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Half Price entrance fee for divers throughout January and February 2015

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Dive for just £5.50 throughout January and February 2015

Rather than follow the trend and increase our prices, we wanted to give you some good news for 2015.

As a big thank you for your continued support and loyalty throughout 2014 we have decided to reduce our entrance price until the end of February by a massive 50%

This means that our members will only have to pay £5.50 for a days unlimited diving with us and non members will have to pay just £8.00.

It’s not just normal daytime diving though, this amazing offer also extends to the Night Dives we have in January and February!

We are also launching a VIP Promotion where someone will be randomly selected to received VIP treatment and upgrade throughout their stay at NDAC!

These offers run until the 28th February 2015 (Inclusive) and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers from the NDAC.

This isn’t the only other special offer we’re planning! Keep an eye on our website, Facebook Page and Twitter Feed for further offers and promotions throughout the year.

Winter GUE Experience Day – 31st January 2015

Monday, January 5th, 2015

GUE Winter Experience Day

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? Then this day is for you. For only £25 you will receive guidance on your diving skills, video feedback and tips on how to improve, and an insight into the GUE style of diving, without having to make a heavy investment in time or money.

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Location

The National Diving and Activity Centre, Chepstow. 0900 on 31st January 2015. Meet in the View Cafe Bar

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Details

GUE believe in safety through competence, easy diving through highly developed buoyancy, awareness and team skills. We believe in getting the most out of every dive, and making sure we all come home safely. You’ll see it’s possible to do a valve drill in 3 metres of water without moving, to share gas and ascend without drama, to communicate using torches, to put up an SMB mid water with zero stress and no motion. We’ll show you how to move efficiently through the water in any direction, and ascend under complete control. We’ll show you the GUE equipment standard, and answer any questions you have about it. We’ll even advise you on optimising your own gear – if you want us to.

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

Audience

As long as you are a qualified diver, you are welcome. You can use whatever gear you normally use. We’ve had single cylinder divers, twinset divers, rebreather divers, sidemount divers. You can take what you want from the day and leave the rest. It doesn’t matter if you are a technical diver with thousands of dives, or an open water single cylinder diver with 10 dives, you’ll get a lot out of the day. 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 – without being bombarded with loads of GUE people.

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.

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

Feedback

Here’s what other people have said.

"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.

 

" I 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.

How to register.

Registration is easy. Just fill out the simple form and pay your £25 registration fee through paypal.

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Scuba Diving Courses for Winter 2014/2015 at the NDAC Dive School

Monday, December 1st, 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 Winter 2014/2015.

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.

• 06 Dec 2014

• 10 Jan 2015

• 21 Feb 2105

• 14 Mar 2015

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).

• 13-14 & 20-21 Dec 14

• 10-11 & 17-18 Jan 15

• 31 Jan – 1 Feb & 07-08 Feb 15

• 21-22 Feb 15 & 28 Feb – 1 Mar 15

• 14-15 & 21-22 Mar 15

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.

• 05 Dec (Evening Theory), 06-07 Dec 2014 Open Water Dives

• 26 Dec (Evening Theory), 27-28 Dec 2014 Open Water Dives

• 03-04 Jan 2015

• 24-25 Jan 2015

• 14-15 Feb 2015

• 07-08 Mar 2015

• 28-29 Mar 2015

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 Dec 2014

• 26, 28-29 Feb 2015

• 30 Apr, 2-3 May 2015

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 (at NDAC)
• 11 & 18 Dec 2014

• 16 Jan 2015

• 27 Feb 2015

• 20 Mar 2015

Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)
• 22 & 29 Jan 2015

• 12 & 19 Feb 2015

• 05 & 12 Mar 2015

Update Course
• 16 Jan 2015

• 13 Feb 2015

• 20 Mar 2015

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.

• 20 – 21 Dec 2014

• 31 Jan – 01 Feb 2015

• 21 – 22 Mar 2015

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.

• 12 – 14 Dec 2014

• 06 – 08 Feb 2015

• 27 – 29 Mar 2015

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.

• 06 – 07 Dec 2014

• 10 – 11 Jan 2015

• 21 – 22 Feb 2015

• 14 – 15 Mar 2015

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

Tech Diving

PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality

• 11 Dec 2014 at NDAC

• 08 Jan 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 29 Jan 2015 at NDAC

• 12 Feb 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 26 Feb 2015 at NDAC

• 12 Mar 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 26 Mar 2015 at NDAC

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Intro to Tech

The objective of this course is to familiarise students with technical equipment configurations, to enhance open water diving skills (such as buoyancy, trim, and situational awareness), and to introduce students to advanced gas planning techniques within a no-decompression context.

• 13 – 14 Dec 2014

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

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TDI Rebreather Discovery (Try-Dive)

The TDI Rebreather Discovery course is pool based and designed to give prospective students an introduction to diving a TDI approved rebreather in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of an active TDI Rebreather Instructor.

Discover the wonder of the truly silent underwater world!

• 06 Dec 2014

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

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TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures

This course examines the theory, methods and procedures of planned stage decompression diving. The objective of this course is to train divers how to plan and conduct a standard staged decompression dive not exceeding a maximum depth of 45m.

• 19-21 Dec 2014

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

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TDI Advanced Nitrox & Helitrox

This course examines the theory, methods and procedures for planned stage decompression diving utilizing Helium in the breathing mixture. The objective of this course is to train divers how to plan and conduct a standard staged decompression dive not exceeding a maximum depth of 45 metres. The most common equipment requirements, gear set-up, and decompression techniques are presented.

• 19-21 Dec 2014

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

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TDI Extended Range

This course will provide the training and experience required to competently utilize air for dives up to 55 metres that require staged decompression, utilizing nitrox mixtures or oxygen during decompression.

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

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TDI Trimix

This four day course provides the training required to competently and safely utilize breathing gases containing helium for dives that require staged decompression, utilizing nitrox and/or oxygen mixtures during decompression to a maximum depth of 60m.

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Advanced Trimix

The TDI Advanced Trimix course provides the training required to competently and safely utilize breathing gases containing helium for dives that require staged decompression, utilizing nitrox or oxygen (O2) mixtures during decompression to a maximum depth of 100 metres.

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Air Diluent Rebreather Diver

This is the entry level certification course for divers wishing to utilize a Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) for air diving. The objective of the course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for diving a CCR and to develop basic CCR diving skills to a maximum depth of 30 metres , using air as a diluent.

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Air Diluent Deco Procedures Rebreather Diver

This is the certification course for divers wishing to utilize a Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) for air diving. The objective of the course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for diving a CCR and to develop basic CCR diving skills to a maximum depth of 45 metres / 100 feet, using air as a diluent for formal decompression diving.

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

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.

 

 

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

 

Night Dives for Winter 2014 – 2015

Monday, October 20th, 2014

NDAC Night Dives

With Winter not too far away and the nights drawing in, the popular NDAC Night Dive dates are now available below for Winter 2014/2015.

The adventure, thrill and excitement of night diving can be yours on a NDAC Night Dive. If you have never been on a night dive before, you could consider joining on one of our PADI Night Diver Speciality Courses.

Below are the dates for the Night Dives being run at the NDAC in Chepstow for the Winter season, why not put these in your diary now!

Wigwam Camping ChepstowWe have accomodation available at the Wooden Wigwam Village including our new Deluxe Wigwams, to help you go glamping in style and make a weekend of it at the NDAC.

Hot meals are also available at the View Cafe Bar

To keep up to date with what is happening at the National Diving and Activity Centre follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for news items direct to your inbox here>

To book on our night dives give us a call on 01291 630 046 or contact us using our online form> Don’t forget your torches and we look forward to (just about) seeing you!

 

Date

Time

Saturday
17th January 2015
(HALF PRICE DIVING!)
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6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
21st February 2015
(HALF PRICE DIVING!)
Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
28th February 2015
(HALF PRICE DIVING!)
Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
14th March 2015

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
21st March 2015

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Prices

NDAC Members night dive £11.00 (£5.50 in January and February 2015)

Non Members night dive £16.00 (£8.00 in January and February 2015)

Non Divers Free entry

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

wristbands for divers visiting the NDAC

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Wristbands at NDAC

We are now operating a wristband system for all the divers visiting the NDAC.

Each diver will be given a wrist band to wear when they book into the site and will be asked to wear it during their visit.

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 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.

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.

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