Archive for the ‘Site Facilities’ Category
We have recently installed five new 40ft long pontoons in the NDAC diving quarry.
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.
With 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.
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.
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>
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.
We are pleased to announce that the National Diving and Activity Centre is a contender for Dive Centre of the Year in the DIVER Awards 2013.
These awards are your opportunity to reward the people, places and equipment that have helped you to enjoy some great underwater experiences in 2013.
If you have enjoyed your visits to our Dive Centre during 2013, it would be great if you could share your appreciation and give us a vote. The National Diving and Activity Centre is listed as NDAC Chepstow in the category of Dive Centre of the Year.
You can also vote using the form on page 87 (not a photocopy) of the December issue of DIVER Magazine (on sale 21 November). Whether voting is carried out online or on paper, you must complete all the fields on the form, i.e. vote in all categories, in order for your form to be counted.
Content below from DIVERNET http://www.divernetxtra.com/xtra/DiverAwards13.html
It’s time to cast your votes in the 16th Diver Awards, the original prestigious accolades for the cream of the diving industry. Valuable bronze statuettes and mass recommendations of businesses to other divers are at stake!
Whether it’s dive centres, retailers, liveaboards, brands, new products, tour operators or entire nations, nominate those who deserve your praise. As for those who displeased you during 2013, just ignore them!
The good guys will rise to the top through your support, and they’re the ones you want to see holding those handsome Diver statuettes when they’re presented in public at the London International Dive Show in February.
You have until the first chime of midnight as New Year’s Day breaks to cast your votes – but don’t leave it until then and be the only person not partying. Do it now!
Of one thing you can be sure – in 2014 the winners will literally be trading on their Diver Awards success. So make sure those winners are the right ones!
How to vote
If you’re not sure who to vote for, jog your memory by checking out nominations to date on the Select list. If you know who or what you want to vote for but can’t find it on that list, click on Other and enter your choice. Please note that Diver cannot accept more than one vote per person.
The Award Categories
DIVER Brand of the Year Which badge on your dive gear speaks volumes about quality and reliability?
DIVER Product of the Year Which do you consider the most exciting item of kit to emerge in 2010?
DIVER Tour Operator of the Year Which company is best at arranging diving package holidays?
DIVER Dive Centre of the Year Which centre, anywhere in the world, seems to get it right more often than not?
DIVER Liveaboard of the Year It may be the facilities, the crew or the itinerary – name your ideal boat.
DIVER Dive Destination of the Year Name the best country for divers to visit, and not necessarily the obvious!
DIVER Retailer of the Year Vote for any dive store that has given you good value and exemplary service.
DIVER Newcomer of the Year There is an award, but you no longer need to vote – the winners will emerge from among the newcomers with the most votes in the other categories.
Terms and Conditions
Please note that Diver cannot accept: more than one coupon per envelope… more than one vote per person… faxed or photocopied forms… emailed votes other than through www.divernet.com, and then only one per email address… votes from employees or commercial associates for their own or associated organisations.
• It is available to residents of the UK or Republic of Ireland aged 18 and above.
• Closing date is 31 December, 2013, and the draw will be made on 7 January 2014.
The View Cafe Bar has been awarded the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme’s highest standards rating of five stars by the Forest of Dean District Council – Environmental Health department.
To achieve a rating, The food safety officer inspecting a business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at:
• How hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
• How the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe
At the end of the inspection, the business is given one of the six ratings. The top rating of ‘5’ means that the View Cafe Bar was found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards.
We are really pleased with the 5 Star rating awarded to our View Cafe Bar and it is testament to all the hard work carried out by the staff and the support from our customers.
Along with the Stunning views and great food this official seal of approval reinforces that the View Cafe Bar a great place to eat and drink.
• we served 24,900 cups of coffee
• 9,850 cups of hot chocolate
• 22,890 cups of tea
That’s around 57,640 hot brews had by visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre over the past 12 months!
We have been delighted by all the supportive comments and feedback and we will continue to work hard and invest in the centre to ensure that we are the most forward thinking and friendly dive and activity centre in the UK. – judging by the increased visitor numbers month on month we must be doing something right!
If you have any comments of suggestions we would love to hear from you
We have been really pleased with the increased number of visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre this year. We think this is due to the continuing investments we make to improve the site whilst still being one of the most cost effective dive sites anywhere in the UK.
And were getting bigger thanks to your help!
We have been listening to your comments about the National Diving & Activity Centre and have decided to improve things further with a new and updated EPOS (Electronic Point of Sale) Cashless Swipe System.
We are launching a new Cashless Swipe Membership Card system for all our in-date NDAC Members at the start of August this year. This will mean that NDAC Members can pay for their entry, air fills, mixed gases, and food & drink from the View Cafe Bar, all with the swipe of a new NDAC Membership Card. You can even buy those little extra goodies from our dive shop with an ever-increasing range now being stocked.
So there’ll be no more having to carry your wallet or purse with you, instead just charge your card and pay at the end of the day. You can even dive with your card!
This system is not just for the divers though, visitors staying in our Wooden Wigwam Village will also be able to have a swipe card for the duration of their stay.
The Swipe Cards are just one of the many benefits our members enjoy – so why not take this opportunity now to go cashless at the National Diving & Activity Centre and become an NDAC Member today.
We are extremely pleased to announce that The View, our new Café Bar complex, will open at the National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow on Friday 6th April 2012 (Good Friday) at 7am, with the licensed bar open from 11am to 11pm.
With breathtaking views overlooking our Chepstow quarry, the View Café Bar will serve an extensive range of hot & cold meals as well as a wide selection of beers, wines and soft drinks from the licensed bar. We also have two very posh coffee machines that make a lovely freshly ground coffee, perfect to prepare you for a morning dive.
The construction works have taken around 22 weeks to complete and, we’re sure you’ll agree from the images, the results look amazing.
The View Café Bar will be for everyone; Divers and visitors alike will be able to sit inside or out on the decked veranda. When you sit at one of our tables with the stunning views across the water you’ll see why we’ve named our Cafe Bar ‘The View’!
As a little thank-you for your support, We are offering all residents staying in our Wooden Wigwam Accommodation a 10% discount on all food for the duration of your stay. So after a long day of activity at the NDAC you will be able to relax into the evening with a cold beer and a delicious meal.
We are working hard and continuing to invest in the site to provide you all with a superb facility and what we feel is the best inland dive site in the UK.
We have big plans for the future and a number if new activities will be coming to site over the next few years, kicking off later in the month with The Wire, one of the UK’s longest Zip wires!
Thanks to all our visitors for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in The View Cafe Bar very soon.
Here are some of the latest pictures of our new Café Bar complex, The View.
The construction works are progressing well and the cafe bar is really starting to come together. Around 5 tonnes of steel have recently arrived on site and will be used to construct the outside veranda. The veranda will be a great spot to relax and enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking our Chepstow quarry.
We are working as fast as we can to get The View open for business and we promise it will be well worth the wait!
For some larger versions of the photos, take a look at the Facebook album>
We’re pleased to announce that the old NDAC Snack Bar is finally to be replaced by our new Café Bar complex, named The View.
We hope you all agree it will be well worth the time and effort to make your days with us a bit more special.
The View Café Bar will be for everyone; Divers and visitors alike will be able to sit inside or out on the veranda, with a breathtaking view overlooking the Chepstow quarry.
As well as serving great food, the View Café Bar will also have a licensed bar and a stunning view.
Those of you staying with us in the Wigwam Village will also be able to enjoy a cold beer and something to eat after a long days diving and relax a bit more whilst at the NDAC.
Watts Construction, our building company, have been on site now for over a month and things are beginning to take shape on the new NDAC cafe bar area.
We have a projected build time of around 20 weeks and are looking to get the View Café Bar up and running in the early part of March 2012.
The View‘s build and works are progressing well, but please be patient whilst the construction works take place.
We are working as fast as we can to get The View open for business and we promise it will be well worth the wait!
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Over November and December we have been working hard on the site infrastructure and shipping in some more Wooden Wigwams for you to go glamping in!
The final wigwam unit arrived on site on Tuesday, just in time for the Christmas rush with the 2011 Scuba Santas event and NDAC Night Dive over the weekend of the 17th & 18th December 2011. This now brings our Wigwam village up to an impressive19 units.
We were not expecting the Wooden Wigwams to be such a runaway success, but they have proved to be very popular with divers and visitors to Chepstow. We started with six Wigwams back in February, this then grew to 10 units, then to 14 units and now 19 units in ten months! Each of the Wooden Wigwams are hand made in Scotland then send via road down to NDAC some 600miles away!
The Wooden Wigwams offer the ideal 4 season camping holiday or short break, for group’s families and couples. A great low cost alternative to youth hostels, B&Bs, self catering or camping. Wigwams are the ultimate eco cabin; secure and lockable the wigwams offer all year round camping, and the best bit, no pitching a tent in the rain!
If you are visiting us for Scuba Santas and the Winter Night Dive, why not make a full weekend of it and go glamping in style. The wigwams aregetting booked up quickly with this busy weekend, so book your wigwam accommodation now to avoid disappointment.
And there’s more!
We are pleased that so many of you have decided to support NDAC in such a big way and wanted to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you. The investment has also included another toilet and shower block in the Wigwam Village and a water treatment plant which will be operational before Christmas.
The total budget for the Wooden Wigwam accommodation we have in Chepstow is around £300k but we feel has been well worth it and from listening to what our customers have told us, you feel the same way.
Hope to see you soon . . .
You’re only a click of the mouse away from toasting marshmallows round your own camp fire and sleeping under the stars in the heart of the countryside. Book a Wigwam now>
We have three new attractions that have just arrived at the National Diving and Activity Centre.
The three new underwater attractions are going to have a new lick of paint and some TLC before being placed underwater.
We expect them to be in place in the next month.
If you have any ideas of names for the three Thorpe Park Rangers, please make your suggestions below in the comments field below . . .