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SUUNTO & FINNSUB Demonstration Weekend 13-14 June 2015

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Demonstration Weekend

EONThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be hosting a SUUNTO & FINNSUB Demonstration Weekend over the 13th and 14th of June 2015.

The weekend will have a large range of equipment from SUUNTO and FINNSUB for you to look at, try or buy. There’ll be the new EON Steel and the great lights from the FINNSUB Range.

Expert staff will be available over the demonstration weekend to answer all your questions, so why not pop in and treat yourself to some new kit.

We will also be holding a BBQ both days of the weekend at the View Cafe Bar from 11am to 5pm

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Deptherapy Navigation Challenge 13th & 14th June 2015

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Deptherapy Nav Challenge

Deotheraphy Navigation ChallengeDeptherapy, 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.

For more information on Deptherapy, please visit their website or their Facebook page

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NDAC Demonstration Weekend 11-12 April 2015

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Demonstration Weekend


The National Diving & Activity Centre will be hosting a diving equipment demonstration weekend over the 11th and 12th of April 2015.

Demonstration Weekend SuppliersThe weekend will include a large range of equipment from the following suppliers, for you to look at, try or buy:

Sea & Sea
Atomic Aquatics
Fourth Element
• Tecline
• Lola

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.

We will also be holding a BBQ both days of the weekend at the View Cafe Bar from 11am to 5pm

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National Diving & Activity Centre demonstration weekend 11th and 12th of April 2015

Sci-Fi Day • Saturday 4th April 2015 at the NDAC Chepstow

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Star Wars Trilogy Weekend • April 2015 • Join us for an Immersive Weekend

Unfortunately, due to a change in licensing we are no longer able to show the three Star Wars films over the Easter weekend.

Star Wars • Accommodation • Food & Drink • LocationAlthough this is a real disappointment, we will continue to hold a special FREE Star Wars / Sci-Fi day on Saturday 4th April where you can come along and meet a range of characters from all six Star Wars Episodes.

This will include Jawa, Jedi, Stormtroopers & Biker Scouts from the 501st Legion UK Garrison, the iconic Darth Vader and many more yet to be confirmed including members of Rebel Legion UK.

This will be a FREE EVENT and there will still be the opportunity to have your photo taken with the characters.

We will also have a hog roast and music on site throughout the day.

Anyone who has already booked tickets will be contacted and given a full refund.

We’re sorry that we’ve had to cancel the films, but hope that you’ll still come along to what will be a fantastic immersive experience.

Accommodation is available at the Wooden Wigwam Village, we have a large number of Standard and Deluxe Wooden Wigwams.

Food & Drink
Food and drink is available at the View Café Bar. With 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.

This event is taking place at the National Diving & Activity Centre, located on the A48, just outside Chepstow.

For maps and detailed directions, please visit our NDAC Location Page


Segway and Zip WireAs well as the Drive-In Cinema, there is lots to see and do at the site, around Chepstow, the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean, which has seen filming of the New Star Wars film, Epsiode VII – The Force Awakens.

At the NDAC we offer an off-road Segway Active Experience as well The Wire, one of the UK’s Longest Zip Wires.

Facebook & Twitter
Follow the build up for this event on the NDAC Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #StarWarsChepstow



Volkswagen meet at the NDAC 1 March 2015

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

The National Diving & Activity Centre is opening the upper car parks for the Dubs at the Castle Team to host this cold but unique pre-season gathering and free swap meet for all types of VW’s

Come and see the amazing views, v-dubs and boxes of rusty parts while sampling the delights of the View Cafe Bar.

There will be a £5 charity donation to Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice. The staff will be on site with collection buckets.

So throw on some thermals, Warm up the Volkswagen, bring your old boxes of spares and help us raise some much needed funds.

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Valentine’s Weekend Screenings at Cinema and Special Meal Deal

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Valentine's Weekend at the NDAC

At the Drive-In Cinema we have screenings of Grand Budapest Hotel and Love Actually over the Valentine’s weekend.

At the View Cafe Bar we have a fantastic special offer.

Two people can have three courses from our special menu for only £20!

Visit to book.

Grand Budapest Hotel
Saturday 14th February – 630pm & 930pm
“The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.” IMDb

Love Actually
Sunday 15th February – 7:30pm
“Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England” IMDb

Friday 13th February 2015 – Ghoulish BBQ & Dracula Untold Screening at Drive-In Cinema

Saturday, January 10th, 2015
Friday 13th Fright Night Film - Ghoulish BBQ and Dracula Untold

Friday the 13th we are holding a Fright Night Film at the NDAC.

We have a Ghoulish BBQ at the View Cafe Bar starting at 7pm.

Following that we have Dracula Untold showing at the NDAC Drive-In Cinema.

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Winter GUE Experience Day – 31st January 2015

Monday, January 5th, 2015

GUE Winter Experience Day

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? Then this day is for you. For only £25 you will receive guidance on your diving skills, video feedback and tips on how to improve, and an insight into the GUE style of diving, without having to make a heavy investment in time or money.

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The National Diving and Activity Centre, Chepstow. 0900 on 31st January 2015. Meet in the View Cafe Bar

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GUE believe in safety through competence, easy diving through highly developed buoyancy, awareness and team skills. We believe in getting the most out of every dive, and making sure we all come home safely. You’ll see it’s possible to do a valve drill in 3 metres of water without moving, to share gas and ascend without drama, to communicate using torches, to put up an SMB mid water with zero stress and no motion. We’ll show you how to move efficiently through the water in any direction, and ascend under complete control. We’ll show you the GUE equipment standard, and answer any questions you have about it. We’ll even advise you on optimising your own gear – if you want us to.

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


As long as you are a qualified diver, you are welcome. You can use whatever gear you normally use. We’ve had single cylinder divers, twinset divers, rebreather divers, sidemount divers. You can take what you want from the day and leave the rest. It doesn’t matter if you are a technical diver with thousands of dives, or an open water single cylinder diver with 10 dives, you’ll get a lot out of the day. 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 – without being bombarded with loads of GUE people.


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.


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


Here’s what other people have said.

"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.


" I 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.

How to register.

Registration is easy. Just fill out the simple form and pay your £25 registration fee through paypal.

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Night Dives for Winter 2014 – 2015

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Night Dive

Tthe popular NDAC Night Dive dates are now available below for Winter 2014/2015.

The adventure, thrill and excitement of night diving can be yours on a NDAC Night Dive. If you have never been on a night dive before, you could consider joining on one of our PADI Night Diver Speciality Courses.

Below are the dates for the Night Dives being run at the NDAC in Chepstow for the Winter season, why not put these in your diary now!

Wigwam Camping ChepstowWe have accomodation available at the Wooden Wigwam Village including our new Deluxe Wigwams, to help you go glamping in style and make a weekend of it at the NDAC.

Hot meals are also available at the View Cafe Bar

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To book on our night dives give us a call on 01291 630 046 or contact us using our online form> Don’t forget your torches and we look forward to (just about) seeing you!




17th January 2015
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6:00 – 9:00pm

21st February 2015
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6:00 – 9:00pm

28th February 2015
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6:00 – 9:00pm

14th March 2015

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6:00 – 9:00pm

21st March 2015

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6:00 – 9:00pm


NDAC Members night dive £11.00 (£5.50 in January and February 2015)

Non Members night dive £16.00 (£8.00 in January and February 2015)

Non Divers Free entry

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:



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