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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19 Wooden Wigwams Now at NDAC Chepstow

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Wigwams now available at NDAC

New Wooden Wigwams arrive in ChepstowPhase two development works for the Wooden Wigwam Accommodation at NDAC Chepstow have just been completed on time, on budget and before Christmas – Now thats a first!

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>


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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.

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Double Decker Bus


Royal Engineers

Abbot Tank


Improvements to NDAC carpark continue

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

NDAC Carpark Improvements Continue
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!

NDAC Carpark panoramic. Click to enlarge>
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NDAC Sonar Survey updated

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

NDAC Sonar Survey 2011

NDAC Sonar SurveyWe have just updated the sonar site survey available on the NDAC site.

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.

All the other NDAC site plans can be viewed or downloaded on our site maps page>

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PDF ndac_sonar_study2011.pdf 864KB updated 08 May 2011

These plans are copyright © P Bowen and NDAC Ltd and are available to download for personal use only. They cannot be copied or otherwise reproduced without the express written permission of NDAC Ltd. All rights to the copyright material are protected by UK copyright laws, international treaty provisions and other applicable laws. NDAC Ltd & P Bowen retain all rights not expressly granted.


Wigwam accommodation available at NDAC

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Wigwams now available at NDAC

We are pleased to announce that our Wooden Wigwam site is now open and available for bookings.Wigwam View Over Tiddenham Quarry

Based at the National Diving and Activity Centre in the Royal Forest of Dean you can experience a touch of luxury in the great outdoors at an unbeatable price!

Sleeping up to five adults, Wigwams are the ultimate eco cabin; double-glazed, secure, cosy and warm whatever the time of year. A low cost alternative to hotels and B&Bs, our Wigwams truly offer all year round camping, and the best bit, no pitching a tent in the rain!

Our Wigwam site is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers a fantastic base to experience the spectacular and varied landscapes and all the activities Chepstow and the Forrest of Dean has to offer. Whether you are interested in walking, horse riding and cycling or something more adventurous such as climbing, mountain biking and scuba diving, the Forest area has something to offer everyone. 

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 aim to offer a low cost alternative to hotels and B&Bs that is affordable, comfortable and clean. Our wooden Wigwams are geared towards the outdoor market and provide a fantastic base to experience the local area and a range of activities.

Most bookings are made online, however bookings can also be made through the NDAC shop by calling us on 01291 630 046. We operate a first come first serve basis and will not reserve or hold a Wigwam without full payment.Wigwam View Over Tiddenham Quarry

Prices as of 07 April 2011

  • £40.00 per unit per night (based on 2 people sharing)

  • £17.50 per night per person extra (based on 3, 4 or 5 sharing the same unit)

  • £10.00 per night for Children under 12

You will need to bring your own sleeping bags, towels and pillows with you during your stay, but we can hire items out if you don’t have them.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your custom and we look forward to meeting you on your stay. 

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Wigwams and Café Bar

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Commencement of Phase 2 & 3 Works

Wigwam Accommodation & The View Café Bar at NDAC

Cafe Bar

We would like to apologies for any inconvenience the site works may be causing to you on your visits to the National Diving & Activity Centre. We are working at quickly as possible to be the first Inland Dive Site in the UK to offer on affordable low cost on site accommodation, purpose built Café Bar and improved diver facilities for 2011.

Wigwams arrive on trucksThe £250,000.00 investment shall be split into two phases Wigwam Accommodation (completed April/ May) the planning permission has been submitted. It is anticipated the units will be available as soon as planning is granted on or around 07 April.

Phase three The View Café Bar will yes serve alcoholic drinks and on site Café with a wide choice of hot and cold food available throughout the day. Planning has already been granted and on site works will start in the next few weeks. It is anticipated that works shall be completed around Aug of this year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members and divers for there continued support so please keep on supporting us so we can in turn invest in you.

Many thanks Darren & Kaye

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The Wigwams arrive at the NDAC

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

NDAC Wigwam Accommodation

Wigwams arrive on trucks

The first wave of wigwam accommodation has arrived on site and is presently being installed on our lower Plateau.

Six wigwam units arrived at the National Diving and Activity Centre in the second week of February after completing their 600 mile journey from our manufacturers in Scotland.

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.

Presently most people are spending between £35 – £60 per person per night in hotels and B&Bs around Chepstow, not to mention petrol travelling to and from the National Diving & Activity Centre.

book a wigwam nowHow does under £18 per person per night sound in a cosy, heated wooden wigwam camping cabin.

Wigwams are the ultimate eco cabin, secure and lockable the wigwams truly offer all year round camping, and the best bit, no pitching a tent in the rain!

We believe we will be the only UK dive centre to be able to offer onsite accommodation at such reasonable rates and we hope to have the new wigwams in place in the first quarter of 2011.



Wigwam Accommodation coming soon to NDAC


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