Archive for the ‘Freediving’ Category

Infrastructure Improvements for Divers & Water Users

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Slipway Road and Turning Circle

Here are some photos of some of the latest infrastructure works taking place on site for the benefit of our divers and water users.

This new area has recently been concreted over with 15 tonnes of ready mix concrete to create a new walkway and vehicle turning circle.

This is part of the ongoing infrastructure works throughout the site, that include a new Children’s Play Area and improvements to the Car Park surface. Other improvements throughout the site are on their way.

Slipway Road and Turning Circle

Mark Harris Book Launch ‘Glass & Water’ – Sat 30th July 2016

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Mark Harris Book Launch - Glass & Water

Mark Harris Book LaunchOn Saturday 30th July 2016, Mark Harris will be at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) between 3pm and 4pm to sign copies of his recently released book, ‘Glass and Water‘.

Glass and Water is a book that covers the essential techniques needed for underwater photography while freediving.

Mark is no stranger to the NDAC, as it was his primary training facility (with Saltfree freediving) during his years as UK freediving champion. Many images within the book were taken at the NDAC.

This book signing is part of the British Freediving Association member’s day being held at the site. It will include a freedive safety demo (by Liv Philip), a BBQ, camping and yoga (with Rebecca Coales). And of course for qualified divers, some time on the Saltfree Divers platform and NDAC attractions.

For anyone wishing to purchase a signed copy, Mark will be supplying these at a price of £15 (cash only accepted), but will also be happy to sign copies for those who have purchased elsewhere.

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Upgrade your Suunto Dive Computer

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Upgrade your SUUNTO Dive Computer

Is it time to think about updating your old computer? Have you simply outgrown the features and need something more advanced? Or maybe you just feel like treating yourself to the latest dive computer?

As a loyal Suunto customer we would like to offer you the chance to upgrade your current Suunto computer to one of the latest models.

Bring any working Suunto Dive Computer to us and we will swap it for a new one with up to £200 off!

• Vyper Novo £50
• D4i Novo £75
• D6i Novo £100
• Eon Steel £150
• DX £200

Available at NDAC Dive Shop, please pop in or contact us for more information and a great price.

This offer will run until 30th June 2016

Further Information
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Scuba Diving around & under the Saltfree Pontoon

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Saltfree Pontoon

As a reminder for scuba divers – please could you avoid the area around & underneath the Saltfree Divers pontoon when their A flag is flying and they are freediving.

In particular we also request that divers do not use the freedive mooring lines for decompression stops.

If the freedivers had to release their counterweight system in an emergency, there is the risk of being caught by a 60kg weight.

The upcoming freedive meets are as follows:

• 30 April
• 1 May
• 21/22 May
• 11/12 June
• 9/10 July
• 30/31 July
• 6/7 August
• 27/28 August
• 10/11 September
• 24/25 September
• 8/9 October

We’d also like to remind any divers using re-breathers that you must also use a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) throughout your dive. (However please note that yellows SMBs should only be used in emergencies.)

Thanks for your understanding.

Sam Amps, Saltfree & NDAC Feature on BBC 2 Science Show

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Sam Amps Saltfree and NDAC feature on BBC 2 Science show

Iplayer

"100 trillion cells. 280 days. One human life. A BBC Science series, produced in partnership with The Open University, exploring the making of you."

On Monday 28th September you may have seen the National Diving & Activity Centre feature on BBC 2 Science show ‘Countdown to Life: The Extraordinary Making of You‘.

As part of the show Sam Amps from Saltfree teaches the presenter Dr Michael Mosley how to Freedive at Chepstow’s inland dive site.

The whole show is fascinating and well worth watching and you can catch it on the IPlayer. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, the freediving section starts at around 46 minutes in

Saltfree FreedivingSaltFree Divers offer freediving courses, training, coaching and competitions at all levels at The National Diving and Activity Centre, a beautiful flooded quarry in Chepstow, near Bristol.

Their purpose-built freediving platform is the deepest of its kind in the UK, possibly in the world, fully equipped for safety and comfort.

Whether you want to learn to dive deeper, hold your breath longer or perfect your underwater swimming technique, SaltFree is the perfect location for Constant Weight and Free Immersion breath hold dive training.

Find out more about Saltfree and book on their courses via their website at www.saltfree.biz

Board-Easy Deco-Stop new to NDAC

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

New 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.

• 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.

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

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>


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