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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 http://cinema.ndac.co.uk 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.

Book your tickets here>

See all the drive-in cinema listings at cinema.ndac.co.uk

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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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Location

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

Map and Directions>.

Details

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

Audience

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.

Pricing

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.

Logistics

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

Feedback

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

NDAC Night Dives

With Winter not too far away and the nights drawing in, the 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

To keep up to date with what is happening at the National Diving and Activity Centre follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for news items direct to your inbox here>

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!

 

Date

Time

Saturday
17th January 2015
(HALF PRICE DIVING!)
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6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
21st February 2015
(HALF PRICE DIVING!)
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6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
28th February 2015
(HALF PRICE DIVING!)
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6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
14th March 2015

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6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
21st March 2015

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6:00 – 9:00pm

Prices

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

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:

http://www.tridridiving.com

TriDri

Chepstow Chairty Events Mid-Summer Barbeque

Friday, May 30th, 2014

charity bbqBBQ & Live Music
including

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

Tickets

Adults – £15
Children – £5
(advance purchase only)

To order tickets:
Tel: / /
Email:

Location

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
  Chepstow
  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.

Norfolk Underwater Search & Rescue Team train at NDAC Quarry

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Norfolk Fire And Rescue

The Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Underwater Search & Recovery Diving Unit (USAR) have started conducting their diver training at the National Diving and Activity Centre.

Underwater and Recovery Dive TeamThey are the only fire service in the UK to operate a dive team after securing Government Funding from Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The Dereham based Underwater and Recovery Dive Team will be used for pre-planned diving operations and will be held on a national resilience resource register so they can assist other agencies, such as the Police.

Some of the types of incidents that the Underwater and Recovery Dive Team may be called to attend are:

  •   Entrapped personnel in water (drains, grates, fences etc)
  •   Submerged vehicles
  •   Confined spaces and sewers
  •   Upturned or submerged boats
  •   Protection of critical infrastructure
  •   Body retrieval
  •   Underwater search (weapons , crime scene evidence etc)

Following their latest visit to the NDAC the team also managed to fit in a quick run on the Wire Zip Slide before they left.

Norfolk Fire & Rescue ServiceWe look forward to seeing team from Norfolk Fire and Rescue back on site in a few weeks time for further emergency services training.

We also host the South Wales Police, South Wales Specialist Search & Rescue and Police Dive Teams for their training exercises.

The National Diving & Activity Centre is a perfect location for emergency services training due to the depth of our water filled quarry, the site facilities and realism we offer; we even have a car that can be used for authentic training.

If you would like to conduct your own training at the National Diving & Activity Centre please contact us

South Wales Specialist Search & Rescue Team at NDAC

Monday, July 29th, 2013

South Wales Search Aand Rescue training

Don’t worry, there hasn’t been a major incident at the National Diving & Activity Centre. The above photo is of the South Wales Specialist Search & Rescue and Dive Teams conducting some real live training scenarios at the NDAC, Chepstow.

The air support unit were also on hand for the exercise to provide some realistic training in casualty evacuation.

The National Diving & Activity Centre is a perfect location for training of this kind due to the depth of our water filled quarry, the site facilities and realism we offer; we even have a car that can be used for authentic training.

We also host the South Wales Police and other police dive teams for their training exercises.

If you are interested in using the National Diving & Activity Centre to conduct your own emergency training please contact us.

South Wales Search Aand Rescue training


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