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NDAC Director Features in Soldier Magazine

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Darren Bryce NDAC in Soldier Magazine

Soldier Magazine QuoteOne of the Directors of the National Diving & Activity Centre, Darren Bryce, features in this month’s Soldier Magazine.

Darren is a former Warrant Officer with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, REME. The article looks at how he planned and made the transition from military to civillian life, running the Chepstow Diving and Activity Centre and offers words of advice to current serving soldiers who are considering their future careers.

The Soldier Magazine article can be viewed online here >

Soldier Magazine is the official monthly Magazine of the British Army published for the UK Armed Forces by the Ministry of Defence. It is a magazine aimed at all ranks of the British Army, cadets and the wider military community, including veterans and members of the public with an interest in the military.

Who says diving in the UK isn’t fun!

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Here’s a fantastic film from the Oyster Diving club filmed at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow.

It features some great views of the site above and below the water line.

“Who says diving in the UK isn’t fun!”

The Oyster Diving Dive Club is aimed at people who like to dive, try new adventures and have some fun. They will take you to places that you have seen on TV, may have read about , have historical importance and have an abundance of marine life. Find out more on the Oyster Diving website>

New CBBC Show filmed at NDAC

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

DareDevil CBBC Programme

BBC CBBCA team from CBBC have been onsite for a couple of days at the National Diving & Activity Centre to film for a new TV Show called DareDevils.

The brand new CBBC show DareDevils puts families to the test to see what they are prepared to do to win unique prizes.


The DareDevil will research his contestant’s family and friends thoroughly, digging deep to uncover their passions, likes, dislikes, phobias and fears and will then craft a devilish dare for each individual. This is chaos and calamity with heart, testing whether contestants’ families will go that extra mile and face their fears to help them win a once-in-a-lifetime prize.

You’ll have to wait and see to find out what the ‘devilish dares’ were at the NDAC. However we’ll be sure to post on our Facebook Page and Twitter feed when the programme is screened.

Police Training at NDAC

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Sgt Lorna Dennison WilkinsSgt Lorna Dennison-Wilkins has been reporting on her recent training at the National Diving and Activity Centre.

Lorna is part of Sussex’s Specialist Search Unit (SSU) and since their police diving school shut down they have been using alternative venues for their training.

The NDAC was fortunate to host the SSU at our quarry in Chepstow.

Read the full story on Lorna’s Blog>

Today has been interesting. We did our dive drills and each dived to just under 18 meters. It’s important that we practice working as a team and also dive to depth. Lots of police diving is less than 10 meters in grotty ponds and rivers so we have to make sure we can dive deeper if the need arises both in a physiological and operational sense. We have got a plan of what we need to achieve each day and once we achieve our targets we move onto the next task.

Lorna’s blog is well worth a read and she can also be followed on Twitter @sussexssc

Chepstow Activity Centre to feature on BBC’s The Magicians.

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

BBC The Magicians

The National Diving & Activity Centre to feature on BBC’s The Magicians.

We recently closed the site for a day to allow the team from the BBC’s the Magicians show to carry out some filming for their upcoming TV series.

The Magicians returns to BBC One with a show-stopping new live format and viewer vote. Presented by Darren McMullen, the shows feature magicians Barry and Stuart, World Champion of Magic Latimer and comedy magician Pete Firman paired with stars from your favourite TV Shows.

With more daring, dangerous and mind-blowing magic than ever before, each act will perform four tricks – and two will be live, so anything could happen. Once all three acts have performed, viewers get to vote for their favourite, with the losing team having to face a terrifying live forfeit. Who will it be?

We’re pleased to announce that the National Diving & Activity Centre will feature on the Second episode of the series on Saturday 14th January 2012 at 6:30pm.

We can’t give anything away, but it would be well worth watching!

NDAC Quarry features on Channel 4′s Famous and Fearless

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Famous and Fearless

Famous and Fearless - John ThompsonThe NDAC Quarry in Chepstow recently featured on Channel 4′s Famous and Fearless programme. The jump facililated by the UK Bungee Club saw actor John Thompson of Cold Feet fame performing a reverse bungee jump over the NDAC Quarry.

See the video link of John Thompson here>

Chris Evans and Clare Balding present the Channel 4 show from 2 January 2011 that pushes celebrities to their limits in a series of extreme sports challenges.


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