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Run by licensees and charter boat skippers, dive trails enable interested divers to get responsible access to protected wreck sites. Historic England has supported the development of these dive trails and the interpretation materials they include. Divers visiting the trails get the benefit of the insight and orientation provided by the trails and also the experience of the licensed teams and their archaeologists.
Follow the links below to find out about the wrecks and how to access the dive trails that are currently open:
The Norman's Bay wreck contains a cluster of at least 51 iron guns, timber hull structure and various other artefacts including a large anchor on top of a ballast mound. The identity of the wreck is still being researched but archaeologists think it is the 64-gun Dutch warship, the Wapen Van Utrecht, which sank during the Battle of Beachy Head in 1690.
Find out why Normans Bay is protected
Dive Norman's Bay
A new trail will open on Thorness Bay in summer 2018 and we have plans to establish additional trails over the coming years.
How divers rate the dive trails
The feedback from all of the trails has been very positive. Divers tell us that the trail booklets really help get orientated underwater and help them understand what they are seeing.
How your dive helps us to care for the wrecks
We ask divers to share the photos they take of protected wreck sites with us. The photos you supply help us to monitor the condition of the wreck site as part of our Heritage at Risk work. Photos can be shared with @HE_Maritime on Twitter using the #HEDiveTrail hashtag or added to the wreck's List entry. Find out how to share your dive photos on the The List.
Your visits to wreck sites accompanied by licensed divers also deter those thinking of illegally accessing the wrecks.
HMS Falmouth recreated in its final resting place using underwater surveying and digital 3D modelling on centenary of sinking
English Heritage opens first submarine dive trail.
English Heritage launches 5th Underwater Dive Trail off Lundy Island in the South West of England