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Hope Support Services Team Building Day

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Hope Support ServicesTeam Building Day

Team Building DayOn 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!”

Scuba Santas 2013 – Registration is now open

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Scuba Santa 16 Dec 2012 at the National Diving and Activity Centre Chepstow

Sunday 15th December 2013, at the
National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC), Chepstow

Scuba Santas will be entering its 7th year in 2013 and continues going from strength to strength. Often quoted as the "best dive of the year", the event has raised thousands of pounds for crew training at the RNLI breaking its own world record several times over in the process.

Registration for the 2013 Scuba Santas event is now open >

Raising Money for the RNLI & DDRC HealthcareBorn out of the popular scuba diving forum Yorkshire Divers (or YD for short) the event started in 2007 with a group of 8 hardy divers heading out to do something a little different and raise some money for charity. The ethos behind Scuba Santas is to hold a fun christmas diving event that divers return to year after year. The charitable aspect is an important part of Scuba Santas and is great side-effect of people enjoying themselves.

We specifically donate funds to RNLI crew training as thanks for the great service that these people provide to the UK diving community.

New to 2013 we are donating 50% of the funds raised to DDRC Healthcare (the charity which used to be known to us as the Diving Diseases Research Centre). They run the National Diving Accident Helpline and are specialists in diving and hyperbaric medicine (treatment, training & research).

By slowly growing the event and tweaking the format we hope to achieve the most enjoyable event for the greatest number of divers. We’re always interested in feedback to help improve the event!

Register for Scuba Santa

Over the past few years the event has attracted corporate sponsorship leading to increased donations and goodie bags for attending divers.

Downloads

Scuba Santas Sponsor Form

Scuba Santas Flyer/Poster

Further Information

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:

The Scuba Santas website
Email – info@scuba-santas.co.uk
Scuba Santas Facebook page
Twitter feed @ScubaSantas
Location of Scuba Santas
Frequently asked questions

This years event will be held on Sunday 15th December 2013, at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC), Chepstow. If you’re looking for a very fun winter dive grab yourself a santa costume, your dive gear and head on over, divers with any level of experience are welcome and you’re sure to meet lots of new diving friends!

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.

Register for Scuba Santa

Raffle in aid of DDRC

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

DDRC Healthcare Charity Raffle

The National Diving and Activity Centre is holding a raffle with some fantastic prizes to help raise funds for DDRC Healthcare.

Tickets are only £1.00 a strip and are available now from the View Cafe Bar and NDAC Dive Shop.

The Fantastic Selection of Prizes include

  •   1 day Training with Mark Powell of Dive Tech www.dive-tech.co.uk

  •   1 day Training with Gareth Burrows from Dive DIR www.divedir.com

  •   £20 Scimitar Voucher www.scimitardiving.co.uk

  •   Fourth Element Cyclone Jacket www.fourthelement.com

  •   £30 dive signs voucher www.divesigns.com

  •   2x VR Kevin Gurr Books and T-Shirts www.technologyindepth.com

  •   3 x £50 Kent Tooling Vouchers www.divingproducts.co.uk

  •   160ft Bungee Jump Voucher www.ukbungee.co.uk

  •   3 x 500ml Derma Shield worth over £32 each www.dermashield.co.uk

  •   3 x 50ml Derma Shield worth £9 each www.dermashield.co.uk

  •   1 x 16×12 Print Framed (24×20 frame) www.imagesoflife.co.uk

  •   3 x 6 Fathoms T-Shirts www.6fathomsdivewear.com

  •   1 x £100 Holiday Voucher for blue o two www.blueotwo.com

Thanks to everyone who donated a prize for this raffle.

The winners will be drawn on Saturday the 26th October in the View Cafe Bar following the free talk on Franklin’s Lost Expedition.

DDRC Healthcare is a UK registered charity (no.279652), established originally in 1980 as the Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC). They are based in a purpose built Hyperbaric Medical Centre in the Tamar Science Park, adjacent to Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital, and they run a smaller Hyperbaric Unit in Cardiff.

They are probably best known to you as the place that treats divers with decompression illness (DCI) or ‘the bends’. However they also treat a range of other medical conditions and work closely with the NHS across the country to support both emergency and non-emergency patients.

Read more about DDRC Healthcare here>

To donate to DDRC Healthcare please click here >

Damian and Phil’s cycle challenge for Sparkle

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Lands End John O Groats

SparkleOver the Summer Damian and Phil cycled the length of Britain with an NDAC logo on their sleeves to help raise funds for Sparkle Appeal – South Gwent Children’s Foundation.

They have raised almost £4.500 so it would be great if you could help them get there.

To make a donation to this wonderful cause visit:

http://www.justgiving.com/Damian-Phil-Landsend-John-O-Groats

The Sparkle Appeal takes a holistic approach to improving the lives of 1,200 children and young people each year with severe & complex disabilities/developmental delay living in Newport, South Monmouthshire & South Torfaen, by providing educational, leisure & family facilities & activities.

The Wye not Tri – Triathlon 29 September 2013

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

What's your next Challenge?

The Wye not Try Triathlon
at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow


St Davids Hospice CareSunday 29 September 2013
Swim – Cycle – Run – Triathlon

Download Sponsorship Form >

Join us for the St David’s Hospice Care inaugural Triathlon event and raise funds to help local families.

If you have ever wanted to take up the challenge of a Triathlon event, this is the one for you, and if you are an experienced triathlete, we offer you the challenge of a sprint event.

The participants will have a safe, clean swim in the waters of the National Diving and Activity Centre (wet suits not compulsory) and then a lovely ride near the Welsh borders and Forest of Dean. The event is completed by an off road run along the footpaths around the Centre. With full safety support, electronic timing and a great atmosphere, this is an event not to be missed.

T-shirts to all finishers.

Click on the heading below to see more details of the event.

Full Event Details >
Cycle Route >
Run Route >

St. David’s is the UK’s largest provider of hospice at home care, caring for over 3,200 patients and families every year, at a cost over £5.8 million. Read more about the great work carried out by St. David’s >

Novice Triathlon

• 300 metre Swim – wet suit NOT compulsory.

• 10km Bike Ride

• 2.5km Trail Run (out and back route)

Entry: £35 – Pre- register and SAVE £10

Minimum Age: 15 years old

Set up a Just Giving Page to make it easier for your supporters to sponsor you for this event. Click on the link button below.

Just Giving Novice

Enter online via the St David’s Website >

Sprint Triathlon

• 750 metre Swim – wet suit NOT compulsory.

• 20km Bike Ride

• 5km Trail Run

Entry: £49 – Pre-register and SAVE £10

Minimum age 17 years old

Set up a Just Giving Page to make it easier for your supporters to sponsor you for this event. Click on the link button below.

Just Giving Sprint

Enter online via the St David’s Website >


Join the event on Facebook >

Black Sheep Sports

Marine Conservation Society (MCS) at NDAC Sunday 4th August 2013

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

mcs marine conservation society at NDAC Chepstow

MCS Seasearch Diver

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) will be at the National Diving and Activity Centre on Sunday 4th August between 9:30am and 4pm

 

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has been the voice for our seas for almost 30 years and we want to see better protection for marine wildlife, sustainable fisheries and clean seas and beaches. MCS talks to individuals, communities, industry and Government to work towards solutions that will achieve our vision of seas fit for life.

 

sea search

 

MCS offers divers the opportunity to report their wildlife sightings, and get trained in Seasearch – a project for volunteer sports divers to learn more about and help protect the marine environment around our British coasts, by mapping out the seabed and recording what lives in each area.

 

Great British Marine AnimalsMCS staff member Guy Allen will be at the National Diving and Activity Centre on Sunday 4th August between 9:30am and 4pm, with a stand packed with information on the charity’s campaigns and programmes, and will offer divers the chance to become a member. Those who become a member on the day will receive a copy of the fantastic ‘Great British Marine Animals’ book by Paul Naylor.

 

Help protect our amazing but fragile seas, shores and wildlife. With your support, the charity can do more vital work this year and beyond. Go to www.mcsuk.org/support, call 0300 3300 704 or chat to Guy Allen at the National Diving and Activity Centre.

Abseil and Zip Wire day for St David’s Hospice Care – 23 March 2013

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

200 ft Cliff top abseil. Over a 250ft deep lake. Are you up for the challenge, or do you know someone who is . . . .

St David's Hospice CareA 200ft Cliff top abseil over a 250ft deep lake or a 2,100ft long Zip Wire!
Are you up for the challenge . . . .

The National Diving & Activity Centre is promoting a Sponsored
Absei/Zip Wirel fundraising event for the charity St David’s Hospice Care on Saturday 23rd March 2013 at The National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow
.

Sign up to take part here>

The Wire Zip Slide

The Wire Zip Slide ChepstowThe wire is one of the UK’s longest, tallest and fastest zip slides, running the 2,100ft length of the Quarry at Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

Launch yourself from the 200ft high cliff edge and speed along the length of our 250ft 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.

Restrictions

• The zip slide is open to anyone over 18, or those under 18 with consent from a parent or guardian.

• The minimum age for this event is 14. Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone). Lower Limit is: 20kg (3.15 stone).

• The entry fee is just £15 and we are looking for participants to aim to raise a suggested £80 in sponsorship.

You may chose which hour you would like to do your Zip Slide, from Midday until 5pm.

 

Cliff Top Abseil

The Abseil will run from the top of the quarry, some 200ft down the cliff face onto a floating pontoon which sits on top of a 250 ft deep lake at The National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow.

Restrictions

• The abseil is open to anyone over 18, or those under 18 with consent from a parent or guardian.

• The minimum age for this event is 14. Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone). Lower Limit is 20kg (3.15 stone).

• The entry fee is just £10 and we are looking for participants to aim to raise a suggested £80 in sponsorship.

You may chose which hour you would like to do your Abseil, from 9am until 4pm.

To take part

Enter Online on the St David’s Hospice Care Website>

The entry fee is just £10 (abseil) or £15 (The Wire) and we are looking for participants to aim to raise a minimum of £80

 

 

For further information about St David’s Hospice Care and the great work they do please visit their website
http://stdavidshospicecare.org

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.

 

Santa Swim for St Davids Hospice Care. Sunday 16 December 2012

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Santa Swim in Aid of St David's Foundation Hospice Care

In parallel with the ever popular Scuba Santas we are hosting an event for all you non-scuba divers out there!

Come along to the National Diving and Activity Centre near Chepstow for a seasonal Santa Swim in the open water quarry and help raise funds for St David’s Foundation Hospice Care.

Fully supervised by qualified staff, St David’s Hospice Care offer 4 events – so that there is something for all abilities

bronze Bronze – Plunge – Dip yourself into the cool waters!
silver Silver – 50 metre swim
gold Gold – 100 metre swim
Platinum Platinum – Over 100 metre swim

All participants will receive a certificate, and a hot chocolate and mince pies to warm you back up again.

The facilities at the National Diving and Activity Centre are second to none with full changing and showering facilities as well as the View Cafe Bar.

Entry for the 2012 Santa Swim is £10 (suggested minimum donation) and participants are asked to raise sponsorship to support the work of St David’s Hospice Care in the community.

Can you keep a santa hat on whilst you swim? that’s half the challenge!

How to take part

   •   Enter on-line at the St David’s website

   •   Download an entry form and flyer here

   •   Or ring St David’s Hospice Care on 01633 851 051.

Read more about the Santa Swim on the St David’s Foundation website>

St David’s Foundation Hospice Care provide and continue to develop a free and comprehensive palliative care service of excellence throughout the unitary authorities of Newport, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Monmouthshire for people, their families and carers facing a progressive life-threatening illness which is no longer curable.

Read more about St David’s Foundation Hospice Care and the great work they do>

 

Tenovus Charity Cliff Top Abseil 20th Oct 2012

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

200 ft Cliff top abseil. Over a 250ft deep lake. Are you up for the challenge, or do you know someone who is . . . .

Tenovus Your Cancer Charity200 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 the cancer charity Tenovus on Saturday 20th October 2012 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

Help support more women this Breast Cancer Awareness Month by taking part in the Tenovus 200ft cliff top abseil over a 250ft deep lake at The National Diving Centre, Chepstow on Saturday 20th October.
No experience is necessary. The abseil is open to anyone over 18, or those under 18 with consent from a parent or guardian.

To take part

Complete the registration form on the Tenovus website here>

The entry fee is just £10 and we are looking for participants to aim to raise a minimum of £80

For further information about Tenovus visit their website
http://www.tenovus.org.uk/

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.

 

Ride the Zip Wire in aid of Guide Dogs

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Ride the Zip Wire for Charity

Sunday 14 October 2012
The Wire Zip Slide
at The National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow

Dare to take the Zip Wire Challenge this Guide Dogs Week?The Wire Zip Slide Chepstow

Reach speeds of up to 40mph while zipping across a beautiful water filled quarry. 70m high and 700m long, The National Diving and Activity Centre boasts one of the UK’s longest zipwires.

For a minimum sponsorship of £50 you can take part in what is bound to be a thrilling day.

Friends and family are very welcome to come along on the day and support you in your challenge. There is an excellent viewing area and café bar and you may even want to stay the night in the exciting Wigwam village accommodation.

To book your place

Contact Alison Selby, Alison.Selby@guidedogs.org.uk, 07500 993210

Further information available on the guide dogs website>

About Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. They also campaign for the rights of people with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care and fund eye disease research.

Guide Dogs have been expertly breeding and training guide dogs for more than 75 years, providing many thousands to blind and partially-sighted people of all ages and from all walks of life.

They also deliver confidence-building rehabilitation services to adults, young people and children – including long cane mobility training and communication and daily living skills.

Guide Dogs carries out research that provides sound scientific evidence on which to base our services, campaigns, policies and operational procedures.

They fund ophthalmic research projects, and carry out canine research in-house.

Visual impairment is a fact of life for thousands of people, and with an ageing population many more will be affected by sight loss in the future. Guide Dogs campaign alongside visually-impaired people for rights that most sighted people take for granted. These include access to services and transport, freedom of mobility, and provision of better rehabilitation services. Working closely with guide dog owners, service providers, other voluntary organisation and MPs, we’ve won major victories and have successfully lobbied to influence policies and legislation.

 

The Wire Guide Dogs

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