Archive for the ‘Underwater Attractions’ Category

Half a Million Pound Investment at Chepstow Activity Centre

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

£0.5 Million Investment at NDAC Dive and Activity CentreWith 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.

Segway Active
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.

Segway Active opens in April 2014, bookings are available now for an early bird discount>

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>

New Facilities
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.

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Meet Caroline, just arrived as a new diving attraction at the NDAC

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Underwater Attraction New to NDACYou may have noticed our new attraction that has recently been delivered to the National Diving & Activity Centre.

This 35 Tonne steel trawler has traveled over 500 miles from Aberdeen to its new home as an underwater diving attraction at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

The new boat, named ‘Caroline’ is 11.33 metres long and she will be placed in the water during 2014, providing a fantastic wreck diving experience.

This new scuba diving attraction is part of an exciting 4 year investment programme at the NDAC which will see £1 million pounds invested across the site. More details on the investment programme will follow soon, sign up to our news feed to be kept in the loop.

If you haven’t already seen the new underwater attraction, she is parked to the left hand side of the main entrance whilst she is being prepped.

Underwater photography tips for reduced visibility

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Underwater Photography Tips

Underwater photography tips for reduced visibility

Grayscale version of underwater photoFollowing a move from Yorkshire to Brighton, Photographer Maria Munn decided that Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre would be the best place to carry out her first UK dive in about a year. Maria also felt that it would be a good opportunity to get some tips on how to great underwater photos in rainy conditions and reduced vis for her popular column on the Sport Diver website.

Maria offers a great description of the NDAC site, its attractions and offers some helpful tips and tricks on how to capture great shots of the NDAC’s wealth of underwater attractions.

"Moving further on I almost bumped into an amphibious armoured vehicle. Marc was already ahead and dived into it with his torch. And straight away, that was where I saw some amazing photo opportunities of his torch shining through the window of the vehicle.

I increased my ISO to 400 to let in enough available light to keep the picture sharp. I got as close to the vehicle as possible with my fisheye lens so that I was almost touching the front wheel.

"My flash was switched off so as not to cause dreaded backscatter and I used the Vivid mode in my Canon S95 to enhance the colour of the water. Then it was just a matter of waiting for Marc to point his torch in the right direction.

Read the full article on the Sport Diver Website>


Maria launched PADI’s Digital Underwater Photography Speciality some six years ago and has helped 16 course guests win prizes with their compact cameras. She offers personal camera set-up guides for just £9.95 as well as her award-winning book, Underwater Photography for Compact Camera Users , and new DVD. She offers courses in London, Lancing and Leeds as well as group specials in her VW Photobus at a divesite of your choice.

Maria will be running a weekend photography workshop at the National Diving & Activity Centre in September. Dates and details are yet to be confirmed, but to receive the latest information direct to your inbox suscribe below, follow us on Twitter @NDAC_co_uk or join our Facebook page.






Underwater Video at the NDAC

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Some great footage of our underwater attractions that has recently been published on our NDAC Facebook Page.

The first is a Test of Underwater Video Light for GOPRO camera in and around the NDAC underwater buses by light-for-me.com

Test of Underwater Video Light for GOPRO camera from light-for-me.com on Vimeo.

This second video shows the GOPRO camera being used inside the NDAC BAE 146 aircraft.

TEST GOPRO in the aircraft from light-for-me.com on Vimeo.

This last video is titled NDAC Chepstow our best Dive Site. It shows some videos of our Wigwam Village before the new Wigwams were installed.

NDAC Chepstow Our best Dive Site from light-for-me.com on Vimeo.

The Light for me video page is well worth a look for some other footage>

Thorpe Park Rangers retire to Dive Centre

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Thorpe Park Rangers at NDAC scuba dive quarry

Merlin Group - Thorpe Park RangersWe have three new attractions that have just arrived at the National Diving and Activity Centre.

Kindly donated by the Merlin Group, these three park rangers have retired from Thorpe Park after many years of service and will be keeping an eye on things in the Gnome Garden.

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 . . .

Four new underwater attractions at NDAC dive site

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Underwater Attractions at NDAC Dive Centre

It has been a very busy week at the National Diving & Activity Centre with the installation of four new underwater attractions.

We now have a new addition to Land Rover Lagoon, a Double Decker Bus, a Single Deck Bus and a 16 tonne Abbott Self Propelled Gun.

All the attractions are ready to dive now, so why not pop down and have a look yourself – with so many new attractions you might want to book a weekend with us in one of our Wooden Wigwams.

The Busses
The first bus is a traditional 56-seater single deck bus that weighs in at 6.5 tonnes and has been used in active service throughout Cardiff over the past 15 years. She has clocked up an impressive 500,000 km so I’m sure some of you may have even travelled on her at some stage!

The second vehicle is an impressive Double-deck bus; she seats around 60 to 80 passengers, It is around 10 meters in length, 4.5 meters high and her gross weight is around 12 tonnes.

We believe these underwater busses will not only provide a stable, safe and exciting training platform but also to act as a swim through attraction for the more confident divers amongst you. So whilst our students are conducting their skills and drills above you could be swimming through underneath them – You won’t even need a ticket!

The FV433 Field Artillery Abbot SPG
The Abbot Tank or ‘Self Propelled Gun’ built by Vickers was used by the British Army between 1965 and 1995 and is still in service with the Indian Army.

In its day the Abbot FV433 was able to swim across water due to having a flotation screen fixed around the hull, which would be raised to provide buoyancy. The action of the tracks was sufficient to drive it forward at about 3 knots. Each swimming Abbot would of been supported by a fully amphibious Stalwart Mk 2 High Mobility Load Carrier that carried additional ammunition.

This Abbot’s floating days are long over and it now is retiring happily at the NDAC quarry, reunited with it’s old friend the Stalwart ‘Stolly’.

Both buses are under 20 meters and the Abbot is sitting around 30 metres. The new landrover is situated around 10 metres.

None of this would of been possible without the help from the Corps of Royal Engineers and our thanks goes out to them.

The Corps of Royal Engineers are unique with all their "Sappers" being multi skilled soldiers, combat engineers and tradesmen working alongside all parts of the Army they play a vital role in the effectiveness of the British Army and the United Kingdom in both peacetime and on Opertations.

Read more about the Royal Engineers>

 

Double Decker Bus

 

Royal Engineers

Abbot Tank

 

Busses to be sunk in NDAC quarry

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

NDAC Bus attraction to be installed in quarry

NDAC BussesBack in 2008 Cardiff Bus & NDAC linked up to obtain two new impressive attractions in the form of one single deck and one double deck bus. Since then we have been working to make the buses fit for purpose and looking at the logistics of physically getting them in the water!

We are pleased to announce that the new underwater attractions will be installed at the end of the month.

We believe these underwater busses will not only provide a stable, safe and exciting training platform but also to act as a swim through attraction for the more confident divers amongst you. So whilst our students are conducting their skills and drills above you could be swimming through underneath them – You won’t even need a ticket!

Cardiff Bus Company

The first bus is a traditional 56-seater single deck bus that weighs in at an impressive 6.5 tonnes and has been used in active service throughout Cardiff over the past 15 years. She has clocked up an impressive 500,000 km so I’m sure some of you may have even traveled on her at some stage!

The second vehicle is an impressive Double-deck bus; she seats around 60 to 80 passengers, It is around 10 meters in length, 4.5 meters high and her gross weight is around 12 tonnes!

Watch this space for updates and the story of their installation, or subscribe to our news feed>

Click here for further information on some of our other underwater attractions >

 

 

 


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