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Half Price Scuba Diving during May Half Term

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Half Price Scuba Diving During Half Term

Half Price Scuba DivingWe are going to be open for Scuba Diving during the School Half-Term week on Monday (Bank Holiday), Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (27th – 31st May 2019).

During this time we will be offering a 50% Discount for scuba diving on the midweek dates. No catches – just turn up, book in and scuba dive for half the normal price!

This means that our members will only have to pay £7.50 for a day’s unlimited diving with us and non members will have to pay just £10.00.

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Site Closed for Scuba Diving Thursday 2nd May

Monday, April 29th, 2019

ClosedThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed for Scuba Diving on Thursday 2nd May 2019 for infrastructure works taking place on the site.

The one day closure will also include The View Cafe Bar.

Wooden Wigwam Accommodation will be available as normal.

The site will be back to normal opening times and Scuba Diving resumes on Friday 3rd May 2019.

Apologies for the short notics and any inconvenience this may cause.

Karl Kruger at the Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Karl Kruger

We are pleased to announce our third guest speaker at Rebreather Reunion 2019 will be Karl Kruger

Karl Kruger had a military diving and technical diving career spanning three decades. Karl now runs his own dive school providing recreational and technical dive training with multiple training agencies.

Karl’s talk will be on the technical diving expeditions of South Africa – Submarines, Coelacanths & the Ghost Fleet Expeditions.

The Rebreather Reunion is a two day social gathering for like minded divers from all backgrounds and levels of diving experience.

Join us for a weekend of diving and socialising as well as live talks & presentations from our guest speakers.

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Scuba Diving & Underwater Egg Hunt – Easter 2019

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Easter Scuba Diving NDAC

The National Diving & Activity Centre will be open for Scuba Diving every day except Wednesdays throughout the School Easter Holidays.

We will also be holding Easter Egg Hunts for the divers on Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and the Bank Holiday Monday.
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New underwater scuba diving attraction at NDAC Chepstow

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Hyperbaric chamber scuba diving attraction NDAC Chepstow

This week we have been lowering our new scuba diving attraction into place at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

The Hyperbaric Chamber was lowered using 5 a tonne lift bag and a lot of assistance.

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Dave Gration at the Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Dave Gration

We are pleased to announce our third guest speaker at Rebreather Reunion 2019 will be Dave Graiton from Rebreatherpro-Training.

Dave Graiton’s talk will be on Rebreather Diving for Deepwater Archaeology. (more…)

Final checks for new underwater attraction

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Chamber

DDRCFinal checks are being carried out prior to the sinking of our latest underwater attraction, a Hyperbaric Chamber.

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Underwater Training Exercise at Site

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Training Ex

Training ExerciseFor those of you diving with us over the next couple of weeks in March/early April. You will see lots of interesting looking equipment around the water area.

It is all being used for a training exercise that is taking place underwater at the site.

Please take care when entering or exiting the lake.

Many thanks

Mark Powell at the Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Mark Powell

We are pleased to announce our second guest speaker at Rebreather Reunion 2019 will be Mark Powell.

Mark will be familiar to anyone diving at the National Diving & Activity Centre and is also one of the world’s leading diving instructors. He is a member of the TDI/SDI Training Advisory Panel and an Instructor Trainer Evaluator, the highest rating of instructor.

Deco for Divers

Technical Diving

Mark is the author of Deco for Divers and his new book Technical Diving – An Introduction. In 2010 Mark won the EuroTek ‘Publication of significance Award’ for Deco for Divers and in 2014 was the winner of the Tek Dive USA Media Award.

In 2016 Mark Powell was part of an international team that dived the HMHS Britannic as part of the 100 year commemoration of the sinking. Mark’s talk will cover the history of the Britannic as well as details of its exploration as well as giving an overview of what is required to put together an expedition of this type.

HMHS Britannic was the third and final vessel of the White Star Line’s Olympic class of steamships. She was the fleet mate of both the RMS Olympic and the RMS Titanic and was intended to enter service as a transatlantic passenger liner.

HMHS Britannic is considered the ‘Everest’ of wreck dives. The vessel is the largest passenger ship on the sea floor, followed by Titanic.

Over 100 years have elapsed since Captain Charles Bartlett, standing in his pyjamas on the bridge of the biggest vessel in the world, the HMHS Britannic, gave the call to abandon ship.

It was 8.35am on November 21 1916. The four-funnel ocean liner, built to be even larger and safer than the "unsinkable" Titanic, her ill-fated sister, was listing fast. Bartlett knew the ship was doomed, but on this eerily calm morning as it sailed to collect troops wounded in the first world war’s Galipolli campaign, neither he nor any of his crew could have imagined the speed with which the vessel would go down.

The explosion occurred at 8.12am, sending a giant shudder through the gargantuan vessel, badly damaging its bow as it steamed past the Greek island of Kea. Fifty-five minutes later, the 269-metre (883ft) ship lay on the seabed.

There the Britannic, which was launched in February 1914 at Belfast, and, the following year, put to use as a wartime hospital ship for the first time, would stay at a depth of 122 metres (400ft), untouched and forgotten, until being discovered by the explorer Jacques Cousteau, in 1975.

Today the Britannic lies well preserved in the Aegean. There are many reasons why this is a challenging wreck to dive; the depth of 120m, the problems in getting permissions from the Greek government, the fact it lies in a very busy shipping lane together with all the variations in weather and tides make this a pinnacle dive for anyone.

HMHS Britannic by Allan Green (Public Domain)

The Rebreather Reunion is a two day social gathering for like minded divers from all backgrounds and levels of diving experience.

Join us for a weekend of diving and socialising as well as live talks & presentations from our guest speakers.

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FREE Air Fills March 2019 at NDAC

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

FREE AIR FILLS at the NDAC

To continue with the fantastic 2019 offers for the diving community, In March we are running a new freebie for our diving visitors, so you can continue to save at the NDAC.

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