Stoney Cove

View of the Lake

Stoney Cove over time



In 1978, Stoney Cove Marine Trials Ltd was formed to develop the full potential of Stoney Cove for scuba diving and commercial underwater activities. Since then there has been a continuous programme of improvements which began with a tarmac surface for the waterside parking area.

On Site Facilities

  • Parking
  • Ladies and Mens shower and changing block
  • Two storey dive shop
  • Gas station for Air, Nitrox and Trimix,
  • On-site a pub - Nemos Bar
  • Hot Food and Drinks served through hatch for wet divers

All staff have first aid training and a powerful RIB is on standby - which doubles up as an alarm signal to naughty divers not getting out of the lake on time. September 1999 saw the completion of a new access road and entrance to Stoney Cove. Beneath the new road is a drain system that directs rainwater and silts from the cliffs and banks away from Stoney Cove during storms. This has significantly improved underwater visibility during rainy periods.

Underwater Attractions

But that's not all. The Stanegarth, the U.K.'s largest inland ship wreck, and the Nautilus submarine have both provided major attractions. And recently the Tug Boat Defiant, Trawler MV Belinda, a Bus, collection of Minis, Sesnor aircraft, purpose built mini submarine (on 6m ledge) with our old favourite the Wessex Helicopter.

Underwater Map

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Marine Life

Perch, Roach, Pike, Crayfish, Freshwater Muscles

The development of Stoney Cove now boasts a state-of-the-art dive centre building with two storey shop and basement swimming pool.  containing new breathing gas production facilities and a medical centre.

Depth ranges start at a 6m bank (for Open Water Divers/Novice) running from Nemos' Bar to Dive Centre building. Slopping down to 20-22m (Advanced Divers/Intermediate) where Stanegarth, Defiant and Belinda plus many other attractions such as a helicopter, bus, minis, sesnor aircraft and many vehicles. There is a technical section which drops down to 36m (Advanced +/Expert). This is only adviced if you have Deep diver or Technical training.



  • Monday – Friday 8:30am - 4pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 8.30am - 3pm


  • Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 8.30am - 4pm

Fees - Non DiverLog member

  • £27

Fees - DiverLog Card Holder Member

  • £20

Night Diving:

Stoney Cove is open for night diving the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month between 6pm and 9pm

DiverLog Membership and - Application Form

  • 1 year £30
  • 2 years £40

If you are Diverlog registered and would like to pre-book a space on the inside car park this can be done via the ticket site when booking your ticket (weekends only) . The number of bookable spaces is limited to 20, with a £10 none-refundable fee applies for the parking. These spaces are not available to dive schools, large vehicles and groups of divers in excess of 4 persons and are limited to one per booking. If these conditions are not met, entry may be refused.

Automatic top gate opens 04:30am

Main Gate opens at 07:00am


Stoney Cove

Sapcote Rd

Stoney Stanton




A47 Leicester to Hinckley Road, turn into the B581 to Stoney Stanton From M1 junction 21 (Leicester) take M69 to junction 2, follow the B4669 to Sapcote Leave the M69 North at junction 1 and follow A5 south. Turn onto B4114 to Sapcote.

Stoney Cove Website