Posts Tagged ‘Diving’

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

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

wristbands for divers visiting the NDAC

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Wristbands at NDAC

We are now operating a wristband system for all the divers visiting the NDAC.

Each diver will be given a wrist band to wear when they book into the site and will be asked to wear it during their visit.

Who says diving in the UK isn’t fun!

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Here’s a fantastic film from the Oyster Diving club filmed at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow.

It features some great views of the site above and below the water line.

“Who says diving in the UK isn’t fun!”

The Oyster Diving Dive Club is aimed at people who like to dive, try new adventures and have some fun. They will take you to places that you have seen on TV, may have read about , have historical importance and have an abundance of marine life. Find out more on the Oyster Diving website>

Royal Engineer Divers get to grips with life underwater at NDAC

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Royal Engineers Advanced Diver Training at NDAC Quarry

The National Diving & Activity Centre has featured in the latest Edition of Soldier Magazine.Soldier Magazine features NDAC Dive Site

Soldier Magazine visited Royal Engineers that were undertaking their advanced diver training at our Chepstow Scuba Centre. The result was a three page article detailing the training and work the Royal Engineer Divers carry out.

The depth of the NDAC and the numerous onsite resources make our dive centre the perfect location to undertake this kind of training.

Prior to starting the challenging advanced diver training programme at the NDAC, the Sappers passed a selection phase and then completed a basic diving course.

The six-week diver training schedule teaches personnel to master the open space diving system as well as how to operate tools such as hydraulic cutters, breaking equipment and thermal cutting systems.

The Sappers also developed a range of new skills including underwater concreting and advanced reconnaissance, which can be used to locate submerged vehicles in theatre.

"In theatre, the diving teams have been doing a variety of Royal Engineerswork. This includes body recoveries, the salvage of weapons from the bottom of wells or canals and underwater demolition tasks" explains Capt Steve Crosby-Jones (RE), the diving officer who coordinates serials for the basic and advanced courses. "They are a team and asset that are crucial to operations, especially when guys lose equipment such as rifles and radios. – There is no other capability that can recover that kit."

To read the full article, a summary is available on the Soldier Magazine website here> or you can download a PDF here> (PDF 2.5MB)

Soldier magazine is the magazine of the British Army, published for the UK Armed Forces by the Ministry of Defence. Soldier magazine is available for subscription here >

Afraid we can’t teach you underwater demolition courses, but for your own Advanced Open Water Diver training why not visit the NDAC Dive School.



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