Archive for August, 2011
The National Diving & Activity Centre has featured in the latest Edition of Soldier Magazine.
Soldier Magazine visited Royal Engineers that were undertaking their advanced diver training at our Chepstow Scuba Centre. The result was a three page article detailing the training and work the Royal Engineer Divers carry out.
The depth of the NDAC and the numerous onsite resources make our dive centre the perfect location to undertake this kind of training.
Prior to starting the challenging advanced diver training programme at the NDAC, the Sappers passed a selection phase and then completed a basic diving course.
The six-week diver training schedule teaches personnel to master the open space diving system as well as how to operate tools such as hydraulic cutters, breaking equipment and thermal cutting systems.
The Sappers also developed a range of new skills including underwater concreting and advanced reconnaissance, which can be used to locate submerged vehicles in theatre.
In theatre, the diving teams have been doing a variety of work. This includes body recoveries, the salvage of weapons from the bottom of wells or canals and underwater demolition tasks" explains Capt Steve Crosby-Jones (RE), the diving officer who coordinates serials for the basic and advanced courses. "They are a team and asset that are crucial to operations, especially when guys lose equipment such as rifles and radios. – There is no other capability that can recover that kit."
Soldier magazine is the magazine of the British Army, published for the UK Armed Forces by the Ministry of Defence. Soldier magazine is available for subscription here >
200 ft Cliff top abseil,
over a 250ft deep lake.
Are you up for the challenge,
or do you know someone who is . . . .
The National Diving & Activity Centre is promoting a Sponsored
Abseil fundraising event for SARA on Sunday 25th September at the
National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow.
The Abseil will run
from the top of the quarry, some 200ft down on to a floating pontoon
below. In addition participants will have the opportunity to qualify for
a thrilling trip aboard the fast inshore rescue boat SARA 1.
This event is being promoted by The National Diving & Activity Centre for the purpose of raising
funds for SARA. As well as experiencing an exciting abseil in a spectacular location participants
(collecting £120 or more in sponsorship) will be entered in a draw for a thrilling trip aboard one of
SARA’s high speed rescue boats with the individual collecting the highest amount of sponsorship
guaranteed a place. Entry and Sponsorship forms available below:
To take part
Download the Entry Form, Sponsorship form and Information Sheet below. Return your Entry Form back to SARA with a £60 deposit to secure your place. You can recover your deposit from your sponsorship money. All entries need to be received by 11 September 2011
Then try to raise as much additional sponsorship as you can, ideally a minimum total of £120.00 including your deposit.
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SARA is the largest independent lifeboat service in the UK, second only to the RNLI, with 8 operational boats and approximately 150 personnel.
SARA’s Beachley station is situated under the Severn Bridge on the spur of land between the Rivers Severn and Wye. It is ideally located to cover the water between Sharpness to the north, down to Avonmouth and Newport in the south. The Rivers Avon, Usk and Wye are all part of the operational area.
For further information about this event please contact David Thompson at SARA on
or email him at
For further information about SARA visit their website
If you are interested in hosting your own sponsored event at the National Diving & Activity Centre please contact us online or phone 01291 630 046.