Posts Tagged ‘chepstow’

NDAC Closed 10:30am Monday 17th Aug until 1:00pm Friday 21st Aug 2015

Friday, May 1st, 2015

ClosedThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed to the public for all activities from 10:30am Monday 17th August until 1:00pm Friday 21st August 2015.

Site maintenance 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 at 1pm on Friday 21st August 2015.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Deptherapy Navigation Challenge 13th & 14th June 2015

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Deptherapy Nav Challenge

Deotheraphy Navigation ChallengeDeptherapy, a UK registered charity that uses scuba diving to rehabilitate seriously injured service men and women, will be holding its inaugural Navigational Challenge at the NDAC this June.

The Deptherapy Nav Challenge, tests scuba divers of all qualifications and walks of life, encouraging them to participate in our navigational challenge, where divers will navigate to a series of waypoints and complete several challenges set over the course. The navigational course and challenges are designed to make divers aware of good diving practice and skills, as well as build up an awareness of the difficulties disabled divers face.

Divers can enter in teams of 6 or buddy-pairs – those that enter as a team will do the course in a relay form and each buddy pair’s time in completing the course will be added together. The aim is to complete the Nav course and its challenges in the lowest time and the team and buddy-pair with the lowest times for completing the Nav course will win prizes.

The Deptherapy Nav Challenge is a fun and exciting way to encourage divers of all qualification levels and dive agencies to pit their skills against the Deptherapy team and try to beat their time over the course. Come and join us on the 13th & 14th June 2015 from 10am – 4:30pm on both days at the NDAC, Chepstow and see if you have what it takes!

To register a team or buddy-pair for the Detherapy Nav Challenge go to:

All funds raised from the event will go towards Deptherapy continuing to help rehabilitate more injured Armed Service Personnel.

For more information on Deptherapy, please visit their website or their Facebook page

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View Cafe Bar open additional days over Easter Holidays

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

View Cafe Bar Easter

During the Easter holidays the View Cafe Bar will be open some additional days.

Easter Monday 6th April
9am – 2pm & 5pm – 10pm

Tuesday 7th April
9am – 2pm & 5pm – 10pm

Wednesday 8th April
9am – 2pm & 5pm – 10pm

Monday 13th April
9am – 2pm & 5pm – 10pm

Tuesday 14th April
9am – 2pm & 5pm – 10pm

Wednesday 15th April
9am – 2pm & 5pm – 10pm

We will be open our normal opening times on Thursdays – Sundays

Easter Hog Roast – Easter Saturday & Sunday 2015

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Easter Hog Roast

We will be holding two Hog Roasts over the Easter Weekend at the View Cafe Bar, Chepstow.

Join us between 11am and 5pm for a delicious and succulent Hog Roast on either Saturday the 4th April or Easter Sunday the 5th April.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Saturday Hog Roast

Sunday Hog Roast

Scuba Diving Courses for Spring & Summer 2015 at the NDAC Dive School

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

NDAC Dive School
Start Diving Keep Diving Teach Diving Tech Diving Bookings

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 for Spring and Summer 2015.

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.

• 14 Mar 2015

• 15 Apr 2015

• 16 May 2015

• 27 Jun 2015

• 18 Jul 2015

• 29 Aug 2015

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).

• 21-22 Feb 15 & 28 Feb – 1 Mar 15

• 14-15 & 21-22 Mar 15

• 04-05 & 11-12 Apr 15

• 25-26 Apr & 02-03 May 15

• 16-17 & 23-24 May 15

• 06-07 & 13-14 Jun 15

• 27-28 Jun &
04 -05 Jul 15

• 18-19 & 25-26 Jul 15

• 08-09 &
15-16 Aug 15

• 29-30 Aug &
05-06 Sep 15

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.

• 07-08 Mar 2015

• 28-29 Mar 2015

• 18-19 Apr 2015

• 09-10 May 2015

• 30-31 May 2015

• 20-21 Jun 2015

• 11-12 Jul 2015

• 01-02 Aug 2015

• 22-23 Aug 2015

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.

• 30 Apr, 2-3 May 2015

• 18, 20-21 June 2015

• 06, 08-09 Aug 2015

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)
• 20 Mar 2015

• 17 Apr 2015

• 22 May 2015

• 19 Jun 2015

• 10 Jul 2015

• 07 Aug 2015

Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)
• 05 & 12 Mar 2015

• 16 & 23 Apr 2015

• 21 & 22 May 2015

• 25 & 26 Jun 2015

• 16 & 23 Jul 2015

• 20 & 21 Aug 2015

Update Course
• 20 Mar 2015

Click here for full details & 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.

• 21 – 22 Mar 2015

• 25 – 26 Apr 2015

• 06 – 07 Jun 2015

• 11 – 12 Jul 2015

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.

• 27 – 29 Mar 2015

• 08 – 10 May 2015

• 12 – 14 Jun 2015

• 14 – 16 Aug 2015

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.

• 14 – 15 Mar 2015

• 04 – 05 Apr 2015

• 16 May 2015

• 27 Jun 2015

• 18 Jul 2015

• 29 Aug 2015

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.

• 12 Mar 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 26 Mar 2015 at NDAC

• 09 Apr 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 30 Apr 2015 at NDAC

• 14 May 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 28 May 2015 at NDAC

• 11 Jun 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

25 Jun 2015 at NDAC

• 09 Jul 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 30 Jul 2015 at NDAC

• 13 Aug 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 27 Aug 2015 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.



Improvements to Wire Zip Slide Complete

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Wire Improvements at NDAC

Wire landing break arms being installed at NDAC ChepstowYou may have noticed that the Wire Zip Slide has been closed for most of February whilst we have been making some improvements.

We have had some landing break arms produced and they were delivered and installed recently by crane.

This means that we now have improved braking at the end of your 700m zip slide ride which will allow us to operate during stronger tail winds and for more of the year.

The works have all been completed now and the Wire is back open now and available for bookings. We have dates available between now and the end of August.

If you would like to brave the Wire Zip Slide, please visit

The Wire is one of the UK’s longest, tallest and fastest zip slides, running the 700 metre length of the spectacular NDAC Quarry.

Launch yourself from the 70m high cliff edge and speed along the length of our 80m deep flooded quarry.

Reaching speeds up to 40 miles per hour this exhilarating ride will take your breath away!

The Wire Zip Slide is suitable for all ages.
Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone)
Lower Limit is 20kg (3.15 stone)

NDAC Demonstration Weekend 11-12 April 2015

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Demonstration Weekend


The National Diving & Activity Centre will be hosting a diving equipment demonstration weekend over the 11th and 12th of April 2015.

Demonstration Weekend SuppliersThe weekend will include a large range of equipment from the following suppliers, for you to look at, try or buy:

Sea & Sea
Atomic Aquatics
Fourth Element
• Tecline
• Lola

Staff from all the companies will be available over the demonstration weekend to answer all your questions, so why not pop in and treat yourself to some new kit.

We will also be holding a BBQ both days of the weekend at the View Cafe Bar from 11am to 5pm

Join the event on Facebook >

National Diving & Activity Centre demonstration weekend 11th and 12th of April 2015

Sci-Fi Day • Saturday 4th April 2015 at the NDAC Chepstow

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Star Wars Trilogy Weekend • April 2015 • Join us for an Immersive Weekend

Unfortunately, due to a change in licensing we are no longer able to show the three Star Wars films over the Easter weekend.

Star Wars • Accommodation • Food & Drink • LocationAlthough this is a real disappointment, we will continue to hold a special FREE Star Wars / Sci-Fi day on Saturday 4th April where you can come along and meet a range of characters from all six Star Wars Episodes.

This will include Jawa, Jedi, Stormtroopers & Biker Scouts from the 501st Legion UK Garrison, the iconic Darth Vader and many more yet to be confirmed including members of Rebel Legion UK.

This will be a FREE EVENT and there will still be the opportunity to have your photo taken with the characters.

We will also have a hog roast and music on site throughout the day.

Anyone who has already booked tickets will be contacted and given a full refund.

We’re sorry that we’ve had to cancel the films, but hope that you’ll still come along to what will be a fantastic immersive experience.

Accommodation is available at the Wooden Wigwam Village, we have a large number of Standard and Deluxe Wooden Wigwams.

Food & Drink
Food and drink is available at the View Café Bar. With breathtaking views overlooking our Chepstow quarry, the View Café Bar serves an extensive range of hot & cold meals as well as a wide selection of beers, wines and soft drinks from the licensed bar.

This event is taking place at the National Diving & Activity Centre, located on the A48, just outside Chepstow.

For maps and detailed directions, please visit our NDAC Location Page


Segway and Zip WireAs well as the Drive-In Cinema, there is lots to see and do at the site, around Chepstow, the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean, which has seen filming of the New Star Wars film, Epsiode VII – The Force Awakens.

At the NDAC we offer an off-road Segway Active Experience as well The Wire, one of the UK’s Longest Zip Wires.

Facebook & Twitter
Follow the build up for this event on the NDAC Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #StarWarsChepstow



Did you enjoy a brew with us in 2014

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

100,000 Hot Drinks Served in 2014

tea coffee and hot chocolateA few stats from the View Cafe Bar

In 2014…

You drank a total of 25,576 cups of Black Coffee

11,700 cups of Hot Chocolate

30,000 cups of Latte white toppings and

35,282 cups of hot tea!

Overall we served you over 100,000 cups of hot drinks last year!











Volkswagen meet at the NDAC 1 March 2015

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

The National Diving & Activity Centre is opening the upper car parks for the Dubs at the Castle Team to host this cold but unique pre-season gathering and free swap meet for all types of VW’s

Come and see the amazing views, v-dubs and boxes of rusty parts while sampling the delights of the View Cafe Bar.

There will be a £5 charity donation to Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice. The staff will be on site with collection buckets.

So throw on some thermals, Warm up the Volkswagen, bring your old boxes of spares and help us raise some much needed funds.

Join the event on Facebook here>


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