The StreetGames Wales Volunteer Fest comes to NDAC

March 16, 2015

Street Games Wales Volunteer Festival

Street Games Wales Volunteer FestStreetGames Wales are holding an exciting event at the ‎National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) in April.

The StreetGames Wales Volunteer Fest!

Invited guests will be spending a day at the NDAC for a free action packed day of activities at the NDAC to thank their existing volunteers and bring along new ones!

StreetGames volunteers will have the opportunity to experience a segway driving adventure, water walking, The Wire (one of the longest and fastest zip wires in the UK running the length of the spectacular quarry beneath the centre) as well as other activities. There will be a chance to relax after your busy day finishing with a BBQ at the View Cafe bar and outdoor cinema experience.

Street Games is a national sports charity that changes lives and communities. They do it by supporting a network of projects which give sports and volunteering opportunities to young people in disadvantaged communities across the UK. Doorstep sport is StreetGames’ delivery method, whereby they bring sport close to the home in disadvantaged communities at the right time, for the right price, to the right place and in the right style.

Find out more about StreeGames

StreeGames Website

StreeGames Facebook

StreeGames Wales on Twitter




Scuba Diving Courses for Spring & Summer 2015 at the NDAC Dive School

March 12, 2015

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 Spring and Summer 2015.

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.

• 14 Mar 2015

• 15 Apr 2015

• 16 May 2015

• 27 Jun 2015

• 18 Jul 2015

• 29 Aug 2015

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).

• 21-22 Feb 15 & 28 Feb – 1 Mar 15

• 14-15 & 21-22 Mar 15

• 04-05 & 11-12 Apr 15

• 25-26 Apr & 02-03 May 15

• 16-17 & 23-24 May 15

• 06-07 & 13-14 Jun 15

• 27-28 Jun &
04 -05 Jul 15

• 18-19 & 25-26 Jul 15

• 08-09 &
15-16 Aug 15

• 29-30 Aug &
05-06 Sep 15

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.

• 07-08 Mar 2015

• 28-29 Mar 2015

• 18-19 Apr 2015

• 09-10 May 2015

• 30-31 May 2015

• 20-21 Jun 2015

• 11-12 Jul 2015

• 01-02 Aug 2015

• 22-23 Aug 2015

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.

• 30 Apr, 2-3 May 2015

• 18, 20-21 June 2015

• 06, 08-09 Aug 2015

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)
• 20 Mar 2015

• 17 Apr 2015

• 22 May 2015

• 19 Jun 2015

• 10 Jul 2015

• 07 Aug 2015

Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)
• 05 & 12 Mar 2015

• 16 & 23 Apr 2015

• 21 & 22 May 2015

• 25 & 26 Jun 2015

• 16 & 23 Jul 2015

• 20 & 21 Aug 2015

Update Course
• 20 Mar 2015

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.

• 21 – 22 Mar 2015

• 25 – 26 Apr 2015

• 06 – 07 Jun 2015

• 11 – 12 Jul 2015

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.

• 27 – 29 Mar 2015

• 08 – 10 May 2015

• 12 – 14 Jun 2015

• 14 – 16 Aug 2015

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.

• 14 – 15 Mar 2015

• 04 – 05 Apr 2015

• 16 May 2015

• 27 Jun 2015

• 18 Jul 2015

• 29 Aug 2015

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.

• 12 Mar 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 26 Mar 2015 at NDAC

• 09 Apr 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 30 Apr 2015 at NDAC

• 14 May 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 28 May 2015 at NDAC

• 11 Jun 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

25 Jun 2015 at NDAC

• 09 Jul 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 30 Jul 2015 at NDAC

• 13 Aug 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 27 Aug 2015 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.




‘Buy one, get one free’ for Divers at the NDAC in March 2015

March 11, 2015


January and February’s 50% off offer was really popular with the diving community, so we’d like to offer another special deal until the end of March:

Visit the NDAC and Scuba Dive between the 13th & 30th of March and get your next March visit for FREE.

The way it works is as follows.

 •  Visit the National Diving & Activity Centre before the end of March and pay for a day’s diving as normal

 •  You will be issued a receipt, keep this safe.

 •  Return another day in March 2015 and use your receipt to redeem the offer of a Free Day’s Diving

Depending on whether or not you are a NDAC Member you’ll be able to save £11 or £16 on your next Free dive.

This is perfect for people spending a few days with us, or regular visitors.

Last month’s special offer proved to be really popular, so if you want to book accommodation at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village be quick to avoid disappointment. We have Deluxe and Standard wigwams available now!

*This offer cannot be carried over to any other month, transferred to anyone else or used with any other promotion.

Join this event on Facebook >


Improvements to Wire Zip Slide Complete


Wire Improvements at NDAC

Wire landing break arms being installed at NDAC ChepstowYou may have noticed that the Wire Zip Slide has been closed for most of February whilst we have been making some improvements.

We have had some landing break arms produced and they were delivered and installed recently by crane.

This means that we now have improved braking at the end of your 700m zip slide ride which will allow us to operate during stronger tail winds and for more of the year.

The works have all been completed now and the Wire is back open now and available for bookings. We have dates available between now and the end of August.

If you would like to brave the Wire Zip Slide, please visit

The Wire is one of the UK’s longest, tallest and fastest zip slides, running the 700 metre length of the spectacular NDAC Quarry.

Launch yourself from the 70m high cliff edge and speed along the length of our 80m deep flooded quarry.

Reaching speeds up to 40 miles per hour this exhilarating ride will take your breath away!

The Wire Zip Slide is suitable for all ages.
Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone)
Lower Limit is 20kg (3.15 stone)


NDAC Demonstration Weekend 11-12 April 2015

February 27, 2015

Demonstration Weekend


The National Diving & Activity Centre will be hosting a diving equipment demonstration weekend over the 11th and 12th of April 2015.

Demonstration Weekend SuppliersThe weekend will include a large range of equipment from the following suppliers, for you to look at, try or buy:

Sea & Sea
Atomic Aquatics
Fourth Element
• Tecline
• Lola

Staff from all the companies will be available over the demonstration weekend to answer all your questions, so why not pop in and treat yourself to some new kit.

We will also be holding a BBQ both days of the weekend at the View Cafe Bar from 11am to 5pm

Join the event on Facebook >

National Diving & Activity Centre demonstration weekend 11th and 12th of April 2015


Sci-Fi Day • Saturday 4th April 2015 at the NDAC Chepstow

February 12, 2015

Star Wars Trilogy Weekend • April 2015 • Join us for an Immersive Weekend

Unfortunately, due to a change in licensing we are no longer able to show the three Star Wars films over the Easter weekend.

Star Wars • Accommodation • Food & Drink • LocationAlthough this is a real disappointment, we will continue to hold a special FREE Star Wars / Sci-Fi day on Saturday 4th April where you can come along and meet a range of characters from all six Star Wars Episodes.

This will include Jawa, Jedi, Stormtroopers & Biker Scouts from the 501st Legion UK Garrison, the iconic Darth Vader and many more yet to be confirmed including members of Rebel Legion UK.

This will be a FREE EVENT and there will still be the opportunity to have your photo taken with the characters.

We will also have a hog roast and music on site throughout the day.

Anyone who has already booked tickets will be contacted and given a full refund.

We’re sorry that we’ve had to cancel the films, but hope that you’ll still come along to what will be a fantastic immersive experience.

Accommodation is available at the Wooden Wigwam Village, we have a large number of Standard and Deluxe Wooden Wigwams.

Food & Drink
Food and drink is available at the View Café Bar. With breathtaking views overlooking our Chepstow quarry, the View Café Bar serves an extensive range of hot & cold meals as well as a wide selection of beers, wines and soft drinks from the licensed bar.

This event is taking place at the National Diving & Activity Centre, located on the A48, just outside Chepstow.

For maps and detailed directions, please visit our NDAC Location Page


Segway and Zip WireAs well as the Drive-In Cinema, there is lots to see and do at the site, around Chepstow, the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean, which has seen filming of the New Star Wars film, Epsiode VII – The Force Awakens.

At the NDAC we offer an off-road Segway Active Experience as well The Wire, one of the UK’s Longest Zip Wires.

Facebook & Twitter
Follow the build up for this event on the NDAC Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #StarWarsChepstow




Did you enjoy a brew with us in 2014

January 15, 2015

100,000 Hot Drinks Served in 2014

tea coffee and hot chocolateA few stats from the View Cafe Bar

In 2014…

You drank a total of 25,576 cups of Black Coffee

11,700 cups of Hot Chocolate

30,000 cups of Latte white toppings and

35,282 cups of hot tea!

Overall we served you over 100,000 cups of hot drinks last year!












Volkswagen meet at the NDAC 1 March 2015


The National Diving & Activity Centre is opening the upper car parks for the Dubs at the Castle Team to host this cold but unique pre-season gathering and free swap meet for all types of VW’s

Come and see the amazing views, v-dubs and boxes of rusty parts while sampling the delights of the View Cafe Bar.

There will be a £5 charity donation to Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice. The staff will be on site with collection buckets.

So throw on some thermals, Warm up the Volkswagen, bring your old boxes of spares and help us raise some much needed funds.

Join the event on Facebook here>


Valentine’s Weekend Screenings at Cinema and Special Meal Deal

January 10, 2015

Valentine's Weekend at the NDAC

At the Drive-In Cinema we have screenings of Grand Budapest Hotel and Love Actually over the Valentine’s weekend.

At the View Cafe Bar we have a fantastic special offer.

Two people can have three courses from our special menu for only £20!

Visit to book.

Grand Budapest Hotel
Saturday 14th February – 630pm & 930pm
“The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.” IMDb

Love Actually
Sunday 15th February – 7:30pm
“Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England” IMDb


Friday 13th February 2015 – Ghoulish BBQ & Dracula Untold Screening at Drive-In Cinema

Friday 13th Fright Night Film - Ghoulish BBQ and Dracula Untold

Friday the 13th we are holding a Fright Night Film at the NDAC.

We have a Ghoulish BBQ at the View Cafe Bar starting at 7pm.

Following that we have Dracula Untold showing at the NDAC Drive-In Cinema.

Book your tickets here>

See all the drive-in cinema listings at

Join the event on Facebook >


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