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.

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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

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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

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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 >

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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

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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

 

 

Cocktail and Karaoke Night, View Cafe Bar – 20 September 2014

September 7, 2014
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View Cafe Bar Event - Sat 20 September 2014

On Saturday 20th September 2014 we will be holding a Cocktail and Karaoke night at the View Cafe Bar in Chepstow.

From 7pm until midnight you can sing, dance and party!

Our licenced bar will be serving a wide selection of cocktails, so whether your taste is for a Margarita or Mojito, there will be something for you to enjoy.

Tickets for this fun event are only £5.00 and include a Hot Buffet Dinner from our restaurant.

The tickets are available now from Nikki at the View Cafe Bar, or you can order your ticket by calling the View on 01291 630 850 (Thursday – Sunday) or via the View’s contact form

Based at the National Diving and Activity Centre, Tidenham, the View Cafe Bar has breathtaking views overlooking our Chepstow quarry.

If you would like to make a weekend of it, glamping accommodation is available at the Wooden Wigwam Village >

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Order Your Ticket Now.

 

Demonstration Day. Saturday 6th September 2014

September 3, 2014
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Demonstration Day NDAC Chepstow

On Saturday 6th September we will be holding a demonstration day at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC).

There will be demonstration products from the following.

Apeks
Aqua Lung UK
Atomic Aquatics
BARE Sports

Call by the stands where experts Christine Wilson and Justin Hanning will be on hand for any advice

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The Autumn GUE Experience Day Sat 4th October 2014

August 27, 2014
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GUE Training Day at NDAC

Fancy seeing what you look like in the water? – Only £25

Global Underwater ExplorersInterested or curious about GUE but never had the opportunity to see what the fuss is about or ask questions from people that will give you straight answers? Have an annoying issue with buoyancy or confidence in the water? A little rusty after the winter? Fancy seeing yourself on video? Then a GUE experience day is for you. Join GUE Instructor Gareth Burrows at the National Diving and Activity Centre on Saturday 4th October.

For only £25 you will receive guidance on your diving skills, video feedback and tips on how to improve your diving skills, and an insight into the GUE style of diving, without having to make a heavy investment in time or money. We’ll show you how to make your fin kicking more effective, how to take the stress out of ascents, and even how to swim backwards. You can attend a talk on taking the stress out of diving. You can bring any equipment, dive any gas.

Register here>

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Location and Date
This event is being held from 0830 on Saturday the 4th October at NDAC. Meet in the View Cafe Bar at 0830 promptly! (Location Map).

We will be covering the following
  •  Discussion – The origins and goals of GUE
  •  Discussion – The strengths and techniques of buoyancy control
  •  Dive 1 – Demonstration of trim and buoyancy control
  •  Dive 1 – Practice and video of trim and buoyancy control with in water feedback
  •  Dive 1 – Ascent with stops practice
  •  Discussion and hands-on – Kit configuration
  •  Discussion – Why team diving?
  •  Dive 2 – SMB demonstration
  •  Dive 2 – Valve drill demonstration
  •  Dive 2 – Ascent with stops practice
  •  Video Feedback for all divers
  •  Q&A

Evening Workshop (All Welcome)
Ever had a problem putting up an SMB or find it stressful. Struggle to reach your valves in a twinset. GUE instructor trainer Gareth Burrows will be running a masterclass in these two skills in the view bar at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

Audience
This day is aimed at recreational and technical divers looking into GUE for the first time. You don’t need any specific gas, any specific equipment. As long as you have an open water qualification then you can just turn up and take part. You can take what you want from the day and leave the rest. We will create an environment where people feel free to ask whatever questions like they like, and to watch demonstrations of the skills we teach, and even get some video feedback and advice on their own skills.

Pricing
Organising several of these events throughout the year costs a significant amount of time and money. Nonetheless, I feel it important that these events continue to be run as non-profit. So the small registration fee of £25.00 is there to encourage those who sign up to turn up, and also to cover some of the direct costs of organising the event. Other than these direct costs, all proceeds from the event will go to the RNLI. The last event we ran ended up with £100 donated to the RNLI.

Registration
These events have become so popular that I have had to limit the registration to keep the numbers small. This enables us to answer everyone’s questions, and also to have time to look at everyone in the water. So, registration for this event is limited to 10 people.

Registration is now open. If you have any questions about this event, please do not hesitate to contact DiveDIR. Please note that this is a non-profit event. all proceeds beyond direct costs go to the RNLI.

To attend this event, all you need to do is register at DiveDIR.

Logistics
If you need accomodation there are Wooden wigwams on site at The National Diving & Activity Centre.

Food and drink is available at the View Cafe Bar

These events are always a great laugh, and people seem to get a lot out of them. Here’s what they have said in the past…

"I couldn’t believe it. I had been struggling with my trim for years.
Ten minutes in the water with a GUE instructor and it was sorted
out. Best £25 i ever spent on diving.

 

" presumed the GUE instructors would be boot-camp military types,
but they were just very relaxed and laid back divers – albeit divers
with incredible knowledge and skill, and the ability to pass on that
knowledge. In all honesty I went to prove a point, but after an
hour realised I had a lot to learn.

 

"I was fascinating to have so many myths busted in one day,
and also feedback on my buoyancy control which has taken
all the stress out of ascending


"I realised two things in the first hour. Firstly, the bar set
by GUE standards is like nothing I have experienced before.
Secondly these guys do not preach – but they are incredibly
well trained to teach


"As a single tank diver, I expected to feel like an alien,
but was welcomed to the crowd. Forget about the fact
it was a GUE day. It was just a bunch of divers enjoying
the sunshine.

We hope to see you there.

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Red Bull publish POV Freedive Video from NDAC Quarry

August 21, 2014
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Daan Verhoeven Freedive Video

Red Bull have published Daan Verhoeven‘s fan video of Tim Money freediving the BAE 146 Plane at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC).

In this amazing video, Saltfree freedivers Daan and Tim show what it’s like to explore the plane with just a single breath of air.




The BAE 146 Airplane is 68 foot long, 30 foot high and sits around 30 metres deep in the waters of Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

Find out more about Freediving at the NDAC on the SaltFree Divers page>

 

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