Posts Tagged ‘chepstow’

Sam Amps, Saltfree & NDAC Feature on BBC 2 Science Show

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Sam Amps Saltfree and NDAC feature on BBC 2 Science show


"100 trillion cells. 280 days. One human life. A BBC Science series, produced in partnership with The Open University, exploring the making of you."

On Monday 28th September you may have seen the National Diving & Activity Centre feature on BBC 2 Science show ‘Countdown to Life: The Extraordinary Making of You‘.

As part of the show Sam Amps from Saltfree teaches the presenter Dr Michael Mosley how to Freedive at Chepstow’s inland dive site.

The whole show is fascinating and well worth watching and you can catch it on the IPlayer. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, the freediving section starts at around 46 minutes in

Saltfree FreedivingSaltFree Divers offer freediving courses, training, coaching and competitions at all levels at The National Diving and Activity Centre, a beautiful flooded quarry in Chepstow, near Bristol.

Their purpose-built freediving platform is the deepest of its kind in the UK, possibly in the world, fully equipped for safety and comfort.

Whether you want to learn to dive deeper, hold your breath longer or perfect your underwater swimming technique, SaltFree is the perfect location for Constant Weight and Free Immersion breath hold dive training.

Find out more about Saltfree and book on their courses via their website at

Official FearFest Trailer – Watch if you dare!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Fear Fest NDAC ChepstowHow brave are you feeling? The official FearFest Trailer is now live.

This is not for those with a sensitive disposition!

The UK’s newest scare attraction – FearFest – is opening on 16th October 2015 and runs until 1st November 2015.

It is a fully immersive and interactive attraction (16+ only) and features 6 terrifying horror zones and live zombie scare actors.

Using set-builders from Pinewood Studios (Drèsd) and located at the National Diving & Activity Centre (Chepstow – on the Gloucester/Wales border), FearFest incorporates much of its natural surroundings, including a disused railway line, in this incredible zombie scare attraction.

As part of your FearFest experience you have the option to take on one of the UKs longest Zip Wires.

Tickets are flying out fast – to avoid disappointment secure your place now at

73 Year Old Takes On Record Breaking Bungee For EEs New Action Cam

Friday, July 10th, 2015

From an original article on UKBungee

UK Bungee ClubAt UK Bungee, they’re not ones to shy away from a challenge. So when asked to help 73 year old daredevil Ray Woodcock take on a record breaking 500ft water touch to promote EE’s new Action Cam, they couldn’t say no! With weeks of working out the logistics of such an epic jump behind them, they set off for the National Diving and Activity Centre in Chepstow, Monmouthshire for one of their craziest adventures to date.

An extreme jump like this needed an extreme crane and so a 300 tonne Leibherr with a 42 metre extension was bought in at 6am to begin a gruelling 6 hour set-up. Bearing in mind that this took another smaller crane to assemble, this was one big crane!

While a number of test jumps took place, firstly with a bag of weights matching that of our daredevil diver and then with a member of the UK Bungee Team, Ray arrived on site with his partner Heather by his side and was soon in his bright yellow wetsuit shooting interviews with the production team from Barcroft Media, the company appointed by EE to capture the challenge for promotion of their new product. EE’s Action Cam allows the action to be streamed over 4G from the camera to ‘Skeegle’, a new video sharing app where you can invite friends and family to watch. Using this innovative technology, Ray’s family back in Essex were able to watch the action unfold and share the experience.

Bungee Jump over water in NDAC QuarryWith Ray harnessed and the Action Cam strapped to him, everyone took their place and the cage was lifted. What followed was a spectacular jump that saw him submerge into the water below all the way up to his knees. Giving the prearranged ‘OK’ hand signal to the ground crew on the ascent of his first bounce, the crane slewed back in towards towards the landing area and two members of the UK Bungee crew ensured that Ray landed back on the ground safely. Awaiting medics were straight by his side to check that he had escaped unscatched. With plenty of nodding and thumbs up, it was clear to see that Ray had loved every minute of the adventure!

Jon Snape, Managing Director of the UK Bungee Club said of the day, ‘Today has been a great success and one that we’ll all remember for a very long time. My team have been working on the logistics of this event for quite a while and to know that we achieved what we set out to and more importantly Ray is thrilled, we couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. His welfare was always our number one priority.’

Ray definitely isn’t a stranger to the UK Bungee Club crew. Back in 2013, they helped him smash the Guinness World Record for the Highest Bungee Jump into Water (400ft) at the NDAC! No stranger to danger, Ray’s other adrenaline fueled experiences include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking through Death Valley and taking on the chilling 30,000ft Halo Jump.

Something tells us this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Ray Woodcock and his wild challenges!

UK Bungee are back at the NDAC this August (14th, 15th & 16th Aug) and November (14th & 15th Nov). Spaces are limited and selling out very fast, so be quick to avoid disappointment.

Places can be booked for UK Bungee at the NDAC Chepstow here >

Alternatively anyone is welcome to come along and watch from the View Cafe Bar onsite at the NDAC.

The Wire Zip Slide open extra dates over the Summer

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

The Wire. One of the longest Zip Slides In The UK at the NDAC, Chepstow.

The Wire Zip Slide ChepstowDue to popular demand, we have opened up the Wire Zip Slide for some extra midweek days during the Summer, it is also open on the Bank Holiday Monday in August.

There are limited slots available and with the Summer holidays we are expecting to sell out fast, so book now to avoid disappointment.

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 full range of dates for July and August are below

July 2015


Saturday 04 July Saturday 01 August
Sunday 05 July Sunday 02 August
Saturday 11 July Thursday 06 AugustSummer mid-week special
Sunday 12 July Friday 07 AugustSummer mid-week special
Saturday 18 July Saturday 08 August
Sunday 19 July Sunday 09 August
Thursday 23 JulySummer mid-week special Thursday 13 AugustSummer mid-week special
Friday 24 JulySummer mid-week special Friday 14 AugustSummer mid-week special
Saturday 25 July Saturday 15 August
Sunday 26 July Sunday 16 August
Thursday 30 JulySummer mid-week special Saturday 22 August
Friday 31 JulySummer mid-week special Sunday 23 August
Book on the Wire Thursday 27 AugustSummer mid-week special
Friday 28 AugustSummer mid-week special
Saturday 29 August
Sunday 30 August
Monday 31 AugustBank Holiday Monday

You must be aged over 12 years to ride The Wire Zip Slide.

Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone) • Lower Limit is 20kg (3.15 stone)

The Wire Prices

Single Zip Slide £19.00

Have two slides on the Wire for £32.00 (only available when booked with first zip slide)

The Wire Closed Sunday 14th June 2015

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

The Wire

Due to the high tail winds predicted on Sunday 14th June 2015, we have taken the decision to close the Wire Zip Slide for the day.

Any one with a booking for the day will be contacted by phone or email.

Apologies for any inconvenience

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

Join and share this event on Facebook >

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.

Join the Events on Facebook:

Saturday Hog Roast

Sunday Hog Roast

Scuba Diving Courses for 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 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.

• 27 Jun 2015

• 18 Jul 2015

• 29 Aug 2015

• 19 Sep 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).

• 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

• 19-20 Sep 15 & 26 -27 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.

• 20-21 Jun 2015

• 11-12 Jul 2015

• 01-02 Aug 2015

• 22-23 Aug 2015

• 12-13 Sep 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.

• 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)
• 19 Jun 2015

• 10 Jul 2015

• 07 Aug 2015

• 11 Sep 2015

Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)
• 25 & 26 Jun 2015

• 16 & 23 Jul 2015

• 20 & 21 Aug 2015

• 17 & 18 Sep 2015

Click here for full details, update options & 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.

• 06 – 07 Jun 2015

• 11 – 12 Jul 2015

• 26 – 27 Sep 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.

• 12 – 14 Jun 2015

• 14 – 16 Aug 2015

• 11 – 13 Sep 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.

• 27 Jun 2015

• 18 Jul 2015

• 29 Aug 2015

• 19 Sep 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.

• 11 Jun 2015 atCardiff 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

• 20 Sep 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 24 Sep 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.




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