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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>

Friday 13th February 2015 – Ghoulish BBQ & Dracula Untold Screening at Drive-In Cinema

Saturday, January 10th, 2015
Friday 13th Fright Night Film - Ghoulish BBQ and Dracula Untold

Friday the 13th we are holding a Fright Night Film at the NDAC.

We have a Ghoulish BBQ at the View Cafe Bar starting at 7pm.

Following that we have Dracula Untold showing at the NDAC Drive-In Cinema.

Book your tickets here>

See all the drive-in cinema listings at cinema.ndac.co.uk

Join the event on Facebook >

 

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£50,000 Infrastructure Development at NDAC Chepstow

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Sewage Treatment Plant Groundworks at NDAC Chepstow

Sewage Treatment Plant Groundworks at NDAC ChepstowWe’ve recently been carrying out groundworks for a new £35,000 ANUA Sewage Package Treatment Plant at the NDAC site.

It may not be the most glamorous of developments, but it contributes to the continuing investment and improvement of the NDAC’s infrastructure.

This sewage plant will support the new Deluxe Wigwams and the growth of the site over the next ten years.

The images show the groundworks taking place to open up a trench, 16 metres long and 3 metres deep. Due to the limestone in the ground, this is no easy job and progress is very slow.

With the groundworks, this project is expected to cost in the region of £50,000 and forms part of our ongoing commitment to improve the your experience at the NDAC.

Winter GUE Experience Day – 31st January 2015

Monday, January 5th, 2015

GUE Winter Experience Day

Global Underwater ExplorersInterested or curious about GUE but never had the opportunity to see what the fuss is about or ask questions from people that will give you straight answers? Then this day is for you. For only £25 you will receive guidance on your diving skills, video feedback and tips on how to improve, and an insight into the GUE style of diving, without having to make a heavy investment in time or money.

Register for this event >

Join the event on Facebook >

Location

The National Diving and Activity Centre, Chepstow. 0900 on 31st January 2015. Meet in the View Cafe Bar

Map and Directions>.

Details

GUE believe in safety through competence, easy diving through highly developed buoyancy, awareness and team skills. We believe in getting the most out of every dive, and making sure we all come home safely. You’ll see it’s possible to do a valve drill in 3 metres of water without moving, to share gas and ascend without drama, to communicate using torches, to put up an SMB mid water with zero stress and no motion. We’ll show you how to move efficiently through the water in any direction, and ascend under complete control. We’ll show you the GUE equipment standard, and answer any questions you have about it. We’ll even advise you on optimising your own gear – if you want us to.

We will be covering the following

• Discussion – The origins and goals of GUE

• Discussion – The strengths and techniques of buoyancy control

• Dive 1 – Demonstration of trim and buoyancy control

• Dive 1 – Practice and video of trim and buoyancy control with in-water feedback

• Dive 1 – Ascent with stops practice

• Discussion and hands-on – Kit configuration

• Discussion – Why team diving?

• Dive 2 – SMB demonstration

• Dive 2 – Valve drill demonstration

• Dive 2 – Ascent with stops practice

• Video Feedback for all divers

• Q&A

Audience

As long as you are a qualified diver, you are welcome. You can use whatever gear you normally use. We’ve had single cylinder divers, twinset divers, rebreather divers, sidemount divers. You can take what you want from the day and leave the rest. It doesn’t matter if you are a technical diver with thousands of dives, or an open water single cylinder diver with 10 dives, you’ll get a lot out of the day. We will create an environment where people feel free to ask whatever questions like they like, and to watch demonstrations of the skills we teach, and even get some video feedback and advice on their own skills – without being bombarded with loads of GUE people.

Pricing

Organising several of these events throughout the year costs a significant amount of time and money. Nonetheless, I feel it important that these events continue to be run as non-profit. So the small registration fee of £25.00 is there to encourage those who sign up to turn up, and also to cover some of the direct costs of organising the event. Other than these direct costs, all proceeds from the event will go to the RNLI. The last event we ran ended up with £100 donated to the RNLI.

Logistics

If you need accomodation there are Wooden wigwams on site at The National Diving & Activity Centre.

Food and drink is available at the View Cafe Bar

Feedback

Here’s what other people have said.

"I couldn’t believe it. I had been struggling with my trim for years.
Ten minutes in the water with a GUE instructor and it was sorted
out. Best £25 i ever spent on diving.

 

" I presumed the GUE instructors would be boot-camp military types,
but they were just very relaxed and laid back divers – albeit divers
with incredible knowledge and skill, and the ability to pass on that
knowledge. In all honesty I went to prove a point, but after an
hour realised I had a lot to learn.

 

"I was fascinating to have so many myths busted in one day,
and also feedback on my buoyancy control which has taken
all the stress out of ascending


"I realised two things in the first hour. Firstly, the bar set
by GUE standards is like nothing I have experienced before.
Secondly these guys do not preach – but they are incredibly
well trained to teach


"As a single tank diver, I expected to feel like an alien,
but was welcomed to the crowd. Forget about the fact
it was a GUE day. It was just a bunch of divers enjoying
the sunshine.

How to register.

Registration is easy. Just fill out the simple form and pay your £25 registration fee through paypal.

Register >

Scuba Diving Courses for Winter 2014/2015 at the NDAC Dive School

Monday, December 1st, 2014

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 Winter 2014/2015.

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.

• 06 Dec 2014

• 10 Jan 2015

• 21 Feb 2105

• 14 Mar 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).

• 13-14 & 20-21 Dec 14

• 10-11 & 17-18 Jan 15

• 31 Jan – 1 Feb & 07-08 Feb 15

• 21-22 Feb 15 & 28 Feb – 1 Mar 15

• 14-15 & 21-22 Mar 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.

• 05 Dec (Evening Theory), 06-07 Dec 2014 Open Water Dives

• 26 Dec (Evening Theory), 27-28 Dec 2014 Open Water Dives

• 03-04 Jan 2015

• 24-25 Jan 2015

• 14-15 Feb 2015

• 07-08 Mar 2015

• 28-29 Mar 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.

• 06, 08-09 Dec 2014

• 26, 28-29 Feb 2015

• 30 Apr, 2-3 May 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)
• 11 & 18 Dec 2014

• 16 Jan 2015

• 27 Feb 2015

• 20 Mar 2015

Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)
• 22 & 29 Jan 2015

• 12 & 19 Feb 2015

• 05 & 12 Mar 2015

Update Course
• 16 Jan 2015

• 13 Feb 2015

• 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.

• 20 – 21 Dec 2014

• 31 Jan – 01 Feb 2015

• 21 – 22 Mar 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 Dec 2014

• 06 – 08 Feb 2015

• 27 – 29 Mar 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.

• 06 – 07 Dec 2014

• 10 – 11 Jan 2015

• 21 – 22 Feb 2015

• 14 – 15 Mar 2015

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

Tech Diving

PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality

• 11 Dec 2014 at NDAC

• 08 Jan 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 29 Jan 2015 at NDAC

• 12 Feb 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 26 Feb 2015 at NDAC

• 12 Mar 2015 at Cardiff Scuba

• 26 Mar 2015 at NDAC

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Intro to Tech

The objective of this course is to familiarise students with technical equipment configurations, to enhance open water diving skills (such as buoyancy, trim, and situational awareness), and to introduce students to advanced gas planning techniques within a no-decompression context.

• 13 – 14 Dec 2014

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Rebreather Discovery (Try-Dive)

The TDI Rebreather Discovery course is pool based and designed to give prospective students an introduction to diving a TDI approved rebreather in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of an active TDI Rebreather Instructor.

Discover the wonder of the truly silent underwater world!

• 06 Dec 2014

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures

This course examines the theory, methods and procedures of planned stage decompression diving. The objective of this course is to train divers how to plan and conduct a standard staged decompression dive not exceeding a maximum depth of 45m.

• 19-21 Dec 2014

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Advanced Nitrox & Helitrox

This course examines the theory, methods and procedures for planned stage decompression diving utilizing Helium in the breathing mixture. The objective of this course is to train divers how to plan and conduct a standard staged decompression dive not exceeding a maximum depth of 45 metres. The most common equipment requirements, gear set-up, and decompression techniques are presented.

• 19-21 Dec 2014

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Extended Range

This course will provide the training and experience required to competently utilize air for dives up to 55 metres that require staged decompression, utilizing nitrox mixtures or oxygen during decompression.

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Trimix

This four day course provides the training required to competently and safely utilize breathing gases containing helium for dives that require staged decompression, utilizing nitrox and/or oxygen mixtures during decompression to a maximum depth of 60m.

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Advanced Trimix

The TDI Advanced Trimix course provides the training required to competently and safely utilize breathing gases containing helium for dives that require staged decompression, utilizing nitrox or oxygen (O2) mixtures during decompression to a maximum depth of 100 metres.

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Air Diluent Rebreather Diver

This is the entry level certification course for divers wishing to utilize a Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) for air diving. The objective of the course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for diving a CCR and to develop basic CCR diving skills to a maximum depth of 30 metres , using air as a diluent.

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Air Diluent Deco Procedures Rebreather Diver

This is the certification course for divers wishing to utilize a Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) for air diving. The objective of the course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for diving a CCR and to develop basic CCR diving skills to a maximum depth of 45 metres / 100 feet, using air as a diluent for formal decompression diving.

• 2015 Dates coming soon…

Click here for full details & further dates >

For further dates please visit the Dive School section of the website.

If you have any questions please Contact the NDAC Dive School.

 

 

Night Dives for Winter 2014 – 2015

Monday, October 20th, 2014

NDAC Night Dives

With Winter not too far away and the nights drawing in, the popular NDAC Night Dive dates are now available below for Winter 2014/2015.

The adventure, thrill and excitement of night diving can be yours on a NDAC Night Dive. If you have never been on a night dive before, you could consider joining on one of our PADI Night Diver Speciality Courses.

Below are the dates for the Night Dives being run at the NDAC in Chepstow for the Winter season, why not put these in your diary now!

Wigwam Camping ChepstowWe have accomodation available at the Wooden Wigwam Village including our new Deluxe Wigwams, to help you go glamping in style and make a weekend of it at the NDAC.

Hot meals are also available at the View Cafe Bar

To keep up to date with what is happening at the National Diving and Activity Centre follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for news items direct to your inbox here>

To book on our night dives give us a call on 01291 630 046 or contact us using our online form> Don’t forget your torches and we look forward to (just about) seeing you!

 

Date

Time

Saturday
17th January 2015
(HALF PRICE DIVING!)
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6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
21st February 2015
(HALF PRICE DIVING!)
Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
28th February 2015
(HALF PRICE DIVING!)
Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
14th March 2015

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
21st March 2015

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Prices

NDAC Members night dive £11.00 (£5.50 in January and February 2015)

Non Members night dive £16.00 (£8.00 in January and February 2015)

Non Divers Free entry

Red Bull publish POV Freedive Video from NDAC Quarry

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Daan Verhoeven Freedive Video

Red Bull have published Daan Verhoeven‘s fan video of Tim Money freediving the BAE 146 Plane at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC).

In this amazing video, Saltfree freedivers Daan and Tim show what it’s like to explore the plane with just a single breath of air.




The BAE 146 Airplane is 68 foot long, 30 foot high and sits around 30 metres deep in the waters of Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

Find out more about Freediving at the NDAC on the SaltFree Divers page>

Wye Valley Shared Use Path Petition

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Transition Chepstow - Wye Valley Shared Use Path Petition

Transition ChepstowThis is a guest article written by Nik Peregrine and Jennifer Goslin from Transition Chepstow

Nik Peregrine and Jennifer Goslin from Transition Chepstow with other volunteers were assisting  Jayne Worrin with Pembroke Primary Bike Club where children from an early age learn cycling and bike maintenance when it became obvious that they had nowhere to practice these skills in a safe stimulating environment.

Despite attending many MCC initiated groups to mitigate climate change and encourage sustainability it seemed that integrative transport policy in Chepstow was lagging behind in the 19th century and needed to be brought up to date level with the rest of the UK and Europe. Chepstow faces physical and political challenges; lying between two estuaries and as the  border town of England and Wales.

Bristol is only across the Severn Bridge and is declared cycling capital of the UK. The Two Tunnels Shared Path  has recently opened through Bath, and others are being restored and created on the Gwent Levels, in Newport and the Valleys.

Over the last 7 years we have created a Transport Map illustrating traffic free paths in Chepstow, and have been eagerly awaiting confirmation of the Planning Application for the Wye Valley Shared Use Path that would re-open a stretch of railway line from Chepstow to Monmouth. There was lottery funding available to build it. Sustrans worked hard with submitting detailed schemes, but to no avail.

Wye Valley Shared Use Path Petition

This petition was created on 2nd May 2014 as a reaction to this stagnant state. We started tweeting and sending it out on Facebook, 200 signatures a day came in, and when the Press asked to do a photo shoot we thought of the National Diving and Activity Centre as a perfect venue as the path runs behind it from Sedbury Lane.

We contacted the NDAC Director Darren Bryce who had been involved with the previous application for 9 years, arranging a meeting where it evolved  that he considered buying the section of the line running from Sedbury to Netherhope Lane from Network Rail and is in the process of revoking the lease Sustrans has with this company.

Nik, Jennifer and Jayne plan to re-submit the application to Forest of Dean District Council with the assistance of local skilled people and the TIdenham and Sedbury Scout and Cubs have offered to clear the overgrowth as part of the project. 

Access to the NDAC will be greatly improved and safe access across the A48 created as a result of the re-opening of this path. That is only in the short term,the advantages long term of the completion of the whole route are a thousand fold for the whole of the UK population not least as this would make a fabulous Gateway to Wales.

The petition already has more than 1750 names and will run until we have enough signatures to persuade the Welsh Assembly and Monmouthshire County Council that this vital resource is long overdue with the eventual objective of forming a continuous route from Caldicot through to the Severn Bridge, along the Wales Coastal Path to connect with the disused Railway Line.

The Transport Group has created a WEB WHEEL PORTAL for anything and everything cycling in South East Wales,Wye and Severn Valleys. Wye Cycle will be launching on June 28 2014 ready for the Road Race Championships coming through Chepstow. 

It is sponsored by Bristol Cyclists Touring Club, the Community Fund for Wales and Transition Chepstow and will be an important information resource for the public, advertising on this site will generate funds to support local transport projects.

Wye Valley Shared Use Path Petition

Nik and Jennifer
Transition Chepstow 
Transport Coordinators

Further Links

Wye Cycle

Chepstow Transport Vision

Transition Chepstow

 

Chepstow Chairty Events Mid-Summer Barbeque

Friday, May 30th, 2014

charity bbqBBQ & Live Music
including

The Sian Burton Band
With Pete Tyler

Sue Skinner
and Steve Bussey

There will also be a licensed bar, a raffle,
a plant stall and cakes.

All Proceeds from this event are being donated to The Alzheimer’s Society

Tickets

Adults – £15
Children – £5
(advance purchase only)

To order tickets:
Tel: / /
Email:

Location

This event takes place on Sunday 15th June
from 12:30 onwards

This event is being held in a marquee at

  The Woodlands,
  Sedbury Park
  Chepstow
  NP16 7EY

Please see below for a map and directions.

Please note this event is not at the NDAC

 

 

 

Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


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