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Open for Scuba Diving During School Summer Holidays 2017

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Summer Scuba Diving NDAC

The National Diving & Activity Centre will be open for Scuba Diving throughout the School Summer Holidays, Monday to Sunday.

These special opening times will run from Monday 21st July until Sunday 3rd September, before returning to normal opening days/times.

• Monday to Friday: 0930 – 1700

• Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday 0800 – 1800

We look forward to seeing you in the water!

Cardiff Scuba – Shetland Liveaboard Trip August 2018

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Following their very successful trip to Scapa Flow in April 2017 on the MV Valkyrie (owned and operated by Hazel and Helen with their crew of Orkney & Shetland Dive Charters), Cardiff Scuba have booked another trip with them again for the week of the 11th August 2018.

In addition, Cardiff Scuba have also booked Orkney & Shetland’s new liveaboard, the MV Valhalla for the same week.

The exciting news is that both these liveaboards will take them to dives in the Shetland Isles (not Scapa Flow) and will give space for 24 divers!

The Shetlands are an amazing place to dive, with wrecks for all levels of experience. The initial plan is to have one boat for experienced divers to take deeper dives and the other boat will house the less experienced divers and offer dives of suitable depths.

For this trip all divers must be at least Advanced Openwater (or equivalent), with Deep, Wreck and Dry Suit certification. Enriched Air certification would also be advantageous. Divers need to have a minimum of 50 verifiable dives in UK waters. You must also be proficient in the deployment of an SMB.

Experienced technical divers are very welcome on OC or CCR .

There are already a number of interested divers and Cardiff Scuba are taking names immediately to assess the response to the trip.

Prices have not yet been confirmed but the general plan will be to drive to Aberdeen, take the overnight Ferry to Lerwick, be met at the Ferry by the Dive Charter and have a week of amazing diving.

Travel to Aberdeen can be organised as a group or individuals can make their own arrangements.

When they have more confirmed prices, Cardiff Scuba will let everyone know.

Please don’t miss this opportunity! Let them know you are interested and Cardiff Scuba can keep you informed so you can make a final decision to commit to a place.

For any further information, call Rob or Simon at Cardiff Scuba on 029 2061 5161

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 »

 

Upgrade your Suunto Dive Computer

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Upgrade your SUUNTO Dive Computer

Is it time to think about updating your old computer? Have you simply outgrown the features and need something more advanced? Or maybe you just feel like treating yourself to the latest dive computer?

As a loyal Suunto customer we would like to offer you the chance to upgrade your current Suunto computer to one of the latest models.

Bring any working Suunto Dive Computer to us and we will swap it for a new one with up to £200 off!

• Vyper Novo £50
• D4i Novo £75
• D6i Novo £100
• Eon Steel £150
• DX £200

Available at NDAC Dive Shop, please pop in or contact us for more information and a great price.

This offer will run until 30th June 2016

Further Information
Suunto Dive Computers »

Scuba Diving around & under the Saltfree Pontoon

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Saltfree Pontoon

As a reminder for scuba divers – please could you avoid the area around & underneath the Saltfree Divers pontoon when their A flag is flying and they are freediving.

In particular we also request that divers do not use the freedive mooring lines for decompression stops.

If the freedivers had to release their counterweight system in an emergency, there is the risk of being caught by a 60kg weight.

The upcoming freedive meets are as follows:

• 30 April
• 1 May
• 21/22 May
• 11/12 June
• 9/10 July
• 30/31 July
• 6/7 August
• 27/28 August
• 10/11 September
• 24/25 September
• 8/9 October

We’d also like to remind any divers using re-breathers that you must also use a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) throughout your dive. (However please note that yellows SMBs should only be used in emergencies.)

Thanks for your understanding.

Special Price on TriDri – you’ll never have to put on a damp drysuit again!

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

TriDri is a simple to use device that dries the inside of your drysuit.

We are currently able to offer TriDri units for the fantastic price of £49.50.

Tri DriWe have a demonstration unit in the NDAC Dive Shop, so why not pop in and take a look on your next visit.

Drysuits often get damp inside from:
   • Perspiration
   • Washing
   • Even Leaks

Drying the inside, particularly the boots, can be difficult and can take up to 2 weeks if soaking wet.

TriDri can dry a soaking wet boot in 2 hours.

The telescopic tube device has a small low voltage fan powered from any USB socket.

This is a really useful addition to your SCUBA kit.    

TriDri is ready to use out of the box with cable, UK Mains power supply and instructions.
    
By making a TriDri part of your SCUBA Equipment, you will never have to put on a damp drysuit again!

Find out more about TriDri on their website »

Tri Dri A revolutionary new product to dry the inside of your drysuit

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

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

"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 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

Great prices on MUVI Veho Products at NDAC Dive Shop

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

We have some fantastic new products and offers from MUVI in the NDAC Dive Shop.

Why not pop in for a look next time you’re visiting.

MUVI K2PNG Digital Camcorder – £249

The MUVI K-Series is the ultimate action camcorder featuring 1080p high definition recording, 16 mega pixels stills, built-in WiFi and timelapse

Only £249 (and with further offers for customers who pop in the shop)

 • Full HD
 • Rated to 100m
 • LCD Screen
 • Fully charged and ready to use out the box

Further Product Details »

 

MUVI Atom Digital Camcorder – £79

The brand new super tiny MUVI™ Atom redefines the world of small.

Measuring less than 2 inches high it’s one of the smallest camcorders in the world.

Includes:

 • A Waterproof Case to 30m
 • Spring Mount
 • Neck Chain
 • Carry Pouch
 • Mounting Bracket for Bike/Helmet
 • Head/Helmet Strap

All of this for only £79!

Further Product Details »

 

Pebble Device Charger – £25

The Pebble™ Smartstick+ emergency portable battery pack charger for mobile devices has been enhanced with an increased 2800mAh power supply, ergonomic re-design with protective port dust cap and handy clip on karabiner.

Charge your portable device on the move without the need for mains power. Small and light enough to carry around in your bag, or clip on your rucksack, the Pebble™ Smartstick+ portable emergency charger will provide your mobile device with over one additional charge, charging most popular devices including; Apple 30 pin, Blackberry and devices that use mini or micro USB.

The USB port on the Pebble™ Smartstick also allows you to charge your mobile device with the supplied manufacturer’s cable.

Further Product Details »


MUVI K2PNG Digital Camcorder

The MUVI K-Series is the ultimate action camcorder featuring 1080p high definition recording, 16 mega pixels stills, built-in WiFi and timelapse.

The MUVI K-Series has a new smaller & sleeker form factor which makes this camera even more versatile than the previous MUVI HD models. Measuring only 6cm x 4cm x 2.3cm (2.7in x 2in x 1in) the K-Series is the smallest high definition MUVI yet, meaning handsfree video capture is easier than ever before.

The MUVI K2 records high definition 1080p video at 60 FPS as well as 720p at 120 FPS using the new MUVI XA-7 Achilles chipset and has a choice of bit rate, the default being 19 Mbit/s. As well as settings great for handsfree video capture the K2 also has settings to enable broadcast quality video capture for professional and pro-sumer use.

The K2 captures stills at 8, 12 and 16 megapixel, and now comes equipped with photo burst mode that allows you to take up to 10 photos per second, which is perfect for trying to achieve the perfect action shot. Additional new features include 180 degree rollover which means if you are mounting your K-Series upside down the footage plays back the correct way up and G-sensor auto-start which allows you to set your MUVI to start recording on a change of gravity. You can also now capture interval stills during video capture at a set of pre-defined periods so you can save the best still images handsfree while capturing footage.

The MUVI K2 now has an interchangeable, rechargeable lithium battery which has a capacity of 1500mAh, the largest on the handsfree camera market, which will allow up to 4 hours of continuous recording.

It also ships with the K-series waterproof case enabling dives of up to 100m and has operational buttons for video control and photo capture underwater. The K-Series waterproof case also has a changeable back door for use with or without the detachable LCD screen and has a port opening for charge and record purposes when your waterproof case is mounted outside water. The K2 NPNG is also fully compatible with all the current mounts and accessories in the MUVI HD range.

The K2 NPNG bundle ships in a protective carry case that also includes a detachable viewing screen so that you can change settings and navigate the on screen menu, use as a view finder or review your footage. The NPNG bundle also packs 8GB of memory to get you started as well as additional mounting options.

The MUVI K-series now comes with built-in Wi-Fi with a range up to 60 metres, which allows you to connect and pair with your smartphone. The MUVI K-Series APP allows you to connect your K-Series camcorder wirelessly to your iPhone via WiFi so that you can view live, record videos, take photos and share through email, Facebook, Twitter and more. The app is available on the Google Play Store & also on the Apple iOS App Store.

The MUVI K2 NPNG still has all the features as its predecessor, such as loop-recording, auto video, time lapse continuous photo, exposure control & digital zoom.


MUVI Atom Digital Camcorder

The brand new super tiny MUVI™ Atom redefines the world of small. Measuring less than 2 inches high it’s one of the smallest camcorders in the world.

The MUVI™ Atom’s tiny size does not compromise quality, recording at 640×480 @ 30 FPS using Frame Rate Enhancement technology. The MUVI™ Atom also introduces the ability to take photo snapshots @ 1280×960 and comes bundled with the 2GB micro SD card and sports mounting kit.

Features:

 • The world’s smallest high resolution camcorder
 • Measures only 1.75 inch high x .75 inch wide x .75 inch deep
 • Includes 2GB micro SD card (up to 8GB MSD compatible) to record up to 90 minutes footage
 • Includes rechargeable battery for up to 45 minutes continuous operation
 • Standby mode with noise activation
 • Bundle sports kit
 • Photo snapshot @ 1280 x 960


Pebble Device Charger

The Pebble™ Smartstick+ emergency portable battery pack charger for mobile devices has been enhanced with an increased 2800mAh power supply, ergonomic re-design with protective port dust cap and handy clip on karabiner.

Charge your portable device on the move without the need for mains power. Small and light enough to carry around in your bag, or clip on your rucksack, the Pebble™ Smartstick+ portable emergency charger will provide your mobile device with over one additional charge, charging most popular devices including; Apple 30 pin, Blackberry and devices that use mini or micro USB.

The USB port on the Pebble™ Smartstick also allows you to charge your mobile device with the supplied manufacturer’s cable.

The stylish new design incorporates a screw on cap to protect the Smartstick+ ports and also allow the Pebble karabiner to connect so you can hook onto anything.

Please note that this product doesn’t include the Apple Lightning connector.

Key Features:

  • Will charge most popular mobile devices and smartphones including iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, Samsung, Nokia, HTC
  • Packed with 2800mAh emergency battery power for over a whole charge of most popular smartphones or mobile devices
  • Comes with 3 connectors iPhone/iPod, mini USB and micro USB, 1 charging cable and stylish carry sock
  • Blue and red LED charging indicators for re-charge notification
  • Screw on dust cap for port protection with clip on karabiner

 

 

Board-Easy Deco-Stop new to NDAC

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

New to the NDAC is the Board-Easy Deco-Stop

This product has been developed to help maintain correct depth following deep dives through visible measured stop points. This allows for a safer decompression ascent.

The Board-Easy Deco-Stop is currently on test at The National Diving & Activity Centre and will be installed at the 50m end of the pontoons for you to try out.

Board-Easy produce a range of semi-rigid boarding ladders for all types of craft that take the strain of getting out of the water. These ladders have a range of uses but are of particular interest to divers and snorkelers who require an easy way to board their boats and are especially suited for RIBs where normal boarding ladders are just too large to carry and stowe.

• Strong, Light Weight, Highly Visible, easy to use and store, made from boat and person friendly materials.

• Ladder sinks to correct position ready for use,
great for divers returning to boat.

• Made from stabilised Sea Water proof materials with stainless fixings.

• Can be mounted in many different ways using your own Carabiner clips or lines.

• Fully adjustable from 50 cm up to 200 cm in standard size, longer if required.

• Comes with 3 rigid rungs as standard but can be ordered with extra rungs from the shop.

• Perfect for Inflatable Rib Boats where it is difficult to have standard rigid ladders on board.

• With a line attached, it can also assist in a man overboard situation where it could be an instant boarding aid.

• 12 months warranty against manufacturing defects, 7 days no quibble returns for unused and unopened product.

We’d love to know what you think of the Board-Easy Deco-Stop. Why not comment on the Board-Easy Facebook page

For more details on their range of products, please visit the Board-Easy website

 


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