before we set up operations here back in the year 2000.

On one side, we’re minutes away from the sheltered waters of Portland Marina and Harbour, while on the other, it’s just a brief walk to reach our famous scuba diving destination Chesil Cove and start of the 16-mile-long Chesil Beach.  

Portland’s location makes it ideal for scuba diving, freediving, snorkelling and other surface water sports activities. 

Check out how many wrecks we have around here by clicking on Scimitar Diving's Wreck & Dive Sites chart!

Alongside dive clubs, many instructors and dive schools travel here to train and offer scuba diving certification ranging from open water diver to mixed-gas tech diving or rebreather diving levels.

Whether you’re doing a boat dive from Portland Marina or Castletown or a shore dive at Chesil Cove, Portland is well known for offering many possibilities: Reef diving to wreck diving and night diving, underwater photography or underwater videography. Anything other than cave diving is possible here.

Likely being the best-stocked diving shop in the UK, at Underwater Explorers we offer in-store scuba diving equipment advice and sales, as well as gas fills, to locals and visitors (read About Us).

But... If you’re googling “scuba diving shop near me” like some, look no further, there's DirDirect online.

Here at DirDirect, we list our cutting-edge equipment for worldwide delivery and we’ve got you covered whatever your level of diving: We’re your local dive store wherever you are in the world.

All that with over 20 years of experience especially in technical diving, from training to equipment, advice and sales.


Underwater Explorers, Unit 1, Maritime Business Centre
Mereside, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1FD


Let Dorset Dives by Will Appleyard take you on a personal journey to the 50 greatest dive sites the Dorset coastline offers.

There are so many opportunities to get were in Dorset against one of the UK’s most beautiful backdrops - the Jurassic coast.

A UNESCO world heritage site, the Dorset coast boasts seriously good scallop diving, sheltered, shallow or deep wreck, scenic reef dives, easy shore dives and daring drift dives.

Will Appleyard has chosen a selection of dive sites spanning the length of the Dorset coastline, all within a comfortable depth for the recreational diver, and some of the sites featured will certainly require diving more than once.

The wrecks in Dorset Dives by Will Appleyard are illustrated by Max Ellis, based on the original rough sketches John Liddiard made for Diver magazine’s ‘Wreck Tours’ feature, with minimal coloured backgrounds added. With a Foreword by Paul Rose.

Review of Dorset Dives

"This is an attractive book, a modern if much-simplified successor to the long-established but now out-of-print Dive Dorset.

It covers generally well-known dives out of Swanage, Poole, Portland and Lyme Regis, either by hardboat or club RIB. 

It is bright and colourful, thanks to the generous supply of photos, mainly by Will Appleyard and Rob Roslyn. 

The topside shots are evocative of summer days in Dorset, while the underwater photographs are generally of good quality, though inevitably laced with a smattering of the green and backscattered. 

The descriptions of the 50 sites, of which about 60% are wrecks, are breezy, economical outlines. They are accompanied by concise notes on location, access, depth, things to look for and what to do if the dive is blown out (a feature that could get quite a lot of use). 

There are three helpful location maps at the start. This overview of Dorset dives has been well thought-out and produced, and is an easy read." (DIVER magazine)

About the author

Will Appleyard is a diver who has a passion for the waters of the UK which he communicates through his photography and writing.

His first book Discover UK Diving became a best-seller and raised awareness of the many dive sites off the south coast of England.

Will’s diving trips also regularly take him to Europe, the Red Sea, Canada and Thailand, but he is always pleased to return to his home waters.