Scapa Flow Dive Guide by Lawson Wood

Scapa Flow Dive Guide by Lawson Wood

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The Scapa Flow Dive Guide by Lawson Wood expanded 100th Anniversary Edition now includes more wreck details, photographs and a completely new section on aeroplane wrecks.


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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.

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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


The best-selling guide to Scapa Flow has now been updated. The Scapa Flow Dive Guide by Lawson Wood expanded 100th Anniversary Edition now includes more wreck details, photographs and a completely new section on aeroplane wrecks.

If you are looking for a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to Scapa Flow this book is a must-have.

Scapa Flow has international acclaim as one of the world’s top five wreck diving locations and has more diveable wreckage than any other European area.

The shipwrecks are a mixture of battleships, cruisers and destroyers from the German High Seas Battle Fleet scuttled towards the end of WWI and the direct actions of the British Admiralty, which sank a further 43 ships during both world conflicts to block the entrances to Scapa Flow.

Scapa Flow Dive Guide by Lawson Wood includes

  • Comprehensive guide to the Orkney Islands’ history and wildlife.
  • Detailed descriptions of every dive.
  • Highly detailed full-colour maps of all wreck locations.
  • Superb archive and full-colour world-class photography throughout.

About the author

Lawson Wood has written more than 50 historical and diving books. He is a founding member of the Marine Conservation Society and founder of St. Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Nature Reserve in Scotland.

He made photographic history by becoming a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photographers solely for underwater photography. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

  • Format: Paperback

Dimensions: 24 × 17cm

  • Pages: 176

SKU: 9781905492305