The Tide

When working out high and low tide don't forget to set the Daylight Savings setting!

Torbay has a 5m tidal range at Springs, and the currents can be strong and unpredictable.

Generally slack can be found 2 hours before and 4 hours after High Water. This varies between Springs and Neaps.

Launching

Teignmouth, Torquay, Paignton & Brixham all have slips

Harbourmaster

Call Torquay harbour on VHF 14.

Air Fills

At Torbay BSAC we have our own compressor, but of course we cannot supply air commercially.

Air fills are available from the following: -

  • Venture Sports, 371 Torquay Road, Preston, Paignton. TQ3 2BT Tel 01803 523023; and
  • Divers Down, 139 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 3SR. Tel TBC

The Coastguard

If you find yourself afloat to the East of Berry Head (All of Torbay & Teignmouth etc.), call Solent Coastguard. MMSI- 002320011, Telephone: 02392 552100

If you are to the West of Berry Head (Dartmouth direction), Call Falmouth Coastguard. MMSI- 002320014, Telephone: 01326 317575

CoastWatch: NCI Torbay

Torbay has a Coast Watch station on Daddyhole Plain (above Meadfoot Beach). They can be contacted on VHF 65 for radio checks and weather information, but they cannot log dive plans - you must continue to use the Coastguard for this. See the link below for details and watch times.

NCI Torbay local info & history

Weather & Visibility

Generally you can dive Torbay comfortably with any wind direction other than an Easterly. Because the Bay faces due East, any wind with an easterly component will drive swells into the bay and disturb the bottom silt, reducing visibility very quickly. It usually takes 3-4 days to clear again, maybe a little less with Spring tides.

Water-skiing

Water-skiing is a popular pastime in the bay. Yellow 5kt marker buoys denote areas where boat traffic is discouraged or where vessels must not exceed 5kts. There are marked lanes for water-skiers to approach the beach to pick up & drop off. It is sensible to avoid diving in the vicinity of these!

Wet-bikes, Jet-skis, paddle boards & Kayaks are also popular in the bay. Good surface cover and a highly visible SMB are advisable. Remember many of these folk will not recognise an A flag when they see one! Beware.

Catch Permits

Please note that as of 2015, permits are required for any take from the sea in Torbay IFCA area. Please see the IFCA website for details - a 2 year permit costs about £20.
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Tel: 01803 854648

Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority

Sea Grass

Torbay boasts some lovely areas of Sea Grass - This Marine flowering plant is a protected species and there are restrictions to boating and anchoring in the areas where it grows.. You are free to dive it, and you may be lucky and spot a seahorse, but mind your buoyancy and do not anchor!

Modified 5kt marker buoys are now available as mooring points, this is a new innovation - check for details

Contact Rachel Cole, Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN Tel:0759542979
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National Aquarium

To be completed

Our Address

Torbay BSAC
Unit 0008
Beacon Quay
Torquay
Devon
TQ1 2BG