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Scuba Diving Courses for January to April 2016 at the NDAC Dive School

Monday, January 11th, 2016

NDAC Dive School
    
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At the National Diving & Activity Centre Dive School we have a wide range of competitively priced courses suitable for all levels of diver, from complete beginners to the experienced.

All recreational and technical scuba training at the NDAC Dive School is provided by Cardiff Scuba. Cardiff Scuba is a well established dive school with an outstanding reputation for teaching Scuba Diving courses. Together we are South Wales’ largest provider of Scuba Training.

Here are some of the upcoming Dive Courses taking place between January and April 2016. Places are limited so please book quickly to avoid disappointment.

Start Diving

NDAC Try-A-Dive Experience

The NDAC Try-A-Dive Experience introduces you to scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner. It dispels common misconceptions about scuba by letting you try it for yourself.

Under the guidance of a PADI professional, you will experience the thrills of swimming underwater in the safety of a swimming pool.

• 13 Feb 2016

• 12 Mar 2016

• 23 Apr 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >

PADI Open Water Diver

The PADI Open Water Diver course teaches you the foundational knowledge and skills you need to dive with a buddy, independent of supervision anywhere in the world, to a maximum of 18 meters (12 meters for Junior divers aged 10 – 14).

• 30-31 Jan & 06-07 Feb 16

• 20-21 Feb & 27-28 Feb 16

• 12-13 Mar & 19-20 Mar 16

• 02-03 Apr & 09-10 Apr 16

• 23-24 Apr & 30 Apr-01 May 16

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

Keep Diving

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

So you’ve got the skills to dive safely, now you want to explore special diving interests and gain experience.

The PADI Advanced Open Water program allows you to customise your training path and learn various underwater tasks that broaden your capabilities as a diver.

• 23-24 Jan 2016

• 13-14 Feb 2016

• 05-06 Mar 2016

• 26-27 Mar 2016

• 16-17 Apr 2016

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PADI Rescue Diver Course

PADI Rescue Divers will tell you this course is both challenging and rewarding. It will take you to a new level of diving by making you more confident and prepared in the event of a diving emergency.

• 27-28 Feb 2016

• 30 Apr-01 May 2016

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Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR), AED Use & Secondary Care

Creating confidence to care. Emergency First Response is the fastest-growing international CPR, AED and first aid training organisation.

The Emergency First Response course builds lay-rescuer confidence to provide care when faced with a medical emergency.

Full Course (at NDAC)

• 15 Jan 2016

• 26 Feb 2016

• 18 Mar 2016

• 15 Apr 2016

Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 21 & 28 Jan 2016

• 11 & 18 Feb 2016

• 03 & 10 Mar 2016

• 14 & 21 Apr 2016

Update Course (at Cardiff Scuba)
• 22 Jan 2016

• 12 Feb 2016

• 17 Mar 2016

Click here for full details, update options & further dates >

PADI Deep Diver Speciality

Ever wanted to dive that one wreck that’s just out of reach? What about diving with sharks in the Red Sea but can’t get close enough? Or those colourful reef walls you’ve heard about but so far you’ve been unable to experience it for yourself.

These are just some of the reasons to complete your PADI Deep Diver Specialty course and to go Deep Diving.

• 30-31 Jan 2016

• 19-20 Mar 2016

• 23-24 Apr 2016

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PADI Wreck Diver Speciality

Whether sunk intentionally or tragically, be it a sunken ship, a plane or an automobile; the call of a wreck is nearly irresistible to divers.

Through the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course you will learn and practice the skills and knowledge that is vital for safe wreck diving.

• 05–07 Feb 2016

• 25-27 Mar 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >

PADI Dry Suit Diver Speciality

Want to stay warm and toasty when diving? Fed up of only going diving through the summer months? Then this is the course for you!

To become a well-seasoned UK diver, and to open up other diving possibilities like Ice Diving, becoming a PADI Dry Suit Diver is an essential certification to have.

• 20-21 Feb 2016

• 12-13 Mar 2016

• 02 Apr 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

Tech Diving

PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality

Welcome to one of PADI’s most popular specialties – the PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality course. Diving with enriched air nitrox lets you safely extend your no-stop time beyond the no-decompression limits for air.

Diving with enriched air means more time underwater – but you need to be certified as an Enriched Air Diver to get enriched air fills.

• 07 Jan 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 28 Jan 2016 at NDAC

• 11 Feb 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 25 Feb 2016 at NDAC

• 10 Mar 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 24 Mar 2016 at NDAC

• 07 Apr 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 28 Apr 2016 at NDAC

Click here for full details & further dates >

Experience has shown that Technical Diving Courses often need to be tailored to the individual, so please get in touch to discuss suitable dates.

TDI Intro to Tech

TDI Rebreather Discovery (Try-Dive)

TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures

TDI Advanced Nitrox & Helitrox

TDI Extended Range

TDI Trimix

TDI Advanced Trimix

TDI Air Diluent Rebreather Diver

TDI Air Diluent Deco Procedures Rebreather Diver

 

For further dates please visit the Dive School section of the website.

If you have any questions please Contact the NDAC Dive School.

 

 

Twelve Days of Offers for Divers, Freedivers & Open Water Swimmers at the National Diving & Activity Centre

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

12 Special Offers for Divers

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.

These include FREE AIR FILLS, 50% DISCOUNTED ENTRY, a FOURTH ELEMENT TREASURE HUNT and even a day were you can DIVE FOR FREE!

Facebook PostTo take advantage of the special offers all we ask is that you:

1) Like & Share this Facebook post »

2) Like the 12 Days & Nights Facebook page

The twelve dates for these special offers are as follows

Dive For Free

(Free entry available to Scuba Divers, Free Divers, Experienced Open Water Swimmers and Snorkellers)

Wednesday 30 December 2015

50% off diving

December
Monday 28 December 2015
Tuesday 29 December 2015 & Fourth Element Treasure Hunt more »

Thursday 31 December 2015 (New Year’s Eve)

February
Saturday 6 February 2016
Sunday 7 February 2016
Saturday 13 February 2016
Sunday 14 February 2016

Free Air Fill*

*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!

 

Scuba Santas 2015 – Saturday 5th December at the NDAC

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Scuba Santa at the National Diving and Activity Centre Chepstow

Saturday 5th December 2015, at the
National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC), Chepstow

Scuba Santas will be entering its 9th year in 2015 and continues going from strength to strength. Often quoted as the “best dive of the year”, the event has raised thousands of pounds the RNLI and DDRC Healthcare whilst breaking its own world record several times over in the process.

Raising Money for the RNLI & DDRC HealthcareEach year, around Christmas time, we dress up in Santa costumes and go diving for fun and to raise money for charity. The money that we raise is shared between two great charities who provide a lot of support to divers – the RNLI and DDRC Healthcare (previously called the Diving Diseases Research Centre).

For the past few years the event has been held at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) near Chepstow, providing an easily accessible location for divers to get together for some festive diving fun!

‘Scuba Santas’ was founded by a group from Yorkshire Divers and was organised for many years by Lloyd Watkin. In 2013 & 2014 DDRC Healthcare, the diver health charity which answers all calls to the National Diver Accident Helpline, came on board to support Lloyd as ‘Scuba Santas Little Helpers!’. This year the event is being arranged by the National Diving & Activity Centre.

JOIN US this year for the 9th Annual Scuba Santas event on SATURDAY 5th DECEMBER 2015 at the NDAC.

This year Scuba Santas are aiming to attract between 100 and 200 Scuba Santas, and to raise well over £2,000 for our two charities.

In 2009 we set the World Record for ‘Most Scuba Diving Santas’ with 158 fabulous Scuba Santas. in 2013 Vobster Santas had 175, so the gauntlet has been laid down… are you up for the challenge this year?

Over £20,000 raised for Charity so far…

In 2007 we raised a few hundred pounds for the RNLI with 8 participating Santas, a Viking, a snowman, and a fairy! By the 2012 event we passed the amazing milestone of £20,000 and we have motivated people to start similar events all over the world since.

Not only is this a great advert for British scuba diving, it provides much needed funds for two great charities, and despite the chilly temperatures helps to get some grumpy people smiling and feeling festive!

Scuba Santas have some fantastic sponsors every year who donate some amazing prizes for our prize draw, helping to raise more money for our chosen charities. We also raise money through sponsorship of the event and sponsorship for individual Scuba Santa participants. Please support us and give generously! 50% of money donated goes to the RNLI and 50% to DDRC Healthcare.

If you want to join this fantastic event, sponsor Scuba Santa, donate a prize or just wish the Scuba Santas well, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Scuba Santas or follow them on their various social media sites. HO HO HO!!!

All details can be found on the Scuba Santas Website

Downloads

Scuba Santas Sponsor Form

Scuba Santas Flyer/Poster

Further Information

Scuba Santas can be found all over the internet, so if you’d like to find out more information please check us out via one of the following methods:

The Scuba Santas website

Scuba Santas Contact Page

Scuba Santas Facebook page

Twitter feed @ScubaSantas

Location of Scuba Santas

Frequently asked questions

Accommodation

Why not book a Wooden Wigwam, make a full weekend of it and go glamping in style. The wigwams are likely to get booked up quickly with this busy weekend, so book your wigwam early to avoid disappointment.

 



National Diving & Activity Centre awarded 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

NDAC awarded 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

The National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow has been awarded a 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

TripAdvisor awards a Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from visitors.

TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and is the largest travel community in the world, reaching 375 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 250 million reviews and opinions covering more than 5.2 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

Thanks to all our customers who have taken the time to write a review of the centre. If you would like to leave your own review, please visit the NDAC page on TripAdvisor.

Great prices on MUVI Veho Products at NDAC Dive Shop

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Muvi Veho Products at NDAC Shop

We have some fantastic new products and offers from MUVI in the NDAC Dive Shop.

Why not pop in for a look next time you’re visiting.

MUVI K2PNG Digital Camcorder – £249

MUVI K2PNGThe MUVI K-Series is the ultimate action camcorder featuring 1080p high definition recording, 16 mega pixels stills, built-in WiFi and timelapse

Only £249 (and with further offers for customers who pop in the shop)

 • Full HD
 • Rated to 100m
 • LCD Screen
 • Fully charged and ready to use out the box

Further Product Details »

 

MUVI Atom Digital Camcorder – £79

MUVI AtomThe brand new super tiny MUVI™ Atom redefines the world of small.

Measuring less than 2 inches high it’s one of the smallest camcorders in the world.

Includes:

 • A Waterproof Case to 30m
 • Spring Mount
 • Neck Chain
 • Carry Pouch
 • Mounting Bracket for Bike/Helmet
 • Head/Helmet Strap

All of this for only £79!

Further Product Details »

 

Pebble Device Charger – £25

PebbleThe Pebble™ Smartstick+ emergency portable battery pack charger for mobile devices has been enhanced with an increased 2800mAh power supply, ergonomic re-design with protective port dust cap and handy clip on karabiner.

Charge your portable device on the move without the need for mains power. Small and light enough to carry around in your bag, or clip on your rucksack, the Pebble™ Smartstick+ portable emergency charger will provide your mobile device with over one additional charge, charging most popular devices including; Apple 30 pin, Blackberry and devices that use mini or micro USB.

The USB port on the Pebble™ Smartstick also allows you to charge your mobile device with the supplied manufacturer’s cable.

Further Product Details »


MUVI K2PNG Digital Camcorder

The MUVI K-Series is the ultimate action camcorder featuring 1080p high definition recording, 16 mega pixels stills, built-in WiFi and timelapse.

The MUVI K-Series has a new smaller & sleeker form factor which makes this camera even more versatile than the previous MUVI HD models. Measuring only 6cm x 4cm x 2.3cm (2.7in x 2in x 1in) the K-Series is the smallest high definition MUVI yet, meaning handsfree video capture is easier than ever before.

The MUVI K2 records high definition 1080p video at 60 FPS as well as 720p at 120 FPS using the new MUVI XA-7 Achilles chipset and has a choice of bit rate, the default being 19 Mbit/s. As well as settings great for handsfree video capture the K2 also has settings to enable broadcast quality video capture for professional and pro-sumer use.

The K2 captures stills at 8, 12 and 16 megapixel, and now comes equipped with photo burst mode that allows you to take up to 10 photos per second, which is perfect for trying to achieve the perfect action shot. Additional new features include 180 degree rollover which means if you are mounting your K-Series upside down the footage plays back the correct way up and G-sensor auto-start which allows you to set your MUVI to start recording on a change of gravity. You can also now capture interval stills during video capture at a set of pre-defined periods so you can save the best still images handsfree while capturing footage.

MUVI K2PNGThe MUVI K2 now has an interchangeable, rechargeable lithium battery which has a capacity of 1500mAh, the largest on the handsfree camera market, which will allow up to 4 hours of continuous recording.

It also ships with the K-series waterproof case enabling dives of up to 100m and has operational buttons for video control and photo capture underwater. The K-Series waterproof case also has a changeable back door for use with or without the detachable LCD screen and has a port opening for charge and record purposes when your waterproof case is mounted outside water. The K2 NPNG is also fully compatible with all the current mounts and accessories in the MUVI HD range.

The K2 NPNG bundle ships in a protective carry case that also includes a detachable viewing screen so that you can change settings and navigate the on screen menu, use as a view finder or review your footage. The NPNG bundle also packs 8GB of memory to get you started as well as additional mounting options.

The MUVI K-series now comes with built-in Wi-Fi with a range up to 60 metres, which allows you to connect and pair with your smartphone. The MUVI K-Series APP allows you to connect your K-Series camcorder wirelessly to your iPhone via WiFi so that you can view live, record videos, take photos and share through email, Facebook, Twitter and more. The app is available on the Google Play Store & also on the Apple iOS App Store.

The MUVI K2 NPNG still has all the features as its predecessor, such as loop-recording, auto video, time lapse continuous photo, exposure control & digital zoom.


MUVI Atom Digital Camcorder

MUVI AtomThe brand new super tiny MUVI™ Atom redefines the world of small. Measuring less than 2 inches high it’s one of the smallest camcorders in the world.

The MUVI™ Atom’s tiny size does not compromise quality, recording at 640×480 @ 30 FPS using Frame Rate Enhancement technology. The MUVI™ Atom also introduces the ability to take photo snapshots @ 1280×960 and comes bundled with the 2GB micro SD card and sports mounting kit.

Features:

 • The world’s smallest high resolution camcorder
 • Measures only 1.75 inch high x .75 inch wide x .75 inch deep
 • Includes 2GB micro SD card (up to 8GB MSD compatible) to record up to 90 minutes footage
 • Includes rechargeable battery for up to 45 minutes continuous operation
 • Standby mode with noise activation
 • Bundle sports kit
 • Photo snapshot @ 1280 x 960


Pebble Device Charger

PebbleThe Pebble™ Smartstick+ emergency portable battery pack charger for mobile devices has been enhanced with an increased 2800mAh power supply, ergonomic re-design with protective port dust cap and handy clip on karabiner.

Charge your portable device on the move without the need for mains power. Small and light enough to carry around in your bag, or clip on your rucksack, the Pebble™ Smartstick+ portable emergency charger will provide your mobile device with over one additional charge, charging most popular devices including; Apple 30 pin, Blackberry and devices that use mini or micro USB.

The USB port on the Pebble™ Smartstick also allows you to charge your mobile device with the supplied manufacturer’s cable.

The stylish new design incorporates a screw on cap to protect the Smartstick+ ports and also allow the Pebble karabiner to connect so you can hook onto anything.

Please note that this product doesn’t include the Apple Lightning connector.

Key Features:

  • Will charge most popular mobile devices and smartphones including iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, Samsung, Nokia, HTC
  • Packed with 2800mAh emergency battery power for over a whole charge of most popular smartphones or mobile devices
  • Comes with 3 connectors iPhone/iPod, mini USB and micro USB, 1 charging cable and stylish carry sock
  • Blue and red LED charging indicators for re-charge notification
  • Screw on dust cap for port protection with clip on karabiner

 

 

British underwater photography competition winners include shot taken at NDAC

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

British underwater photography competition winners have been featured in the The Guardian​.British underwater photography competition winners have been featured in the The Guardian​.

A rare fireworks anemone, a jellyfish, a blue shark and the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC)​ Land Rover​ feature in the winning images from this year’s British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) competition.

Elaine White’s ‘Diver on Land Rover’ at the NDAC was highly commended and we think it is a fantastic shot.

View the article and see all the photos here:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2014/nov/19/british-underwater-photography-competition-winners-in-pictures

Find out more about the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) on their website:
http://www.bsoup.org

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

 

TriDri Demonstration Day Sunday 27th July 2014

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Tri-dri Demonstration Day

Win a TriDri

A revolutionary new product to dry the inside of your drysuit is coming to the National Diving & Activity Centre on Sunday 27th July 2014.

TriDri are coming to the NDAC to demonstrate their fantastic product for the day, you’ll wonder how you survived without it!

TriDri

TriDri in SuitDrysuits often get damp inside from:

• Perspiration
• Washing
• Leaks

Drying the inside, particularly the boots, can be difficult and can take up to two weeks if soaking wet. Dampness may result in discomfort, unpleasant odours and even mould growth.

Washing is great for drysuits but they take forever to dry.

The Solution is TriDri

• Simple to use
• Telescopic
• Small low voltage fan
• Powered from any USB socket

TriDri is ready to use out of the box with cable, UK Mains power supply and instructions.
Never put on a damp drysuit again!Win a TriDri

WIN a TriDri

All divers visiting the NDAC on the day will be given a raffle ticket and entered into a free draw to win a TriDri.

If you have already purchased one on the day, the price will be refunded to you!

 

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TriDri is available from the NDAC Dive Shop.

For more details abou this product please visit the TriDri website:
http://www.tridridiving.com

TriDri

SF2 Rebreather Try Dives at NDAC

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Try Dive

Be amongst the first in the UK to try the new SF2 rebreather.

On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April 2013 the SF2 rebreather will be at National Diving & Activity Centre for try dives.

The SF2 is a fully electronic closed circuit rebreather featuring Shearwater controller, back mounted counterlungs and a streamlined profile. It is designed for exploratory diving and is definitely in the technical rather than recreational rebreather market. It has received CE rating for both air and trimix use.

Try dives will be available on both days but places will be limited. If you are a technical diver looking to move into CCR or already dive a CCR and would like to test out the SF2 then email mark@dive-tech.co.uk to book a space. The try dive will cost £25 per person plus site entry but it doesn’t cost anything to come and have a look.

Refurbishment of NDAC gas blending panel

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

New Blending PanelAs part of our commitment to continuously improve the National Diving & Activity Centre, we have had a complete refurbishment of our blending panel in the NDAC Gas Room.

The refurbishment included a full strip-down and re-build as well as an installation of new Mk2a needle valves designed to give very fine control over the flow of air.

This is all part of our continued program to ensure we provide a good reliable service and quality speedy gas fills every time.


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