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Spooky Halloween Night Dive & Fourth Element Treasure Hunt – 25th October 2014

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Halloween Night Dive

Fourth Element Treasure HuntDust down those broomsticks and pack up your cauldrons, The National Diving and Activity Centre invite you to a Halloween night full of spooky fun!

Divers will need their night vision skills to try to find the spooky pumpkin lanterns located in the water, but only one of these lanterns will hold the Halloween prize.

The diver in our favourite fancy dress costume will receive a prize.

The evening’s entertainment will start at 6.00pm and diving will finish at 8:30pm. But it doesn’t end there! Following the Night Dive will be a Ghostly BBQ and Halloween Disco in the View Cafe Bar. Costumes are optional, but we have further prizes for the best fancy dress.

As part of the evening’s entertainment you will also be able to take part in the Fourth Element Treasure Hunt where there will be the chance to win some fantastic Fourth Element goodies.

Full details of the Fourth Element Treasure Hunt are here >

To book onto the Halloween Night Dive please phone 01291 630 046 or email the centre via our online form >

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NDAC Members night dive £11.00

Non Members night dive £16.00

Non Divers Free entry


We have accommodation available at the Wooden Wigwam Village, to help you go glamping in style and make a weekend of it at the NDAC.

Hot meals and post dive drinks are also available at the View Cafe Bar

Halloween Night Dive at NDAC


Halloween Disco and BBQ at View Cafe Bar Chepstow – 25 October 2014

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Halloween BBQ and Disco

Join us at the View Cafe Bar for a night full of spooky Halloween fun!

On Saturday 25th October we are holding a Ghostly BBQ and
Halloween Disco
in the View Cafe Bar at the NDAC, Chepstow.

Fancy dress is optional, but we’ve prizes for the best Costumes!

The party starts at 7pm and is open to everyone.

For the divers we are also holding a Fourth Element Treasure Hunt and Spooky Night Dive

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We have accommodation available at the Wooden Wigwam Village, to help you go glamping in style and make a weekend of it at the NDAC.

Halloween Night Dive at NDAC

Fourth Element Treasure Hunt – Saturday 25th October 2014

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Fourth Element Treasure Hunt

On Saturday the 25th October we will be running a Fourth Element Treasure Hunt throughout the normal day’s diving and during our Halloween Night Dive.Fourth Element Treasure Hunt

Coloured and Silver coins will be hidden underwater in our diving quarry, all you need to do is find one!

CoinThe coins can be exchanged for fantastic Fourth Element prizes.

Find a Silver Coin and you Win a Xerotherm hat

Find the Coloured Coin and you win a Fourth Element Goodie Bag with a Drypack, Changing Mat, Water Bottle, Xerotherm Beanie and Sub30.

On the same day we are also having our Spooky Night Dive and Halloween BBQ & Disco.

Good luck finding the booty!

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This event is free for divers who have paid for a normal day dive, or are taking part in the night dive.



We have accommodation available at the Wooden Wigwam Village, to help you go glamping in style and make a weekend of it at the NDAC.

Hot meals and post dive drinks are also available at the View Cafe Bar


Cocktail and Karaoke Night, View Cafe Bar – 20 September 2014

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

View Cafe Bar Event - Sat 20 September 2014

On Saturday 20th September 2014 we will be holding a Cocktail and Karaoke night at the View Cafe Bar in Chepstow.

From 7pm until midnight you can sing, dance and party!

Our licenced bar will be serving a wide selection of cocktails, so whether your taste is for a Margarita or Mojito, there will be something for you to enjoy.

Tickets for this fun event are only £5.00 and include a Hot Buffet Dinner from our restaurant.

The tickets are available now from Nikki at the View Cafe Bar, or you can order your ticket by calling the View on 01291 630 850 (Thursday – Sunday) or via the View’s contact form

Based at the National Diving and Activity Centre, Tidenham, the View Cafe Bar has breathtaking views overlooking our Chepstow quarry.

If you would like to make a weekend of it, glamping accommodation is available at the Wooden Wigwam Village >

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Demonstration Day. Saturday 6th September 2014

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Demonstration Day NDAC Chepstow

On Saturday 6th September we will be holding a demonstration day at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC).

There will be demonstration products from the following.

Aqua Lung UK
Atomic Aquatics
BARE Sports

Call by the stands where experts Christine Wilson and Justin Hanning will be on hand for any advice

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The Autumn GUE Experience Day Sat 4th October 2014

Wednesday, August 27th, 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 4th October.

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.

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Location and Date
This event is being held from 0830 on Saturday the 4th October 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

Evening Workshop (All Welcome)
Ever had a problem putting up an SMB or find it stressful. Struggle to reach your valves in a twinset. GUE instructor trainer Gareth Burrows will be running a masterclass in these two skills in the view bar at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

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 DiveDIR. 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.

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Children’s Fun Weekend 7th-10th August 2014

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

This week we have lots of fun activities for Children at the NDAC.

From Thursday 7th August until Sunday 10th August there will be a Bouncy Castle at the NDAC.

For the Mums and Dads the View Cafe Bar has a wide range of food and drink available as well as spectacular views over our site.

The bouncy castle will be available all day until Sunday.

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If you’re looking for something to keep the little ones occupied during the Summer Holidays why not pop down. For older children and adults why not check out the Wire Zip Slide, Water Walkers or Segway Active.

Cherry Rebels to play FREE concert at View Cafe Bar, Chepstow – Sat 16 August 2014

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Cherry Rebels Free Gig at the View Cafe Bar Chepstow

UK Bungee ClubOn Saturday 16th August 2014, we have alternative rock covers band Cherry Rebels playing a FREE concert at Chepstow’s View Cafe Bar as part of the UK Bungee Club Weekend.

There will also be a BBQ!

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

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.

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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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