Archive for the ‘Technical Diving’ Category

Big Scuba Weekend – 14th &15th September 2019

Monday, July 29th, 2019

BIG Scuba Weekend NDAC

Over the weekend of the 14th & 15th September 2019 we’re hosting the Big Scuba Weekend at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Following the success of our last scuba demonstration event in April, we’re expanding this event with more activities, events and suppliers. This will be our biggest and best scuba event to date, so make a note in your diary and join us for a fantastic weekend in Chepstow!

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Half Price Scuba Diving during School Summer Holidays

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Half Price Scuba Diving During Half Term

Half Price Scuba DivingWe are going to be open for Scuba Diving Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during the School Summer Holidays.

During this time we will be offering a 50% Discount for scuba diving on the midweek dates. No catches – just turn up, book in and scuba dive for half the normal price!

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Karl Kruger at the Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Karl Kruger

We are pleased to announce our third guest speaker at Rebreather Reunion 2019 will be Karl Kruger

Karl Kruger had a military diving and technical diving career spanning three decades. Karl now runs his own dive school providing recreational and technical dive training with multiple training agencies.

Karl’s talk will be on the technical diving expeditions of South Africa – Submarines, Coelacanths & the Ghost Fleet Expeditions.

The Rebreather Reunion is a two day social gathering for like minded divers from all backgrounds and levels of diving experience.

Join us for a weekend of diving and socialising as well as live talks & presentations from our guest speakers.

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New underwater scuba diving attraction at NDAC Chepstow

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Hyperbaric chamber scuba diving attraction NDAC Chepstow

This week we have been lowering our new scuba diving attraction into place at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

The Hyperbaric Chamber was lowered using 5 a tonne lift bag and a lot of assistance.

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Dave Gration at the Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Dave Gration

We are pleased to announce our third guest speaker at Rebreather Reunion 2019 will be Dave Graiton from Rebreatherpro-Training.

Dave Graiton’s talk will be on Rebreather Diving for Deepwater Archaeology. (more…)

Mark Powell at the Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Mark Powell

We are pleased to announce our second guest speaker at Rebreather Reunion 2019 will be Mark Powell.

Mark will be familiar to anyone diving at the National Diving & Activity Centre and is also one of the world’s leading diving instructors. He is a member of the TDI/SDI Training Advisory Panel and an Instructor Trainer Evaluator, the highest rating of instructor.

Deco for Divers

Technical Diving

Mark is the author of Deco for Divers and his new book Technical Diving – An Introduction. In 2010 Mark won the EuroTek ‘Publication of significance Award’ for Deco for Divers and in 2014 was the winner of the Tek Dive USA Media Award.

In 2016 Mark Powell was part of an international team that dived the HMHS Britannic as part of the 100 year commemoration of the sinking. Mark’s talk will cover the history of the Britannic as well as details of its exploration as well as giving an overview of what is required to put together an expedition of this type.

HMHS Britannic was the third and final vessel of the White Star Line’s Olympic class of steamships. She was the fleet mate of both the RMS Olympic and the RMS Titanic and was intended to enter service as a transatlantic passenger liner.

HMHS Britannic is considered the ‘Everest’ of wreck dives. The vessel is the largest passenger ship on the sea floor, followed by Titanic.

Over 100 years have elapsed since Captain Charles Bartlett, standing in his pyjamas on the bridge of the biggest vessel in the world, the HMHS Britannic, gave the call to abandon ship.

It was 8.35am on November 21 1916. The four-funnel ocean liner, built to be even larger and safer than the "unsinkable" Titanic, her ill-fated sister, was listing fast. Bartlett knew the ship was doomed, but on this eerily calm morning as it sailed to collect troops wounded in the first world war’s Galipolli campaign, neither he nor any of his crew could have imagined the speed with which the vessel would go down.

The explosion occurred at 8.12am, sending a giant shudder through the gargantuan vessel, badly damaging its bow as it steamed past the Greek island of Kea. Fifty-five minutes later, the 269-metre (883ft) ship lay on the seabed.

There the Britannic, which was launched in February 1914 at Belfast, and, the following year, put to use as a wartime hospital ship for the first time, would stay at a depth of 122 metres (400ft), untouched and forgotten, until being discovered by the explorer Jacques Cousteau, in 1975.

Today the Britannic lies well preserved in the Aegean. There are many reasons why this is a challenging wreck to dive; the depth of 120m, the problems in getting permissions from the Greek government, the fact it lies in a very busy shipping lane together with all the variations in weather and tides make this a pinnacle dive for anyone.

HMHS Britannic by Allan Green (Public Domain)

The Rebreather Reunion is a two day social gathering for like minded divers from all backgrounds and levels of diving experience.

Join us for a weekend of diving and socialising as well as live talks & presentations from our guest speakers.

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Phil Short at the Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Phil Short

We are pleased to announce our first guest speaker at Rebreather Reunion 2019 will be Phil Short. He will present a 60min talk on J2 1000 hours under the earth. Using CCR in extreme places.

A combination of Dry Caving, Cave Diving and CCR as a lead exploration diver on the United States Deep Cave Diving team J2 cave project under the leadership of Bill Stone that saw Phil and Marcin Gala pass the 4th sump in the J2 cave to discover dry cave beyond at over 1 kilometre vertical and 12 kilometres horizontal from the entrance. The project utilised Poseidon MK 6 CCR and saw Phil spend 45 days underground during the 3 month project.

In 2015 Phil became a member of the Explorers Club, being sponsored by Bill Stone and Jill Heinerth.

Phil was awarded ‘Diver of The Conference’ award at the Tek Dive USA conference 2016.

Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)

Over a 25 year professional dive industry career Phil has logged over 8000 dives and 3500 plus hours on CCR

 

The Rebreather Reunion is a two day social gathering for like minded divers from all backgrounds and levels of diving experience.

Join us for a weekend of diving and socialising as well as live talks & presentations from our guest speakers.

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Scuba Diving Equipment Demonstration Weekend 13th & 14th April 2019

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Scuba Diving Equipment Demonstration weekend

Over the weekend of the 13th & 14th April 2019 we’re hosting a Scuba Diving Equipment Demonstration Weekend at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

This year is looking to be the biggest and best event to date, so make a note in your diary and come along for a fantastic weekend!

We will have a vast range of equipment from the top manufactures in the diving industry suppliers for you to look at, try or buy. (more…)

Rock Works & Out of Bounds Area at Southern End of NDAC Lake

Friday, January 25th, 2019

Rock Stability Works

Rock Stability WorksYou may have noticed recently that we have been carrying out lots of works and improvements around the site.

We’ve spent the last couple of weeks removing debris and carrying out rock stability works on the South-East rock face, under the VIP/Deluxe Wigwams.

This work will continue over the coming months, and for safety, we have placed the water area at the far Southern end out-of-bounds to divers and other water users.

The areas have been buoyed off with orange marker buoys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Rebreather Reunion 2019

The Rebreather Reunion is a two day social gathering for like minded divers from all backgrounds and levels of diving experience.

Join us for a weekend of diving and socialising as well as live talks & presentations from our guest speakers.

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