Ghost Fishing UK Winter Warmer 2019

October 19, 2018

Ghost Fishing UK Winter Warmer NDAC Chepstow

Join the Ghost Fishing UK team for a weekend of diving and socials at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Included with your ticket:

  • Ghost Gear retrieval taster workshops and demonstrations (Limited spaces, first come first served)
  • Saturday Social: Hog Roast & BBQ (Vegetarian options available
  • Guest Speakers, LIVE Open forum
  • Video screenings
  • Bar, raffle, auction, competitions and fundraisers.

Tickets for Saturday evening event: £25 per person »

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Ticket holders receive discounted diving entry at the gate. This is extra and payable on the day. Please have your eventbrite ticket with you.

Ticket holders may apply for limited spaces on the Underwater Workshops. Once you have purchased your ticket, you will receive an email with details of the Underwater Workshops and a link to sign up. 

Slots for diving workshops with the Ghost Fishing UK team are limited, so first come first served. We will notify you when they are full and start a waiting list.

Underwater workshops will be led by the Ghost Fishing Trainers and are free. You will have a taster session of about 25 minutes in water time, of some of the components of the Ghost Fishing course.

This includes basic skills, equipment considerations, survey skills and ghost gear recovery.

Joining criteria for Underwater Workshops:

  • In possession of Event ticket (£25 pp)
  • Minimum SCUBA qualification: Sports Diver/Rescue Diver or equivalent.
  • Nitrox Certification.
  • Minimum 50 logged dives.
  • Drysuits only. Adequate thermal protection for cold surface temps/6 degree water.
  • Own scuba equipment, fully serviceable and in good working order.
  • Open Circuit only. No rebreathers.
  • Medically fit to dive and able to sign self declaration of fitness for the event.

Please note: Tickets are non refundable.

Date & Time

Sat 5th January 2019, 09:00 – Sun, 6th January 2019, 16:00

About Ghost Fishing

The problem of ghost fishing gear has reached public prominence over the past five years. It is a normal part of fishing that nets, shellfish traps and other equipment becomes lost. This is not a deliberate or careless act on behalf of the fishing community, simply a reality of a very harsh environment. The problem is that the lost gear continues to catch marine life. This has an undocumented effect on the local ecosystem, but is clearly undesirable in any sense. Animals are being needlessly killed.

Ghost Fishing was set up to try to remove this lost equipment from the marine environment. It is a challenging and difficult task. Ghost gear is typically entangled in reefs and wrecks, and its removal can be complicated. The technique involves attaching bags to the gear, which the diver fills with air, making them float. The divers then cut the gear free as close to the seabed as possible. Great care is needed to ensure that the diver does not become entangled with the equipment. This involves a high degree of teamwork, coordination and discipline.


Pumpkin Carving & Painting Sunday 28th Oct 2018

October 16, 2018

Pumpkin Carving and Painting at the National Diving & Activity Centre

Join us for Pumpkin Carving and Painting at Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

This fun event will take place in the Water View Marquee on the Sunday before Halloween night on the 28th October 2018.

Entry is £5 per person, payable on the day.


FearFest-Evil the ultimate scare experience returns to Chepstow October

October 8, 2018

FearFest-Evil Teaser Trailer

The Evil has risen and it wants you!

Here’s the latest teaser trailer from our halloween horror event, FearFest-Evil, returning to Chepstow on the 12th October.

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Christmas & New Year Opening Times 2018 / 2019

NDAC SantaBelow are the 2018/19 Christmas and New Year opening times for the National Diving & Activity Centre (Read more…)


Scuba Santas 2018 Saturday 15th December 2018

October 5, 2018

Scuba Santas

Ho, Ho, Ho!

This year’s Scuba Santas mass participation event will take place on Saturday 15th December at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC)

Sign-in and pay as normal in the shop and register for Scuba Santas in the marquee.

Registration will be from 8.30am

We will have a raffle with a variety of prizes on offer and all proceeds will go to our designated charities.

• DDRC Healthcare

• Headway – the brain injury association

• Headway Gloucestershire/P>

We will also have mince pies and scones on offer.


Severn Bridge tolls to end 17th December 2018

October 3, 2018

Severn Bridge

Wales Online has revealed that the historic date the Severn Bridge tolls will end is the 17th December 2018.

Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, has confirmed that the tolls on the two Severn bridges will be abolished just in time for Christmas.

Addressing the Conservative Party’s annual conference in Birmingham, Mr Cairns described the scrapping of the tolls as an "early Christmas present."

This will end 50 years of tolls since the first Severn Bridge opened and will save commuters who use the two Severn bridges daily up to £1,400 a year in tolls.

This will be fantastic news to regular visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre from over the river.


Scuba Diving Courses for Winter 2018 at the NDAC Dive School

September 28, 2018

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

At the National Diving & Activity Centre Dive School near Chepstow we have a wide range of competitively priced courses suitable for all levels of diver, from complete beginners to the highly 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 Winter 2018 at The National Diving & Activity Centre. Places are limited so please book quickly to avoid disappointment.

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The Wire Zip Slide Closed Sunday 23rd September 2018

September 21, 2018

The WireDue to the high tail winds predicted on Sunday 23rd September 2018, we have taken the decision to close the Wire Zip Slide for the day.

Anyone with a booking for the day will be contacted by phone or email.

Apologies for any inconvenience


FREE Live Music from ‘The Three Pieces’ Saturday 29th September

September 10, 2018

FREE Live Music at the National Diving & Activity Centre Chepstow

Free live music at Chepstow’s National Diving and Activity Centre.

On Saturday 29th September we will be hosting ‘The Three Pieces‘ with Pub Rock Covers and even some requests!

The Three Pieces are a Bristol based classic rock covers band. They cover bands like The Foo Fighters, Cold Play, Arctic Monkeys and Chilli Peppers. Come and see them, you’re guaranteed a great night out!

This FREE gig will start around 630pm.

We’ve lots of other live music events planned so keep an eye on the website and our Facebook Events Page.

Free Horror Movies

Following the concert we will have a FREE Horror Movie screening at our Drive-In Cinema. Throughout the month we have free horror movie screenings to celebrate the launch of this year’s FearFest-Evil​ horror event.

To book your FREE tickets to the Drive-In Cinema you will need a redemption code. We will be releasing these codes on the FearFest-Evil social media channels. Full details »


Scuba Diving Opening Times during FearFest-Evil 2018

September 8, 2018

FearFest-Evil Scuba Diving

FearFest-Evil our live Halloween Horror Event will be operating for selected nights at the National Diving & Activity Centre during October 2018.


During this time Scuba Diving will start and finish a little earlier compared to our usual Winter opening times.

 •  On Fridays we will start and finish 30 minutes earlier

 •  On Saturdays we will start and finish 1 hour earlier.

Below is a full list of the opening times for Scuba Diving on the affected dates.

 •  Fri 12th Oct – 09:00 – 16:30 (out of the water 15:30)

 •  Sat 13th Oct – 07:00 – 16:00 (out of the water 15:00)

 •  Fri 19th Oct – 09:00 – 16:30 (out of the water 15:30)

 •  Sat 20th Oct – 07:00 – 16:00 (out of the water 15:00)

 •  Fri 26th Oct – 09:00 – 16:30 (out of the water 15:30)

 •  Sat 27th Oct – 07:00 – 16:00 (out of the water 15:00)

We apologise for any inconvenience and hope that you will join us for what will be a set of fantastic nights out.

For full details of the horror event and tickets, please visit the FearFest-Evil website »


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