Wire Zip Slide Closed Sunday 21st August, reopens Monday 22nd August 2016

August 20, 2016
metalfury

Please note the following dates for the cancellation of activities at the National Diving & Activity Centre

The Wire Zip Slide

The Wire Zip Slide is closed on the following dates.

• Saturday 20th August

• Sunday 21st August

The Wire will reopen on Monday 22nd August

The Giant 3G Swing

The Giant 3G Swing is closed on the following date.

• Saturday 20th August

The Swing will reopen on Sunday 21st August

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

Segway Active will be running as normal over these dates.

Apologies for any inconvenience

The Wire & The Giant 3G Swing  

 

Weather Warning – Swing and Wire Closure Saturday 20th August 2016

August 19, 2016
metalfury

Weather Warning for Chepstow Area

We have a weather warning and high tail winds predicted on Saturday 20th August 2016

As a result we have taken the decision to close the Wire Zip Slide and the Giant 3G Swing for the day.

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

Apologies for any inconvenience

The Wire & The Giant 3G Swing  

 

Mark Harris Book Launch ‘Glass & Water’ – Sat 30th July 2016

July 21, 2016
metalfury

Mark Harris Book Launch - Glass & Water

Mark Harris Book LaunchOn Saturday 30th July 2016, Mark Harris will be at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) between 3pm and 4pm to sign copies of his recently released book, ‘Glass and Water‘.

Glass and Water is a book that covers the essential techniques needed for underwater photography while freediving.

Mark is no stranger to the NDAC, as it was his primary training facility (with Saltfree freediving) during his years as UK freediving champion. Many images within the book were taken at the NDAC.

This book signing is part of the British Freediving Association member’s day being held at the site. It will include a freedive safety demo (by Liv Philip), a BBQ, camping and yoga (with Rebecca Coales). And of course for qualified divers, some time on the Saltfree Divers platform and NDAC attractions.

For anyone wishing to purchase a signed copy, Mark will be supplying these at a price of £15 (cash only accepted), but will also be happy to sign copies for those who have purchased elsewhere.

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For anyone travelling across the river Severn, there is a M48 Severn bridge closure on Saturday 30th July for maintenance from 06:00 – 17:00.

Diversion routes will be in place across the M4 Second Severn Crossing, so please allow an extra 10-15 minutes to your journey times.

 

Scuba Diving Courses for Summer & Autumn 2016 at the NDAC Dive School

June 13, 2016
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 taking place during Summer & Autumn 2016. Places are limited so please book quickly to avoid disappointment.

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.

• 25 Jun 2016 NDAC

• 16 Jul 2016 NDAC

• 27 Aug 2016 NDAC

• 17 Sep 2016 NDAC

• 15 Oct 2016 NDAC

• 26 Nov 2016Thornbury

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).

• 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

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.

• 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

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.

• 18-19 June 2016

• 06-07 Aug 2016

• 22-23 Oct 2016

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)

• 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

Click here for full details, update options & 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.

• 09-11 Jul 2016

• 24-25 Sep 2016

• 05-06 Nov 2016

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 Aug 2016

• 09-11 Sep 2016

• 11-13 Nov 2016

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.

• 25 Jun 2016

• 16 Jul 2016

• 27 Aug 2016

• 17 Sep 2016

• 08 Oct 2016

• 19 Nov 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

Tech Diving

PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality

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

Click here for full details & further dates >

Experience has shown that Technical Diving Courses often need to be tailored to the individual, so please get in touch to discuss suitable dates.

TDI Intro to Tech

TDI Rebreather Discovery (Try-Dive)

TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures

TDI Advanced Nitrox & Helitrox

TDI Extended Range

TDI Trimix

TDI Advanced Trimix

TDI Air Diluent Rebreather Diver

TDI Air Diluent Deco Procedures Rebreather Diver

 

For further dates please visit the Dive School section of the website.

If you have any questions please Contact the NDAC Dive School.

 

 

 

Upgrade your Suunto Dive Computer

May 18, 2016
metalfury

Upgrade your SUUNTO Dive Computer

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

Further Information
Suunto Dive Computers »

 

Scuba Diving around & under the Saltfree Pontoon

April 20, 2016
metalfury

Saltfree Pontoon

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 at NDAC Dive Shop

April 19, 2016
metalfury

Aqua Lung 1 Package low price. Core Stage 3 Set, single contents gauge, 1300 computer explorer reg bag for £380 - saving £180

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.

 

Special Price on TriDri – you’ll never have to put on a damp drysuit again!

April 14, 2016
metalfury

TriDri is a simple to use device that dries the inside of your drysuit.

We are currently able to offer TriDri units for the fantastic price of £49.50.

Tri DriWe have a demonstration unit in the NDAC Dive Shop, so why not pop in and take a look on your next visit.

Drysuits often get damp inside from:
   • Perspiration
   • Washing
   • Even Leaks

Drying the inside, particularly the boots, can be difficult and can take up to 2 weeks if soaking wet.

TriDri can dry a soaking wet boot in 2 hours.

The telescopic tube device has a small low voltage fan powered from any USB socket.

This is a really useful addition to your SCUBA kit.    

TriDri is ready to use out of the box with cable, UK Mains power supply and instructions.
    
By making a TriDri part of your SCUBA Equipment, you will never have to put on a damp drysuit again!

Find out more about TriDri on their website »

Tri Dri A revolutionary new product to dry the inside of your drysuit

 

8,000 Likes for NDAC Facebook Page

April 11, 2016
metalfury

7,000 Facebook Likes

We are really pleased to announce that the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) has reached 8,000 likes on it’s Facebook Page.

There has been a massive boost in popularity of the site with all the recent investment, particularly with our new Giant 3G Swing, Deluxe Wigwams and Caroline, our latest underwater attraction. In a little over four months we’ve had an extra 1,000 likes, a great achievement.

Facebook Graph

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 2,100 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!

 

Caroline – New Diving Attraction at the NDAC Chepstow

April 4, 2016
metalfury

Caroline - New Diving Attraction at the NDAC Chepstow

Preparing the new underwater diving attractionOver 20,000 people saw our AprilFools post last week, but we’ve got some very exciting real news today for divers!

Later today we will be installing our latest underwater attraction, ‘Caroline’.

This 35 Tonne steel trawler traveled over 500 miles from Aberdeen in 2013 to its final home as an underwater diving attraction at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

We have recently been completing the final works to our latest underwater attraction, and this weekend the original prop was welded into place.

The new boat, named ‘Caroline’ is 11.33 metres long and the plan is to place her in the water at around 25m, providing a fantastic wreck diving experience.

 

 

 

 

 

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