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 taking place during Summer & Autumn 2016. Places are limited so please book quickly to avoid disappointment.
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.
• 25 Jun 2016 NDAC
• 16 Jul 2016 NDAC
• 27 Aug 2016 NDAC
• 17 Sep 2016 NDAC
• 15 Oct 2016 NDAC
• 26 Nov 2016Thornbury
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).
• 25-26 Jun & 02-03 Jul 16
• 16-17 Jul & 23-24 Jul 16
• 06-07 Aug & 13 -14 Aug 16
• 27-28 Aug & 03-04 Sep 16
• 17-18 Sep & 24-25 Sep 16
• 08-09 Oct & 15-16 Oct 16
• 29-30 Oct & 05-06 Nov 16
• 19-20 Nov & 26-27 Nov 16
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.
• 18-19 Jun 2016
• 09-10 Jul 2016
• 30-31 Jul 2016
• 20-21 Aug 2016
• 10-11 Sep 2016
• 01-02 Oct 2016
• 22-23 Oct 2016
• 12-13 Nov 2016
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.
• 18-19 June 2016
• 06-07 Aug 2016
• 22-23 Oct 2016
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)
• 17 Jun 2016
• 08 Jul 2016
• 05 Aug 2016
• 09 Sep 2016
• 21 Oct 2016
• 25 Nov 2016
Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)
• 16 & 23 Jun 2016
• 14 & 21 Jul 2016
• 18 & 25 Aug 2016
• 15 & 22 Sep 2016
• 13 & 20 Oct 2016
• 17 & 24 Nov 2016
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.
• 09-11 Jul 2016
• 24-25 Sep 2016
• 05-06 Nov 2016
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 Aug 2016
• 09-11 Sep 2016
• 11-13 Nov 2016
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.
• 25 Jun 2016
• 16 Jul 2016
• 27 Aug 2016
• 17 Sep 2016
• 08 Oct 2016
• 19 Nov 2016
Welcome to one of PADI’s most popular specialties – the PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality course. Diving with enriched air nitrox lets you safely extend your no-stop time beyond the no-decompression limits for air.
Diving with enriched air means more time underwater – but you need to be certified as an Enriched Air Diver to get enriched air fills.
• 23 Jun 2016 at NDAC
• 07 Jul 2016 at Cardiff Scuba
• 28 Jul 2016 at NDAC
• 11 Aug 2016 at Cardiff Scuba
• 25 Aug 2016 at NDAC
• 01 Sep 2016 at Cardiff Scuba
• 22 Sep 2016 at NDAC
• 06 Oct 2016 at Cardiff Scuba
• 27 Oct 2016 at NDAC
• 10 Nov 2016 at Cardiff Scuba
• 24 Nov 2016 at NDAC
Experience has shown that Technical Diving Courses often need to be tailored to the individual, so please get in touch to discuss suitable dates.
For further dates please visit the Dive School section of the website.
If you have any questions please Contact the NDAC Dive School.
Fourth Element will be at the National Diving & Activity Centre over the weekend of 18th and 19th June 2016.
They will also be bringing along BIOMAP a new imaging system designed to revolutionise the way drysuits are ordered and made.
The BIOMAP system has been developed to enable measurements to be taken accurately using a 3D scanner. These can then be submitted automatically with a full specification for a drysuit via their new online system to create your unique Argonaut drysuit.
Staff from Fourth Element will be available over the weekend to answer all your questions and size you up – so why not pop in and take a look.
We look forward to seeing you.
The FREE talk will take place at 2:30 PM on Sunday 12th June at the NDAC
Philip is a zoology graduate from University of Southampton, an extreme cave diver and has spent the last three months exploring under the ice in Antartica.
Prior to his role at the Bristol Aquarium Philip spent the past 10 years living and working in France where he was in charge of all life support systems for the Aquarium De Paris, one of the biggest aquariums in France.
This will be a fascinating insight into Philip’s work for divers and non-divers alike and is not to be missed.
Our rebreather technical instructor will be available over the weekend for 1-to-1 try dives for the reduced price of only £45.
We also have some special discounts on the four day Rebreather MOD 1 course.
The usual price is £650, but it reduced to £590 for the Demonstration Weekend. However if you take part in a try-dive and want to do the course we can also take off the try-dive cost, leaving a final price of only £545.
Places are limited, so be quick if you want a space!
To book a place or to discuss the various technical diving courses we offer please contact Nat via or pop into the NDAC Dive Shop.
The National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed for Water Activities (Diving, Swimming etc) on Thursday 11th & Friday 12th August 2016.
We will reopen for water activities on Saturday 13th August 2016.
The wigwams and View Cafe Bar will be open as normal.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
A FREE Presentation by Mark Powell, resident Technical Instructor at Dive-Tech and author of Deco for Divers: Decompression Theory and Physiology.
SATURDAY 11th JUNE 4PM
"Most diving problems occur because people don’t listen to their training.
This implies that there is a problem with the way we train divers. Either instructors are not getting the right messages over or students are failing to retain those messages.
Either way the training hasn’t worked."
In this free talk at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Mark Powell will look at why this is the case and what we can do to change the situation.
If you have heard Mark speak before then you know that he will give an entertaining, thought provoking and informative view on this important topic.
We will additionally have some special offers on orders via the NDAC Dive Shop, so why not pop in and treat yourself to some shiny new kit.
There will also be a BBQ running both days of the Demonstration Weekend at the View Cafe Bar from 11am to 5pm
Is it time to think about updating your old computer? Have you simply outgrown the features and need something more advanced? Or maybe you just feel like treating yourself to the latest dive computer?
As a loyal Suunto customer we would like to offer you the chance to upgrade your current Suunto computer to one of the latest models.
Bring any working Suunto Dive Computer to us and we will swap it for a new one with up to £200 off!
• Vyper Novo £50
• D4i Novo £75
• D6i Novo £100
• Eon Steel £150
• DX £200
Available at NDAC Dive Shop, please pop in or contact us for more information and a great price.
This offer will run until 30th June 2016
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The National Diving & Activity Centre will be hosting a Diving Equipment Demonstration Weekend over the 11th and 12th of June 2016.
The weekend will include a large range of equipment from the following suppliers, for you to look at, try or buy:
• Aqua Lung
• Atomic Aquatics
• Dive Rite
• Miflex Hoses
• Sea & Sea
• SSI Scuba Schools International
Staff from the companies will be available over the Demonstration Weekend to answer all your questions.
On the Saturday we will be hosting Mark Powell, resident Technical Instructor at Dive-Tech and author of Deco for Divers: Decompression Theory and Physiology. Mark will be delivering a Free talk titled ‘Training Doesn’t Work‘. If you have heard Mark speak before then you know that he will give an entertaining, thought provoking and informative view on this important topic. Full Details »
We have recently taken delivery of a demonstration AP Inspiration Vision Rebreather.Our rebreather technical instructor will be available over the weekend for 1-to-1 try dives for the reduced price of only £45.
We also have some special discounts on the four day Rebreather MOD 1 course. The usual price is £650, but it reduced to £590 for the Demonstration Weekend. However if you take part in a try-dive and want to do the course we can also take off the try-dive cost, leaving a final price of only £545.
Places are limited, so be quick if you want a space! To book a place or to discuss the various technical diving courses we offer please contact Nat via firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into the NDAC Dive Shop.
We will additionally have further special offers on orders via the NDAC Dive Shop, so why not pop in and treat yourself to some shiny new kit.
We will also be holding a BBQ both days of the Demonstration Weekend at the View Cafe Bar from 11am to 5pm
As a reminder for scuba divers – please could you avoid the area around & underneath the Saltfree Divers pontoon when their A flag is flying and they are freediving.
In particular we also request that divers do not use the freedive mooring lines for decompression stops.
If the freedivers had to release their counterweight system in an emergency, there is the risk of being caught by a 60kg weight.
The upcoming freedive meets are as follows:
• 30 April
• 1 May
• 21/22 May
• 11/12 June
• 9/10 July
• 30/31 July
• 6/7 August
• 27/28 August
• 10/11 September
• 24/25 September
• 8/9 October
We’d also like to remind any divers using re-breathers that you must also use a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) throughout your dive. (However please note that yellows SMBs should only be used in emergencies.)
Thanks for your understanding.
Aqua Lung low price package. Core Stage 3 Set, single contents gauge, i300 computer explorer reg bag for £380 – saving £180
Find out more about these products on the Aqua Lung website, or pop into the NDAC Scuba Shop for a chat.