Posts Tagged ‘2017’

24 Hour Scuba Dive – Underwater Marathon in Aid of Headway Brain Injury Charity (16th & 17th September 2017)

Friday, September 1st, 2017

24 Hour Scuba

Two scuba divers who survived devastating brain injuries are to lead a 24-hour underwater scubathon to raise funds for a charity which helps people who have suffered a brain injury.

Members of Cheltenham Sub-Aqua Club, regular visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre, will work as a relay team to spend a full day underwater led by divers James Neal and Neal Breeden.

Over the weekend 16th & 17th September we will also be holding a demonstration day and raffle with prizes from Apeks, Suunto, Fourth Element, Maxshow, Sea & Sea and Fathom Outdoors. We also have 3 dive computers donated to the NDAC Shop by Suunto where all the money from the sale will go towards the fundraising. There are more prizes to follow and tickets are available from the NDAC shop.

On the demo days we have Liquid SportsMares, SSI , Sea & Sea, TDI, Fourth Element and Maxshow.

Headway Brain Injury CharityJames, 47, a technical diver and instructor from Symonds Yat, in the Wye Valley, suffered a devastating subarachnoid haemorrhage following the rupture of an undiagnosed aneurysm, which led to a grade four bleed on the brain.

Neal, 48, Cheltenham SAC’s secretary also survived a brain injury, after suffering a major stroke nearly ten years ago, in 2008, which left him needing to use a wheelchair.

Now the pair are organising the scubathon in aid of UK brain injury charity Headway, which supported James during his initial recovery. They hope to raise in excess of £5000.

The dive will begin on Saturday 16th September and finish at midday on Sunday 17th September, at the National Diving and Activity Centre in Chepstow.

James says, as well as supporting Headway, he wants to raise awareness of brain injuries and highlight some of the prejudices that go hand in hand with what is described as an ‘invisible disability’.

After he was treated, James, who ran his own business, says all he wanted to do was get back in the water and enjoy scuba diving again. That desire drove his initial rehabilitation.

24 hour scuba challengeHe said: “I was able to return to some level of fitness and get back in the water but I had a great deal of support from my scuba diving friends. Without Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club my life would have become very lonely. I owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.


“I suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage and whilst I might appear completely recovered on the outside, you can’t and don’t see what I have to deal with, or understand the problems I face, on a daily basis.


“I’m learning to manage my condition but it’s still difficult and I have suffered some horrendous discrimination as a result of people not understanding my disability. But Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club has remained a constant in my post injury life. I don’t know what I would have done without them.


“I suffer terribly from fatigue. Immediately after the injury I was able to stay conscious for perhaps 20 minutes at a time. Now as the day goes on I get more and more fatigued. And there is a huge difference between tiredness and fatigue.


“If you are tired you can keep going. With fatigue you can’t and your body starts to shut down. You become irritable and lose the ability to think straight. Eventually you will lose consciousness. That’s not falling asleep!”

He added: “Brain injuries not only change your life but also your personality. You wake up a different person.”


“If you suffer a head or brain injury it can take a long, long time to recover and in fact you might never recover, at least not fully.

Neal, who worked as an upholsterer before suffering his major stroke when he was just 39, says Headway is an amazing organisation that few people will have heard of.

He said: “When James had his haemorrhage he did experience some real issues from people who just didn’t understand because of their ignorance. People who he thought were his friends turned on him and blatantly discriminated against him. It was horrible to witness, I can’t begin to imagine how it made him feel. Look at a person with crutches or a wheelchair and the disability is obvious. But you can’t easily see a subarachnoid haemorrhage.”


“James and I dive together a great deal and understand each other and our respective limitations in a way perhaps other people don’t. We know what makes each other tick. It’s a very special bond that only  people that have been through what we have could ever really understand.”

He added: “Hopefully we will raise a good deal of money for Headway; the whole club is behind the event. And divers from across the country are supporting us.

Ali Hendley, Manager at Headway Gloucestershire, said the money raised by the underwater scubathon would be very valuable and said: “Giving brain injury survivors the chance to re-learn old skills and develop new ones is what Headway is all about.

To sponsor Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club visit:

https://mydonate.bt.com/teams/csac24

Further Details

Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club
Cheltenham SAC Website
Cheltenham SAC Facebook

Headway
Headway Twitter
Headway Website
Headway Facebook

 

Opening Times for Diving & Activities during FearFest-Evil

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

FearFest-Evil our live Halloween Horror Event will be operating on the NDAC site on selected dates during October 2017.

FearFest-EvilDuring this time Activities and Scuba Diving will finish at 2:30PM to allow us time to setup for the event.

The full list of dates are:

• Friday 13th October 2017

• Saturday 14th October 2017

• Sunday 15th October 2017

• Friday 20th October 2017

• Saturday 21st October 2017

• Sunday 22nd October 2017

• Friday 27th October 2017

• Saturday 28th October 2017

• Sunday 29th October 2017

• Monday 30th October 2017

• Tuesday 31st October 2017

We apologise for any inconvenience and hope that you will join us for what will be a set of fantastic nights out.

For full details of the horror event, please visit the FearFest-Evil website »

Please note that the site will not be opening Monday to Wednesday during the October Half-Term.

Diving & Activity Times During FearFest-Evil

FREE Horror Movies at the Drive-In Cinema over September

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Free Horror Movies at Drive-In Cinema
To celebrate the launch of FearFest-Evil​ and to get you in the mood for horror, we are hosting a series of FREE horror movie screenings at our Drive-In Cinema in Chepstow.

Every Saturday during September we will be screening a classic horror movie at 9pm for free – That’s five free nights of horror!!

To book your free tickets to the Drive-In Cinema you will need a redemption code. We will be releasing these codes, along with the film names, on the FearFest-Evil social media channels.

For now, block out the September Saturday nights in your diaries, share this post with your friends and make sure you are following FearFest-Evil on our Social Media channels for the horror cinema redemption codes.

•  Facebook @FearFestEvilChepstow

•  Twitter @fearfest_evil

•  Instagram @fearfest_evil

Film Screenings

2nd Sept 17 at 9pm |Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982) | Cert 18 | Code JASON3

9th Sept 17 at 9pm | Halloween H20: 20 Years Later  | Cert 18| MYERS78

16th Sept 17 at 9pm | Nightmare on Elm Street (1984 Original)  | Cert 18 | Code FREDDY

23rd Sept 17 at 9pm | The Ring (US Version)  | Cert 15

30th Sept 17 at 9pm | The Exorcism of Emily Rose  | Cert 15

The films will be screened at our Drive-In Cinema, Chepstow at 9pm on the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th September 2017. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Entry limited to one car per booking.

Suunto & Finnsub at the NDAC Demonstration Weekend.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Suunto Finnsub Demonstration Weekend

On the 3rd and 4th June Suunto and FINNSUB will be heading to the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) for a demonstration weekend. 

They will have all their computers, Fly wings and Finn Lights for you to take for a dive. If you want to ask some questions, come and find them in the Suunto tent. 

We will also have the BBQ fired up!

 

Suunto Finnsub Demonstration Weekend

Half Price Diving During May/June Half Term

Monday, May 15th, 2017

February Half Term

Half Price Scuba DivingWe are going to be open for Scuba Diving throughout the School Half-Term week in May/June 2017 (29th May -2nd June).

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

The other activities on site (The Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active and The Giant 3G Swing) as well as the Wooden Wigwams and View Cafe Bar will also be running during the half-term week. These are also be running a special half-price discount (Full details and Discount Code»).

We look forward to seeing you over the half-term week.

Offer applies Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June 2017. Normal entry requirements for Scuba Diving apply.

NDAC Closed for Site Infrastructure Works Monday 20th – Friday 24th March 2017

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

ClosedThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed to the public for all activities from Monday 20th March until 1600hrs on Friday 24th March 2017.

Scuba Diving resumes at the site on Saturday 25th March 2017.

General site infrastructure works are taking place and the site will be closed for all divers and visitors; this also includes the Wire, Wigwams, all Diving and The View Cafe Bar.

The site will be back to normal opening times on Saturday 25th March 2017.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Half Price Entrance Fee for Scuba Divers March 2017

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Half Price Scuba Diving at the NDAC Chepstow this March

March Special Offer for Scuba Divers

As a big thank you for your continued support and loyalty throughout these colder months, we have decided to reduce our Scuba Diving entrance price from Thursday 2nd to Friday 31st March by a massive 50%

This means that our members will only have to pay £6.50 for a day’s unlimited diving with us and non members will have to pay just £9.00.

No catches – just turn up, book in and scuba dive for half the normal price!

We look forward to seeing you at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow during March!

Join the Event on Facebook here >

This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offers from the NDAC.

Keep an eye on our website, Facebook Page and Twitter Feed for further offers and promotions throughout the year.

Normal entry requirements for Scuba Diving apply.

Please note that the site is closed for diving on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th March due to site infrastructure works.Details »

 

10,000 Likes for NDAC Facebook Page

Friday, February 17th, 2017

10,000 Facebook Likes

We are really pleased to announce that the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) has reached 10,000 Likes on it’s Facebook Page.

There has been a massive boost in popularity of the site with all the recent investment, and exciting events. In the last year we’ve had an extra 2,500 likes, a great achievement.

Facebook Graph

We created our new Facebook page in February 2011 and it has proved a very popular way of staying in touch with everyone.

We also have a very active Twitter feed with over 2,300 followers, and of course we have our news blog with all the latest from the site.

Please continue to share your stories, photos and videos with us as we love seeing them.

If you haven’t already liked us you can do so in the sidebar on the right, or by visiting the NDAC Facebook Page.

Thanks again!


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