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triSUP Dragon Triathlon at the NDAC Chepstow

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

SUP Triathlon at the NDAC Chepstow May 2016
Tri SUP Triathlon Enter Online »

On Sunday the 8th May 2016, the National Diving and Activity Centre will be hosting the TriSUP Dragon.

TriSUP is an exciting new triathlon format that introduces Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) in place of the traditional swim stage.

This three stage event includes a SUP course around the stunning NDAC Quarry, a Road Bike Course and a Trail Run to finish.

Event Includes

  • Event centre facilities and parking
  • Mechanical Support
  • Full Route Marking
  • Electronic Chip Timing
  • Bike / Kit Wash Station
  • SUP Board Hire
  • Web results service
  • Emergency support
  • On site catering
  • Finishers Medal & Certificate

To enter this amazing event please visit there are full details on the page as well as special offers for early bird bookings.

Who can enter?

This event is open to all and you do not need a SUP to enter. No SUP? No Problem, you can hire one from the extensive demo fleet of Red Paddle Co SUPs. Why not share the experience with your friends and enter as part of a team which includes one of our 4-8 person SUP’s for FREE!


The SUP leg of the Triathlon is set in a dramatic quarry, the high rugged walls surrounding the water will ensure flat paddling conditions; even in windy conditions.


After the SUP leg jump on your bike and head out on the local roads of the Wye Valley for the bike leg. After an initial challenging climb up to the ridge of hills behind the event centre, the bike course will take riders along the ridge toward the River Wye. You will then hug the river as you meander down the sensational Wye Valley towards the spectacular and historic Tintern Abbey. From here you will cross back over the River Wye and climb up the main climb of the course to the ridge. You will then head South East back to the Event Centre. The final 5 miles are gently downhill allowing time to recover before the Run.


Off the Bike, trainers on… and an off road run based on local tracks and footpaths. The running course winds it way around the stunning quarry and through nearby forest tracks in a circular loop. The opening mile of the course is uphill followed by a flat middle section and the all important downhill finish.

The Finish

A warm welcome and a Finishers Medal awaits; this completes a truly memorable event.

Enter the event online »


Overnight accommodation is available before or after the event in our Wooden Wigwam Cabins. With a range of wigwams to suit all budgets, you can experience a touch of luxury in the great outdoors at an unbeatable price.



Twelve Days of Offers for Divers, Freedivers & Open Water Swimmers at the National Diving & Activity Centre

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

12 Special Offers for Divers

To celebrate the launch of our exciting new event the 12 Days & Nights of Christmas, we have a fantastic special offer for divers, Swimmers & Freedivers visiting the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Over the next few months we have 12 Special offers for divers to take advantage of.


Facebook PostTo take advantage of the special offers all we ask is that you:

1) Like & Share this Facebook post »

2) Like the 12 Days & Nights Facebook page

The twelve dates for these special offers are as follows

Dive For Free

(Free entry available to Scuba Divers, Free Divers, Experienced Open Water Swimmers and Snorkellers)

Wednesday 30 December 2015

50% off diving

Monday 28 December 2015
Tuesday 29 December 2015 & Fourth Element Treasure Hunt more »

Thursday 31 December 2015 (New Year’s Eve)

Saturday 6 February 2016
Sunday 7 February 2016
Saturday 13 February 2016
Sunday 14 February 2016

Free Air Fill*

*1 x Free Air Fill per person per day up to 15Ltrs
Saturday 2 January 2016
Sunday 3 January 2016
Saturday 9 January 2016
Sunday 10 January 2016

The 12 Days & Nights of Christmas is a new and exciting festive event, running for twelve selected days and nights at Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

By day you can visit Father Christmas in his grotto and at night you can meet Krampus the Christmas Devil to explain any bad behaviour!

Explore our stunning woodland walk based on the 12 Days of Christmas and take part in Christmas activities. We have options for breakfast, a delicious three course Christmas Lunch or a Christmas BBQ with Turkey and Stuffing Rolls, Bratwurst, Currywurst and more.

If you dare, you can even escape the clutches of Krampus the Christmas Devil by speeding into the darkness on our 700m Wire Zip Slide!


Scuba Santas 2015 – Saturday 5th December at the NDAC

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Scuba Santa at the National Diving and Activity Centre Chepstow

Saturday 5th December 2015, at the
National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC), Chepstow

Scuba Santas will be entering its 9th year in 2015 and continues going from strength to strength. Often quoted as the “best dive of the year”, the event has raised thousands of pounds the RNLI and DDRC Healthcare whilst breaking its own world record several times over in the process.

Raising Money for the RNLI & DDRC HealthcareEach year, around Christmas time, we dress up in Santa costumes and go diving for fun and to raise money for charity. The money that we raise is shared between two great charities who provide a lot of support to divers – the RNLI and DDRC Healthcare (previously called the Diving Diseases Research Centre).

For the past few years the event has been held at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) near Chepstow, providing an easily accessible location for divers to get together for some festive diving fun!

‘Scuba Santas’ was founded by a group from Yorkshire Divers and was organised for many years by Lloyd Watkin. In 2013 & 2014 DDRC Healthcare, the diver health charity which answers all calls to the National Diver Accident Helpline, came on board to support Lloyd as ‘Scuba Santas Little Helpers!’. This year the event is being arranged by the National Diving & Activity Centre.

JOIN US this year for the 9th Annual Scuba Santas event on SATURDAY 5th DECEMBER 2015 at the NDAC.

This year Scuba Santas are aiming to attract between 100 and 200 Scuba Santas, and to raise well over £2,000 for our two charities.

In 2009 we set the World Record for ‘Most Scuba Diving Santas’ with 158 fabulous Scuba Santas. in 2013 Vobster Santas had 175, so the gauntlet has been laid down… are you up for the challenge this year?

Over £20,000 raised for Charity so far…

In 2007 we raised a few hundred pounds for the RNLI with 8 participating Santas, a Viking, a snowman, and a fairy! By the 2012 event we passed the amazing milestone of £20,000 and we have motivated people to start similar events all over the world since.

Not only is this a great advert for British scuba diving, it provides much needed funds for two great charities, and despite the chilly temperatures helps to get some grumpy people smiling and feeling festive!

Scuba Santas have some fantastic sponsors every year who donate some amazing prizes for our prize draw, helping to raise more money for our chosen charities. We also raise money through sponsorship of the event and sponsorship for individual Scuba Santa participants. Please support us and give generously! 50% of money donated goes to the RNLI and 50% to DDRC Healthcare.

If you want to join this fantastic event, sponsor Scuba Santa, donate a prize or just wish the Scuba Santas well, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Scuba Santas or follow them on their various social media sites. HO HO HO!!!

All details can be found on the Scuba Santas Website


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

Scuba Santas Contact Page

Scuba Santas Facebook page

Twitter feed @ScubaSantas

Location of Scuba Santas

Frequently asked questions


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.


Official FearFest Trailer – Watch if you dare!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Fear Fest NDAC ChepstowHow brave are you feeling? The official FearFest Trailer is now live.

This is not for those with a sensitive disposition!

The UK’s newest scare attraction – FearFest – is opening on 16th October 2015 and runs until 1st November 2015.

It is a fully immersive and interactive attraction (16+ only) and features 6 terrifying horror zones and live zombie scare actors.

Using set-builders from Pinewood Studios (Drèsd) and located at the National Diving & Activity Centre (Chepstow – on the Gloucester/Wales border), FearFest incorporates much of its natural surroundings, including a disused railway line, in this incredible zombie scare attraction.

As part of your FearFest experience you have the option to take on one of the UKs longest Zip Wires.

Tickets are flying out fast – to avoid disappointment secure your place now at

FearFest the ultimate Halloween Experience 2015

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

FEARFEST 2015 Scream if you think it will save you...

FearFest Selected Nights from the 16th October to 1st November 2015

What is FearFest?

FearFest is the ultimate Halloween experience that takes place on select nights from 16th October to 1st November, 2015.

Located beside a converted quarry at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) near Chepstow, the event is an immersive and interactive experience featuring live actors, special effects and horrific shocks in its numerous scare zones.

Nobody creates a more nightmarish Halloween event than FearFest which comes alive with the living dead and mutant maniacs during your 2 – 2 ½ hour stay.

FearFest is strictly for ages 16+ and not for those of a nervous disposition.

The legend of The Four Linesman in Tidenham quarry begins with four men that met an unfortunate fate on the 16th of October 1958….read more

The Journey

Journey into the unknown along a dark and abandoned railway track, making your way through multiple scare zones, including a terrifying house of horror, grotesque graveyard and deadly dungeon. If you dare, you can enter the nightmarish experience of The Scream Sewer, a 60m long, purpose-built sewer system with bloodthirsty creatures lurking, ready to pounce on your every move.

Some of you will choose to finish your experience with the Death Wire by daring to launch yourself off the edge of a 70m high cliff edge and speed along the length of our 80m deep flooded quarry reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour on one of the UK’s longest, tallest and fastest zip slides

Find out the full story and book online at

If you dare stay the night, accommodation is available in our Wooden Wigwams.

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.

Join the event on Facebook here>

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:


Chepstow Walking Festival April 2013

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Chepstow Walking Festival

Chepstow Walking Weekend

Fri 5th – Sunday 7th April 2013

Chepstow WalksJoin The Chepstow Walkers are Welcome group for their 1st Anniversary as a Walkers are Welcome town and what better way to celebrate than to offer 3 days of walks with a special event for the Saturday evening.

In April 2012 Chepstow and the surrounding area received a feather in its cap by becoming the first Walkers are Welcome town in Monmouthshire. The area was already established as a destination for walkers but now having achieved this status it re-inforces the reputation of the area as a place to come and visit. Gaining this status will also help the town develop plans that will benefit everyone, providing extra facilities for walkers and visitors alike and ensuring that any problems with footpaths are dealt with as quickly as possible.

Walking Weekend
Friday 5th April – Sunday 7th April 2013

Chepstow WAW have designed a programme to provide a taster of what our great town and surrounding area can offer so that you’ll want to come back again and again.

There is Free Parking for all those who take part and transport to and from start/finish points for Offa’s Dyke Path Tintern to Chepstow and St Tewdrics Trail.

Treasure Trails Chepstow Spy Trail available from Chepstow Tourist Information Centre with bespoke competition activity for all the family.

Herbert Lewis of Chepstow are offering ‘buy one coffee get one free in their tearooms plus 10% off anything in store to all walkers on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th April.

Friday Walking Programme > Includes the ‘Walk it & Zip it’ event for the braver amongst you!

Saturday Walking Programme >

Sunday Walking Programme >

It’s not just about the walking though! There are also a wide range of non-walking events on Saturday 6th April 2013

   •  Performance by The Singing Club of Chepstow at 4.45pm Beaufort Square Chepstow

   •  Balloon Launch at 5.30pm outside the Beaufort Hotel, Chepstow.

   •  Buffet at The Beaufort Hotel 6.15pm. A get together to swap stories about your walk.

   •  Showing of Arthurs Dyke film 7.15 pm. Spot where and who you recognise. Free showing.

The Wire Zip Slide ChepstowWalk it and Zip it!

On the Friday there will be a walk running from the Central Kaff Chepstow to the National Diving & Activity Centre via country lanes, Offa’s Dyke Path and Gloucestershire Way. The walk is three miles and should take from 1-2 hours. However that is the easy part!

Once you arrive at the National Diving & Activity Centre there will be the opportunity for the braver amongst you to ride The Wire Zip Slide!

The Wire is one of the UK’s longest, tallest and fastest zip slides, running the 700 metre length of the NDAC Quarry, around 2100ft!

Participants will launch themselves from the 70m high cliff edge and speed along the length of our 80m 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.

What to bring
Packed lunch and a drink, there is also The View Cafe Bar at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

How to Book
To book on any of the walks and for full details please visit the Chepstow Walkers are Welcome website

Accommodation is available at the National Diving & Activity Centre in our Wooden Wigwam Village




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