Posts Tagged ‘facilities’

Cashless Cash Cards arrive at NDAC

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

NDAC Cashless Cash CardsWe 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

The View Cafe Bar

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

The View Cafe Bar, coming soon to the NDAC

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.

The View at Chepstow's NDAC interiorThis will mean a sad farewell to the old burger bar we have used for the past five years. However we feel this investment is needed to develop the site and provide everyone with a great facility.

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.

The View Chepstow, exterior shots

Construction of the View Cafe BarWatts 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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Thorpe Park Rangers retire to Dive Centre

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Thorpe Park Rangers at NDAC scuba dive quarry

Merlin Group - Thorpe Park RangersWe have three new attractions that have just arrived at the National Diving and Activity Centre.

Kindly donated by the Merlin Group, these three park rangers have retired from Thorpe Park after many years of service and will be keeping an eye on things in the Gnome Garden.

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 . . .

Four new underwater attractions at NDAC dive site

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Underwater Attractions at NDAC Dive Centre

It has been a very busy week at the National Diving & Activity Centre with the installation of four new underwater attractions.

We now have a new addition to Land Rover Lagoon, a Double Decker Bus, a Single Deck Bus and a 16 tonne Abbott Self Propelled Gun.

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.

The Busses
The first bus is a traditional 56-seater single deck bus that weighs in at 6.5 tonnes and has been used in active service throughout Cardiff over the past 15 years. She has clocked up an impressive 500,000 km so I’m sure some of you may have even travelled on her at some stage!

The second vehicle is an impressive Double-deck bus; she seats around 60 to 80 passengers, It is around 10 meters in length, 4.5 meters high and her gross weight is around 12 tonnes.

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
The Abbot Tank or ‘Self Propelled Gun’ built by Vickers was used by the British Army between 1965 and 1995 and is still in service with the Indian Army.

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.

Read more about the Royal Engineers>


Double Decker Bus


Royal Engineers

Abbot Tank



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