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Wastwater (Wast Water is the real name) is a well known diving site - sadly this is often due to the lake's history of diving and non-diving deaths!
Wastwater has also been made slightly infamous with the "Gnome Garden" (BBC News) - supposedly now relocated to depths beyond what the UK Police Dive Teams are allowed to go.
Nowadays, the police dive team use a Remotely Operated Vehicle (RoV) beyond those depths. So there's a good chance if you do have a mishap beyond the depth they're allowed to go to, there's a good chance they'll recover your body (and maybe some of your kit - perhaps for future sale on eBay).
One of the main risks associated with diving in the lakes is decompression. This can be allieviated by ensuring you perform your required decompression stops in the water, ideally with a safety stop for good measure, and then prior to travelling any distance avail yourself of one of the convenient places for a surface interval.
For instance, at Wastwater, we like to use The Screes Inn at Nether-Wasdale - it is a particularly nice surface interval stop, with a selection of Real Ales and good food.
If you are looking for a suitable place to stay overnight (or try equally good food and Real Ales), then across the road is The Strands Inn, hotel and brewery).
If you were diving in Crummock, then we would recommend The Kirkstile Inn.
Other dive sites include:
Crummock Water - Hawse Point
St Abbs - many sea dives
South Shields - many wrecks!
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