Archive for the ‘Scuba Diving’ Category

Scuba Diving During May Half Term

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Scuba Half Term

We are going to be open for Scuba Diving throughout the School Half-Term week in May/June 2018 (28th May – 1st June).

The other activities on site (The Wire Zip Slide and The Giant 3G Swing) as well as the Wooden Wigwams and View Cafe Bar will also be open during the half-term week.

The Wire Zip Slide and Swing are also running a special half-price discount (Full details and Discount Code»).

We look forward to seeing you over the half-term week.

Normal entry requirements for Scuba Diving apply.

Scuba Diving Equipment Demonstration Weekend 19th & 20th May 2018

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Scuba Diving Equipment Demonstration weekend

Over the weekend of the 19th & 20th May 2018 we’re hosting a Scuba Diving Equipment Demonstration Weekend at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

The weekend will have a vast range of equipment from the following suppliers for you to look at, try or buy. (more…)

Aqua Lung iXperience at the NDAC 19th & 20th May 2018

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Aqua Lung iXperience Tour

The Aqua Lung iXperience Tour will be coming to the National Diving & Activity Centre over the weekend of the 19th and 20th May 2018.

The Aqua Lung iXperience Tour is your chance to dive the new Aqua Lung range of computers – FOR FREE! (more…)

Open for Scuba Diving During School Easter Holidays 2018

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Easter Scuba Diving NDAC

The National Diving & Activity Centre will be open for Scuba Diving throughout the School Easter Holidays, Monday to Sunday.

These special opening times will run from Thursday 29th March until Sunday 15th April, before returning to normal opening days/times.

• Monday to Friday: 0930 – 1700

• Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday 0800 – 1800

We look forward to seeing you in the water!

NDAC Closed Thursday 1st March – Sunday 4th March due to weather conditions

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Snow at NDAC Chepstow

Due to the conditions on site and on the local roads, we have decided to close the NDAC for all activities and accommodation Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March 2018.

We are experiencing bitterly cold winds, icy roads and snow showers. Driving conditions are dangerous and the Met Office advice is to avoid driving unless essential.

We plan to reopen as normal on Thursday 8th March.

Anyone with a booking will be contacted via email.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Night Dives February & March 2018 – Entry from only £6.50

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Night Dive

The popular NDAC Night Dive dates are now available below for the first few months of 2018.

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 over the next few month, why not put these in your diary now!

Special Offer – Dive For Half Price!

If you dive with us during the day prior to a Night Dive, we can offer you the Night Dive for half price. (The Night Dive needs to be booked at the same time as the daytime entry when you arrive on site)

Date

Time

Saturday
17th February 2018

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:30 – 9:00pm

Saturday
10th March 2018

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:30 – 9:00pm

Saturday
24th March 2018

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:30 – 9:00pm

Prices

NDAC Members night dive £13.00 (£6.50 if booked with daytime entry)

Non Members night dive £18.00 (£9.00 if booked with daytime entry)

Non Divers Free entry

Site Facilities

Wigwam Camping Chepstow
We have accommodation available at the Wooden Wigwam Village to help you go glamping in style and make a weekend of it at the NDAC. There are three types of cabin; Standard, Deluxe and even VIP with a hot tub!

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!

Half Price Entrance Fee for Scuba Divers until Christmas

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Half Price Scuba Diving Until Christmas

Special Offer for Scuba Divers selected dates this November and December

As a big thank you for your continued support and loyalty this year, we have reduced our Scuba Diving entrance price from Thursday 15th November to Saturday 16 December by a massive 50%

16 November to 16 December

This means our members will only have to pay £6.50 for a day’s unlimited diving with us and non members will have to pay just £9.00.

No catches – just turn up, book in and scuba dive for half the normal price!

50% OffWe look forward to seeing you at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow between now and Saturday 16th December. Sunday will be back to full price so we can raise as much as possible for the Scuba Santas Charity event.

This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offers from the NDAC.

Join the Event on Facebook here »

Keep an eye on our website, Facebook Page and Twitter Feed for further offers and promotions throughout the year.

Normal entry requirements for Scuba Diving apply.

24 Hour Scuba Dive – Underwater Marathon in Aid of Headway Brain Injury Charity (16th & 17th September 2017)

Friday, September 1st, 2017

24 Hour Scuba

Two scuba divers who survived devastating brain injuries are to lead a 24-hour underwater scubathon to raise funds for a charity which helps people who have suffered a brain injury.

Members of Cheltenham Sub-Aqua Club, regular visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre, will work as a relay team to spend a full day underwater led by divers James Neal and Neal Breeden.

Over the weekend 16th & 17th September we will also be holding a demonstration day and raffle with prizes from Apeks, Suunto, Fourth Element, Maxshow, Sea & Sea and Fathom Outdoors. We also have 3 dive computers donated to the NDAC Shop by Suunto where all the money from the sale will go towards the fundraising. There are more prizes to follow and tickets are available from the NDAC shop.

On the demo days we have Liquid SportsMares, SSI , Sea & Sea, TDI, Fourth Element and Maxshow.

Headway Brain Injury CharityJames, 47, a technical diver and instructor from Symonds Yat, in the Wye Valley, suffered a devastating subarachnoid haemorrhage following the rupture of an undiagnosed aneurysm, which led to a grade four bleed on the brain.

Neal, 48, Cheltenham SAC’s secretary also survived a brain injury, after suffering a major stroke nearly ten years ago, in 2008, which left him needing to use a wheelchair.

Now the pair are organising the scubathon in aid of UK brain injury charity Headway, which supported James during his initial recovery. They hope to raise in excess of £5000.

The dive will begin on Saturday 16th September and finish at midday on Sunday 17th September, at the National Diving and Activity Centre in Chepstow.

James says, as well as supporting Headway, he wants to raise awareness of brain injuries and highlight some of the prejudices that go hand in hand with what is described as an ‘invisible disability’.

After he was treated, James, who ran his own business, says all he wanted to do was get back in the water and enjoy scuba diving again. That desire drove his initial rehabilitation.

24 hour scuba challengeHe said: “I was able to return to some level of fitness and get back in the water but I had a great deal of support from my scuba diving friends. Without Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club my life would have become very lonely. I owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.


“I suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage and whilst I might appear completely recovered on the outside, you can’t and don’t see what I have to deal with, or understand the problems I face, on a daily basis.


“I’m learning to manage my condition but it’s still difficult and I have suffered some horrendous discrimination as a result of people not understanding my disability. But Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club has remained a constant in my post injury life. I don’t know what I would have done without them.


“I suffer terribly from fatigue. Immediately after the injury I was able to stay conscious for perhaps 20 minutes at a time. Now as the day goes on I get more and more fatigued. And there is a huge difference between tiredness and fatigue.


“If you are tired you can keep going. With fatigue you can’t and your body starts to shut down. You become irritable and lose the ability to think straight. Eventually you will lose consciousness. That’s not falling asleep!”

He added: “Brain injuries not only change your life but also your personality. You wake up a different person.”


“If you suffer a head or brain injury it can take a long, long time to recover and in fact you might never recover, at least not fully.

Neal, who worked as an upholsterer before suffering his major stroke when he was just 39, says Headway is an amazing organisation that few people will have heard of.

He said: “When James had his haemorrhage he did experience some real issues from people who just didn’t understand because of their ignorance. People who he thought were his friends turned on him and blatantly discriminated against him. It was horrible to witness, I can’t begin to imagine how it made him feel. Look at a person with crutches or a wheelchair and the disability is obvious. But you can’t easily see a subarachnoid haemorrhage.”


“James and I dive together a great deal and understand each other and our respective limitations in a way perhaps other people don’t. We know what makes each other tick. It’s a very special bond that only  people that have been through what we have could ever really understand.”

He added: “Hopefully we will raise a good deal of money for Headway; the whole club is behind the event. And divers from across the country are supporting us.

Ali Hendley, Manager at Headway Gloucestershire, said the money raised by the underwater scubathon would be very valuable and said: “Giving brain injury survivors the chance to re-learn old skills and develop new ones is what Headway is all about.

To sponsor Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club visit:

https://mydonate.bt.com/teams/csac24

Further Details

Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club
Cheltenham SAC Website
Cheltenham SAC Facebook

Headway
Headway Twitter
Headway Website
Headway Facebook

 

Opening Times for Diving & Activities during FearFest-Evil

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

FearFest-Evil our live Halloween Horror Event will be operating on the NDAC site on selected dates during October 2017.

FearFest-EvilDuring this time Scuba Diving will start an hour earlier than usual and all activities will finish at 2:30PM to allow us time to setup for the event.

The full list of opening times are:

•  Thu 12th Oct – 8:30 – 2:30

•  Fri 13th Oct – 8:30 – 2:30

 •  Sat 14th Oct – 7:00 – 2:30

 •  Sun 15th Oct – 7:00 – 2:30

 •  Fri 20th Oct – 8:30 – 2:30

 •  Sat 21st Oct – 7:00 – 2:30

 •  Sun 22nd Oct – 7:00 – 2:30

 •  Fri 27th Oct – 8:30 – 2:30

 •  Sat 28th Oct – 7:00 – 2:30

 •  Sun 29th Oct – 7:00 – 2:30

All dates – The last bus will be 1:30pm, divers must be out of the water by 2:30pm and the site must be cleared by 3:30pm by all members of the public.

We apologise for any inconvenience and hope that you will join us for what will be a set of fantastic nights out.

For full details of the horror event, please visit the FearFest-Evil website »

Please note that the site will not be opening Monday to Wednesday during the October Half-Term.

Diving & Activity Times During FearFest-Evil

Open for Scuba Diving During School Summer Holidays 2017

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Summer Scuba Diving NDAC

The National Diving & Activity Centre will be open for Scuba Diving throughout the School Summer Holidays, Monday to Sunday.

These special opening times will run from Monday 21st July until Sunday 3rd September, before returning to normal opening days/times.

• Monday to Friday: 0930 – 1700

• Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday 0800 – 1800

We look forward to seeing you in the water!


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