Archive for the ‘Scuba Diving’ Category

200ft of new pontoon space at NDAC diving quarry

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

New Pontoons at NDAC

PontoonsWe have recently installed five new 40ft long pontoons in the NDAC diving quarry.

This gives us an extra 200ft of pontoon space to meet the growing popularity of scuba diving, swimming, freediving, flyboarding, water walking and other water based activities at the NDAC.

This extra pontoon space also creates a bridge to the Saltfree freediving platform so they no longer need to take a boat trip before diving.

This development is something a lot of the divers have been asking for and is part of our ongoing investment plans, which will see half a million pounds invested in the centre.

For some more photos of the installed pontoons, take a look at some of the images on the Saltfree Facebook page, here, here and here

The Easter GUE Experience Day 12 April 2014

Friday, March 14th, 2014

GUE Training Day at NDAC

Fancy seeing what you look like in the water? – Only £25

Global Underwater ExplorersInterested or curious about GUE but never had the opportunity to see what the fuss is about or ask questions from people that will give you straight answers? Have an annoying issue with buoyancy or confidence in the water? A little rusty after the winter? Fancy seeing yourself on video? Then a GUE experience day is for you. Join GUE Instructor Gareth Burrows at the National Diving and Activity Centre on Saturday 12th April.

For only £25 you will receive guidance on your diving skills, video feedback and tips on how to improve your diving skills, and an insight into the GUE style of diving, without having to make a heavy investment in time or money. We’ll show you how to make your fin kicking more effective, how to take the stress out of ascents, and even how to swim backwards. You can attend a talk on taking the stress out of diving. You can bring any equipment, dive any gas.

Location and Date
This event is being held from 0830 on Saturday the 12th April at NDAC. Meet in the View Cafe Bar at 0830 promptly! (Location Map).

We will be covering the following
  •  Discussion – The origins and goals of GUE
  •  Discussion – The strengths and techniques of buoyancy control
  •  Dive 1 – Demonstration of trim and buoyancy control
  •  Dive 1 – Practice and video of trim and buoyancy control with in water feedback
  •  Dive 1 – Ascent with stops practice
  •  Discussion and hands-on – Kit configuration
  •  Discussion – Why team diving?
  •  Dive 2 – SMB demonstration
  •  Dive 2 – Valve drill demonstration
  •  Dive 2 – Ascent with stops practice
  •  Video Feedback for all divers
  •  Q&A

In the evening, Gareth will also be giving a talk on the diving lessons that can learnt from Captain Scott’s tragic expedition to the South Pole.

Over the weekend the NDAC is also holding a Dive Equipment Demonstration Weekend.

Audience
This day is aimed at recreational and technical divers looking into GUE for the first time. You don’t need any specific gas, any specific equipment. As long as you have an open water qualification then you can just turn up and take part. You can take what you want from the day and leave the rest. We will create an environment where people feel free to ask whatever questions like they like, and to watch demonstrations of the skills we teach, and even get some video feedback and advice on their own skills.

Pricing
Organising several of these events throughout the year costs a significant amount of time and money. Nonetheless, I feel it important that these events continue to be run as non-profit. So the small registration fee of £25.00 is there to encourage those who sign up to turn up, and also to cover some of the direct costs of organising the event. Other than these direct costs, all proceeds from the event will go to the RNLI. The last event we ran ended up with £100 donated to the RNLI.

Registration
These events have become so popular that I have had to limit the registration to keep the numbers small. This enables us to answer everyone’s questions, and also to have time to look at everyone in the water. So, registration for this event is limited to 10 people.

Registration is now open. If you have any questions about this event, please do not hesitate to contact GUE. Please note that this is a non-profit event. all proceeds beyond direct costs go to the RNLI.

To attend this event, all you need to do is register at DiveDIR.

Logistics
If you need accomodation there are Wooden wigwams on site at The National Diving & Activity Centre.

Food and drink is available at the View Cafe Bar

These events are always a great laugh, and people seem to get a lot out of them. Here’s what they have said in the past…

"I couldn’t believe it. I had been struggling with my trim for years.
Ten minutes in the water with a GUE instructor and it was sorted
out. Best £25 i ever spent on diving.

 

" presumed the GUE instructors would be boot-camp military types,
but they were just very relaxed and laid back divers – albeit divers
with incredible knowledge and skill, and the ability to pass on that
knowledge. In all honesty I went to prove a point, but after an
hour realised I had a lot to learn.

 

"I was fascinating to have so many myths busted in one day,
and also feedback on my buoyancy control which has taken
all the stress out of ascending


"I realised two things in the first hour. Firstly, the bar set
by GUE standards is like nothing I have experienced before.
Secondly these guys do not preach – but they are incredibly
well trained to teach


"As a single tank diver, I expected to feel like an alien,
but was welcomed to the crowd. Forget about the fact
it was a GUE day. It was just a bunch of divers enjoying
the sunshine.

We hope to see you there.

Free Presentation at View Cafe Bar: “Lessons for divers from Captain Scott’s Tragic South Pole Expedition”

Friday, March 14th, 2014

A FREE presentation in the View Cafe Bar at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow
Starts at 7pm – all welcomeGUE

Saturday 12th April 2014

 

GUE Instructor ‘Garf’ Gareth Burrows

Captain Scott's  Tragic South Pole ExpeditionIn 1911, two men set out to make history by being the first man to the South Pole. One would win, the other would become a hero.

History has been both kind and cruel to Captain Scott. He has been hero, victim, villain, fool. He has been a scientist, a buffoon. However, one hundred years ago he struggled for his life, battling against thirst, starvation, and the horrors of scurvy. This presentation outlines the latest thinking on why Scott failed, what could have been done different, and whether Scott is, in the end, a true British hero.

In this presentation, Gareth uses stock video and images to show how the men lived and died. He discusses the problems faced by polar explorations, both those known in the day, and those we have learnt since. Gareth also presents lessons that can be learned from the different approaches taken by Amundsen and Scott, and how they might apply to scuba diving in the 21st Century.

Garf has been fascinated with polar exploration since he was a child, and has amassed a huge collection of books and articles on the “heroic age”. He has developed this interest into this multimedia presentation that presents an intriguing, and sometimes horrific, account of the trials and dangers faced be men willing to dare all to be the first.

We are also hosting a GUE Experience Day and a Dive Equipment Demonstration Weekend

 

View Cafe BarWith breathtaking views overlooking our Chepstow quarry, the View Café Bar serves an extensive range of hot & cold meals as well as a wide selection of beers, wines and soft drinks from the licensed bar.

Accommodation is avaialable in our Wigwam Village >

If you would like to host an event at the View Cafe Bar in Chepstow, please get in touch

Demonstration Weekend 12th & 13th of April 2014

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Demonstration Day At NDAC April 12th 2014

Sea and Sea at NDAC Demo DayThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be hosting a dive equipment demonstration weekend over the 12th and 13th of April 2014.

The weekend will include equipment from

Sea & Sea
Fourth Element
Atomic Aquatics
Bare

James from Sea & Sea will have a wide range of products for you to look at and try out, including;
• Ocean Full Face Mask
• Various types of Dive Rite sidemount kit, including harnesses, regulators and cylinders
• Liqiuvision OLED Dive Computers for try dives
• Cobra Kayaks to have a play on or even dive from

Sea & Sea will have lots of other equipment on display including more Dive Rite sidemount systems and lots of other accessories, Underwater Kinetics torches, Scaps and Liqivision dive computers.

If anybody wants to try any of the Sea & Sea kit, they just have to leave a credit card or driving license as a deposit.

Staff from all the companies will be available over the demonstration weekend to answer all your questions – so why not pop in and treat yourself to some new kit.

On the Saturday we are also hosting a GUE Experience Day and a free talk in in the evening titled ‘Lessons for divers from Captain Scott’s Tragic South Pole Expedition‘.

Why not make a weekend of it. Food is available from our View Cafe Bar and we have glamping accommodation at the Wooden Wigwam village.

Demo Day at NDAC

Upcoming Courses for March & April 2014 at the NDAC Dive School

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

NDAC Dive School
    
Start Diving Keep Diving Teach Diving Tech Diving Bookings

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 for February and March 2014.

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.

• 08 Mar 2014

• 29 Mar 2014

• 19 Apr 2014

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).

• 15-16 Mar & 22-23 Mar 2014

• 05-06 Apr & 12-13 Apr 2014

• 26-27 Apr & 03-04 May 2014

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.

• 07 Mar (Evening Theory), 08 – 09 Mar 2014 Open Water Dives

• 28 Mar (Evening Theory), 29-30 March 2014 Open Water Dives

Click here for full details & further dates >

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.

• 20, 22-23 Mar 2014

• 15, 17-18 May 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

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
• 06 Mar & 14 Mar 2014

• 10 Apr & 17 Apr 2014

Update Course
• 22 May 2014

Click here for full details & 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.

• 15 – 16 Mar 2014

• 12 – 13 Apr 2014

• 24 – 25 May 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

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.

• 02 May – 04 May 2014

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.

• 05 – 06 Mar 2014

• 26 – 27 Mar 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

Tech Diving

PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality

• 13 Mar 2014 (at NDAC)

• 27 Mar 2014 (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 03 Apr 2014 (at NDAC)

• 24 Apr 2014 (at Cardiff Scuba)

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

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

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

 

 

The role of human factors in SCUBA diving incidents

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

The role of human factors in SCUBA Diving Incidents and Accidents

Gareth Lock, a PhD candidate from the UK, is undertaking research into the role of human factors in SCUBA diving incidents, using a modified aviation-based model to achieve this.

He needs people to fill in a survey about their experiences of certain events which are listed on the site.

You can find out more about this worthwhile and informative project here:

https://experiment.com/projects/the-role-of-human-factors-in-scuba-diving-incidents-and-accidents

and the link for the current survey is here

https://cranfielduniversity.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_aVl0quHU6pdJ69n

Please support and share.

Upcoming Courses for February & March 2014 at the NDAC Dive School

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

NDAC Dive School
    
Start Diving Keep Diving Teach Diving Tech Diving Bookings

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 for February and March 2014.

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.

• 15 Feb 2014

• 08 Mar 2014

• 29 Mar 2014

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).

• 01-02 Feb & 08-09 Feb 2014

• 22-23 Feb & 01-02 Mar 2014

• 15-16 Mar & 22-23 Mar 2014

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.

• 14 Feb (Evening Theory), 15-16 Feb 2014 Open Water Dives

• 07 Mar (Evening Theory), 08 – 09 Mar 2014 Open Water Dives

• 28 Mar (Evening Theory), 29-30 March 2014 Open Water Dives

Click here for full details & further dates >

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.

• 06, 08-09 Feb 2014

• 20, 22-23 Mar 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

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
06 Mar &
14 Mar 2014

Update Course
20 Feb 2014

Click here for full details & 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.

• 22 – 23 Feb 2014

• 15 – 16 Mar 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

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.

• 28 Feb – 02 Mar 2014

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.

• 15 – 16 Feb 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

Tech Diving

PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality

• 13 Feb 2014
at NDAC

• 27 Feb 2014
at Cardiff Scuba

• 13 Mar 2014
at NDAC

• 27 Mar 2014
at Cardiff Scuba

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

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

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

 

 

Half a Million Pound Investment at Chepstow Activity Centre

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

£0.5 Million Investment at NDAC Dive and Activity CentreWith the start of a new year there are some very exciting plans in the pipeline at the National Diving and Activity Centre.

There is an immediate £500k investment in the infrastructure and works for for an off-road Segway course, new deluxe wigwams and a 3G swing. The works have already commenced with a full application.

Segway Active
The investment programme will start to roll out over the next few months with the initial purchase of 12 Segways X2 models that will allow off road experiences throughout the grounds of the National Diving and Activity Centre. The electrical powered Segways are from the USA and will add a fun activity and new dimension to the area.

Segway Active opens in April 2014, bookings are available now for an early bird discount>

Glamping gets even better
The Wigwam Village accommodation at NDAC has been such a great success that we have just secured an order for 12 more units. These new wigwams will be super deluxe with your own indoor shower, double bed, sofa bed, toilet and kitchen area so you can be completely self contained in your unit. As an additional facility it is proposed that two of these units will be used by NDAC to offer massage treatments to include sports massage, facials and pamper experiences.

We are looking at the first delivery of the units early in 2014 with the completion of works by Easter 2014, but best of all, they will be located 200ft above the edge of the quarry walls with breathtaking views of the UK’s Deepest Inland Dive Site.

The Giant 3G Swing
The Giant 3G Swing will also be available from Easter 2014 and the additional £100k investment of works will be started early in 2014.

New Underwater Attraction
For the divers, we have purchased a 35 tonne steel trawler. The boat will be submerged early 2014 as a new underwater attraction which will support wreck diving experiences. The boat is parked to the left hand side of the entrance of NDAC for any interested viewing. More details about the new attraction can be found here>

New Facilities
There is some further future investment planned at NDAC with an extension to the popular View Cafe Bar and toilet facilities. This will include an event multi functional room, a snug area and a play area for children so we will be offering something for all the family.

We have seen a substantial increase in visitor numbers over the past 3 years and the original investment of 19 Wooden Wigwams, View Cafe Bar and the Wire Zip Slide have supported this increase. The extra investment over the next few years will see the site as the perfect destination for divers, family and friends to enjoy all year round with a variety of activities to experience.

We want to thank all of our customers over the past 3 years who have walked alongside us on our journey and enabled us to support the growth of the business and improving your overall experience. We want to continue to improve on your experience and hope your continued support throughout 2014 and beyond will strengthen NDAC and make us your destination site. Investing in us means we can invest in you.

Keep up to date
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Trade in your VR Computer for 25% off a new Liquivision

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Trade in VR Computer for Liquivision
Liquivision X1 at the NDAC

We are happy to announce that we are running a LIQUIVISION – VR dive computer trade-in offer.

The offer is effective immediately at the NDAC Dive Shop and will run until Friday 31st January 2014.

The offer gives customers 25% off Suggested Retail Price on any LIQUIVISION dive computer in the current range against any VR dive computer (and the VR computer doesn’t even have to be in working condition!).

Liquivision Dive Computers include the Liquivision X1, the Xeo trimix computer, the Xen bottom timer, the Kaon air & nitrox computer and the Lynx air-integrated computer.

Compare the range of Liquivision Dive Computers here>

The offer is restricted to LIQUIVISION dive computers only (accessories are not included) against VR dive computers only and is limited to one trade-in per customer.

SEA & SEATo take part in this fantastic offer; submit your VR computer for trade-in approval to Sea & Sea Ltd via the NDAC Dive Shop. Sea & Sea Ltd will then ship your shiny new LIQUIVISION computer back to us when the application is approved.

Applications must be registered with the NDAC Shop by the end of the day, Friday 31st January 2014 to qualify.



The Ultimate Diving Machine
from Dan Warter (DCS Films.

Vote now in the DIVER Awards 2013

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Divernet Diver Awards 2013

We are pleased to announce that the National Diving and Activity Centre is a contender for Dive Centre of the Year in the DIVER Awards 2013.

These awards are your opportunity to reward the people, places and equipment that have helped you to enjoy some great underwater experiences in 2013.

If you have enjoyed your visits to our Dive Centre during 2013, it would be great if you could share your appreciation and give us a vote. The National Diving and Activity Centre is listed as NDAC Chepstow in the category of Dive Centre of the Year.

Vote Online Now >

You can also vote using the form on page 87 (not a photocopy) of the December issue of DIVER Magazine (on sale 21 November). Whether voting is carried out online or on paper, you must complete all the fields on the form, i.e. vote in all categories, in order for your form to be counted.

Content below from DIVERNET http://www.divernetxtra.com/xtra/DiverAwards13.html

DiverNet Award Statuette

"It’s time to cast your votes in the 16th Diver Awards, the original prestigious accolades for the cream of the diving industry. Valuable bronze statuettes and mass recommendations of businesses to other divers are at stake!

Whether it’s dive centres, retailers, liveaboards, brands, new products, tour operators or entire nations, nominate those who deserve your praise. As for those who displeased you during 2013, just ignore them!

The good guys will rise to the top through your support, and they’re the ones you want to see holding those handsome Diver statuettes when they’re presented in public at the London International Dive Show in February.

You have until the first chime of midnight as New Year’s Day breaks to cast your votes – but don’t leave it until then and be the only person not partying. Do it now!

Of one thing you can be sure – in 2014 the winners will literally be trading on their Diver Awards success. So make sure those winners are the right ones!

How to vote

If you’re not sure who to vote for, jog your memory by checking out nominations to date on the Select list. If you know who or what you want to vote for but can’t find it on that list, click on Other and enter your choice. Please note that Diver cannot accept more than one vote per person.

Vote Now >

The Award Categories

DIVER Brand of the Year Which badge on your dive gear speaks volumes about quality and reliability?

DIVER Product of the Year Which do you consider the most exciting item of kit to emerge in 2010?

DIVER Tour Operator of the Year Which company is best at arranging diving package holidays?

DIVER Dive Centre of the Year Which centre, anywhere in the world, seems to get it right more often than not?

DIVER Liveaboard of the Year It may be the facilities, the crew or the itinerary – name your ideal boat.

DIVER Dive Destination of the Year Name the best country for divers to visit, and not necessarily the obvious!

DIVER Retailer of the Year Vote for any dive store that has given you good value and exemplary service.

DIVER Newcomer of the Year There is an award, but you no longer need to vote – the winners will emerge from among the newcomers with the most votes in the other categories.

Vote Now >

Terms and Conditions

Please note that Diver cannot accept: more than one coupon per envelope… more than one vote per person… faxed or photocopied forms… emailed votes other than through www.divernet.com, and then only one per email address… votes from employees or commercial associates for their own or associated organisations.

• It is available to residents of the UK or Republic of Ireland aged 18 and above.

• Closing date is 31 December, 2013, and the draw will be made on 7 January 2014.

Vote Now >


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