Scuba Diving Courses for Winter 2014/2015 at the NDAC Dive School

December 1, 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 Winter 2014/2015.

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.

• 06 Dec 2014

• 10 Jan 2015

• 21 Feb 2105

• 14 Mar 2015

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).

• 13-14 & 20-21 Dec 14

• 10-11 & 17-18 Jan 15

• 31 Jan – 1 Feb & 07-08 Feb 15

• 21-22 Feb 15 & 28 Feb – 1 Mar 15

• 14-15 & 21-22 Mar 15

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.

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

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

• 03-04 Jan 2015

• 24-25 Jan 2015

• 14-15 Feb 2015

• 07-08 Mar 2015

• 28-29 Mar 2015

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.

• 06, 08-09 Dec 2014

• 26, 28-29 Feb 2015

• 30 Apr, 2-3 May 2015

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)
• 11 & 18 Dec 2014

• 16 Jan 2015

• 27 Feb 2015

• 20 Mar 2015

Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)
• 22 & 29 Jan 2015

• 12 & 19 Feb 2015

• 05 & 12 Mar 2015

Update Course
• 16 Jan 2015

• 13 Feb 2015

• 20 Mar 2015

Click here for full details & 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.

• 20 – 21 Dec 2014

• 31 Jan – 01 Feb 2015

• 21 – 22 Mar 2015

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.

• 12 – 14 Dec 2014

• 06 – 08 Feb 2015

• 27 – 29 Mar 2015

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.

• 06 – 07 Dec 2014

• 10 – 11 Jan 2015

• 21 – 22 Feb 2015

• 14 – 15 Mar 2015

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

Tech Diving

PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality

• 11 Dec 2014 at NDAC

• 08 Jan 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 29 Jan 2015 at NDAC

• 12 Feb 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 26 Feb 2015 at NDAC

• 12 Mar 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 26 Mar 2015 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.

• 13 – 14 Dec 2014

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

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!

• 06 Dec 2014

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

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.

• 19-21 Dec 2014

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

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.

• 19-21 Dec 2014

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

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.

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

Click here for full details & further dates >

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.

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

Click here for full details & further dates >

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.

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

Click here for full details & further dates >

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.

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

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.

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

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.

 

 

 

Christmas Menu 2014 at the View Cafe Bar Chepstow

November 26, 2014
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Celebrate Christmas at the View Cafe Bar, Chepstow

If you’re planning a Christmas dinner/ lunch with colleagues, friends or family, you can trust the View Café Bar to make it a special occasion.

Bookings are now being taken for the 1st December until the 23rd December 2014.

We hope you will be tempted by our Christmas menu and breathtaking setting.

Menu

Starters
Parsnip Celery and Apple Soup

Duet of Prawns with Marie Rose and Lemon Mayonnaise

Fan of Melon with Summer Fruit Coulis and Lemon Sorbet

Mains
Roast Local Turkey with Apricot Stuffing and Pigs in Blankets

Roast Topside of Beef with Red Wine Gravy

Vegetarian Apricot and Nut Roast with a Cheesey Crumble Top

Lemon Sole Roulade with Goats’ Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes

Served with roast and new potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Desserts
Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

Black Cherry and Marshmallow Cheesecake

Choc ‘n’ Toffee Ice Cream Bomb

Cheese Board

Coffee and Mince Pies

2 Courses £15.95

3 Courses £19.95

Children under 10 years – Half Price

Bookings are required with a £5.00 deposit.
Menu choices are required 5 days before meal.

Bookings

Printable version of menu and e-booking form > (PDF 934KB)

For Christmas Bookings or to discuss using the View Cafe Bar for your function or Party please contact Nikki:

 

Terms and Conditions
To enable us to provide the best-possible service, we ask your party to arrive on time. We can hold reserved tables for no longer than 15 minutes for late arrivals.

To book your Christmas meal at The View Café Bar, simply complete the booking form and then call in to discuss your requirements with the booking co-ordinator.

A non-refundable deposit of £5 per person is required at the time of booking.

Menu choices are required 5 days before meal

We regret that we cannot accept personal cheques as payment (even with a cheque-guarantee card), but we are happy to accept Delta, Maestro, MasterCard and Visa on food-related purchases. We can accept company cheques.

Please complete the booking form to secure your booking and place your order.

Cancellation
A minimum of 24 hours is required for any cancellation.

Punctuality
Christmas is a busy time at the View Café Bar! We will give you 15 minutes’ grace, beyond which we may need to reuse your table.

Challenge 21
If you look under 21, you will be asked to prove your age.
Only the following proof of age are accepted:

   •    United Kingdom PASS-accredited proof-of-age card

   •    Current national passport

   •   Photographic driving licence


 

Christmas Opening Times 2014 / 2015

November 18, 2014
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Below are the 2014/15 Christmas and New Year opening times for the National Diving & Activity Centre

NDAC Santa

Sun 14th Dec

Open

Weekend Opening Hours
0800 – 1700hrs

2014 Scuba Santas Event

Wed 24 Dec 2014

Closed*

*Closed for Diving (View Cafe & Cinema Open)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas at the NDAC Drive-In Cinema

Thu 25 Dec 2014

Closed

Christmas Day

Fri 26 Dec 2014

Closed

Boxing Day

Sat 27 Dec 2014

Open

Weekend Opening Hours
0800 – 1700hrs

Sun 28 Dec 2014

Open

Weekend Opening Hours
0800 – 1700hrs

The Hangover Part 2 at the NDAC Drive-In Cinema (SOLD OUT)

Mon 29 Dec 2014

Closed*

*Closed for Diving (View Cafe & Cinema Open)

The Hangover Part 2 at the NDAC Drive-In Cinema

Tue 30 Dec 2014

Closed*

*Closed for Diving (View Cafe & Cinema Open)

Mama Mia at the NDAC Drive-In Cinema

 

Wed 31 Dec 2014

Closed*

New Year’s Eve
*Closed for Diving (View Cafe & Cinema Open)

Mama Mia at the NDAC Drive-In Cinema

Thu 1 Jan 2015

Open

New Year’s Day
Normal Opening Hours
0930 -1700

Grease at the NDAC Drive-In Cinema

Fri 2 Jan 2015

Open

Normal Opening Hours
0930 -1700

Grease at the NDAC Drive-In Cinema

Sat 3 Jan 2015

Open

Weekend Opening Hours
0800 – 1700hrs

Sun 4 Jan 2015

Open

Weekend Opening Hours
0800 – 1700hrs

Don’t forget The 2014 Scuba Santa event.

 

Board-Easy Deco-Stop new to NDAC

November 12, 2014
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Easy Board Deco Stop Ladder

Deco Stop Board EasyNew to the NDAC is the Board-Easy Deco-Stop

This product has been developed to help maintain correct depth following deep dives through visible measured stop points. This allows for a safer decompression ascent.

The Board-Easy Deco-Stop is currently on test at The National Diving & Activity Centre and will be installed at the 50m end of the pontoons for you to try out.

Board-Easy produce a range of semi-rigid boarding ladders for all types of craft that take the strain of getting out of the water. These ladders have a range of uses but are of particular interest to divers and snorkelers who require an easy way to board their boats and are especially suited for RIBs where normal boarding ladders are just too large to carry and stowe.

• Strong, Light Weight, Highly Visible, easy to use and store, made from boat and person friendly materials.

• Ladder sinks to correct position ready for use,
great for divers returning to boat.

RIB Ladder • Made from stabilised Sea Water proof materials with stainless fixings.

• Can be mounted in many different ways using your own Carabiner clips or lines.

• Fully adjustable from 50 cm up to 200 cm in standard size, longer if required.

• Comes with 3 rigid rungs as standard but can be ordered with extra rungs from the shop.

• Perfect for Inflatable Rib Boats where it is difficult to have standard rigid ladders on board.

• With a line attached, it can also assist in a man overboard situation where it could be an instant boarding aid.

• 12 months warranty against manufacturing defects, 7 days no quibble returns for unused and unopened product.Ladder Clip

We’d love to know what you think of the Board-Easy Deco-Stop. Why not comment on the Board-Easy Facebook page

For more details on their range of products, please visit the Board-Easy website

 

 

Scuba Santas 2014 – Registration is now open

October 21, 2014
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Scuba Santa at the National Diving and Activity Centre Chepstow

Sunday 14th December 2014, at the
National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC), Chepstow

Scuba Santas will be entering its 8th year in 2014 and continues going from strength to strength. Often quoted as the "best dive of the year", the event has raised thousands of pounds the RNLI and DDRC Healthcare whilst breaking its own world record several times over in the process.

Registration for the 2014 Scuba Santas event is now open >

Raising Money for the RNLI & DDRC HealthcareEach year, around Christmas time, we dress up in Santa costumes and go diving for fun and to raise money for charity. The money that we raise is shared between two great charities who provide a lot of support to divers – the RNLI and DDRC Healthcare (previously called the Diving Diseases Research Centre).

For the past few years the event has been held at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) near Chepstow, providing an easily accessible location for divers to get together for some festive diving fun!

'Scuba Santas' was founded by a group from Yorkshire Divers and was organised for many years by Lloyd Watkin. From 2013 DDRC Healthcare, the diver health charity which answers all calls to the National Diver Accident Helpline, came on board to support Lloyd as 'Scuba Santas Little Helpers!'.

JOIN US this year for the 8th Annual Scuba Santas event on SUNDAY 14th DECEMBER 2014 at the NDAC. Registration is now open for the 2014 event.

This year Scuba Santas are aiming to attract between 100 and 200 Scuba Santas, and to raise well over £2,000 for our two charities.

In 2009 we set the World Record for 'Most Scuba Diving Santas' with 158 fabulous Scuba Santas. Last year Vobster Santas had 175, so the gauntlet has been laid down… are you up for the challenge this year?

Over £20,000 raised for Charity so far…

In 2007 we raised a few hundred pounds for the RNLI with 8 participating Santas, a Viking, a snowman, and a fairy! By the 2012 event we passed the amazing milestone of £20,000 and we have motivated people to start similar events all over the world since.

Not only is this a great advert for British scuba diving, it provides much needed funds for two great charities, and despite the chilly temperatures helps to get some grumpy people smiling and feeling festive!

Scuba Santas have some fantastic sponsors every year who donate some amazing prizes for our prize draw, helping to raise more money for our chosen charities. We also raise money through sponsorship of the event and sponsorship for individual Scuba Santa participants. Please support us and give generously! 50% of money donated goes to the RNLI and 50% to DDRC Healthcare.

If you want to join this fantastic event, sponsor Scuba Santa, donate a prize or just wish the Scuba Santas well, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Scuba Santas or follow them on their various social media sites. HO HO HO!!!

All details can be found on the Scuba Santas Website

Register for Scuba Santa

Downloads

Scuba Santas Sponsor Form

Scuba Santas Flyer/Poster

Further Information

Scuba Santas can be found all over the internet, so if you'd like to find out more information please check us out via one of the following methods:

The Scuba Santas website
Scuba Santas Contact Page
Scuba Santas Facebook page
Twitter feed @ScubaSantas
Location of Scuba Santas
Frequently asked questions

Accommodation

Why not book a Wooden Wigwam, make a full weekend of it and go glamping in style. The wigwams are likely to get booked up quickly with this busy weekend, so book your wigwam early to avoid disappointment.

Register for Scuba Santa

 

Night Dives for Winter 2014 – 2015

October 20, 2014
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NDAC Night Dives

With Winter not too far away and the nights drawing in, the popular NDAC Night Dive dates are now available below for Winter 2014/2015.

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.

Below are the dates for the Night Dives being run at the NDAC in Chepstow for the Winter season, why not put these in your diary now!

Wigwam Camping ChepstowWe have accomodation available at the Wooden Wigwam Village including our new Deluxe 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

To keep up to date with what is happening at the National Diving and Activity Centre follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for news items direct to your inbox here>

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!

 

Date

Time

Saturday
25th October 2014
Also…

Halloween Spooky Night Dive
Fourth Element Treasure Hunt
Halloween Disco & BBQ

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:30 – 9:00pm

Saturday
8th November 2014

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
15th November 2014

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
6th December 2014

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
17th January 2015

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
21st February 2015

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
28th February 2015

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
14th March 2015

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
21st March 2015

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Prices

NDAC Members night dive £11.00

Non Members night dive £16.00

Non Divers Free entry

 

4,000 Likes for NDAC Facebook Page

September 26, 2014
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4,000 Facebook Likes

We are really pleased to announce that the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) is the first open water UK Dive Centre to reach 4,000 likes on it’s Facebook Page.

There has been a massive boost in popularity of the site with all the recent investment. Over the last five months we’ve had an extra 1,000 likes.

Facebook Graph

Compared to the other inland dive centres this is a massive number – At the time of publication, Vobster had 2,668 likes (a rise of 372) and Stoney Cove had 513 followers (a rise of 181) over the same time period.

We created our new Facebook page in February 2011 and it has proved a very popular way of staying in touch with everyone.

We also have a very active Twitter feed with around 1,317 followers, and of course we have our news blog with all the latest from the site.

Please continue to share your stories, photos and videos with us as we love seeing them.

If you haven’t already liked us you can do so in the sidebar on the right, or by visiting the NDAC Facebook Page.

Thanks again!

 

Spooky Halloween Night Dive & Fourth Element Treasure Hunt – 25th October 2014

September 24, 2014
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Halloween Night Dive

Fourth Element Treasure HuntDust down those broomsticks and pack up your cauldrons, The National Diving and Activity Centre invite you to a Halloween night full of spooky fun!

Divers will need their night vision skills to try to find the spooky pumpkin lanterns located in the water, but only one of these lanterns will hold the Halloween prize.

The diver in our favourite fancy dress costume will receive a prize.

The evening’s entertainment will start at 6.00pm and diving will finish at 8:30pm. But it doesn’t end there! Following the Night Dive will be a Ghostly BBQ and Halloween Disco in the View Cafe Bar. Costumes are optional, but we have further prizes for the best fancy dress.

As part of the evening’s entertainment you will also be able to take part in the Fourth Element Treasure Hunt where there will be the chance to win some fantastic Fourth Element goodies.

Full details of the Fourth Element Treasure Hunt are here >

To book onto the Halloween Night Dive please phone 01291 630 046 or email the centre via our online form >

Facebook  Join the event on Facebook >

 

Prices

NDAC Members night dive £11.00

Non Members night dive £16.00

Non Divers Free entry

Accommodation

We have accommodation available at the Wooden Wigwam Village, to help you go glamping in style and make a weekend of it at the NDAC.

Hot meals and post dive drinks are also available at the View Cafe Bar

Halloween Night Dive at NDAC

 

 

Halloween Disco and BBQ at View Cafe Bar Chepstow – 25 October 2014


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Halloween BBQ and Disco

Join us at the View Cafe Bar for a night full of spooky Halloween fun!

On Saturday 25th October we are holding a Ghostly BBQ and
Halloween Disco
in the View Cafe Bar at the NDAC, Chepstow.

Fancy dress is optional, but we’ve prizes for the best Costumes!

The party starts at 7pm and is open to everyone.

For the divers we are also holding a Fourth Element Treasure Hunt and Spooky Night Dive

Facebook  Join the event on Facebook >

Accommodation

We have accommodation available at the Wooden Wigwam Village, to help you go glamping in style and make a weekend of it at the NDAC.

Halloween Night Dive at NDAC

 

Fourth Element Treasure Hunt – Saturday 25th October 2014


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Fourth Element Treasure Hunt

On Saturday the 25th October we will be running a Fourth Element Treasure Hunt throughout the normal day’s diving and during our Halloween Night Dive.Fourth Element Treasure Hunt

Coloured and Silver coins will be hidden underwater in our diving quarry, all you need to do is find one!

CoinThe coins can be exchanged for fantastic Fourth Element prizes.

Find a Silver Coin and you Win a Xerotherm hat

Find the Coloured Coin and you win a Fourth Element Goodie Bag with a Drypack, Changing Mat, Water Bottle, Xerotherm Beanie and Sub30.

On the same day we are also having our Spooky Night Dive and Halloween BBQ & Disco.

Good luck finding the booty!

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Price

This event is free for divers who have paid for a normal day dive, or are taking part in the night dive.

Coin

Accommodation

We have accommodation available at the Wooden Wigwam Village, to help you go glamping in style and make a weekend of it at the NDAC.

Hot meals and post dive drinks are also available at the View Cafe Bar

 

 

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