Posts Tagged ‘Diving’

NDAC Closed for Diving & Swimming 11th & 12th August 2016

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

ClosedThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed for Water Activities (Diving, Swimming etc) on Thursday 11th & Friday 12th August 2016.

We will reopen for water activities on Saturday 13th August 2016.

The wigwams and View Cafe Bar will be open as normal.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Training Doesn’t Work – A FREE Presentation by Mark Powell 11 June 2016

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Training Doesn't Work - A FREE Presentation by Mark Powell

Mark Powell TDI/SDIA FREE Presentation by Mark Powell, resident Technical Instructor at Dive-Tech and author of Deco for Divers: Decompression Theory and Physiology.

SATURDAY 11th JUNE 4PM

"Most diving problems occur because people don’t listen to their training.

This implies that there is a problem with the way we train divers. Either instructors are not getting the right messages over or students are failing to retain those messages.

Either way the training hasn’t worked."

In this free talk at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Mark Powell will look at why this is the case and what we can do to change the situation.

If you have heard Mark speak before then you know that he will give an entertaining, thought provoking and informative view on this important topic.

Join and share the event on Facebook here »

Demonstration Weekend

This free event is part of our Demonstration weekend where we’ll be hosting a large selection of Dive Equipment suppliers and specialists to demonstrate and discuss their latest kit. more »

We will additionally have some special offers on orders via the NDAC Dive Shop, so why not pop in and treat yourself to some shiny new kit.

There will also be a BBQ running both days of the Demonstration Weekend at the View Cafe Bar from 11am to 5pm

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 »

Diving Equipment Demonstration Weekend 11th & 12th June 2016

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Demonstration Day

The National Diving & Activity Centre will be hosting a Diving Equipment Demonstration Weekend over the 11th and 12th of June 2016.

The weekend will include a large range of equipment from the following suppliers, for you to look at, try or buy:

Apeks
Aqua Lung
Atomic Aquatics
Bare
Dive Rite
Hollis
KUBI
Liquivision
Mares
Miflex Hoses
Oceanic
Sea & Sea
SSI Scuba Schools International
TDI
Thermalution
Zeagle

Staff from the companies will be available over the Demonstration Weekend to answer all your questions.

On the Saturday we will be hosting Mark Powell, resident Technical Instructor at Dive-Tech and author of Deco for Divers: Decompression Theory and Physiology. Mark will be delivering a Free talk titled ‘Training Doesn’t Work‘. If you have heard Mark speak before then you know that he will give an entertaining, thought provoking and informative view on this important topic. Full Details »

We will additionally have some special offers on orders via the NDAC Dive Shop, so why not pop in and treat yourself to some shiny new kit.

We will also be holding a BBQ both days of the Demonstration Weekend at the View Cafe Bar from 11am to 5pm

Join the event on Facebook »

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

Twelve Days of Offers for Divers, Freedivers & Open Water Swimmers at the National Diving & Activity Centre

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

12 Special Offers for Divers

To celebrate the launch of our exciting new event the 12 Days & Nights of Christmas, we have a fantastic special offer for divers, Swimmers & Freedivers visiting the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Over the next few months we have 12 Special offers for divers to take advantage of.

These include FREE AIR FILLS, 50% DISCOUNTED ENTRY, a FOURTH ELEMENT TREASURE HUNT and even a day were you can DIVE FOR FREE!

Facebook PostTo take advantage of the special offers all we ask is that you:

1) Like & Share this Facebook post »

2) Like the 12 Days & Nights Facebook page

The twelve dates for these special offers are as follows

Dive For Free

(Free entry available to Scuba Divers, Free Divers, Experienced Open Water Swimmers and Snorkellers)

Wednesday 30 December 2015

50% off diving

December
Monday 28 December 2015
Tuesday 29 December 2015 & Fourth Element Treasure Hunt more »

Thursday 31 December 2015 (New Year’s Eve)

February
Saturday 6 February 2016
Sunday 7 February 2016
Saturday 13 February 2016
Sunday 14 February 2016

Free Air Fill*

*1 x Free Air Fill per person per day up to 15Ltrs
Saturday 2 January 2016
Sunday 3 January 2016
Saturday 9 January 2016
Sunday 10 January 2016

The 12 Days & Nights of Christmas is a new and exciting festive event, running for twelve selected days and nights at Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

By day you can visit Father Christmas in his grotto and at night you can meet Krampus the Christmas Devil to explain any bad behaviour!

Explore our stunning woodland walk based on the 12 Days of Christmas and take part in Christmas activities. We have options for breakfast, a delicious three course Christmas Lunch or a Christmas BBQ with Turkey and Stuffing Rolls, Bratwurst, Currywurst and more.

If you dare, you can even escape the clutches of Krampus the Christmas Devil by speeding into the darkness on our 700m Wire Zip Slide!

 

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

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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