Scuba Diving Courses for Autumn and Winter 2014 at the NDAC Dive School

July 24, 2014
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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 for Autumn/ Winter 2014.

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.

• 02 Aug2014

• 23 Aug 2014

• 13 Sep 2014

• 04 Oct 2014

• 25 Oct 2014

• 15 Nov 2014

• 06 Dec 2014

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).

• 09-10 & 16-17 Aug 2014

• 30-31 Aug 14 & 06-07 Sep 14

• 20-21 & 27-28 Sep 14

• 11-12 & 18-19 Oct 2014

• 01-02 & 08-09 Nov 2014

• 22-23 & 29-30 Nov 2014

• 13-14 & 20-21 Dec 2014

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.

• 01 Aug (Evening Theory), 02-03 Aug 2014 Open Water Dives

• 22 Aug (Evening Theory), 23-24 Aug 2014 Open Water Dives

• 12 Sep (Evening Theory), 13-14 Sep 2014 Open Water Dives

• 03 Oct (Evening Theory), 04-05 Oct 2014 Open Water Dives

• 24 Oct (Evening Theory), 25-26 Oct 2014 Open Water Dives

• 14 Nov (Evening Theory), 15-16 Nov 2014 Open Water Dives

• 05 Dec (Evening Theory), 06-07 Dec 2014 Open Water Dives

• 26 Dec (Evening Theory), 27-28 Dec 2014 Open Water Dives

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.

• 04, 06-10 Aug 2014

• 06, 08-09 Dec 2014

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
• 11 Sep &
18 Sep 2014

• 09 Oct & 16 Oct 2014

• 11 Dec & 18 Dec 2014

Update Course
• 28 Aug 2014

• 20 Nov 2014

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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.

• 26 – 27 Jul 2014

• 30 – 31 Aug 2014

• 20 – 21 Sep 2014

• 11 – 12 Oct 2014

• 22 – 23 Nov 2014

• 20 – 21 Dec 2014

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.

• 08 – 10 Aug 2014

• 05 – 07 Sep 2014

• 31 Oct – 02 Nov 2014

• 12 – 14 Dec 2014

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.

• 02 – 03 Aug 2014

• 23 – 24 Aug 2014

• 13 – 14 Sep 2014

• 04 – 05 Oct 2014

• 25 – 26 Oct 2014

• 15 – 16 Nov 2014

• 06 – 07 Dec 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

Tech Diving

PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality

• 14 Aug 2014 (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 04 Sep 2014 (at NDAC)

• 25 Sep 2014 (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 02 Oct 2014 (at NDAC)

• 23 Oct 2014 (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 13 Nov 2014 (at NDAC)

• 27 Nov 2014 (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 11 Dec 2014 (at NDAC)

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Intro to Tech

The objective of this course is to familiarise students with technical equipment configurations, to enhance open water diving skills (such as buoyancy, trim, and situational awareness), and to introduce students to advanced gas planning techniques within a no-decompression context.

• 09 – 10 Aug 2014

• 06 – 07 Sep 2014

• 04 – 05 Oct 2014

• 01 – 02 Nov 2014

• 13 – 14 Dec 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Rebreather Discovery (Try-Dive)

The TDI Rebreather Discovery course is pool based and designed to give prospective students an introduction to diving a TDI approved rebreather in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of an active TDI Rebreather Instructor.

Discover the wonder of the truly silent underwater world!

• 10 Aug 2014

• 23 Aug 2014

• 13 Sep 2014

• 04 Oct 2014

• 25 Oct 2014

• 15 Nov 2104

• 06 Dec 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures

This course examines the theory, methods and procedures of planned stage decompression diving. The objective of this course is to train divers how to plan and conduct a standard staged decompression dive not exceeding a maximum depth of 45m.

• 15 – 17 Aug 2014

• 12-14 Sep 2014

• 10-12 Oct 2014

• 07-09 Nov 2014

• 19-21 Dec 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Advanced Nitrox & Helitrox

This course examines the theory, methods and procedures for planned stage decompression diving utilizing Helium in the breathing mixture. The objective of this course is to train divers how to plan and conduct a standard staged decompression dive not exceeding a maximum depth of 45 metres. The most common equipment requirements, gear set-up, and decompression techniques are presented.

• 15 – 17 Aug 2014

• 12-14 Sep 2014

• 10-12 Oct 2014

• 07-09 Nov 2014

• 19-21 Dec 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Extended Range

This course will provide the training and experience required to competently utilize air for dives up to 55 metres that require staged decompression, utilizing nitrox mixtures or oxygen during decompression.

• 19-21 Sep 2014

• 14-16 Nov 2014

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TDI Trimix

This four day course provides the training required to competently and safely utilize breathing gases containing helium for dives that require staged decompression, utilizing nitrox and/or oxygen mixtures during decompression to a maximum depth of 60m.

• 18-21 Sep 2014

• 13-16 Nov 2014

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TDI Advanced Trimix

The TDI Advanced Trimix course provides the training required to competently and safely utilize breathing gases containing helium for dives that require staged decompression, utilizing nitrox or oxygen (O2) mixtures during decompression to a maximum depth of 100 metres.

• 18-21 Sep 2014

• 13-16 Nov 2014

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TDI Air Diluent Rebreather Diver

This is the entry level certification course for divers wishing to utilize a Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) for air diving. The objective of the course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for diving a CCR and to develop basic CCR diving skills to a maximum depth of 30 metres , using air as a diluent.

• 27 – 31 Aug 2014

• 24-28 Sep 2014

• 15-19 Oct 2014

• 26-30 Nov 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Air Diluent Deco Procedures Rebreather Diver

This is the certification course for divers wishing to utilize a Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) for air diving. The objective of the course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for diving a CCR and to develop basic CCR diving skills to a maximum depth of 45 metres / 100 feet, using air as a diluent for formal decompression diving.

• 27 – 31 Aug 2014

• 24-28 Sep 2014

• 15-19 Oct 2014

• 26-30 Nov 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

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

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

 

 

 

Cherry Rebels to play FREE concert at View Cafe Bar, Chepstow – Sat 16 August 2014


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Cherry Rebels Free Gig at the View Cafe Bar Chepstow

UK Bungee ClubOn Saturday 16th August 2014, we have alternative rock covers band Cherry Rebels playing a FREE concert at Chepstow’s View Cafe Bar as part of the UK Bungee Club Weekend.

There will also be a BBQ!

Cherry Rebels are a four piece Alt Rock cover band based in the Rhondda Valleys. They play a wide variety from rock classics and new smash hits!

Their aim is to please the crowd and get
everyone up singing and dancing by bringing you a versatile
set ranging from ACDC, Rolling Stones, Beatles to
Foo Fighters, the Strokes and Kings of Leon, plus many more.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome, you can join the event on Facebook here.

Hot food is available from the View Cafe Bar until 9pm.

Some of the bands Cherry Rebels cover:

Cherry Rebels    •   Foo Fighters
    •   Stereophonics
    •   The Beatles
    •   Black keys
    •   Rolling stones
    •   Kings Of Leon
    •   Blur
    •   Pulp
    •   ACDC
    •   The Strokes
    •   Thin Lizzy
    •   Jet
    •   T Rex
    •   Black Sabbath
    •   Kaiser Chiefs
    •   Billy Idol
    •   David Bowie
    •   Metallica
    •   Steppenwolfe

Plus many more……..

Watch the Cherry Rebels in action

Location

The View Cafe Bar can be found on the A48, just outside Chepstow at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Location of View Cafe Bar Chepstow

Detailed map and directions to View Cafe Bar>

We look forward to seeing you

 

The Wire Closed Saturday 19th July 2014 due to predicted storms

July 17, 2014
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The Wire

Due to the bad weather predicted on Saturday 19th July 2014 in Chepstow we have taken the decision to close the Wire Zip Slide for the day.

We plan to reopen on Sunday as normal.

Any one with a booking for the day will be emailed a new code so that you can rebook your slot.

Apologies for any inconvenience

Outlook for Friday to Sunday
Occasional showers Friday, then an increasing risk of
torrential, thundery downpours Saturday.

Further showers Sunday, but less widespread than Saturday.

Hot and humid with warm nights, then perhaps fresher Sunday.

 

TriDri Demonstration Day Sunday 27th July 2014

July 13, 2014
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Tri-dri Demonstration Day

Win a TriDri

A revolutionary new product to dry the inside of your drysuit is coming to the National Diving & Activity Centre on Sunday 27th July 2014.

TriDri are coming to the NDAC to demonstrate their fantastic product for the day, you’ll wonder how you survived without it!

TriDri

TriDri in SuitDrysuits often get damp inside from:

• Perspiration
• Washing
• Leaks

Drying the inside, particularly the boots, can be difficult and can take up to two weeks if soaking wet. Dampness may result in discomfort, unpleasant odours and even mould growth.

Washing is great for drysuits but they take forever to dry.

The Solution is TriDri

• Simple to use
• Telescopic
• Small low voltage fan
• Powered from any USB socket

TriDri is ready to use out of the box with cable, UK Mains power supply and instructions.
Never put on a damp drysuit again!Win a TriDri

WIN a TriDri

All divers visiting the NDAC on the day will be given a raffle ticket and entered into a free draw to win a TriDri.

If you have already purchased one on the day, the price will be refunded to you!

 

Facebook Join this event on Facebook>

TriDri is available from the NDAC Dive Shop.

For more details abou this product please visit the TriDri website:

http://www.tridridiving.com

TriDri

 

wristbands for divers visiting the NDAC


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Wristbands at NDAC

We are now operating a wristband system for all the divers visiting the NDAC.

Each diver will be given a wrist band to wear when they book into the site and will be asked to wear it during their visit.

 

Big & Little Woody Triathlons at NDAC – 23rd August 2014

July 5, 2014
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Big Woody

2.4 mile Swim, 106 mile Bike, 22 mile Run

Little Woody

1.2 mile Swim, 56 mile Bike, 11 mile Run

Wild Board EventsWe are pleased to announce that the Wild Board Events Big Woody and Little Woody Triathlons return to the National Diving and Activity Centre on Saturday the 23rd August 2014.

Situated in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, this long course triathlon offers athletes the opportunity to swim in the calm waters of the National Diving and Activity Centre, test themselves over the distance and hills in the Forest, and then a trail run to finish.

The race HQ is based at Taurus Crafts. Here Wild Boar Events provide free camping, showers and changing for the athletes and their supporters. If you don’t fancy camping, we have ‘glamping’ available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village.

The swim takes place on site at the National Diving and Activity Centre near Chepstow.

Wild Board EventsThe Bike course is best described as undulating to hilly but its not extreme. Taking in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley this bike route is both scenic and testing.

The bike route finish’s back at the race HQ and then takes the athletes on a run out into the woodland for a 6/3 lap out and back route.

Finishing back at the race HQ you will receive your finishers medal and the honour of completing one of the toughest middle distance events in the UK.

For further details and to sign up for the event visit the event pages :

Wild Boar Events Big Woody Page>

Wild Boar Events Little Woody Page>

Join the event on Facebook here>

 

 

 

NDAC Closed from 8pm Sunday 31st Aug until 1pm Friday 5th Sept 2014


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ClosedThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed to the public for all activities from 8pm Sunday 31st August until 1pm Friday 5th September 2014.

Site infrastructure works are taking place and the site will be closed for all divers and visitors; this also includes the Wire, Wigwams, all Diving and The View Cafe Bar.

The site will be back to normal opening times at 1pm on Friday 5th September 2014.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Wye Valley Shared Use Path Petition

June 26, 2014
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Transition Chepstow - Wye Valley Shared Use Path Petition

Transition ChepstowThis is a guest article written by Nik Peregrine and Jennifer Goslin from Transition Chepstow

Nik Peregrine and Jennifer Goslin from Transition Chepstow with other volunteers were assisting  Jayne Worrin with Pembroke Primary Bike Club where children from an early age learn cycling and bike maintenance when it became obvious that they had nowhere to practice these skills in a safe stimulating environment.

Despite attending many MCC initiated groups to mitigate climate change and encourage sustainability it seemed that integrative transport policy in Chepstow was lagging behind in the 19th century and needed to be brought up to date level with the rest of the UK and Europe. Chepstow faces physical and political challenges; lying between two estuaries and as the  border town of England and Wales.

Bristol is only across the Severn Bridge and is declared cycling capital of the UK. The Two Tunnels Shared Path  has recently opened through Bath, and others are being restored and created on the Gwent Levels, in Newport and the Valleys.

Over the last 7 years we have created a Transport Map illustrating traffic free paths in Chepstow, and have been eagerly awaiting confirmation of the Planning Application for the Wye Valley Shared Use Path that would re-open a stretch of railway line from Chepstow to Monmouth. There was lottery funding available to build it. Sustrans worked hard with submitting detailed schemes, but to no avail.

Wye Valley Shared Use Path Petition

This petition was created on 2nd May 2014 as a reaction to this stagnant state. We started tweeting and sending it out on Facebook, 200 signatures a day came in, and when the Press asked to do a photo shoot we thought of the National Diving and Activity Centre as a perfect venue as the path runs behind it from Sedbury Lane.

We contacted the NDAC Director Darren Bryce who had been involved with the previous application for 9 years, arranging a meeting where it evolved  that he considered buying the section of the line running from Sedbury to Netherhope Lane from Network Rail and is in the process of revoking the lease Sustrans has with this company.

Nik, Jennifer and Jayne plan to re-submit the application to Forest of Dean District Council with the assistance of local skilled people and the TIdenham and Sedbury Scout and Cubs have offered to clear the overgrowth as part of the project. 

Access to the NDAC will be greatly improved and safe access across the A48 created as a result of the re-opening of this path. That is only in the short term,the advantages long term of the completion of the whole route are a thousand fold for the whole of the UK population not least as this would make a fabulous Gateway to Wales.

The petition already has more than 1750 names and will run until we have enough signatures to persuade the Welsh Assembly and Monmouthshire County Council that this vital resource is long overdue with the eventual objective of forming a continuous route from Caldicot through to the Severn Bridge, along the Wales Coastal Path to connect with the disused Railway Line.

The Transport Group has created a WEB WHEEL PORTAL for anything and everything cycling in South East Wales,Wye and Severn Valleys. Wye Cycle will be launching on June 28 2014 ready for the Road Race Championships coming through Chepstow. 

It is sponsored by Bristol Cyclists Touring Club, the Community Fund for Wales and Transition Chepstow and will be an important information resource for the public, advertising on this site will generate funds to support local transport projects.

Wye Valley Shared Use Path Petition

Nik and Jennifer
Transition Chepstow 
Transport Coordinators

Further Links

Wye Cycle

Chepstow Transport Vision

Transition Chepstow

 

 

Trade in your VR Computer for 25% off a new Liquivision – Summer 2014

June 13, 2014
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Trade in VR Computer for Liquivision
Liquivision X1 at the NDAC

We are happy to announce that we are running a LIQUIVISION – VR dive computer trade-in offer.

The offer is effective immediately at the NDAC Dive Shop and will run until Friday 29th August 2014.

During June, July and August 2014, you can trade-in any VR Dive Computer (even if it’s not working) for a 25% discount on the Suggested Retail Price of any current Liquivision Dive Computer .

Compare the range of Liquivision Dive Computers here>

The offer is restricted to LIQUIVISION dive computers only (accessories are not included) against VR dive computers only and is limited to one trade-in per customer.

SEA & SEATo take part in this fantastic offer; submit your VR computer for trade-in approval to Sea & Sea Ltd via the NDAC Dive Shop. Sea & Sea Ltd will then ship your shiny new LIQUIVISION computer back to us when the application is approved.

Applications must be registered with the NDAC Shop by the end of the day, Friday 29th August 2014 to qualify.

 

The Avenue – Live music Free at the View Cafe Bar Chepstow

June 12, 2014
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The Avenue, live music Chepstow

We’re really pleased to announce that the Avenue will be returning to the View Cafe Bar on Saturday 12th July 2014 for a FREE gig.

The Avenue are a four piece covers band, and their previous live concerts at the View Cafe Bar have gone down a storm.

We will also be holding a BBQ, so come down early and make a night of it.

It will be a great show and the perfect way to spend the evening after a day of diving or activities.

If you want to make a weekend of it, overnight accommodation is available at our Wigwam Village.

Join this event on Facebook >

 

 

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