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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.

Join the event on Facebook here>

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

Location

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

Detailed map and directions to View Cafe Bar>

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.

Audience
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.

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.

Registration
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.

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

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
Bare

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

Titanic – The Ultimate Presentation 14 April 2014, Reading, Berkshire

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

DiveStyle have an interesting looking Titanic presentation coming up to help raise money for Deptherapy and the RNLI on 14th April 2014 at the Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading.

Join the event on Facebook here >

Tickets available here >

Titanic Poster


Cocktail and Karaoke Night, View Cafe Bar – 18 April 2014

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

View Cafe Bar Event - Friday 18 April 2014

On Friday 18th April 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 >

Join the event on Facebook >

Order Your Ticket Now.

6 Nations Rugby & St Patrick’s Day Celebrations – 15 March 2014

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Rugby

Clover

Watch the last game of the RBS 6 Nations Rugby and celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

With all six nations playing on the Saturday, this is an event not to be missed.

Saturday 15th March 2014 at the NDAC’s View Cafe Bar.

• Curry between the games

• First games starts at 12.30.

• Last game 17.30

There’s be Irish coffee, Guinness and a disco.

If rugby isn’t your thing, why not come along for the disco and dance to some Irish Music!!

Glamping accommodation is available at the Wooden Wigwam Village.

Join the event of Facebook here >

Come and join the fun!

 

England FFR Scotland IRFU WRU

Cocktail and Karaoke Night, View Cafe Bar – 31 January 2014

Friday, December 13th, 2013

View Cafe Bar Event - Friday 31 January 2014

On Friday 31st January 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.

Order Your Ticket Now.

Vote now in the DIVER Awards 2013

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Divernet Diver Awards 2013

We are pleased to announce that the National Diving and Activity Centre is a contender for Dive Centre of the Year in the DIVER Awards 2013.

These awards are your opportunity to reward the people, places and equipment that have helped you to enjoy some great underwater experiences in 2013.

If you have enjoyed your visits to our Dive Centre during 2013, it would be great if you could share your appreciation and give us a vote. The National Diving and Activity Centre is listed as NDAC Chepstow in the category of Dive Centre of the Year.

Vote Online Now >

You can also vote using the form on page 87 (not a photocopy) of the December issue of DIVER Magazine (on sale 21 November). Whether voting is carried out online or on paper, you must complete all the fields on the form, i.e. vote in all categories, in order for your form to be counted.

Content below from DIVERNET http://www.divernetxtra.com/xtra/DiverAwards13.html

DiverNet Award Statuette

"It’s time to cast your votes in the 16th Diver Awards, the original prestigious accolades for the cream of the diving industry. Valuable bronze statuettes and mass recommendations of businesses to other divers are at stake!

Whether it’s dive centres, retailers, liveaboards, brands, new products, tour operators or entire nations, nominate those who deserve your praise. As for those who displeased you during 2013, just ignore them!

The good guys will rise to the top through your support, and they’re the ones you want to see holding those handsome Diver statuettes when they’re presented in public at the London International Dive Show in February.

You have until the first chime of midnight as New Year’s Day breaks to cast your votes – but don’t leave it until then and be the only person not partying. Do it now!

Of one thing you can be sure – in 2014 the winners will literally be trading on their Diver Awards success. So make sure those winners are the right ones!

How to vote

If you’re not sure who to vote for, jog your memory by checking out nominations to date on the Select list. If you know who or what you want to vote for but can’t find it on that list, click on Other and enter your choice. Please note that Diver cannot accept more than one vote per person.

Vote Now >

The Award Categories

DIVER Brand of the Year Which badge on your dive gear speaks volumes about quality and reliability?

DIVER Product of the Year Which do you consider the most exciting item of kit to emerge in 2010?

DIVER Tour Operator of the Year Which company is best at arranging diving package holidays?

DIVER Dive Centre of the Year Which centre, anywhere in the world, seems to get it right more often than not?

DIVER Liveaboard of the Year It may be the facilities, the crew or the itinerary – name your ideal boat.

DIVER Dive Destination of the Year Name the best country for divers to visit, and not necessarily the obvious!

DIVER Retailer of the Year Vote for any dive store that has given you good value and exemplary service.

DIVER Newcomer of the Year There is an award, but you no longer need to vote – the winners will emerge from among the newcomers with the most votes in the other categories.

Vote Now >

Terms and Conditions

Please note that Diver cannot accept: more than one coupon per envelope… more than one vote per person… faxed or photocopied forms… emailed votes other than through www.divernet.com, and then only one per email address… votes from employees or commercial associates for their own or associated organisations.

• It is available to residents of the UK or Republic of Ireland aged 18 and above.

• Closing date is 31 December, 2013, and the draw will be made on 7 January 2014.

Vote Now >


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