Qualification Level: Ocean Diver
Depth Range: 0-8m
When to dive: At any state of the tide. Especially good if south westerly wind means no boat diving. Not good on a north or north easterly. Can be busy in high summer.
Key Features: Good when South Westerly winds, pebbles and sand bed. Pipefish, Cuttlefish
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Launch Site Address: Breakwater Beach, Berry Head Road, Brixham, TQ5 9AF
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Travel time from Boat Shed: 1hrs 50mins
Site Facilities: Pay and display parking (get there early for best parking) also large multi-storey carpark on opposite side of road.
Public toilets, Cafe.
Short walk into town.
Launch Fee: None
Distance over water: n/a
Is it permanently bouyed: No
Air Fill: nearest air is in Paignton either Nautique Watersports TQ4 6DT 01803 550278 or Venture Sports TQ3 2BT 01803 523023
Coastguard 999 or 112 (both numbers function identically)
For advice on diving related incidents or urgent and emergency hyperbaric referrals including carbon monoxide poisoning in the South West of England contact DDRC on +44 (0)1752 209999
Hyperbaric Recompression Chambers:
DDRC: at Tamar Science Park, Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BQ. 24hr Advice Line – 01752 209 999
The Diver Clinic, 7 Parkstone Road (A350), Poole, Dorset, BH15 2NN. 24 hour cover Telephone: Day time – 01202 678278, Emergency 07770 423637 (answer service) A return call will be made
Breakwater beach in brixham is a lovely little shore dive from a gently sloping pebble beach which generally affords reasonable visibility. A small sea wall makes kitting up a breeze and public toilets and a café in the carpark make for a more comfortable day. The north/north easterly aspect makes breakwater beach a good choice if most of the south coast is ‘blown-out’ by south westerly winds. Navigation exercises are also good here because of the north facing beach means compass bearings of N,S,E,W will usually get you back to the beach. Short walk around the harbour to get into town if bringing family for a day out!
Underwater there is quite a variety of landscape and marine life to spot at high tide you start on pebbles but heading north you quickly progress to sand with some tell tale ridges to aid navigation, at about 5m you see the usual suspects of hermit crabs and snails and the occasional scallop or velvet swimming crab. At 6-8m head east for a time and the landscape starts to get a little bit rockier with a few pipefish, starfish and even some cuttlefish sometimes. When you have gone east for a while head back south and you will come across a reef. Follow the edge of the reef in a south westerly direction and eventually you will find yourself back on the beach!
More info: Dive South Devon Page 68
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