Archive for May, 2011

The 100 ft Freedive Challenge

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Grace Capel 100ft Charity Freedive

Grace Capel has an unusual charity Challenge!

In October 2011, Grace Freediving at NDAC Quarrywill attempt to dive to 100 ft (approximately the height of a ten-storey building) on one breath!

Grace is training with Sam Kirby and Saltfree Divers at the National Diving & Activity Centre, and last week she successfully completed her AIDA** course.

Grace has a fantastic blog that is well worth following to see how her training progresses at:

I thought the weekend couldn’t possibly get any better but once we’d finished the course, there were some time left to playing on the attractions sunk at the end of the quarry; containers, tubes, and even an armoured people carrier! As we were freediving through the container a group of SCUBA divers turned to watch us, wide-eyed! Hannah and I both had “Bond-girl” moments ascending through the tubes. We even got to see the enormous trout that hang around the pontoon, since Daz was kind enough to feed them so that they would come up close, flashing silver as they darted toward the surface. more>

The blog has great diary posts detailing her training from mortal to mermaid, photographs, video footage and much more! Just Giving Grace is doing all this to raise money for the MS Society and you can sponsor her here>

As many of you will know, my Mum lives with Multiple Sclerosis, as does my Auntie. Both are unbelievably positive in the face of chronic pain, and the uncertain future of their health. I would like to support them, and other people like them, by raising money for the MS Society.

If you are interested in starting Freediving, click here for some upcoming Saltfree Freediving Course dates>


NDAC is a Fourth Element Test Centre

Friday, May 27th, 2011

4th Element Test CentreThe National Diving & Activity Centre has recently been listed as a Fourth Element Test Centre.

Want to test dive products before you buy?

Because diving and the dive shop are more accessible at the NDAC, Fourth Element are working with us to enable you to try their products in the water before purchasing them.

The NDAC Shop Staff are familiar with the range of fourth element products and can give you expert advice on which of their lines to choose and try for yourself.

At the National Diving & Activity Centre we have the Arctic undersuit available to test.

These will be issued with all Drysuit rentals, and to students on courses where school drysuits are being used, such as the PADI Dry Suit Diver Speciality Course. Additionally, the sets will be used on a try before you buy basis. Rent a complete Arctic set for £10. This will be deducted from the subsequent purchase of a new Arctic thermal 3-piece set on production of the receipt.

The Arctic’s two layers of high insulation, low bulk fabric, ensure exceptional levels of thermal protection. Constructed with comfort and utility in mind, the minimalist design provides outstanding performance under closer fitting neoprene drysuits.

Find out why so many people choose the Arctic undersuit for yourself. . .


Keep up to date with the NDAC

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

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Improvements to NDAC carpark continue

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

NDAC Carpark Improvements Continue
Back in January we increased the size of our car park to cater for the extra diver numbers seen at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Since then we have been busy making some improvements to the car park infrastructure and over the last few weeks 600 tonnes of material have been laid.

The impressive panoramic below shows how the car park is currently looking. Needless to say, the photo was taken whilst we were closed, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of room for everyone!

NDAC Carpark panoramic. Click to enlarge>
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NDAC Sonar Survey updated

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

NDAC Sonar Survey 2011

NDAC Sonar SurveyWe have just updated the sonar site survey available on the NDAC site.

This sonar site survey was conducted at the NDAC by Phillip Bowen a couple of years ago. Phillip is a Senior Water & Environment Technician and the survey was carried out as part of his dissertation.

The new version is more up to date and has been made portrait so that it is more practical.

You can view the survey below, or download a PDF for print.

All the other NDAC site plans can be viewed or downloaded on our site maps page>

Download Printable PDF

PDF ndac_sonar_study2011.pdf 864KB updated 08 May 2011

These plans are copyright © P Bowen and NDAC Ltd and are available to download for personal use only. They cannot be copied or otherwise reproduced without the express written permission of NDAC Ltd. All rights to the copyright material are protected by UK copyright laws, international treaty provisions and other applicable laws. NDAC Ltd & P Bowen retain all rights not expressly granted.



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