Infrastructure Improvements for Divers & Water Users

October 25, 2016

Slipway Road and Turning Circle

Here are some photos of some of the latest infrastructure works taking place on site for the benefit of our divers and water users.

This new area has recently been concreted over with 15 tonnes of ready mix concrete to create a new walkway and vehicle turning circle.

This is part of the ongoing infrastructure works throughout the site, that include a new Children’s Play Area and improvements to the Car Park surface. Other improvements throughout the site are on their way.

Slipway Road and Turning Circle


New Children’s Play Area


Children's Play Area

We have recently opened a new Children’s play area on the site.

Most activities on the site are aimed at over 12 year olds, so this new facility is for the younger children visiting the centre or staying in the Wigwam Village.




Improvements to NDAC Car Park


NDAC Car Park

We hope you like the recent improvements to the car park at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

At the start of October we had 400 tonnes of road chippings delivered, laid and rolled onto the car park surface using heavy machinery.

You’ll be pleased to hear that this has filled most of the holes!

NDAC Car Park


Scuba Diving Courses for Winter 2016 at the NDAC Dive School

October 17, 2016

NDAC Dive School
Start Diving Keep Diving Teach Diving Tech Diving Bookings

At the National Diving & Activity Centre Dive School we have a wide range of competitively priced courses suitable for all levels of diver, from complete beginners to the experienced.

All recreational and technical scuba training at the NDAC Dive School is provided by Cardiff Scuba. Cardiff Scuba is a well established dive school with an outstanding reputation for teaching Scuba Diving courses. Together we are South Wales’ largest provider of Scuba Training.

Here are some of the upcoming Dive Courses taking place during the Winter of 2016. Places are limited so please book quickly to avoid disappointment.

Start Diving

NDAC Try-A-Dive Experience

The NDAC Try-A-Dive Experience introduces you to scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner. It dispels common misconceptions about scuba by letting you try it for yourself.

Under the guidance of a PADI professional, you will experience the thrills of swimming underwater in the safety of a swimming pool.

• 26 Nov 2016Thornbury

Click here for full details & further dates >

PADI Open Water Diver

The PADI Open Water Diver course teaches you the foundational knowledge and skills you need to dive with a buddy, independent of supervision anywhere in the world, to a maximum of 18 meters (12 meters for Junior divers aged 10 – 14).

• 29-30 Oct & 05-06 Nov 16

• 19-20 Nov & 26-27 Nov 16

• 10-11 Dec & 17-18 Dec 16

Click here for full details & further dates >


Keep Diving

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

So you’ve got the skills to dive safely, now you want to explore special diving interests and gain experience.

The PADI Advanced Open Water program allows you to customise your training path and learn various underwater tasks that broaden your capabilities as a diver.

• 22-23 Oct 2016

• 12-13 Nov 2016

• 03-04 Dec 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >

PADI Rescue Diver Course

PADI Rescue Divers will tell you this course is both challenging and rewarding. It will take you to a new level of diving by making you more confident and prepared in the event of a diving emergency.

• 22-23 Oct 2016

• 17-18 Dec 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >

Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR), AED Use & Secondary Care

Creating confidence to care. Emergency First Response is the fastest-growing international CPR, AED and first aid training organisation.

The Emergency First Response course builds lay-rescuer confidence to provide care when faced with a medical emergency.

Full Course (at NDAC)

• 21 Oct 2016

• 25 Nov 2016

• 16 Dec 2016

Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 13 & 20 Oct 2016

• 17 & 24 Nov 2016

• 08 & 15 Dec 2016

Click here for full details, update options & further dates >

PADI Deep Diver Speciality

Ever wanted to dive that one wreck that’s just out of reach? What about diving with sharks in the Red Sea but can’t get close enough? Or those colourful reef walls you’ve heard about but so far you’ve been unable to experience it for yourself.

These are just some of the reasons to complete your PADI Deep Diver Specialty course and to go Deep Diving.

• 05-06 Nov 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >

PADI Wreck Diver Speciality

Whether sunk intentionally or tragically, be it a sunken ship, a plane or an automobile; the call of a wreck is nearly irresistible to divers.

Through the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course you will learn and practice the skills and knowledge that is vital for safe wreck diving.

• 11-13 Nov 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >

PADI Dry Suit Diver Speciality

Want to stay warm and toasty when diving? Fed up of only going diving through the summer months? Then this is the course for you!

To become a well-seasoned UK diver, and to open up other diving possibilities like Ice Diving, becoming a PADI Dry Suit Diver is an essential certification to have.

• 19 Nov 2016

10-11 Dec 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >


Tech Diving

PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality

Welcome to one of PADI’s most popular specialties – the PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality course. Diving with enriched air nitrox lets you safely extend your no-stop time beyond the no-decompression limits for air.

Diving with enriched air means more time underwater – but you need to be certified as an Enriched Air Diver to get enriched air fills.

• 27 Oct 2016 at NDAC

• 10 Nov 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 24 Nov 2016 at NDAC

• 08 Dec 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 22 Dec 2016 at NDAC

Click here for full details & further dates >

Experience has shown that Technical Diving Courses often need to be tailored to the individual, so please get in touch to discuss suitable dates.

TDI Intro to Tech

TDI Rebreather Discovery (Try-Dive)

TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures

TDI Advanced Nitrox & Helitrox

TDI Extended Range

TDI Trimix

TDI Advanced Trimix

TDI Air Diluent Rebreather Diver

TDI Air Diluent Deco Procedures Rebreather Diver


For further dates please visit the Dive School section of the website.

If you have any questions please Contact the NDAC Dive School.




The Wire Zip Slide open Fridays in November 2016


The Wire Zip Slide Chepstow

The Wire Zip SlideWe have just opened up some additional Friday dates for our 700m long Wire Zip Slide this November.

The Wire is now available for bookings on the following Fridays.

• Friday 04 November

• Friday 11 November
• Friday 18 November
• Friday 25 November

Places are limited, so be quick to avoid disappointment.

To find out more, or to book, please visit:


Half Price Segway, Wire Zip Slide & Giant 3G Swing Activities during half term at the NDAC Chepstow

October 9, 2016

50% Discount on Segway, Zip Slide and 3G Swing Chepstow

50% Discount on Activities During Half-Term at the NDAC Chepstow

This October we have some fantastic discounts on activities at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

For six selected dates around the School Half Term we are offering a 50% discount on The Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active and The Giant 3G Swing.

To take advantage of these offers please use the discount code HALFTERMFUN when booking online.

There are limited spaces available on these activities, so hurry and book early to avoid disappointment!

These activities are not suitable for children under 12 years, further restrictions apply.

Segway Active Half Price during Half Term The Wire Zip Slide  Half Price during Half Term Giant 3G Swing Half Price during Half Term

Don't forget to use the discount code HALFTERMFUN

The Wire Zip Slide

For just £9.50 will you take on The Wire Zip Slide?

The Wire is one of the UK’s longest, tallest and fastest zip slides, running the 700 metre length of the spectacular NDAC Quarry.

Launch yourself from the 70m high cliff edge and speed along the length of our 80m deep flooded quarry.

Reaching speeds up to 40 miles per hour this exhilarating ride will take your breath away!

Further Details » | Book The Wire Zip Slide »

Segway Active

From £7.50* per person you can take part in a Segway Active Experience

Gliding on a Segway feels like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Step on and your instincts take over – and you quickly realise it responds to how you balance yourself. It feels incredibly natural and, most of all, it’s really fun.

Our one hour Segway Active experience is set in a fantastic location at the National Activity & Diving Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow, situated around a disused limestone quarry with fantastic views.

We have 12 off-road Segways, a custom built HQ, training facilities and an off-road course. Each driving adventure lasts an hour, starting with full instructions and a safety briefing on our flat training zone. This gives you the opportunity to get to grips with your Segway in a safe environment. Once you’ve become a competent rider, you’ll be unleashed on our off road tour around the quarry and activity centre at Chepstow.

*Please note that we also offer 30 minute packages and further discounted rates if you are booking three or more places

Further Details » | Book on Segway Active»

Giant 3G Swing

The Giant 3G Swing is new for 2016 and for only £9.50 (reduced from £19) you can experience weightlessness 245 feet in the air on our ultimate adrenaline-pumping blast!

If you dare, you’ll be strapped into the Giant 3G Swing, hoisted 50ft up into the air and slowly pulled back to the release point…

Then it is down to one of you to pull the ripcord!

After the initial terrifying drop, you’ll launch into the air, feeling the G-force as you swing up into the sky, 245ft over the steep quarry edges of the UK’s Deepest Inland Dive Site.

Further Details » | Book The Giant 3G Swing»


These special offers are available on the following dates with discount code HALFTERMFUN

Thursday 20th October 2016
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active & Giant 3G Swing activities

Friday 21st October 2016
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active & Giant 3G Swing activities

Monday 24th October 2016
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active & Giant 3G Swing activities

Tuesday 25th October 2016
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active & Giant 3G Swing activities

Wednesday 26th October 2016

Thursday 27th October 2016
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active & Giant 3G Swing activities

Friday 28th October 2016
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active & Giant 3G Swing activities

Don’t miss out, BOOK NOWusing the HALFTERMFUN code for your adrenaline filled experience!



• Minimum age is 12 years.

• Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone).

• Lower weight limit is 45kg (7.08 stone).

• Segway Active riders 16 years old and under must be accompanied by
an adult on the activity.

Full activity terms, conditions and restrictions »


• Minimum age is 12 years.

• You must be between 1.2m (3ft 11”) and 2.0m (6ft 7”).

• Lower Limit is 30kg (4.7 stone)

• Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone)

Full activity terms, conditions and restrictions »


• Minimum age is 12 years.

• You must be taller than 1.3m (4ft 3”)

• Lower Limit is 20kg (3.15 Stone) for the Swing

• Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone)

Full activity terms, conditions and restrictions »

Other Facilities

The View Cafe Bar will be open on site for hot and cold meals as well as a great range of drinks and a fantastic view over our lake. So why not make a day of it.

We also have a range of Wooden Wigwam accommodation available on site to suit all budgets.

Offer Terms and Conditions

This special offer is only available for advance bookings for selected dates and activities during October 2016. No further discounts apply and this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Sessions are subject to availability. This discounted rate is non-refundable, non transferable and for online bookings only. If a session is cancelled for reasons beyond our control (i.e. severe weather) an alternative booking date or activity may be offered at our discretion


Night Dive on Saturday 29th October 2016 at the NDAC Chepstow

October 5, 2016

Night Dive

We are holding one of our popular Night Dives on Saturday 29th October 2016 at the NDAC Chepstow.

The adventure, thrill and excitement of night diving can be yours on a NDAC Night Dive. If you have never been on a night dive before, you could consider joining on one of our PADI Night Diver Speciality Courses.

The Night Dive will start at 6pm and you’ll need to be clear of the water by 9pm.

The costs are:

Members Night Dive £13.00 (*£10)

Non Members £18.00 (*£15)

*If you are diving with us during the day Saturday and want to also take part in the Night Dive you can get further discounts.
You need to be diving with us during the day on Saturday 29th October, book on the night dive by 12pm on that day and show your daytime wristband. You can pre-book your space by contacting us via our online form or calling us on 01291 630 046 (Thu-Sun)

Wigwam Camping ChepstowWe have accommodation available at the Wooden Wigwam Village including our Deluxe & VIP Wigwams, to help you go glamping in style and make a weekend of it at the NDAC.

Hot meals are also available at the View Cafe Bar

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To book on our night dives give us a call on 01291 630 046 or contact us using our online form> Don’t forget your torches and we look forward to (just about) seeing you!

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Dive or Swim for Free at the NDAC

October 3, 2016

Dive, Freedive or Open Water Swim for Free at the NDAC 24 & 25 October 2016

As a big thank you to our water based supporters, we are offering two FREE days of diving*/swimming during the half-term week.

• Monday 24th October

• Tuesday 25th October

No catches – just turn up, book in and scuba dive or swim for free!

This offer is open to Scuba Divers and Experienced Open Water Swimmers. Our normal entry restrictions apply, but your activity will be free! This is not suitable for novice swimmers without openwater experience.

The other activities at the National Diving & Activity Centre will also be running that school half-term week (Segway Active, The Wire and the Giant 3G Swing). There will be some very special offers coming out soon for those activities, so sign up for our e-shots to find out more»

The View Cafe Bar will also be open on site for hot and cold meals as well as a great range of drinks.

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Monday 24th October »

Tuesday 25th October »

Unfortunately we are no longer able to extend this offer to freedivers.

We put together this promotion without liaising with Saltfree, which is a mistake on our part. The event is not something they would be able to cover midweek and their Freediving pontoon is out of action for the Winter after the 9th October.
We apologise for any confusion caused.




GUE Experience Day Saturday 29 October 2016

September 29, 2016

GUE Experience Day

If you are curious about GUE, this is for you.

‘We don’t always wear black, and we don’t only do technical diving. We enjoy open water diving just as much as we do wreck diving or cave exploration.

This Experience Day is aimed at dispelling the myths and preconceptions about Global Underwater Explorers and we invite you to come dive with a GUE team.

You will receive guidance on your general diving skills, and video feedback and tips on how to improve your buoyancy and propulsion techniques, while gaining valuable insight into the GUE style of diving.

See for yourself how easy it is to dive safer, be more efficient and, most importantly, have more fun.

All we ask from you is a £20 donation to the RNLI. Come in with your own kit and enthusiasm!’

We have setup a just giving page so we can raise a little money for every divers favourite cause the RNLI.

We just really want everyone to have the incentive to turn up as well as supporting a very good cause in the process. No one likes to be let down.

If you are interested but find its too far from you or its on a bad day for you, please shout up, we maybe able to arrange something closer to you or on a different day.
We won’t know unless you let us know.

Any questions, please email the organisers at

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GUE Experience Day


Macmillan Coffee & Cake Morning Fri 30 September 2016

September 28, 2016

Macmillan Coffee Moring Chepstow

We are hosting a Macmillan Coffee (and Cake!) Morning at the NDAC View Cafe Bar, Chepstow on Friday 30th September 2016.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. They ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone they raised £25 million and this year they are aiming to raise even more with your help.

The Coffee morning will be running from 10am to 3pm

Please pop in and support this fantastic cause.

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