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We have been really pleased with the increased number of visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre this year. We think this is due to the continuing investments we make to improve the site whilst still being one of the most cost effective dive sites anywhere in the UK.
And were getting bigger thanks to your help!
We have been listening to your comments about the National Diving & Activity Centre and have decided to improve things further with a new and updated EPOS (Electronic Point of Sale) Cashless Swipe System.
We are launching a new Cashless Swipe Membership Card system for all our in-date NDAC Members at the start of August this year. This will mean that NDAC Members can pay for their entry, air fills, mixed gases, and food & drink from the View Cafe Bar, all with the swipe of a new NDAC Membership Card. You can even buy those little extra goodies from our dive shop with an ever-increasing range now being stocked.
So there’ll be no more having to carry your wallet or purse with you, instead just charge your card and pay at the end of the day. You can even dive with your card!
This system is not just for the divers though, visitors staying in our Wooden Wigwam Village will also be able to have a swipe card for the duration of their stay.
The Swipe Cards are just one of the many benefits our members enjoy – so why not take this opportunity now to go cashless at the National Diving & Activity Centre and become an NDAC Member today.
This second video shows the GOPRO camera being used inside the NDAC BAE 146 aircraft.
We’re pleased to announce that the old NDAC Snack Bar is finally to be replaced by our new Café Bar complex, named The View.
We hope you all agree it will be well worth the time and effort to make your days with us a bit more special.
The View Café Bar will be for everyone; Divers and visitors alike will be able to sit inside or out on the veranda, with a breathtaking view overlooking the Chepstow quarry.
As well as serving great food, the View Café Bar will also have a licensed bar and a stunning view.
Those of you staying with us in the Wigwam Village will also be able to enjoy a cold beer and something to eat after a long days diving and relax a bit more whilst at the NDAC.
Watts Construction, our building company, have been on site now for over a month and things are beginning to take shape on the new NDAC cafe bar area.
We have a projected build time of around 20 weeks and are looking to get the View Café Bar up and running in the early part of March 2012.
The View‘s build and works are progressing well, but please be patient whilst the construction works take place.
We are working as fast as we can to get The View open for business and we promise it will be well worth the wait!
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2012 is panning out to be a very exciting year for the National Diving and Activity Centre. We have continued to make a considerable investment into the centre and the final phase of our £750K investment should be complete by May 2012.
To thank you for your continued support we are putting on some inflation busting deals for the New Year that cannot be beaten by any other dive centre for ALL of our divers
2012 Price Freeze
NDAC entry fees will remain unchanged throughout 2012, despite the credit crunch and inflation we are still operating at the same entry prices as we were in 2010!
NDAC membership prices will remain unchanged throughout 2012. Our Membership prices have been frozen since 2007!
NDAC Opening Hours
This Summer season (from April 2012) we will operate even longer opening hours you will be able to dive till 8pm on Saturdays, daylight permitting.
The View Cafe Bar
The View, our new Cafe Bar, with Licenced Bar, will be open and ready for the Easter weekend.
The Wire, the UK’s Longest Zip Slide opens Saturday 21 April 2012.
More on this to come shortly, watch this space . . .
Wooden Wigwam Accommodation
Our onsite wooden wigwam accommodation has been developed recently to include a toilet & shower block and a water treatment plant. We have also expanded the Wigwam Village to 19 wooded wigwams.
We will continue with the seven days a week opening times throughout 2012 following their success over 2011.
Thanks for all your support over the last year and we look forward to seeing you in 2012.
Over November and December we have been working hard on the site infrastructure and shipping in some more Wooden Wigwams for you to go glamping in!
The final wigwam unit arrived on site on Tuesday, just in time for the Christmas rush with the 2011 Scuba Santas event and NDAC Night Dive over the weekend of the 17th & 18th December 2011. This now brings our Wigwam village up to an impressive19 units.
We were not expecting the Wooden Wigwams to be such a runaway success, but they have proved to be very popular with divers and visitors to Chepstow. We started with six Wigwams back in February, this then grew to 10 units, then to 14 units and now 19 units in ten months! Each of the Wooden Wigwams are hand made in Scotland then send via road down to NDAC some 600miles away!
The Wooden Wigwams offer the ideal 4 season camping holiday or short break, for group’s families and couples. A great low cost alternative to youth hostels, B&Bs, self catering or camping. Wigwams are the ultimate eco cabin; secure and lockable the wigwams offer all year round camping, and the best bit, no pitching a tent in the rain!
If you are visiting us for Scuba Santas and the Winter Night Dive, why not make a full weekend of it and go glamping in style. The wigwams aregetting booked up quickly with this busy weekend, so book your wigwam accommodation now to avoid disappointment.
And there’s more!
We are pleased that so many of you have decided to support NDAC in such a big way and wanted to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you. The investment has also included another toilet and shower block in the Wigwam Village and a water treatment plant which will be operational before Christmas.
The total budget for the Wooden Wigwam accommodation we have in Chepstow is around £300k but we feel has been well worth it and from listening to what our customers have told us, you feel the same way.
Hope to see you soon . . .
You’re only a click of the mouse away from toasting marshmallows round your own camp fire and sleeping under the stars in the heart of the countryside. Book a Wigwam now>
We have three new attractions that have just arrived at the National Diving and Activity Centre.
The three new underwater attractions are going to have a new lick of paint and some TLC before being placed underwater.
We expect them to be in place in the next month.
If you have any ideas of names for the three Thorpe Park Rangers, please make your suggestions below in the comments field below . . .
It has been a very busy week at the National Diving & Activity Centre with the installation of four new underwater attractions.
All the attractions are ready to dive now, so why not pop down and have a look yourself – with so many new attractions you might want to book a weekend with us in one of our Wooden Wigwams.
We believe these underwater busses will not only provide a stable, safe and exciting training platform but also to act as a swim through attraction for the more confident divers amongst you. So whilst our students are conducting their skills and drills above you could be swimming through underneath them – You won’t even need a ticket!
The FV433 Field Artillery Abbot SPG
In its day the Abbot FV433 was able to swim across water due to having a flotation screen fixed around the hull, which would be raised to provide buoyancy. The action of the tracks was sufficient to drive it forward at about 3 knots. Each swimming Abbot would of been supported by a fully amphibious Stalwart Mk 2 High Mobility Load Carrier that carried additional ammunition.
This Abbot’s floating days are long over and it now is retiring happily at the NDAC quarry, reunited with it’s old friend the Stalwart ‘Stolly’.
Both buses are under 20 meters and the Abbot is sitting around 30 metres. The new landrover is situated around 10 metres.
None of this would of been possible without the help from the Corps of Royal Engineers and our thanks goes out to them.
The Corps of Royal Engineers are unique with all their "Sappers" being multi skilled soldiers, combat engineers and tradesmen working alongside all parts of the Army they play a vital role in the effectiveness of the British Army and the United Kingdom in both peacetime and on Opertations.
The National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed for all activities from 0800hrs Monday 8th August until 1600hrs
Friday 12th August 2011 Thursday 11th August 2011*. This is so that we can carry out some essential site maintenance.
Apologies for any inconvenience and we will be back to our normal opening times on
Saturday 13 August Friday 12th August 2011*.
* The infrastructure works have finished a day early
Back in January we increased the size of our car park to cater for the extra diver numbers seen at the National Diving & Activity Centre.
Since then we have been busy making some improvements to the car park infrastructure and over the last few weeks 600 tonnes of material have been laid.
The impressive panoramic below shows how the car park is currently looking. Needless to say, the photo was taken whilst we were closed, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of room for everyone!
This sonar site survey was conducted at the NDAC by Phillip Bowen a couple of years ago. Phillip is a Senior Water & Environment Technician and the survey was carried out as part of his dissertation.
The new version is more up to date and has been made portrait so that it is more practical.
You can view the survey below, or download a PDF for print.
Download Printable PDF
ndac_sonar_study2011.pdf 864KB updated 08 May 2011
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