Posts Tagged ‘chepstow’

Macmillan Coffee & Cake Morning Fri 30 September 2016

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Macmillan Coffee Moring Chepstow

We are hosting a Macmillan Coffee (and Cake!) Morning at the NDAC View Cafe Bar, Chepstow on Friday 30th September 2016.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. They ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone they raised £25 million and this year they are aiming to raise even more with your help.

The Coffee morning will be running from 10am to 3pm

Please pop in and support this fantastic cause.

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M48 Severn Bridge Closure 24th September 2016 06am-10pm

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

M48 Severn Bridge

There is a M48 Severn bridge closure for maintenance.

The Westbound and Eastbound carriageways will be closed from 06:00 until 2200 Saturday 24th September 2016.

Latest details available from Severn River Crossings PLC and GOV.UK

Diversion routes will be in place across the M4 Second Severn Crossing, so please allow an extra 10-15 minutes to your journey times.

General enquiries

If you have any questions about the bridge closure, contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Alternative M4 Route to Chepstow

Wire Zip Slide Closed Sunday 21st August, reopens Monday 22nd August 2016

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Please note the following dates for the cancellation of activities at the National Diving & Activity Centre

The Wire Zip Slide

The Wire Zip Slide is closed on the following dates.

• Saturday 20th August

• Sunday 21st August

The Wire will reopen on Monday 22nd August

The Giant 3G Swing

The Giant 3G Swing is closed on the following date.

• Saturday 20th August

The Swing will reopen on Sunday 21st August

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

Segway Active will be running as normal over these dates.

Apologies for any inconvenience

The Wire & The Giant 3G Swing  

Weather Warning – Swing and Wire Closure Saturday 20th August 2016

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Weather Warning for Chepstow Area

We have a weather warning and high tail winds predicted on Saturday 20th August 2016

As a result we have taken the decision to close the Wire Zip Slide and the Giant 3G Swing for the day.

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

Apologies for any inconvenience

The Wire & The Giant 3G Swing  

Mark Harris Book Launch ‘Glass & Water’ – Sat 30th July 2016

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Mark Harris Book Launch - Glass & Water

Mark Harris Book LaunchOn Saturday 30th July 2016, Mark Harris will be at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) between 3pm and 4pm to sign copies of his recently released book, ‘Glass and Water‘.

Glass and Water is a book that covers the essential techniques needed for underwater photography while freediving.

Mark is no stranger to the NDAC, as it was his primary training facility (with Saltfree freediving) during his years as UK freediving champion. Many images within the book were taken at the NDAC.

This book signing is part of the British Freediving Association member’s day being held at the site. It will include a freedive safety demo (by Liv Philip), a BBQ, camping and yoga (with Rebecca Coales). And of course for qualified divers, some time on the Saltfree Divers platform and NDAC attractions.

For anyone wishing to purchase a signed copy, Mark will be supplying these at a price of £15 (cash only accepted), but will also be happy to sign copies for those who have purchased elsewhere.

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For anyone travelling across the river Severn, there is a M48 Severn bridge closure on Saturday 30th July for maintenance from 06:00 – 17:00.

Diversion routes will be in place across the M4 Second Severn Crossing, so please allow an extra 10-15 minutes to your journey times.

Scuba Diving Courses for Summer & Autumn 2016 at the NDAC Dive School

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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 taking place during Summer & Autumn 2016. Places are limited so please book quickly to avoid disappointment.

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.

• 25 Jun 2016 NDAC

• 16 Jul 2016 NDAC

• 27 Aug 2016 NDAC

• 17 Sep 2016 NDAC

• 15 Oct 2016 NDAC

• 26 Nov 2016Thornbury

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).

• 25-26 Jun & 02-03 Jul 16

• 16-17 Jul & 23-24 Jul 16

• 06-07 Aug & 13 -14 Aug 16

• 27-28 Aug & 03-04 Sep 16

• 17-18 Sep & 24-25 Sep 16

• 08-09 Oct & 15-16 Oct 16

• 29-30 Oct & 05-06 Nov 16

• 19-20 Nov & 26-27 Nov 16

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.

• 18-19 Jun 2016

• 09-10 Jul 2016

• 30-31 Jul 2016

• 20-21 Aug 2016

• 10-11 Sep 2016

• 01-02 Oct 2016

• 22-23 Oct 2016

• 12-13 Nov 2016

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.

• 18-19 June 2016

• 06-07 Aug 2016

• 22-23 Oct 2016

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)

• 17 Jun 2016

• 08 Jul 2016

• 05 Aug 2016

• 09 Sep 2016

• 21 Oct 2016

• 25 Nov 2016

Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 16 & 23 Jun 2016

• 14 & 21 Jul 2016

• 18 & 25 Aug 2016

• 15 & 22 Sep 2016

• 13 & 20 Oct 2016

• 17 & 24 Nov 2016

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.

• 09-11 Jul 2016

• 24-25 Sep 2016

• 05-06 Nov 2016

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 Aug 2016

• 09-11 Sep 2016

• 11-13 Nov 2016

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.

• 25 Jun 2016

• 16 Jul 2016

• 27 Aug 2016

• 17 Sep 2016

• 08 Oct 2016

• 19 Nov 2016

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.

• 23 Jun 2016 at NDAC

• 07 Jul 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 28 Jul 2016 at NDAC

• 11 Aug 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 25 Aug 2016 at NDAC

• 01 Sep 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 22 Sep 2016 at NDAC

• 06 Oct 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 27 Oct 2016 at NDAC

• 10 Nov 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 24 Nov 2016 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.

 

 

NDAC Closed from 10am Monday 10th October to 4pm on Friday 14th October 2016

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

ClosedThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed to the public for all activities from 10:00am Monday 10th to 16:00pm on Friday 14th October 2016.

The site has a private booking and 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 open for Wigwam guests on Friday 14th October at 4pm. Diving will resume on Saturday morning as normal (15th October).

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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

Iplayer

"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 www.saltfree.biz

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.

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 thewirezipslide.com/

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)


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