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TriDri Demonstration Day Sunday 27th July 2014

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Tri-dri Demonstration Day

Win a TriDri

A revolutionary new product to dry the inside of your drysuit is coming to the National Diving & Activity Centre on Sunday 27th July 2014.

TriDri are coming to the NDAC to demonstrate their fantastic product for the day, you’ll wonder how you survived without it!


TriDri in SuitDrysuits often get damp inside from:

• Perspiration
• Washing
• Leaks

Drying the inside, particularly the boots, can be difficult and can take up to two weeks if soaking wet. Dampness may result in discomfort, unpleasant odours and even mould growth.

Washing is great for drysuits but they take forever to dry.

The Solution is TriDri

• Simple to use
• Telescopic
• Small low voltage fan
• Powered from any USB socket

TriDri is ready to use out of the box with cable, UK Mains power supply and instructions.
Never put on a damp drysuit again!Win a TriDri

WIN a TriDri

All divers visiting the NDAC on the day will be given a raffle ticket and entered into a free draw to win a TriDri.

If you have already purchased one on the day, the price will be refunded to you!


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TriDri is available from the NDAC Dive Shop.

For more details abou this product please visit the TriDri website:


Big & Little Woody Triathlons at NDAC – 23rd August 2014

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Big Woody

2.4 mile Swim, 106 mile Bike, 22 mile Run

Little Woody

1.2 mile Swim, 56 mile Bike, 11 mile Run

Wild Board EventsWe are pleased to announce that the Wild Board Events Big Woody and Little Woody Triathlons return to the National Diving and Activity Centre on Saturday the 23rd August 2014.

Situated in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, this long course triathlon offers athletes the opportunity to swim in the calm waters of the National Diving and Activity Centre, test themselves over the distance and hills in the Forest, and then a trail run to finish.

The race HQ is based at Taurus Crafts. Here Wild Boar Events provide free camping, showers and changing for the athletes and their supporters. If you don’t fancy camping, we have ‘glamping’ available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village.

The swim takes place on site at the National Diving and Activity Centre near Chepstow.

Wild Board EventsThe Bike course is best described as undulating to hilly but its not extreme. Taking in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley this bike route is both scenic and testing.

The bike route finish’s back at the race HQ and then takes the athletes on a run out into the woodland for a 6/3 lap out and back route.

Finishing back at the race HQ you will receive your finishers medal and the honour of completing one of the toughest middle distance events in the UK.

For further details and to sign up for the event visit the event pages :

Wild Boar Events Big Woody Page>

Wild Boar Events Little Woody Page>

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The Avenue – Live music Free at the View Cafe Bar Chepstow

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The Avenue, live music Chepstow

We’re really pleased to announce that the Avenue will be returning to the View Cafe Bar on Saturday 12th July 2014 for a FREE gig.

The Avenue are a four piece covers band, and their previous live concerts at the View Cafe Bar have gone down a storm.

We will also be holding a BBQ, so come down early and make a night of it.

It will be a great show and the perfect way to spend the evening after a day of diving or activities.

If you want to make a weekend of it, overnight accommodation is available at our Wigwam Village.

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Celebrate the 2014 Brazil World Cup with the NDAC

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Watch the matches and celebrate
with special dishes at the View Cafe Bar


The games we are supporting are as follows:

Friday 13th June


Tonight’s Special Spanish Omelette and Chips £6.00

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Saturday 14th June


Tonight’s Special Greek Island Kebab with Feta Salad £6.00

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Sunday 15th June


Tonight’s Special Homemade Swedish Meatballs and Mash served with a Cream Gravy £6.00

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Friday 20th June


Tonight’s Special A selection of pizza and Chips £6.00

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Saturday 21st June


Tonight’s Special German Hotdogs and Chips £6.00

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Sunday 22nd June


Tonight’s Special Belgium Beef Stew £6.00

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Further dates and specials will be confirmed after the first stage of games


Chepstow Chairty Events Mid-Summer Barbeque

Friday, May 30th, 2014

charity bbqBBQ & Live Music

The Sian Burton Band
With Pete Tyler

Sue Skinner
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

  The Woodlands,
  Sedbury Park
  NP16 7EY

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.

Farm4life Photography Exhibition 16th May 2014

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Farm4Life will be holding an exhibition of Hannah Elizabeth's photography work at the View Cafe Bar

Hannah Elizabeth Farm4LifeFarm4Life will be holding an exhibition of Hannah Elizabeth’s photography work at the View Cafe Bar.

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.

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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.

Cherry Rebels to play free concert at View Cafe Bar, Chepstow – Sat 17 May 2014

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Cherry Rebels Free Gig at the View Cafe Bar Chepstow

On Saturday 17th May 2014, we have alternative rock covers band Cherry Rebels playing a FREE concert at Chepstow’s View Cafe Bar.

Cherry Rebels are a four piece Alt Rock cover band based in the Rhondda Valleys. They play a wide variety from rock classics and new smash hits!

Their aim is to please the crowd and get
everyone up singing and dancing by bringing you a versatile
set ranging from ACDC, Rolling Stones, Beatles to
Foo Fighters, the Strokes and Kings of Leon, plus many more.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome, you can join the event on Facebook here.

Hot food is available from the View Cafe Bar until 9pm.

Some of the bands Cherry Rebels cover:

Cherry Rebels    •   Foo Fighters
    •   Stereophonics
    •   The Beatles
    •   Black keys
    •   Rolling stones
    •   Kings Of Leon
    •   Blur
    •   Pulp
    •   ACDC
    •   The Strokes
    •   Thin Lizzy
    •   Jet
    •   T Rex
    •   Black Sabbath
    •   Kaiser Chiefs
    •   Billy Idol
    •   David Bowie
    •   Metallica
    •   Steppenwolfe

Plus many more……..

Watch the Cherry Rebels in action


The View Cafe Bar can be found on the A48, just outside Chepstow at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Location of View Cafe Bar Chepstow

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We look forward to seeing you

The Easter GUE Experience Day 12 April 2014

Friday, March 14th, 2014

GUE Training Day at NDAC

Fancy seeing what you look like in the water? – Only £25

Global Underwater ExplorersInterested or curious about GUE but never had the opportunity to see what the fuss is about or ask questions from people that will give you straight answers? Have an annoying issue with buoyancy or confidence in the water? A little rusty after the winter? Fancy seeing yourself on video? Then a GUE experience day is for you. Join GUE Instructor Gareth Burrows at the National Diving and Activity Centre on Saturday 12th April.

For only £25 you will receive guidance on your diving skills, video feedback and tips on how to improve your diving skills, and an insight into the GUE style of diving, without having to make a heavy investment in time or money. We’ll show you how to make your fin kicking more effective, how to take the stress out of ascents, and even how to swim backwards. You can attend a talk on taking the stress out of diving. You can bring any equipment, dive any gas.

Location and Date
This event is being held from 0830 on Saturday the 12th April at NDAC. Meet in the View Cafe Bar at 0830 promptly! (Location Map).

We will be covering the following
  •  Discussion – The origins and goals of GUE
  •  Discussion – The strengths and techniques of buoyancy control
  •  Dive 1 – Demonstration of trim and buoyancy control
  •  Dive 1 – Practice and video of trim and buoyancy control with in water feedback
  •  Dive 1 – Ascent with stops practice
  •  Discussion and hands-on – Kit configuration
  •  Discussion – Why team diving?
  •  Dive 2 – SMB demonstration
  •  Dive 2 – Valve drill demonstration
  •  Dive 2 – Ascent with stops practice
  •  Video Feedback for all divers
  •  Q&A

In the evening, Gareth will also be giving a talk on the diving lessons that can learnt from Captain Scott’s tragic expedition to the South Pole.

Over the weekend the NDAC is also holding a Dive Equipment Demonstration Weekend.

This day is aimed at recreational and technical divers looking into GUE for the first time. You don’t need any specific gas, any specific equipment. As long as you have an open water qualification then you can just turn up and take part. You can take what you want from the day and leave the rest. We will create an environment where people feel free to ask whatever questions like they like, and to watch demonstrations of the skills we teach, and even get some video feedback and advice on their own skills.

Organising several of these events throughout the year costs a significant amount of time and money. Nonetheless, I feel it important that these events continue to be run as non-profit. So the small registration fee of £25.00 is there to encourage those who sign up to turn up, and also to cover some of the direct costs of organising the event. Other than these direct costs, all proceeds from the event will go to the RNLI. The last event we ran ended up with £100 donated to the RNLI.

These events have become so popular that I have had to limit the registration to keep the numbers small. This enables us to answer everyone’s questions, and also to have time to look at everyone in the water. So, registration for this event is limited to 10 people.

Registration is now open. If you have any questions about this event, please do not hesitate to contact GUE. Please note that this is a non-profit event. all proceeds beyond direct costs go to the RNLI.

To attend this event, all you need to do is register at DiveDIR.

If you need accomodation there are Wooden wigwams on site at The National Diving & Activity Centre.

Food and drink is available at the View Cafe Bar

These events are always a great laugh, and people seem to get a lot out of them. Here’s what they have said in the past…

"I couldn’t believe it. I had been struggling with my trim for years.
Ten minutes in the water with a GUE instructor and it was sorted
out. Best £25 i ever spent on diving.


" presumed the GUE instructors would be boot-camp military types,
but they were just very relaxed and laid back divers – albeit divers
with incredible knowledge and skill, and the ability to pass on that
knowledge. In all honesty I went to prove a point, but after an
hour realised I had a lot to learn.


"I was fascinating to have so many myths busted in one day,
and also feedback on my buoyancy control which has taken
all the stress out of ascending

"I realised two things in the first hour. Firstly, the bar set
by GUE standards is like nothing I have experienced before.
Secondly these guys do not preach – but they are incredibly
well trained to teach

"As a single tank diver, I expected to feel like an alien,
but was welcomed to the crowd. Forget about the fact
it was a GUE day. It was just a bunch of divers enjoying
the sunshine.

We hope to see you there.

Free Presentation at View Cafe Bar: “Lessons for divers from Captain Scott’s Tragic South Pole Expedition”

Friday, March 14th, 2014

A FREE presentation in the View Cafe Bar at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow
Starts at 7pm – all welcomeGUE

Saturday 12th April 2014


GUE Instructor ‘Garf’ Gareth Burrows

Captain Scott's  Tragic South Pole ExpeditionIn 1911, two men set out to make history by being the first man to the South Pole. One would win, the other would become a hero.

History has been both kind and cruel to Captain Scott. He has been hero, victim, villain, fool. He has been a scientist, a buffoon. However, one hundred years ago he struggled for his life, battling against thirst, starvation, and the horrors of scurvy. This presentation outlines the latest thinking on why Scott failed, what could have been done different, and whether Scott is, in the end, a true British hero.

In this presentation, Gareth uses stock video and images to show how the men lived and died. He discusses the problems faced by polar explorations, both those known in the day, and those we have learnt since. Gareth also presents lessons that can be learned from the different approaches taken by Amundsen and Scott, and how they might apply to scuba diving in the 21st Century.

Garf has been fascinated with polar exploration since he was a child, and has amassed a huge collection of books and articles on the “heroic age”. He has developed this interest into this multimedia presentation that presents an intriguing, and sometimes horrific, account of the trials and dangers faced be men willing to dare all to be the first.

We are also hosting a GUE Experience Day and a Dive Equipment Demonstration Weekend


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.

Accommodation is avaialable in our Wigwam Village >

If you would like to host an event at the View Cafe Bar in Chepstow, please get in touch

Demonstration Weekend 12th & 13th of April 2014

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Demonstration Day At NDAC April 12th 2014

Sea and Sea at NDAC Demo DayThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be hosting a dive equipment demonstration weekend over the 12th and 13th of April 2014.

The weekend will include equipment from

Sea & Sea
Fourth Element
Atomic Aquatics

James from Sea & Sea will have a wide range of products for you to look at and try out, including;
• Ocean Full Face Mask
• Various types of Dive Rite sidemount kit, including harnesses, regulators and cylinders
• Liqiuvision OLED Dive Computers for try dives
• Cobra Kayaks to have a play on or even dive from

Sea & Sea will have lots of other equipment on display including more Dive Rite sidemount systems and lots of other accessories, Underwater Kinetics torches, Scaps and Liqivision dive computers.

If anybody wants to try any of the Sea & Sea kit, they just have to leave a credit card or driving license as a deposit.

Staff from all the companies will be available over the demonstration weekend to answer all your questions – so why not pop in and treat yourself to some new kit.

On the Saturday we are also hosting a GUE Experience Day and a free talk in in the evening titled ‘Lessons for divers from Captain Scott’s Tragic South Pole Expedition‘.

Why not make a weekend of it. Food is available from our View Cafe Bar and we have glamping accommodation at the Wooden Wigwam village.

Demo Day at NDAC


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