Archive for the ‘Freediving’ Category
On 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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For anyone travelling across the river Severn, there is a M48 Severn bridge closure on Saturday 30th July for maintenance from 06:00 – 17:00.
Diversion routes will be in place across the M4 Second Severn Crossing, so please allow an extra 10-15 minutes to your journey times.
The National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed for Water Activities (Diving, Swimming etc) on Thursday 11th & Friday 12th August 2016.
We will reopen for water activities on Saturday 13th August 2016.
The wigwams and View Cafe Bar will be open as normal.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
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
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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.
Twelve Days of Offers for Divers, Freedivers & Open Water Swimmers at the National Diving & Activity CentreThursday, November 19th, 2015
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.
2) Like the 12 Days & Nights Facebook page
The twelve dates for these special offers are as follows
(Free entry available to Scuba Divers, Free Divers, Experienced Open Water Swimmers and Snorkellers)
Wednesday 30 December 2015
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
*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!
"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‘.
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 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
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.
• 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
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>