On Thursday 30th May, we have alternative rock covers band Cherry Rebels playing a FREE concert at Chepstow’s View Cafe Bar.
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.
Some of the bands Cherry Rebels cover:
• Foo Fighters
• The Beatles
• Black keys
• Rolling stones
• Kings Of Leon
• The Strokes
• Thin Lizzy
• T Rex
• Black Sabbath
• Kaiser Chiefs
• Billy Idol
• David Bowie
Plus many more……..
Watch the Cherry Rebels in action
The View Cafe Bar can be found on the A48, just outside Chepstow at the National Diving & Activity Centre.
We look forward to seeing you
We are very pleased to announce a new event for this Summer – The 2013 NDAC Bog Snorkelling championships, in Partnership with Black Sheep Sports.
Bog snorkelling is a fun sporting event that involves competitors clad in flippers and a snorkel (and usually a wetsuit) completing two lengths of our boggy water filled trench in the shortest time possible, using just your feet to propel yourself.
We welcome, individuals, teams of four and charities to take part in this new, fun and very different event.
Taking place over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of July at the National Diving & Activity Centre, we have bog snorkelling events for Adults and under 16′s.
There are warm showers and changing facilities at the NDAC site, as well as the View Cafe Bar where participants and spectators can have a bite to eat whilst enjoying the spectacular views over our quarry.
Book your place for the Bog Snorkelling Championships online at the Black Sheep Sports Website ›
Adult Bog Snorkelling Event – £15
Youth Bog Snorkelling Event – £12 (Under 16s)
On the Day
Registration will be held at the National Diving & Activity Centre. On arrival please follow the signs to car parking and registration.
You will be notified before the event on your start time. Please sign on at least 1hr before your start time.
Racing will start from 9.00am. Individual start / wave times will be on the Black Sheep Sports website in the week prior to the event. You will receive your goody bag, which will include a swim cap and anything else we can get hold of.
Your timing chip will be issued at registration when you sign in. You will also be issued with a swim cap and any last minute information.
A short walk away from the registration area you will find the bog! The water will be murky and maybe a bit muddy – a bit like a bog really.
When you get to the bog you will be able to cue up in the holding area. When you are called to the start line you will be give a countdown and you will cross the line, and enter the bog. You will then make your way up the course and around the marker at the far end of the bog. You may propel yourself by your feet only.
A snorkel will be provided but you are welcome to use your own if you have one.
• Adults will snorkel 200m up and down the bog.
• Children will snorkel 120m up and down the bog.
The National Diving and Activity Centre is located on the A48 near to Chepstow
The post code for the site is NP16 7LH
If you are approaching from the Severn Bridge and M48 follow signs for Lydney and Gloucester.
If you are coming from Gloucester, Follow signs for Chepstow
For a detailed map and directions please visit the NDAC Location Page ›
Accomodation is available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village.
Sleeping up to five adults, our Wooden Wigwams are the ultimate eco cabin; double-glazed, secure, cosy and warm whatever the time of year. A low cost alternative to hotels and B&Bs, our Wigwams truly offer all year round camping, and the best bit, no pitching a tent in the rain!
Our Wigwam site is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers a fantastic base to experience the unique and fascinating heritage, spectacular and varied landscapes, warm and friendly hospitality and all the activities Chepstow and the Forrest of Dean has to offer.
After a hard day of bog snorkelling what would be better than toasting marshmallows round your own camp fire, sharing stories of your day and sleeping under the stars in the heart of the countryside.
These will be available throughout the day and will be updated on the Black Sheep Sports website regularly.
We will have a prize giving ceremony in the View Cafe Bar situated at the NDAC at 3.30pm on Sunday.
If you are visiting the area, why not make a weekend of it at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village. There is also the 700m long Wire Zip Slide on site and lots of local tourist attractions including Chepstow Castle, the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean.
If you can not make prize giving we will forward any prizes won.
Prizes are available in the following categories
• First 3 Male / Females
• First Male/ Female Vet 40
• First Male/ Female Vet 50
• First Male/ Female Vet 60
• First Male Team – 4 to count
• First Female Team 4 to count
All children will receive a small prize.
For events like this to run smoothly, Black Sheep Sports are always looking for volunteers to help with registration, marshalling, and feed stations. Its a great way to get involved with an event even if you don’t actually want to be an athlete.
You will be feed and watered, expenses, and event tops for all who volunteer. You will even be invited to the popular Black Sheep Sports end of season party where they have their prize giving and a jolly good knees up!
To Volunteer at this event please contact Black Sheep Sports.
The latest race information can be found on the Black Sheep Sports website
If you have any questions please contact Black Sheep Sports or call them 01452 831 771
You can also join us on social media
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From Sunday 28th April we are going to return to four day a week opening.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Bank Holiday Weekends
Please note that we are open throughout Bank Holiday weekends, including the Mondays
Be amongst the first in the UK to try the new SF2 rebreather.
On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April 2013 the SF2 rebreather will be at National Diving & Activity Centre for try dives.
The SF2 is a fully electronic closed circuit rebreather featuring Shearwater controller, back mounted counterlungs and a streamlined profile. It is designed for exploratory diving and is definitely in the technical rather than recreational rebreather market. It has received CE rating for both air and trimix use.
Try dives will be available on both days but places will be limited. If you are a technical diver looking to move into CCR or already dive a CCR and would like to test out the SF2 then email email@example.com to book a space. The try dive will cost £25 per person plus site entry but it doesn’t cost anything to come and have a look.
Free Presentation – Learn from your mistakes, better still, learn from someone else’s! Sat 4th May 2013April 9, 2013
Improving Diving Safety Through A Change in Just and Reporting Cultures
Saturday 4th May 2013, Start 19:30 – All Welcome
A FREE Presentation at the View Café Bar, National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow
As divers we are very good at telling others about our exploits and how we survived after getting into a dodgy situation. But how could someone else’s incident help prevent you from making a similar mistake or error in the future? How can letting other divers know how you got out of the mess you ended up in can directly contribute to improving diver safety?
Recently there has been much talk in the diving community about developing a safety culture to prevent accidents from occurring. However, solving this problem is not a simple task for a variety of reasons, not least because of the lack of an independent and open reporting system which is free from commercial and legal biases.
Gareth Lock, a military aviator, accomplished underwater photographer, advanced trimix diver and PhD candidate who has been looking into the role of Human Factors in Diving Incidents and has developed a confidential, open reporting system for divers modeled on ‘near miss’ reporting systems present in aviation, the Diving Incident and Safety Management System (DISMS).
Gareth’s presentation at the NDAC’s View Cafe Bar will go through how incidents and accidents occur. Most importantly he will discuss why incidents should be captured, the challenges faced in gathering these reports and some potential solutions. He will review actual case studies showing the value of detailed reporting and how the community can help improve safety by using a truly independent reporting tool.
We can all learn from others’ mistakes, but only if as a community we can talk openly about them. Come along, you will likely learn something which may change your behaviour pre-dive or on the dive to make your diving safer.
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.
Glamping accomodation is available in our Wigwam Village if you would like to make a weekend of it.
If you would like to host an event at the View Café Bar in Chepstow, please get in touch
As part of our commitment to continuously improve the National Diving & Activity Centre, we have had a complete refurbishment of our blending panel in the NDAC Gas Room.
The refurbishment included a full strip-down and re-build as well as an installation of new Mk2a needle valves designed to give very fine control over the flow of air.
This is all part of our continued program to ensure we provide a good reliable service and quality speedy gas fills every time.
The National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed to the public for all activities on Tuesday 30th April 2013.
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 Wednesday 1st May 2013.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Chepstow Walking Weekend
Fri 5th – Sunday 7th April 2013
Join The Chepstow Walkers are Welcome group for their 1st Anniversary as a Walkers are Welcome town and what better way to celebrate than to offer 3 days of walks with a special event for the Saturday evening.
In April 2012 Chepstow and the surrounding area received a feather in its cap by becoming the first Walkers are Welcome town in Monmouthshire. The area was already established as a destination for walkers but now having achieved this status it re-inforces the reputation of the area as a place to come and visit. Gaining this status will also help the town develop plans that will benefit everyone, providing extra facilities for walkers and visitors alike and ensuring that any problems with footpaths are dealt with as quickly as possible.
Friday 5th April – Sunday 7th April 2013
Chepstow WAW have designed a programme to provide a taster of what our great town and surrounding area can offer so that you’ll want to come back again and again.
There is Free Parking for all those who take part and transport to and from start/finish points for Offa’s Dyke Path Tintern to Chepstow and St Tewdrics Trail.
Treasure Trails Chepstow Spy Trail available from Chepstow Tourist Information Centre with bespoke competition activity for all the family.
Herbert Lewis of Chepstow are offering ‘buy one coffee get one free in their tearooms plus 10% off anything in store to all walkers on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th April.
It’s not just about the walking though! There are also a wide range of non-walking events on Saturday 6th April 2013
• Balloon Launch at 5.30pm outside the Beaufort Hotel, Chepstow.
• Buffet at The Beaufort Hotel 6.15pm. A get together to swap stories about your walk.
• Showing of Arthurs Dyke film 7.15 pm. Spot where and who you recognise. Free showing.
On the Friday there will be a walk running from the Central Kaff Chepstow to the National Diving & Activity Centre via country lanes, Offa’s Dyke Path and Gloucestershire Way. The walk is three miles and should take from 1-2 hours. However that is the easy part!
Once you arrive at the National Diving & Activity Centre there will be the opportunity for the braver amongst you to ride The Wire Zip Slide!
The Wire is one of the UK’s longest, tallest and fastest zip slides, running the 700 metre length of the NDAC Quarry, around 2100ft!
Participants will launch themselves 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.
What to bring
Packed lunch and a drink, there is also The View Cafe Bar at the National Diving & Activity Centre.
How to Book
To book on any of the walks and for full details please visit the Chepstow Walkers are Welcome website
Accommodation is available at the National Diving & Activity Centre in our Wooden Wigwam Village
Did you spot the National Diving and Activity Centre on the One Show Wednesday?
In a piece about Cephalopods (squid & octopus) the One Show reporter dons a pair of Jet Boots and takes to the air over the waters of our very own Chepstow quarry.
The One Show is still available to watch here on the BBC IPlayer. If you don’t want to watch it all fast forward to 36:50.
Interested 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?
Then this day is for you.
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 avoiding diving incidents and even take part in an underwater easter egg hunt. You can bring any equipment, dive any gas.
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.
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
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 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 over £150 donated to the RNLI.
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 Gareth (Garf) Burrows. 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.
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 just could not believe the skill level of these divers. It’s one thing to
know you are below the bar, it’s quite another to realise the bar can
be set far higher than you thought possible.
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.
A day’s education from two GUE instructors for £25?
whether you were interested in GUE or not a lot of people
must be kicking themselves for missing this
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
We hope to see you there. If anyone has any questions, please contact garf at gue.com