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The Wire Zip Slide Closed Sat 8th – Friday 14th April 2017

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

The Wire

Due to ongoing site works taking place at the National Diving and Activity Centre, we have taken the decision to close the Wire Zip Slide until Friday 14th April 2017.

Anyone with a booking for the day will be contacted by phone or email.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

 

Open Water Swimming temporarily discontinued at National Diving & Activity Centre

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Swimming at NDAC Chepstow

There has been some confusion and comments recently about the experience level required to swim at the National Diving & Activity Centre, and our policy to only allow wetsuit diving during the Winter months.

This has prompted us to begin a full review of Open Water Swimming at the site so that we can tailor it for the needs of our users whilst maintaining a safe environment.

The safety of our swimmers is our priority and we are working with the Royal Life Saving Society to develop a new set of rules and regulations for open water swimming at the site. We expect to have this in place around April 2017.

Until these changes have been finalised we have made the difficult decision to temporarily discontinue open water swimming at the National Diving & Activity Centre for the next few months, effective from 13 December 2016.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to our regular Swimmers and hope that you will return in 2017.

National Diving & Activity Centre awarded 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

NDAC awarded 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

The National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow has been awarded a 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

TripAdvisor awards a Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from visitors.

TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and is the largest travel community in the world, reaching 375 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 250 million reviews and opinions covering more than 5.2 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

Thanks to all our customers who have taken the time to write a review of the centre. If you would like to leave your own review, please visit the NDAC page on TripAdvisor.

Wire Zip Slide Closed Sunday 21st August, reopens Monday 22nd August 2016

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Please note the following dates for the cancellation of activities at the National Diving & Activity Centre

The Wire Zip Slide

The Wire Zip Slide is closed on the following dates.

• Saturday 20th August

• Sunday 21st August

The Wire will reopen on Monday 22nd August

The Giant 3G Swing

The Giant 3G Swing is closed on the following date.

• Saturday 20th August

The Swing will reopen on Sunday 21st August

Anyone with a booking for the day will be contacted by phone or email.

Segway Active will be running as normal over these dates.

Apologies for any inconvenience

The Wire & The Giant 3G Swing  

Weather Warning – Swing and Wire Closure Saturday 20th August 2016

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Weather Warning for Chepstow Area

We have a weather warning and high tail winds predicted on Saturday 20th August 2016

As a result we have taken the decision to close the Wire Zip Slide and the Giant 3G Swing for the day.

Anyone with a booking for the day will be contacted by phone or email.

Apologies for any inconvenience

The Wire & The Giant 3G Swing  

National Diving & Activity Centre awarded 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

NDAC awarded 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

The National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow has been awarded a 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

TripAdvisor awards a Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from visitors.

TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and is the largest travel community in the world, reaching 375 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 250 million reviews and opinions covering more than 5.2 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

Thanks to all our customers who have taken the time to write a review of the centre. If you would like to leave your own review, please visit the NDAC page on TripAdvisor.

73 Year Old Takes On Record Breaking Bungee For EEs New Action Cam

Friday, July 10th, 2015

From an original article on UKBungee

UK Bungee ClubAt UK Bungee, they’re not ones to shy away from a challenge. So when asked to help 73 year old daredevil Ray Woodcock take on a record breaking 500ft water touch to promote EE’s new Action Cam, they couldn’t say no! With weeks of working out the logistics of such an epic jump behind them, they set off for the National Diving and Activity Centre in Chepstow, Monmouthshire for one of their craziest adventures to date.

An extreme jump like this needed an extreme crane and so a 300 tonne Leibherr with a 42 metre extension was bought in at 6am to begin a gruelling 6 hour set-up. Bearing in mind that this took another smaller crane to assemble, this was one big crane!

While a number of test jumps took place, firstly with a bag of weights matching that of our daredevil diver and then with a member of the UK Bungee Team, Ray arrived on site with his partner Heather by his side and was soon in his bright yellow wetsuit shooting interviews with the production team from Barcroft Media, the company appointed by EE to capture the challenge for promotion of their new product. EE’s Action Cam allows the action to be streamed over 4G from the camera to ‘Skeegle’, a new video sharing app where you can invite friends and family to watch. Using this innovative technology, Ray’s family back in Essex were able to watch the action unfold and share the experience.

Bungee Jump over water in NDAC QuarryWith Ray harnessed and the Action Cam strapped to him, everyone took their place and the cage was lifted. What followed was a spectacular jump that saw him submerge into the water below all the way up to his knees. Giving the prearranged ‘OK’ hand signal to the ground crew on the ascent of his first bounce, the crane slewed back in towards towards the landing area and two members of the UK Bungee crew ensured that Ray landed back on the ground safely. Awaiting medics were straight by his side to check that he had escaped unscatched. With plenty of nodding and thumbs up, it was clear to see that Ray had loved every minute of the adventure!

Jon Snape, Managing Director of the UK Bungee Club said of the day, ‘Today has been a great success and one that we’ll all remember for a very long time. My team have been working on the logistics of this event for quite a while and to know that we achieved what we set out to and more importantly Ray is thrilled, we couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. His welfare was always our number one priority.’

Ray definitely isn’t a stranger to the UK Bungee Club crew. Back in 2013, they helped him smash the Guinness World Record for the Highest Bungee Jump into Water (400ft) at the NDAC! No stranger to danger, Ray’s other adrenaline fueled experiences include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking through Death Valley and taking on the chilling 30,000ft Halo Jump.

Something tells us this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Ray Woodcock and his wild challenges!

UK Bungee are back at the NDAC this August (14th, 15th & 16th Aug) and November (14th & 15th Nov). Spaces are limited and selling out very fast, so be quick to avoid disappointment.

Places can be booked for UK Bungee at the NDAC Chepstow here >

Alternatively anyone is welcome to come along and watch from the View Cafe Bar onsite at the NDAC.

The StreetGames Wales Volunteer Fest comes to NDAC

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Street Games Wales Volunteer Festival

Street Games Wales Volunteer FestStreetGames Wales are holding an exciting event at the ‎National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) in April.

The StreetGames Wales Volunteer Fest!

Invited guests will be spending a day at the NDAC for a free action packed day of activities at the NDAC to thank their existing volunteers and bring along new ones!

StreetGames volunteers will have the opportunity to experience a segway driving adventure, water walking, The Wire (one of the longest and fastest zip wires in the UK running the length of the spectacular quarry beneath the centre) as well as other activities. There will be a chance to relax after your busy day finishing with a BBQ at the View Cafe bar and outdoor cinema experience.

Street Games is a national sports charity that changes lives and communities. They do it by supporting a network of projects which give sports and volunteering opportunities to young people in disadvantaged communities across the UK. Doorstep sport is StreetGames’ delivery method, whereby they bring sport close to the home in disadvantaged communities at the right time, for the right price, to the right place and in the right style.

Find out more about StreeGames

StreeGames Website

StreeGames Facebook

StreeGames Wales on Twitter

 

 

Improvements to Wire Zip Slide Complete

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Wire Improvements at NDAC

Wire landing break arms being installed at NDAC ChepstowYou may have noticed that the Wire Zip Slide has been closed for most of February whilst we have been making some improvements.

We have had some landing break arms produced and they were delivered and installed recently by crane.

This means that we now have improved braking at the end of your 700m zip slide ride which will allow us to operate during stronger tail winds and for more of the year.

The works have all been completed now and the Wire is back open now and available for bookings. We have dates available between now and the end of August.

If you would like to brave the Wire Zip Slide, please visit thewirezipslide.com/

The Wire is one of the UK’s longest, tallest and fastest zip slides, running the 700 metre length of the spectacular NDAC Quarry.

Launch yourself 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.
Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone)
Lower Limit is 20kg (3.15 stone)

NDAC Quarry & Jet Boots feature on BBC’s ‘One Show’ in a piece about Cephalopods

Friday, February 15th, 2013

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.


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