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Old Swimming Pool3a

Alternative Names:   Coral Canyon, Craig en Gelt,

Type of Dive: Good shore dive in the rocks and gullies near the old swimming pool.

Suggested Experience: Novice in good conditions.

Travel directions: From the A1 travelling south at a roundabout marked (Dunbar A1087) turn left for the A199 then to next roundabout and turn right for the A1087 through West Barns and in Dunbar turn left into Marine road and continue to the end. From Edinburgh 30m and 40 mins.

Parking directions: There is ample parking on Marine Road, opposite the great Rocks Hotel.  

Old Swimming Pool parking

Lat & Long: 56.006658, -2.526967  Postcode EH42 1AR  Google  

Tides: Tide tables  Best to dive here at high tide. The picture below is at low tide.

Old Swimming Pool

Depth: 15m

Site entry/exit: Two ways to access the dive is either walk across the rocks and jump entry into about 4-6ms, following the rocks on your right-hand side until you come to exit point or swim in from the shore crossing over the small wall over a sewer pipe (no longer used), this leads you into a gulley, turn left and follow the rocks, keeping them on your left-hand side. To exit, it can be a bit disorientating, the first gulley that looks like it will take you back to shore is a dead end, follow on for a couple of minutes to the next gulley, this will take you back to the pipe, then over a small wall back into the old pool area, then a short walk up the steps, this is murder as they are different heights, take your time.

Old Swimming Pool4aOld Swimming Pool entry/exit

Underwater directions: There is a fantastic system of gullies all along the reefs seaward side, as well as some on the shore side. On the north-west side of the reef you'll come across a break in the reef, called coral canyon, around the back of this there is a large hollow at 15mtrs. Look carefully into all the nooks and crannies for small crabs, fish, the occasional octopus and lobster. Swim for 30 mins depending on your air and turn back. 

Air & Nitrox: Edinburgh dive centre   FYM

Site Hazards: Swells with a Northeast wind.

Nearest Public phone: Dunbar

Mobile Network service: Most work here.


Other comments: This dive site is very exposed so its best done after a week's calm weather.

Pub:  The rocks  The Rocks Hotel has a wee beer garden, perfect for buying a cold/hot drink or a bite to eat, can recommend their bowls of soup after a dive.  Previous owners have indicated its okay to use their toilets, but it's up for new management so would have to check before using.

Cafe: Probably on Dunbar high street and certainly takeaways there open till at least 11 pm  

Version: 1

Thanks To: MUSAC  and Fiona Smith

Links: None I can find.

Created by: Fiona Smith

Date: 24/5/18

Surface Photos: Fiona Smith and Billy Symington.

Old Swimming Pool gully

Underwater Photos: By Fiona Smith

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Old Swimming Pool dive map

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