Archive for the ‘Freediving’ Category

Board-Easy Deco-Stop new to NDAC

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Easy Board Deco Stop Ladder

Deco Stop Board EasyNew to the NDAC is the Board-Easy Deco-Stop

This product has been developed to help maintain correct depth following deep dives through visible measured stop points. This allows for a safer decompression ascent.

The Board-Easy Deco-Stop is currently on test at The National Diving & Activity Centre and will be installed at the 50m end of the pontoons for you to try out.

Board-Easy produce a range of semi-rigid boarding ladders for all types of craft that take the strain of getting out of the water. These ladders have a range of uses but are of particular interest to divers and snorkelers who require an easy way to board their boats and are especially suited for RIBs where normal boarding ladders are just too large to carry and stowe.

• Strong, Light Weight, Highly Visible, easy to use and store, made from boat and person friendly materials.

• Ladder sinks to correct position ready for use,
great for divers returning to boat.

RIB Ladder • Made from stabilised Sea Water proof materials with stainless fixings.

• Can be mounted in many different ways using your own Carabiner clips or lines.

• Fully adjustable from 50 cm up to 200 cm in standard size, longer if required.

• Comes with 3 rigid rungs as standard but can be ordered with extra rungs from the shop.

• Perfect for Inflatable Rib Boats where it is difficult to have standard rigid ladders on board.

• With a line attached, it can also assist in a man overboard situation where it could be an instant boarding aid.

• 12 months warranty against manufacturing defects, 7 days no quibble returns for unused and unopened product.Ladder Clip

We’d love to know what you think of the Board-Easy Deco-Stop. Why not comment on the Board-Easy Facebook page

For more details on their range of products, please visit the Board-Easy website

 

Red Bull publish POV Freedive Video from NDAC Quarry

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Daan Verhoeven Freedive Video

Red Bull have published Daan Verhoeven‘s fan video of Tim Money freediving the BAE 146 Plane at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC).

In this amazing video, Saltfree freedivers Daan and Tim show what it’s like to explore the plane with just a single breath of air.




The BAE 146 Airplane is 68 foot long, 30 foot high and sits around 30 metres deep in the waters of Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

Find out more about Freediving at the NDAC on the SaltFree Divers page>

Trade in your VR Computer for 25% off a new Liquivision – Summer 2014

Friday, June 13th, 2014


Trade in VR Computer for Liquivision
Liquivision X1 at the NDAC

We are happy to announce that we are running a LIQUIVISION – VR dive computer trade-in offer.

The offer is effective immediately at the NDAC Dive Shop and will run until Friday 29th August 2014.

During June, July and August 2014, you can trade-in any VR Dive Computer (even if it’s not working) for a 25% discount on the Suggested Retail Price of any current Liquivision Dive Computer .

Compare the range of Liquivision Dive Computers here>

The offer is restricted to LIQUIVISION dive computers only (accessories are not included) against VR dive computers only and is limited to one trade-in per customer.

SEA & SEATo take part in this fantastic offer; submit your VR computer for trade-in approval to Sea & Sea Ltd via the NDAC Dive Shop. Sea & Sea Ltd will then ship your shiny new LIQUIVISION computer back to us when the application is approved.

Applications must be registered with the NDAC Shop by the end of the day, Friday 29th August 2014 to qualify.

200ft of new pontoon space at NDAC diving quarry

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

New Pontoons at NDAC

PontoonsWe have recently installed five new 40ft long pontoons in the NDAC diving quarry.

This gives us an extra 200ft of pontoon space to meet the growing popularity of scuba diving, swimming, freediving, flyboarding, water walking and other water based activities at the NDAC.

This extra pontoon space also creates a bridge to the Saltfree freediving platform so they no longer need to take a boat trip before diving.

This development is something a lot of the divers have been asking for and is part of our ongoing investment plans, which will see half a million pounds invested in the centre.

For some more photos of the installed pontoons, take a look at some of the images on the Saltfree Facebook page, here, here and here

Trade in your VR Computer for 25% off a new Liquivision

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Trade in VR Computer for Liquivision
Liquivision X1 at the NDAC

We are happy to announce that we are running a LIQUIVISION – VR dive computer trade-in offer.

The offer is effective immediately at the NDAC Dive Shop and will run until Friday 31st January 2014.

The offer gives customers 25% off Suggested Retail Price on any LIQUIVISION dive computer in the current range against any VR dive computer (and the VR computer doesn’t even have to be in working condition!).

Liquivision Dive Computers include the Liquivision X1, the Xeo trimix computer, the Xen bottom timer, the Kaon air & nitrox computer and the Lynx air-integrated computer.

Compare the range of Liquivision Dive Computers here>

The offer is restricted to LIQUIVISION dive computers only (accessories are not included) against VR dive computers only and is limited to one trade-in per customer.

SEA & SEATo take part in this fantastic offer; submit your VR computer for trade-in approval to Sea & Sea Ltd via the NDAC Dive Shop. Sea & Sea Ltd will then ship your shiny new LIQUIVISION computer back to us when the application is approved.

Applications must be registered with the NDAC Shop by the end of the day, Friday 31st January 2014 to qualify.



The Ultimate Diving Machine
from Dan Warter (DCS Films.

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 >

Activity Weekend 12-13 October 2013

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Activity Weekend at the NDAC Chepstow

The Wire Zip SlideOver the weekend of 12th – 13th October 2013 we have loads of activities happening at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC), Chepstow.

Bungee JumpThe WireFly BoardsFree DivingTreasure HuntFree Live Music • Halloween Night Dive

Below are some of the activities happening at the NDAC, click on the links for further information or to book.

400ft Bungee Jump

The spectacular 400ft, UK’s Highest Bungee jump from UK Bungee Club will be on the site.

Returning due to popular demand, UK Bungee will be back with their 400ft Bungee Jump. Places on these jumps sell out fast, so be quick if you want to take part.

 

The Wire

The Wire is one of the UK’s longest, tallest and fastest zip slides, running the 700 metre length of the NDAC Quarry is available for bookings all weekend.

Fly Boarding at the NDAC ChepstowFly Boards

The amazing Fly Boards will be operating over the waters of the quarry if you fancy hovering above the waters of our quarry!

These flying boards are a truly indescribable experience! Easy to pick-up, your instructor controls the throttle so you are always controlled and in safe hands. 18+

The Fly Boards will be running throughout the weekend from 8am to 6pm (Rain or Shine). Call Liz or Steve on to book your Fly Boarding slot.

 

Learn to Freedive

The team from Saltfree Divers are running an AIDA 2 Star Beginner Freediver Course at the NDAC over the weekend.

Fly Boarding at the NDAC ChepstowThis is their entry level freediving course, suitable for total beginners as well as experienced freedivers who don’t yet have a formal qualification. If you are already happy swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving, this freediving course is the place to start.

Full details of the AIDA 2 Star Beginner Freediver Course can be found here>

 

Fourth Element Treasure Hunt Fourth Element Treasure Hunt

CoinOn Saturday the 12th October we will be running a 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 Cyclone Jacket

The treasure hunt will be split into two halves, the first during the day and the second will run in the evening during our popular Halloween Spooky Night Dive.

Good luck finding the booty!

 

Free Live Music at the View Cafe Bar

The Avenue, a four piece covers band, will be playing live concerts at the View Cafe Bar, Chepstow.

They will be great shows and the perfect way to spend the evening after a day of diving or activities.

 

 

Fourth Element Treasure Hunt

Halloween Night Dive

Dust down those broomsticks, pack up your cauldrons, and join us for a Halloween night dive full of spooky fun on Saturday 12th October!

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 evenings entertainment will start at 6.30pm and diving will finish
at 8pm. Once you have finished your dive you will be able to enjoy Free Live Music at the View Cafe Bar with The Avenue Band.

Free Witches Brew and an evening of Spooky fun!

Full details of the Halloween Night Dive can be found here>

Fourth Element Treasure Hunt

 

Even if you don’t want to take part in the Activities; everyone is welcome to come along and watch the action whilst relaxing and enjoying the great food & drink and spectacular views of our View Cafe Bar.

Why not make a weekend of it and stay at our Wigwam Village.

Hope to see you there, it’s going to be a fantastic weekend!

Easter events at the NDAC. Good Friday – Easter Monday 2013

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Easter at NDAC Dive Centre Chepstow

Easter 2013 at the National Diving & Activity Centre

Starting on Good Friday and continuing through to Easter Monday we will have lots happening over the Easter Weekend at the National Diving & Activity Centre. It’s the perfect excuse to book a wooden wigwam and make a long weekend of glamping and diving.

All divers visiting the site will receive a small Easter egg when then arrive at NDAC.

Easter EggsOn each day of the Easter weekend, from Friday to Monday, we will have a raffle with a giant Easter egg as a top prize.

On Saturday 30th, Sunday 31st and Easter Monday we will hold a BBQ.

For the divers, freedivers and snorkellers there will be eggs hidden underwater throughout the weekend for you to find.

On Saturday 30th we will have a GUE Experience Day.

In the evening there will be a talk at the View Cafe Bar on avoiding incidents.

The 100 ft Freedive Challenge

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Grace Capel 100ft Charity Freedive

Grace Capel has an unusual charity Challenge!

In October 2011, Grace Freediving at NDAC Quarrywill attempt to dive to 100 ft (approximately the height of a ten-storey building) on one breath!

Grace is training with Sam Kirby and Saltfree Divers at the National Diving & Activity Centre, and last week she successfully completed her AIDA** course.

Grace has a fantastic blog that is well worth following to see how her training progresses at: http://100ftfreedivechallenge.blogspot.com/

I thought the weekend couldn’t possibly get any better but once we’d finished the course, there were some time left to playing on the attractions sunk at the end of the quarry; containers, tubes, and even an armoured people carrier! As we were freediving through the container a group of SCUBA divers turned to watch us, wide-eyed! Hannah and I both had “Bond-girl” moments ascending through the tubes. We even got to see the enormous trout that hang around the pontoon, since Daz was kind enough to feed them so that they would come up close, flashing silver as they darted toward the surface. more>

The blog has great diary posts detailing her training from mortal to mermaid, photographs, video footage and much more! Just Giving Grace is doing all this to raise money for the MS Society and you can sponsor her here>

As many of you will know, my Mum lives with Multiple Sclerosis, as does my Auntie. Both are unbelievably positive in the face of chronic pain, and the uncertain future of their health. I would like to support them, and other people like them, by raising money for the MS Society.

If you are interested in starting Freediving, click here for some upcoming Saltfree Freediving Course dates>

 


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