Archive for the ‘Technical Diving’ Category

Open for Scuba Diving During School Easter Holidays 2017

Friday, April 7th, 2017

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 6th April until Sunday 23rd 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!

Scuba Diving Courses for Winter 2016 at the NDAC Dive School

Monday, October 17th, 2016

NDAC Dive School
    
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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 taking place during the Winter of 2016. Places are limited so please book quickly to avoid disappointment.

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.

• 26 Nov 2016Thornbury

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).

• 29-30 Oct & 05-06 Nov 16

• 19-20 Nov & 26-27 Nov 16

• 10-11 Dec & 17-18 Dec 16

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.

• 22-23 Oct 2016

• 12-13 Nov 2016

• 03-04 Dec 2016

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.

• 22-23 Oct 2016

• 17-18 Dec 2016

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)

• 21 Oct 2016

• 25 Nov 2016

• 16 Dec 2016

Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 13 & 20 Oct 2016

• 17 & 24 Nov 2016

• 08 & 15 Dec 2016

Click here for full details, update options & 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.

• 05-06 Nov 2016

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.

• 11-13 Nov 2016

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.

• 19 Nov 2016


10-11 Dec 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

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.

• 27 Oct 2016 at NDAC

• 10 Nov 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 24 Nov 2016 at NDAC

• 08 Dec 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 22 Dec 2016 at NDAC

Click here for full details & further dates >

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.

 

 

Scuba Diving Courses for Summer & Autumn 2016 at the NDAC Dive School

Monday, June 13th, 2016

NDAC Dive School
    
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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 taking place during Summer & Autumn 2016. Places are limited so please book quickly to avoid disappointment.

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.

• 25 Jun 2016 NDAC

• 16 Jul 2016 NDAC

• 27 Aug 2016 NDAC

• 17 Sep 2016 NDAC

• 15 Oct 2016 NDAC

• 26 Nov 2016Thornbury

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).

• 25-26 Jun & 02-03 Jul 16

• 16-17 Jul & 23-24 Jul 16

• 06-07 Aug & 13 -14 Aug 16

• 27-28 Aug & 03-04 Sep 16

• 17-18 Sep & 24-25 Sep 16

• 08-09 Oct & 15-16 Oct 16

• 29-30 Oct & 05-06 Nov 16

• 19-20 Nov & 26-27 Nov 16

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.

• 18-19 Jun 2016

• 09-10 Jul 2016

• 30-31 Jul 2016

• 20-21 Aug 2016

• 10-11 Sep 2016

• 01-02 Oct 2016

• 22-23 Oct 2016

• 12-13 Nov 2016

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.

• 18-19 June 2016

• 06-07 Aug 2016

• 22-23 Oct 2016

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)

• 17 Jun 2016

• 08 Jul 2016

• 05 Aug 2016

• 09 Sep 2016

• 21 Oct 2016

• 25 Nov 2016

Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 16 & 23 Jun 2016

• 14 & 21 Jul 2016

• 18 & 25 Aug 2016

• 15 & 22 Sep 2016

• 13 & 20 Oct 2016

• 17 & 24 Nov 2016

Click here for full details, update options & 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.

• 09-11 Jul 2016

• 24-25 Sep 2016

• 05-06 Nov 2016

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 Aug 2016

• 09-11 Sep 2016

• 11-13 Nov 2016

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.

• 25 Jun 2016

• 16 Jul 2016

• 27 Aug 2016

• 17 Sep 2016

• 08 Oct 2016

• 19 Nov 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

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.

• 23 Jun 2016 at NDAC

• 07 Jul 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 28 Jul 2016 at NDAC

• 11 Aug 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 25 Aug 2016 at NDAC

• 01 Sep 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 22 Sep 2016 at NDAC

• 06 Oct 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 27 Oct 2016 at NDAC

• 10 Nov 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 24 Nov 2016 at NDAC

Click here for full details & further dates >

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.

 

 

Upgrade your Suunto Dive Computer

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Upgrade your SUUNTO Dive Computer

Is it time to think about updating your old computer? Have you simply outgrown the features and need something more advanced? Or maybe you just feel like treating yourself to the latest dive computer?

As a loyal Suunto customer we would like to offer you the chance to upgrade your current Suunto computer to one of the latest models.

Bring any working Suunto Dive Computer to us and we will swap it for a new one with up to £200 off!

• Vyper Novo £50
• D4i Novo £75
• D6i Novo £100
• Eon Steel £150
• DX £200

Available at NDAC Dive Shop, please pop in or contact us for more information and a great price.

This offer will run until 30th June 2016

Further Information
Suunto Dive Computers »

Scuba Diving around & under the Saltfree Pontoon

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Saltfree Pontoon

As a reminder for scuba divers – please could you avoid the area around & underneath the Saltfree Divers pontoon when their A flag is flying and they are freediving.

In particular we also request that divers do not use the freedive mooring lines for decompression stops.

If the freedivers had to release their counterweight system in an emergency, there is the risk of being caught by a 60kg weight.

The upcoming freedive meets are as follows:

• 30 April
• 1 May
• 21/22 May
• 11/12 June
• 9/10 July
• 30/31 July
• 6/7 August
• 27/28 August
• 10/11 September
• 24/25 September
• 8/9 October

We’d also like to remind any divers using re-breathers that you must also use a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) throughout your dive. (However please note that yellows SMBs should only be used in emergencies.)

Thanks for your understanding.

National Diving & Activity Centre awarded 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

NDAC awarded 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

The National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow has been awarded a 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

TripAdvisor awards a Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from visitors.

TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and is the largest travel community in the world, reaching 375 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 250 million reviews and opinions covering more than 5.2 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

Thanks to all our customers who have taken the time to write a review of the centre. If you would like to leave your own review, please visit the NDAC page on TripAdvisor.

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

Further Product Details »

 

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!

Further Product Details »

 

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.

Further Product Details »


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

 

 

Board-Easy Deco-Stop new to NDAC

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

New 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.

• 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.

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

 


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