Archive for August, 2012

Cashless Cash Cards arrive at NDAC

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

NDAC Cashless Cash CardsWe have been really pleased with the increased number of visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre this year. We think this is due to the continuing investments we make to improve the site whilst still being one of the most cost effective dive sites anywhere in the UK.
 
And were getting bigger thanks to your help!
 
We have been listening to your comments about the National Diving & Activity Centre and have decided to improve things further with a new and updated EPOS (Electronic Point of Sale) Cashless Swipe System.
 
We are launching a new Cashless Swipe Membership Card system for all our in-date NDAC Members at the start of August this year.  This will mean that NDAC Members can pay for their entry, air fills, mixed gases, and food & drink from the View Cafe Bar, all with the swipe of a new NDAC Membership Card. You can even buy those little extra goodies from our dive shop with an ever-increasing range now being stocked.

So there’ll be no more having to carry your wallet or purse with you, instead just charge your card and pay at the end of the day. You can even dive with your card! 

This system is not just for the divers though, visitors staying in our Wooden Wigwam Village will also be able to have a swipe card for the duration of their stay.
 
The Swipe Cards are just one of the many benefits our members enjoy – so why not take this opportunity now to go cashless at the National Diving & Activity Centre and become an NDAC Member today
 

Nauticam Demo Weekend 22 & 23 September 2012

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Nauticam Demo Weekend at NDAC Chepstow

The National Diving & Activity Centre will be hosting a Nauticam demonstration weekend over the 22nd and 23rd of September 2012.

Nauticam will be bringing along Compact, DSLR and Mirrorless (EVIL) Housings and Cameras.

We also have a free GUE presentation in the evening of the 22nd at the View Cafe Bar, so why not book one of our Wooden Wigwams and make a weekend of it.

Nauticam pride themselves on their ability to recognise the requirements of professional as well as underwater photographers and fulfil them through the innovative designs of their products.

NauticamNauticam understand that taking pictures underwater is a fun yet demanding activity; and strive to achieve a high level of user-friendliness by allowing stress-free installation and easy operation of all the important functions of the camera. Moreover, with their patented port locking mechanism, ports can be securely attached to or removed from housings by simply turning a lever; no rotation of the port is needed.

Nauticam UK are the official importers and distributors of Nauticam Underwater products in the UK.

For more details on the Nauticam product range, visit their website at nauticamuk.com

 

Bath Rugby Club Dive into NDAC

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Bath Rugby Club in Chepstow Dive Centre

Bath Rugby ClubPlayers, Coaches and staff from Bath Rugby Club have just spent 4 days with us at The National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow.

The team were with us to carry out some pre-season training, not just above the water, but also in it with some raft building and swimming!

The Bath Rugby Club visitors stayed with us, either camping in tents or glamping in our wooden wigwam village.

The picture above was taken in the View Cafe Bar, just before they departed from the NDAC .

Established in 1865, Bath Rugby is one of the oldest and most prestigious rugby clubs in the world.

 

Free GUE Presentation – Tips and tricks for divers

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Tips and tricks for divers

GUE

Getting out of the Sh*t

Tips and tricks for surviving diving’s little dramas

Saturday 22nd September

A FREE presentation in the View Cafe Bar at the

National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow

Starts at 7pm – all welcome

GUE Instructor Gareth Burrows

A multi media journey around the world discussing diving incidents and how they were survived.

In a free presentation, Instructor Gareth Burrows explains how divers get themselves into trouble and, more importantly, how they get themselves out of it.

Trapped inside a Wreck

A horrifying tale of what happens when overconfidence
leads to disaster, Gareth explains
how a diver found themselves trapped inside a
wreck at 45 metres, alone and without a torch,
and involves the audience in answering the

question “how could this have been avoided”.

Diver Trapped in a Wreck

Entangled in the shallows

Imagine how terrifying it must be to be totally
entangled in fishing line, unable to get free,
able to see the surface only a few feet away.
Learn what tools to take with you, and what to
leave at home. Learn how to get yourself free if
you become entangled, and how to avoid
getting into trouble in the first place.

Diver entangled in fishing line

Sucking the Reg dry.

It’s everyone’s nightmare, but it’s still the
biggest cause of diving fatalities. Learn the
truth behind how it feels to run out of gas,
what to do if it happens, and how to avoid it
happening in the first place. Learn how to keep
cool and save your life, or someone else’s.

scuba diver run out of gas

View Cafe BarWith 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. We also have two very posh coffee machines that make a lovely freshly ground coffee, perfect to prepare you for a morning dive. If you would like to host an event at the View Cafe Bar in Chepstow, please get in touch

Underwater photography tips for reduced visibility

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Underwater Photography Tips

Underwater photography tips for reduced visibility

Grayscale version of underwater photoFollowing a move from Yorkshire to Brighton, Photographer Maria Munn decided that Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre would be the best place to carry out her first UK dive in about a year. Maria also felt that it would be a good opportunity to get some tips on how to great underwater photos in rainy conditions and reduced vis for her popular column on the Sport Diver website.

Maria offers a great description of the NDAC site, its attractions and offers some helpful tips and tricks on how to capture great shots of the NDAC’s wealth of underwater attractions.

"Moving further on I almost bumped into an amphibious armoured vehicle. Marc was already ahead and dived into it with his torch. And straight away, that was where I saw some amazing photo opportunities of his torch shining through the window of the vehicle.

I increased my ISO to 400 to let in enough available light to keep the picture sharp. I got as close to the vehicle as possible with my fisheye lens so that I was almost touching the front wheel.

"My flash was switched off so as not to cause dreaded backscatter and I used the Vivid mode in my Canon S95 to enhance the colour of the water. Then it was just a matter of waiting for Marc to point his torch in the right direction.

Read the full article on the Sport Diver Website>


Maria launched PADI’s Digital Underwater Photography Speciality some six years ago and has helped 16 course guests win prizes with their compact cameras. She offers personal camera set-up guides for just £9.95 as well as her award-winning book, Underwater Photography for Compact Camera Users , and new DVD. She offers courses in London, Lancing and Leeds as well as group specials in her VW Photobus at a divesite of your choice.

Maria will be running a weekend photography workshop at the National Diving & Activity Centre in September. Dates and details are yet to be confirmed, but to receive the latest information direct to your inbox suscribe below, follow us on Twitter @NDAC_co_uk or join our Facebook page.







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