Archive for May 27th, 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. . .



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