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

September 7, 2014
metalfury

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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Demonstration Day. Saturday 6th September 2014

September 3, 2014
metalfury

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
metalfury

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
metalfury

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>

 

NDAC Closed on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd October 2014

August 16, 2014
metalfury

ClosedThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed to the public for all activities on Thursday 2nd October and Friday 3rd October 2014.

The site has a private booking for a filming project that is taking place and 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 7am on Saturday 4th October 2014.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Children’s Fun Weekend 7th-10th August 2014

August 7, 2014
metalfury

This week we have lots of fun activities for Children at the NDAC.

From Thursday 7th August until Sunday 10th August there will be a Bouncy Castle at the NDAC.

For the Mums and Dads the View Cafe Bar has a wide range of food and drink available as well as spectacular views over our site.

The bouncy castle will be available all day until Sunday.

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If you’re looking for something to keep the little ones occupied during the Summer Holidays why not pop down. For older children and adults why not check out the Wire Zip Slide, Water Walkers or Segway Active.

 

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

July 24, 2014
metalfury

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 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.

• 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).

30-31 Aug 14 & 06-07 Sep 14 (Fully Booked)

20-21 & 27-28 Sep 14 (Fully Booked)

• 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.

• 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.

• 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

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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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!

• 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

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.

• 18-21 Sep 2014

• 13-16 Nov 2014

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.

• 18-21 Sep 2014

• 13-16 Nov 2014

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.

• 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
metalfury

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
metalfury

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!

 

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TriDri is available from the NDAC Dive Shop.

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

http://www.tridridiving.com

TriDri

 

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