Guided Dives in Scapa Flow - The Best Wreck Site in Europe!
The wrecks in Scapa Flow are phenomenal, their size awesome and history quite incredible. Scapa Scuba guided dives enable divers to get the most out of their trip to Scapa Flow.
Guided by experienced Instructors or Divemasters familiar with the Scapa Flow conditions, history and layout, allow you to see all the best bits! Guided dives can be run for individuals or small groups.
To dive in Scapa you need to be PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent) with recent drysuit experience.
Rather than just the one days diving, many people choose to take advantage of our 4 and 6 day ‘Scapa Flow Wreck Tour’ diving package. Please click here for details.
For those who are relatively new to dry suit diving, and for anyone diving in rented school equipment, we recommend spending the first day at the Churchill Barriers diving on the Blockship wrecks there. At 12 metres maximum, these wrecks are in an ideal safe depth to get used to the hire kit and for the instructor/dive guide to get you correctly weighted before heading off the boat and into the depths in Scapa Flow.
For those divers new to dry suit diving we offer the PADI Dry Suit Speciality course prior to heading into Scapa Flow.
About Scapa Flow
Scapa Flow is surrounded and almost fully enclosed by the Orkney Islands. The 200 square mile expanse of water was used by the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet as a safe anchorage with the main Atlantic Operations Head Quarters at Lyness on Hoy (now the site of the popular Scapa Flow Visitors Centre). The German Fleet was detained in Scapa Flow during the armistice negotiations at the end of the First World War. Seven months later, on June 21st 1919, the entire German Imperial Navy's High Seas Fleet was scuttled to elude Allied hands. The seventy-four warships sank, littering the seabed of Scapa Flow.
Large salvage operations to raise the Fleet were undertaken after the war. Today only eight of the High Seas Fleet remain as a token of the Naval history of Scapa Flow. These include three Battleships - the Markgraf, Kronprinz Wilhelm and König, each of which measure 177m long and displace as much as 25,390 tons. Four Light Cruisers also lie on the seabed - the Dresden, Brummer, Coln and Karlsruhe. The wrecks in Scapa Flow lie in water ranging from 24 - 45m deep with the visibility extending to as much as 20m on occasion. Further to these, the destroyer V-83 lies in 12m of water next to the Island Rysa Little. Many other vessels have since come to grief in Scapa Flow creating even more diving sites. The deliberate sinking of Blockships where the Churchill Barriers were built and within Burra Sound has resulted in exceptional dive sites. Fast moving water here creates excellent visibility and attracts a large diversity of marine life.