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SUUNTO & FINNSUB Demonstration Weekend 13-14 June 2015

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Demonstration Weekend

EONThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be hosting a SUUNTO & FINNSUB Demonstration Weekend over the 13th and 14th of June 2015.

The weekend will have a large range of equipment from SUUNTO and FINNSUB for you to look at, try or buy. There’ll be the new EON Steel and the great lights from the FINNSUB Range.

Expert staff will be available over the demonstration weekend to answer all your questions, so why not pop in and treat yourself to some new kit.

We will also be holding a BBQ both days of the weekend at the View Cafe Bar from 11am to 5pm

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SUUNTO FINNSUB Products

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

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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!

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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.

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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

Deptherapy Navigation Challenge 13th & 14th June 2015

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Deptherapy Nav Challenge

Deotheraphy Navigation ChallengeDeptherapy, a UK registered charity that uses scuba diving to rehabilitate seriously injured service men and women, will be holding its inaugural Navigational Challenge at the NDAC this June.

The Deptherapy Nav Challenge, tests scuba divers of all qualifications and walks of life, encouraging them to participate in our navigational challenge, where divers will navigate to a series of waypoints and complete several challenges set over the course. The navigational course and challenges are designed to make divers aware of good diving practice and skills, as well as build up an awareness of the difficulties disabled divers face.

Divers can enter in teams of 6 or buddy-pairs – those that enter as a team will do the course in a relay form and each buddy pair’s time in completing the course will be added together. The aim is to complete the Nav course and its challenges in the lowest time and the team and buddy-pair with the lowest times for completing the Nav course will win prizes.

The Deptherapy Nav Challenge is a fun and exciting way to encourage divers of all qualification levels and dive agencies to pit their skills against the Deptherapy team and try to beat their time over the course. Come and join us on the 13th & 14th June 2015 from 10am – 4:30pm on both days at the NDAC, Chepstow and see if you have what it takes!

To register a team or buddy-pair for the Detherapy Nav Challenge go to:

http://www.deptherapy.co.uk/registration/

All funds raised from the event will go towards Deptherapy continuing to help rehabilitate more injured Armed Service Personnel.

For more information on Deptherapy, please visit their website or their Facebook page

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FREE Air Fills this April at NDAC

Monday, March 30th, 2015

FREE AIR FILLS April at the NDAC

So far this year we’ve had a series of fantastic offers for our the diving community. In January and February we had a 50% off offer, in March we had a BOGOF Offer and in April we are running a new freebie to our visitors so you can continue to save at the NDAC.

Visit the NDAC and Scuba Dive between the 1st & 30th of April and be issued a FREE Air Fill Voucher up to 24ltrs (232 Bar)

This offer is valid for one cylinder, per person per day (multiple cylinders cannot be redeemed with this offer)

This offer must be redeemed during April, vouchers cannot be carried over to other months. Vouchers cannot be used with any other promotion.

Last month’s special offer proved to be really popular, so if you want to book accommodation at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village be quick to avoid disappointment. We have Deluxe and Standard wigwams available now!

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Scuba Diving Courses for Spring & Summer 2015 at the NDAC Dive School

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

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 Spring and Summer 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.

• 14 Mar 2015

• 15 Apr 2015

• 16 May 2015

• 27 Jun 2015

• 18 Jul 2015

• 29 Aug 2015

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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).

• 21-22 Feb 15 & 28 Feb – 1 Mar 15

• 14-15 & 21-22 Mar 15

• 04-05 & 11-12 Apr 15

• 25-26 Apr & 02-03 May 15

• 16-17 & 23-24 May 15

• 06-07 & 13-14 Jun 15

• 27-28 Jun &
04 -05 Jul 15

• 18-19 & 25-26 Jul 15

• 08-09 &
15-16 Aug 15

• 29-30 Aug &
05-06 Sep 15

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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.

• 07-08 Mar 2015

• 28-29 Mar 2015

• 18-19 Apr 2015

• 09-10 May 2015

• 30-31 May 2015

• 20-21 Jun 2015

• 11-12 Jul 2015

• 01-02 Aug 2015

• 22-23 Aug 2015

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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.

• 30 Apr, 2-3 May 2015

• 18, 20-21 June 2015

• 06, 08-09 Aug 2015

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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)
• 20 Mar 2015

• 17 Apr 2015

• 22 May 2015

• 19 Jun 2015

• 10 Jul 2015

• 07 Aug 2015

Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)
• 05 & 12 Mar 2015

• 16 & 23 Apr 2015

• 21 & 22 May 2015

• 25 & 26 Jun 2015

• 16 & 23 Jul 2015

• 20 & 21 Aug 2015

Update Course
• 20 Mar 2015

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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.

• 21 – 22 Mar 2015

• 25 – 26 Apr 2015

• 06 – 07 Jun 2015

• 11 – 12 Jul 2015

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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.

• 27 – 29 Mar 2015

• 08 – 10 May 2015

• 12 – 14 Jun 2015

• 14 – 16 Aug 2015

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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.

• 14 – 15 Mar 2015

• 04 – 05 Apr 2015

• 16 May 2015

• 27 Jun 2015

• 18 Jul 2015

• 29 Aug 2015

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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.

• 12 Mar 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 26 Mar 2015 at NDAC

• 09 Apr 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 30 Apr 2015 at NDAC

• 14 May 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 28 May 2015 at NDAC

• 11 Jun 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

25 Jun 2015 at NDAC

• 09 Jul 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 30 Jul 2015 at NDAC

• 13 Aug 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 27 Aug 2015 at NDAC

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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.

 

 

‘Buy one, get one free’ for Divers at the NDAC in March 2015

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

BOGOF Offer NDAC

January and February’s 50% off offer was really popular with the diving community, so we’d like to offer another special deal until the end of March:

Visit the NDAC and Scuba Dive between the 13th & 30th of March and get your next March visit for FREE.

The way it works is as follows.

 •  Visit the National Diving & Activity Centre before the end of March and pay for a day’s diving as normal

 •  You will be issued a receipt, keep this safe.

 •  Return another day in March 2015 and use your receipt to redeem the offer of a Free Day’s Diving

Depending on whether or not you are a NDAC Member you’ll be able to save £11 or £16 on your next Free dive.

This is perfect for people spending a few days with us, or regular visitors.

Last month’s special offer proved to be really popular, so if you want to book accommodation at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village be quick to avoid disappointment. We have Deluxe and Standard wigwams available now!

*This offer cannot be carried over to any other month, transferred to anyone else or used with any other promotion.

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NDAC Demonstration Weekend 11-12 April 2015

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Demonstration Weekend

 

The National Diving & Activity Centre will be hosting a diving equipment demonstration weekend over the 11th and 12th of April 2015.

Demonstration Weekend SuppliersThe weekend will include a large range of equipment from the following suppliers, for you to look at, try or buy:

Sea & Sea
TDI
Atomic Aquatics
Bare
Fourth Element
Hollis
Oceanic
Lavacore
Tri-Dri
Apeks
• Tecline
Kwark
• Lola

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.

We will also be holding a BBQ both days of the weekend at the View Cafe Bar from 11am to 5pm

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National Diving & Activity Centre demonstration weekend 11th and 12th of April 2015

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

Map and Directions>.

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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