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Saturday 5th December 2015, at the
National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC), Chepstow
Scuba Santas will be entering its 9th year in 2015 and continues going from strength to strength. Often quoted as the “best dive of the year”, the event has raised thousands of pounds the RNLI and DDRC Healthcare whilst breaking its own world record several times over in the process.
Each year, around Christmas time, we dress up in Santa costumes and go diving for fun and to raise money for charity. The money that we raise is shared between two great charities who provide a lot of support to divers – the RNLI and DDRC Healthcare (previously called the Diving Diseases Research Centre).
For the past few years the event has been held at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) near Chepstow, providing an easily accessible location for divers to get together for some festive diving fun!
‘Scuba Santas’ was founded by a group from Yorkshire Divers and was organised for many years by Lloyd Watkin. In 2013 & 2014 DDRC Healthcare, the diver health charity which answers all calls to the National Diver Accident Helpline, came on board to support Lloyd as ‘Scuba Santas Little Helpers!’. This year the event is being arranged by the National Diving & Activity Centre.
JOIN US this year for the 9th Annual Scuba Santas event on SATURDAY 5th DECEMBER 2015 at the NDAC.
This year Scuba Santas are aiming to attract between 100 and 200 Scuba Santas, and to raise well over £2,000 for our two charities.
In 2009 we set the World Record for ‘Most Scuba Diving Santas’ with 158 fabulous Scuba Santas. in 2013 Vobster Santas had 175, so the gauntlet has been laid down… are you up for the challenge this year?
Over £20,000 raised for Charity so far…
In 2007 we raised a few hundred pounds for the RNLI with 8 participating Santas, a Viking, a snowman, and a fairy! By the 2012 event we passed the amazing milestone of £20,000 and we have motivated people to start similar events all over the world since.
Not only is this a great advert for British scuba diving, it provides much needed funds for two great charities, and despite the chilly temperatures helps to get some grumpy people smiling and feeling festive!
Scuba Santas have some fantastic sponsors every year who donate some amazing prizes for our prize draw, helping to raise more money for our chosen charities. We also raise money through sponsorship of the event and sponsorship for individual Scuba Santa participants. Please support us and give generously! 50% of money donated goes to the RNLI and 50% to DDRC Healthcare.
If you want to join this fantastic event, sponsor Scuba Santa, donate a prize or just wish the Scuba Santas well, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Scuba Santas or follow them on their various social media sites. HO HO HO!!!
Scuba Santas can be found all over the internet, so if you’d like to find out more information please check us out via one of the following methods:
Why not book a Wooden Wigwam, make a full weekend of it and go glamping in style. The wigwams are likely to get booked up quickly with this busy weekend, so book your wigwam early to avoid disappointment.
Deptherapy, a UK registered charity that uses scuba diving to rehabilitate seriously injured service men and women, will be holding its inaugural Navigational Challenge at the NDAC this June.
The Deptherapy Nav Challenge, tests scuba divers of all qualifications and walks of life, encouraging them to participate in our navigational challenge, where divers will navigate to a series of waypoints and complete several challenges set over the course. The navigational course and challenges are designed to make divers aware of good diving practice and skills, as well as build up an awareness of the difficulties disabled divers face.
Divers can enter in teams of 6 or buddy-pairs – those that enter as a team will do the course in a relay form and each buddy pair’s time in completing the course will be added together. The aim is to complete the Nav course and its challenges in the lowest time and the team and buddy-pair with the lowest times for completing the Nav course will win prizes.
The Deptherapy Nav Challenge is a fun and exciting way to encourage divers of all qualification levels and dive agencies to pit their skills against the Deptherapy team and try to beat their time over the course. Come and join us on the 13th & 14th June 2015 from 10am – 4:30pm on both days at the NDAC, Chepstow and see if you have what it takes!
To register a team or buddy-pair for the Detherapy Nav Challenge go to:
All funds raised from the event will go towards Deptherapy continuing to help rehabilitate more injured Armed Service Personnel.
StreetGames 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
This is a guest article written by Nik Peregrine and Jennifer Goslin from Transition Chepstow
Nik Peregrine and Jennifer Goslin from Transition Chepstow with other volunteers were assisting Jayne Worrin with Pembroke Primary Bike Club where children from an early age learn cycling and bike maintenance when it became obvious that they had nowhere to practice these skills in a safe stimulating environment.
Despite attending many MCC initiated groups to mitigate climate change and encourage sustainability it seemed that integrative transport policy in Chepstow was lagging behind in the 19th century and needed to be brought up to date level with the rest of the UK and Europe. Chepstow faces physical and political challenges; lying between two estuaries and as the border town of England and Wales.
Bristol is only across the Severn Bridge and is declared cycling capital of the UK. The Two Tunnels Shared Path has recently opened through Bath, and others are being restored and created on the Gwent Levels, in Newport and the Valleys.
Over the last 7 years we have created a Transport Map illustrating traffic free paths in Chepstow, and have been eagerly awaiting confirmation of the Planning Application for the Wye Valley Shared Use Path that would re-open a stretch of railway line from Chepstow to Monmouth. There was lottery funding available to build it. Sustrans worked hard with submitting detailed schemes, but to no avail.
This petition was created on 2nd May 2014 as a reaction to this stagnant state. We started tweeting and sending it out on Facebook, 200 signatures a day came in, and when the Press asked to do a photo shoot we thought of the National Diving and Activity Centre as a perfect venue as the path runs behind it from Sedbury Lane.
We contacted the NDAC Director Darren Bryce who had been involved with the previous application for 9 years, arranging a meeting where it evolved that he considered buying the section of the line running from Sedbury to Netherhope Lane from Network Rail and is in the process of revoking the lease Sustrans has with this company.
Nik, Jennifer and Jayne plan to re-submit the application to Forest of Dean District Council with the assistance of local skilled people and the TIdenham and Sedbury Scout and Cubs have offered to clear the overgrowth as part of the project.
Access to the NDAC will be greatly improved and safe access across the A48 created as a result of the re-opening of this path. That is only in the short term,the advantages long term of the completion of the whole route are a thousand fold for the whole of the UK population not least as this would make a fabulous Gateway to Wales.
The petition already has more than 1750 names and will run until we have enough signatures to persuade the Welsh Assembly and Monmouthshire County Council that this vital resource is long overdue with the eventual objective of forming a continuous route from Caldicot through to the Severn Bridge, along the Wales Coastal Path to connect with the disused Railway Line.
The Transport Group has created a WEB WHEEL PORTAL for anything and everything cycling in South East Wales,Wye and Severn Valleys. Wye Cycle will be launching on June 28 2014 ready for the Road Race Championships coming through Chepstow.
It is sponsored by Bristol Cyclists Touring Club, the Community Fund for Wales and Transition Chepstow and will be an important information resource for the public, advertising on this site will generate funds to support local transport projects.
Nik and Jennifer
BBQ & Live Music
The Sian Burton Band
With Pete Tyler
and Steve Bussey
There will also be a licensed bar, a raffle,
a plant stall and cakes.
All Proceeds from this event are being donated to The Alzheimer’s Society
Adults – £15
Children – £5
(advance purchase only)
To order tickets:
Tel: / /
This event takes place on Sunday 15th June
from 12:30 onwards
This event is being held in a marquee at
Please see below for a map and directions.
Please note this event is not at the NDAC
Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The photos were taken by Hannah during a visit to Ghana and they capture the fantastic work carried out by Farm4Life.
The event will take place on Friday 16th May 6:30 – 10:00pm and will include an Auction.
Prizes in the auction will include a beauty evening, a ride on the Wire Zip slide and many more yet to be announced.
All money raised will go towards the completion of the Adoley Welfare Centre in Amasaman, Ghana.
We would love for to come and join us!
Farm4life are a group of individuals who respond to the needs and problems caused by poverty overseas. Farm4life provide the resources for self-sufficiency. Please visit the Farm4life website to find out more.
On a sunny day in February, the National Diving & Activity Centre became a hub of excitement as the youth management teams of local charity, Hope Support Services, got together for the very first time.
With a buzz in the air and a spring in their step, 9 young volunteers started their day with a spot of ‘speed dating’, the perfect way to get to know each other. Six were from the well-established Herefordshire Y-Team and the others were recent recruits to the new Gloucestershire Y-Team.
The Y-Team members are all aged 14-25 years and each has experienced their own family health crisis making them well-placed to be a part of Hope, a charity which supports young people when a close family member is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Hope’s Y-Teams have their own management structure, run their own bank accounts and organise their own fundraising bids and events to pay for the support service and activities. They drive the service forward, keeping it young and fun.
Once they all knew a bit more about each other, the time had come to get them working as a team playing the ‘guttering game’ to get an egg from one end of the room to the other. Over lunch members of the Herefordshire Y-Team welcomed the new Gloucestershire members, discussed roles and responsibilities and they all signed-up to the Hope Y-Team mission statement as proof of their commitment. Then, it was time to get out on the water.
Ness Holbrook, Hope’s Youth Development Officer for Gloucestershire, said “The two teams had an amazing time on the water, building and racing their rafts. Amazingly both rafts survived the afternoon and stayed afloat! The young people did a great job working together which will stand them in good stead for their time with Hope.”
She continued “We’re really grateful to Darren and everyone at NDAC for supporting us and giving us the opportunity to use their fantastic facilities. It was the ideal place to for a team-building day like this. We’d love to come back soon!”