Europe has seen it’s far share of deep pools – the 28m Submarine Escape Training Tank (S.E.T.T.) in the UK, 33m Nemo33 in Belgium and the 40m Y-40 in Italy.  It has just been announced that the UK is getting a new 50m pool called the Blue Abyss which will make it the largest facility of it’s kind in the world!  It will be located in outside London in Essex and is designed to be the world’s best underwater research, training and development facility and will cater for Scuba Divers, Freedivers and Commercial Divers.

It has also been confirmed that the European Space Agency will use the facility as a training site.

The entire site housing the 50m dive pool will be built using green building design and will also house a hotel and other businesses within the park.  You can read more information about the project on their Facebook page.

Blue Abyss 50m Pool

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Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a passion he pursued in all his spare time. In 1996 his passion for the underwater world led him to setup When he gets time he enjoys both Freediving and Scuba Diving when not traveling for work or enjoying time with his family in London.


  1. Good news but why so close to London?? Why not further North, maybe in the Midlands somewhere?? Everything is so metrocentric…. Nothing wrong with the land north of Watford…. in fact it’s more than likely to be cheaper to buy…. just saying like!!!

  2. David Jason was involved in what turned out to be a flop in the same area.the cost was to high in the hundreds of millions and no planning permissible n could be found d at any suitable site. What makes anyone think this!s project will go further than the printed word.

  3. Brexit will have a deep impact in such a project, expecially the Space Agency will have to review its assets and its priorities and locations

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