The National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed to the public for all activities from Monday 20th March until 1600hrs on Friday 24th March 2017.
Scuba Diving resumes at the site on Saturday 25th March 2017.
General site infrastructure works are taking place and the site 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 on Saturday 25th March 2017.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
We have been sent an interesting old document containing maps and photos of the National Diving & Activity site in it’s former life as ‘Dayhouse Quarry’ in Tidenham, Chepstow.
Here are some pictures that may be of interest! (Click on the photos for a larger version)
Old Map of the site, prior to the quarry.
Old Map compared to a more recent view.
March Special Offer for Scuba Divers
As a big thank you for your continued support and loyalty throughout these colder months, we have decided to reduce our Scuba Diving entrance price from Thursday 2nd to Friday 31st March by a massive 50%
This means that our members will only have to pay £6.50 for a day’s unlimited diving with us and non members will have to pay just £9.00.
No catches – just turn up, book in and scuba dive for half the normal price!
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This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offers from the NDAC.
Normal entry requirements for Scuba Diving apply.
Please note that the site is closed for diving on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th March due to site infrastructure works.Details »
We are really pleased to announce that the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) has reached 10,000 Likes on it’s Facebook Page.
There has been a massive boost in popularity of the site with all the recent investment, and exciting events. In the last year we’ve had an extra 2,500 likes, a great achievement.
We created our new Facebook page in February 2011 and it has proved a very popular way of staying in touch with everyone.
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.
Follow the white rabbit to Wonderland this Easter and join us for a great night out at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
"We’re all Mad here!"
Get together with your friends or family, dress up and and embrace the fantasy experience of a Mad Hatters Tea Party at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow. You might even see the Mad Hatter himself with Alice!
"Eat me… Drink Me"
There will be food and drinks, lots of fun, a complimentary glass of Prosecco with strawberry for the adults and a small gift for each child.
The Mad Hatters Tea Party will be held in the Water View Marquee, with breathtaking views over our lake and specially dressed for the occasion. The room will be decked out with vintage china, cake stands, teapots, bunting and themed decorations.
Following the Tea Party you can enjoy watching Johnny Depp star as the Mad Hatter at a FREE screening of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland at our Drive-In Cinema.
All of this for just £20 per person.
- Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with tea, coffee, juices, sandwiches and cakes.
- Includes a complimentary glass of Prosecco with strawberry for the adults.
- Free entry to see Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland at our Drive-In Cinema (8:30pm).
- Fancy dress or Vintage outfits are optional.
- Small gift for each child.
"Don’t be late
for this very important date"
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will be running from Good Friday to Easter Monday
- Friday 14th April 2017 (Good Friday)
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- Saturday 15th April 2017
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- Sunday 16th April 2017 (Easter Sunday)
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- Monday 17 April 2017 (Easter Monday)
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"The time, the time,
who’s got the time?"
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party starts at 6:45pm.
The Alice In Wonderland Drive-In Cinema screening will start at 8:30pm.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."
"I don’t much care where –"
"Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
Follow the rabbit hole to Wonderland at the National Diving & Activity Centre, just outside Chepstow on the A48
National Diving & Activity Centre
Why not make a night of it? – We offer overnight accommodation in our Wooden Wigwam Village, with a range of wigwams to suit all budgets.
If you have any questions about this event please contact us via our online form, or by calling
Please be advised that the NDAC office is closed Monday to Wednesday, so emails and phone calls may not be responded to during this time. Depending on when you make your enquiry it may take a few days before we can get back in touch with you.
There has been some confusion and comments recently about the experience level required to swim at the National Diving & Activity Centre, and our policy to only allow wetsuit diving during the Winter months.
This has prompted us to begin a full review of Open Water Swimming at the site so that we can tailor it for the needs of our users whilst maintaining a safe environment.
The safety of our swimmers is our priority and we are working with the Royal Life Saving Society to develop a new set of rules and regulations for open water swimming at the site. We expect to have this in place around April 2017.
Until these changes have been finalised we have made the difficult decision to temporarily discontinue open water swimming at the National Diving & Activity Centre for the next few months, effective from 13 December 2016.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to our regular Swimmers and hope that you will return in 2017.
Here are some photos of some of the latest infrastructure works taking place on site for the benefit of our divers and water users.
This new area has recently been concreted over with 15 tonnes of ready mix concrete to create a new walkway and vehicle turning circle.
This is part of the ongoing infrastructure works throughout the site, that include a new Children’s Play Area and improvements to the Car Park surface. Other improvements throughout the site are on their way.
We have recently opened a new Children’s play area on the site.
Most activities on the site are aimed at over 12 year olds, so this new facility is for the younger children visiting the centre or staying in the Wigwam Village.
We hope you like the recent improvements to the car park at the National Diving & Activity Centre.
At the start of October we had 400 tonnes of road chippings delivered, laid and rolled onto the car park surface using heavy machinery.
You’ll be pleased to hear that this has filled most of the holes!
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 the Winter of 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.
• 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).
• 29-30 Oct & 05-06 Nov 16
• 19-20 Nov & 26-27 Nov 16
• 10-11 Dec & 17-18 Dec 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.
• 22-23 Oct 2016
• 12-13 Nov 2016
• 03-04 Dec 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.
• 22-23 Oct 2016
• 17-18 Dec 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)
• 21 Oct 2016
• 25 Nov 2016
• 16 Dec 2016
Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)
• 13 & 20 Oct 2016
• 17 & 24 Nov 2016
• 08 & 15 Dec 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 27 Oct 2016 at NDAC
• 10 Nov 2016 at Cardiff Scuba
• 24 Nov 2016 at NDAC
• 08 Dec 2016 at Cardiff Scuba
• 22 Dec 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.