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					Snorkel Training at Littleton
The Site Littleton Lake is an old Quarry situated between Chertsey and Shepperton and is now used for sailing, angling and diving. It offers a sheltered environment ideal for training dives and rescue practice. The lake is run by Littleton Sailing Club who have set aside a section of the lake for Diving. Location Littleton Sailing Club Littleton Lane Shepperton Middx TW17 0NF We have affiliate Dive club membership with Littleton Sailing Club . Unfortunately there are limited facilities at Littleton. Changing is in the car park. Toilet facilities are limited. There are disabled toilets that are a yellow hut beside the club house, however this is some way away from the Diving area.

Snorkel Diving There is a section to the North-west of the lake set aside for Divers and Snorkellers. Entry is from a small landing stage. The end of the Diving area is marked by a number of Safety buoys. This is safe calm water with no tide or waves, making it an ideal training site. We use it for early familiarization dives and also Rescue practice and tests. Some cars have been sunk in the pit which make it interesting for Divers although Snorkellers rarely see them due to visibility. The Diving area varies from 3m to 7m depth . We generally change at the car park and walk along kitted out to the diving area. As fresh inland water you will need less weight than in the sea. It can also be a little warmer than the sea.

Safety This is Sheltered Open water, so safety is as ever important. A beach marshal bag containing throw ropes and first aid kit should be carried to the landing platform. The landing stage can get very busy, so it is essential that equipment is kept neatly and away from the access to the water. There can often be several divers in the lake so please be careful to avoid getting in their way. The Sailing club is busy but the sailing boats should not pass the safety buoys that mark the end of the diving area. – likewise we should not pass them either. The are sometimes Swans so we need to make sure we do not disturb them or their young . There are usually several Anglers, but not near the dive area. However we should still watch out for fishing line.

Directions from Dorking Take A24 to Leatherhead and join the M25 Clockwise. Leave M25 at Junction 11. Turn right onto dual carriage way towards Weybridge After half mile turn left at Roundabout onto A 317 Straight ahead at Traffic lights At T-Junction with Traffic lights turn right onto B375 towards Shepperton. Cross Chertsey bridge After about half a mile turn left at a Roundabout into Littleton Lane. Cross the M3, as you reach the bottom of the bridge the road bears right. The entrance to Littleton Sailing Club is on the right just after the bend. Once inside the gate turn sharp left before the pylon. The diving car park is 400m up the track. Please drive slowly up the track and try to avoid disturbing the Fishermen. The Dive site is a further 200m from the carpark

Gaining access to the site There is a gate at the site entrance which needs a magnetic key. We have a small number of the magnetic keys in the club. It may be necessary to phone one of the club on reaching the gate for someone to come and bring the key.

Immediately after the main gate turn left and then there is a small gate ahead. This has a combination lock. The number currently is 6357 (23/06/05). This code also applies to the disabled toilet. Note: Please do not leave any rubbish . Ideally we should take a black sack along and exchanging it for the full one in the dustbin provided by one of the dive clubs.