Mark Harris Book Launch ‘Glass & Water’ – Sat 30th July 2016

July 21, 2016
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Mark Harris Book Launch - Glass & Water

Mark Harris Book LaunchOn Saturday 30th July 2016, Mark Harris will be at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) between 3pm and 4pm to sign copies of his recently released book, ‘Glass and Water‘.

Glass and Water is a book that covers the essential techniques needed for underwater photography while freediving.

Mark is no stranger to the NDAC, as it was his primary training facility (with Saltfree freediving) during his years as UK freediving champion. Many images within the book were taken at the NDAC.

This book signing is part of the British Freediving Association member’s day being held at the site. It will include a freedive safety demo (by Liv Philip), a BBQ, camping and yoga (with Rebecca Coales). And of course for qualified divers, some time on the Saltfree Divers platform and NDAC attractions.

For anyone wishing to purchase a signed copy, Mark will be supplying these at a price of £15 (cash only accepted), but will also be happy to sign copies for those who have purchased elsewhere.

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For anyone travelling across the river Severn, there is a M48 Severn bridge closure on Saturday 30th July for maintenance from 06:00 – 17:00.

Diversion routes will be in place across the M4 Second Severn Crossing, so please allow an extra 10-15 minutes to your journey times.

 

M48 Bridge Closure 30th July 2016


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M48 Severn Bridge

There is a M48 Severn bridge closure on Saturday 30th July for maintenance.

The bridge will closed from 06:00 – 17:00 on Saturday 30th July 2016.

Further details available from Severn River Crossings PLC and GOV.UK

Diversion routes will be in place across the M4 Second Severn Crossing, so please allow an extra 10-15 minutes to your journey times.

General enquiries

If you have any questions about the bridge closure, contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

 

Alternative M4 Route to Chepstow

 

M48 Bridge Closure 23rd & 24th July 2016


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M48 Severn Bridge

There is a Severn bridge closure this weekend on the M48 for cable inspection.

The bridge will closed from 06:00 on Saturday 23rd July 2016 until 22:00 on Sunday 24th July 2016.

Further details available from Severn River Crossings PLC and GOV.UK

Diversion routes will be in place across the M4 Second Severn Crossing, so please allow an extra 10-15 minutes to your journey times.

General enquiries

If you have any questions about the bridge closure, contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

 

Alternative M4 Route to Chepstow

 

SUUNTO & FINNSUB Demonstration Weekend 23-24 July 2016

July 12, 2016
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Demonstration Weekend

EONThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be hosting a SUUNTO & FINNSUB Demonstration Weekend over the 23rd and 24th of July 2016.

The weekend will have a large range of equipment from SUUNTO and FINNSUB for you to look at, try or buy. There’ll be a selection of SUUNTO computers, as well as Fly Wings and the fantastic lights from the FINNSUB Range.

Expert staff will be available over the demonstration weekend to answer all your questions, so why not pop in and treat yourself to some new kit.

We will also be holding a BBQ both days of the weekend at the View Cafe Bar from 11am to 5pm

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SUUNTO FINNSUB Products

 

Scuba Diving Courses for Summer & Autumn 2016 at the NDAC Dive School

June 13, 2016
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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 Summer & Autumn 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.

• 25 Jun 2016 NDAC

• 16 Jul 2016 NDAC

• 27 Aug 2016 NDAC

• 17 Sep 2016 NDAC

• 15 Oct 2016 NDAC

• 26 Nov 2016Thornbury

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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).

• 25-26 Jun & 02-03 Jul 16

• 16-17 Jul & 23-24 Jul 16

• 06-07 Aug & 13 -14 Aug 16

• 27-28 Aug & 03-04 Sep 16

• 17-18 Sep & 24-25 Sep 16

• 08-09 Oct & 15-16 Oct 16

• 29-30 Oct & 05-06 Nov 16

• 19-20 Nov & 26-27 Nov 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.

• 18-19 Jun 2016

• 09-10 Jul 2016

• 30-31 Jul 2016

• 20-21 Aug 2016

• 10-11 Sep 2016

• 01-02 Oct 2016

• 22-23 Oct 2016

• 12-13 Nov 2016

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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.

• 18-19 June 2016

• 06-07 Aug 2016

• 22-23 Oct 2016

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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)

• 17 Jun 2016

• 08 Jul 2016

• 05 Aug 2016

• 09 Sep 2016

• 21 Oct 2016

• 25 Nov 2016

Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 16 & 23 Jun 2016

• 14 & 21 Jul 2016

• 18 & 25 Aug 2016

• 15 & 22 Sep 2016

• 13 & 20 Oct 2016

• 17 & 24 Nov 2016

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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.

• 09-11 Jul 2016

• 24-25 Sep 2016

• 05-06 Nov 2016

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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.

• 12-14 Aug 2016

• 09-11 Sep 2016

• 11-13 Nov 2016

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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.

• 25 Jun 2016

• 16 Jul 2016

• 27 Aug 2016

• 17 Sep 2016

• 08 Oct 2016

• 19 Nov 2016

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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.

• 23 Jun 2016 at NDAC

• 07 Jul 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 28 Jul 2016 at NDAC

• 11 Aug 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 25 Aug 2016 at NDAC

• 01 Sep 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 22 Sep 2016 at NDAC

• 06 Oct 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 27 Oct 2016 at NDAC

• 10 Nov 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 24 Nov 2016 at NDAC

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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.

 

 

 

Fourth Element at Demonstration Weekend 18-19 June 2016


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Fourth Element Body Scanner

Argonaut Dry SuitFourth Element will be at the National Diving & Activity Centre over the weekend of 18th and 19th June 2016.

Fourth Element will be in our large marquee showcasing their range, including the Arctic Expedition – Extreme Performance Undersuit and J2 Baselayers.

They will also be bringing along BIOMAP a new imaging system designed to revolutionise the way drysuits are ordered and made.

The BIOMAP system has been developed to enable measurements to be taken accurately using a 3D scanner. These can then be submitted automatically with a full specification for a drysuit via their new online system to create your unique Argonaut drysuit.

Staff from Fourth Element will be available over the weekend to answer all your questions and size you up – so why not pop in and take a look.

Food from our View Cafe Bar and accommodation at the Wooden Wigwam village is available for visitors so why not make a weekend of it.

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We look forward to seeing you.

 

 

‘Research in the Antarctic’ – A FREE Talk by Philip Jane from Bristol Aquarium

June 10, 2016
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Free Talk at NDAC

Philip Jane, a curator from Bristol Aquarium will be delivering a FREE talk on ‘Research in the Antarctic’ at the NDAC as part of our Demonstration Weekend.

The FREE talk will take place at 2:30 PM on Sunday 12th June at the NDAC

Philip is a zoology graduate from University of Southampton, an extreme cave diver and has spent the last three months exploring under the ice in Antartica.

Prior to his role at the Bristol Aquarium Philip spent the past 10 years living and working in France where he was in charge of all life support systems for the Aquarium De Paris, one of the biggest aquariums in France.

This will be a fascinating insight into Philip’s work for divers and non-divers alike and is not to be missed.

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Further details on the demonstration weekend are available here »

 

Rebreather Try Dives at the NDAC Chepstow, 11 & 12 June 2016


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Rebreather Try Dives at the NDAC Chepstow

We have just taken delivery of an AP Divers Inspiration Vision Rebreather for our Demonstration Weekend, 11 & 12 June 2016.

Our rebreather technical instructor will be available over the weekend for 1-to-1 try dives for the reduced price of only £45.

We also have some special discounts on the four day Rebreather MOD 1 course.

The usual price is £650, but it reduced to £590 for the Demonstration Weekend. However if you take part in a try-dive and want to do the course we can also take off the try-dive cost, leaving a final price of only £545.

Places are limited, so be quick if you want a space!

To book a place or to discuss the various technical diving courses we offer please contact Nat via or pop into the NDAC Dive Shop.

Further details on the demonstration weekend are available here »

 

NDAC Closed for Diving & Swimming 11th & 12th August 2016

May 23, 2016
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ClosedThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed for Water Activities (Diving, Swimming etc) on Thursday 11th & Friday 12th August 2016.

We will reopen for water activities on Saturday 13th August 2016.

The wigwams and View Cafe Bar will be open as normal.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Training Doesn’t Work – A FREE Presentation by Mark Powell 11 June 2016

May 19, 2016
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Training Doesn't Work - A FREE Presentation by Mark Powell

Mark Powell TDI/SDIA FREE Presentation by Mark Powell, resident Technical Instructor at Dive-Tech and author of Deco for Divers: Decompression Theory and Physiology.

SATURDAY 11th JUNE 4PM

"Most diving problems occur because people don’t listen to their training.

This implies that there is a problem with the way we train divers. Either instructors are not getting the right messages over or students are failing to retain those messages.

Either way the training hasn’t worked."

In this free talk at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Mark Powell will look at why this is the case and what we can do to change the situation.

If you have heard Mark speak before then you know that he will give an entertaining, thought provoking and informative view on this important topic.

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Demonstration Weekend

This free event is part of our Demonstration weekend where we’ll be hosting a large selection of Dive Equipment suppliers and specialists to demonstrate and discuss their latest kit. more »

We will additionally have some special offers on orders via the NDAC Dive Shop, so why not pop in and treat yourself to some shiny new kit.

There will also be a BBQ running both days of the Demonstration Weekend at the View Cafe Bar from 11am to 5pm

 

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