Posts Tagged ‘National Diving & Activity Centre’

Scuba Diving Courses for Summer & Autumn 2016 at the NDAC Dive School

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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At the National Diving & Activity Centre Dive School we have a wide range of competitively priced courses suitable for all levels of diver, from complete beginners to the experienced.

All recreational and technical scuba training at the NDAC Dive School is provided by Cardiff Scuba. Cardiff Scuba is a well established dive school with an outstanding reputation for teaching Scuba Diving courses. Together we are South Wales’ largest provider of Scuba Training.

Here are some of the upcoming Dive Courses taking place during Summer & Autumn 2016. Places are limited so please book quickly to avoid disappointment.

Start Diving

NDAC Try-A-Dive Experience

The NDAC Try-A-Dive Experience introduces you to scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner. It dispels common misconceptions about scuba by letting you try it for yourself.

Under the guidance of a PADI professional, you will experience the thrills of swimming underwater in the safety of a swimming pool.

• 25 Jun 2016 NDAC

• 16 Jul 2016 NDAC

• 27 Aug 2016 NDAC

• 17 Sep 2016 NDAC

• 15 Oct 2016 NDAC

• 26 Nov 2016Thornbury

Click here for full details & further dates >

PADI Open Water Diver

The PADI Open Water Diver course teaches you the foundational knowledge and skills you need to dive with a buddy, independent of supervision anywhere in the world, to a maximum of 18 meters (12 meters for Junior divers aged 10 – 14).

• 25-26 Jun & 02-03 Jul 16

• 16-17 Jul & 23-24 Jul 16

• 06-07 Aug & 13 -14 Aug 16

• 27-28 Aug & 03-04 Sep 16

• 17-18 Sep & 24-25 Sep 16

• 08-09 Oct & 15-16 Oct 16

• 29-30 Oct & 05-06 Nov 16

• 19-20 Nov & 26-27 Nov 16

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

Keep Diving

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

So you’ve got the skills to dive safely, now you want to explore special diving interests and gain experience.

The PADI Advanced Open Water program allows you to customise your training path and learn various underwater tasks that broaden your capabilities as a diver.

• 18-19 Jun 2016

• 09-10 Jul 2016

• 30-31 Jul 2016

• 20-21 Aug 2016

• 10-11 Sep 2016

• 01-02 Oct 2016

• 22-23 Oct 2016

• 12-13 Nov 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >

PADI Rescue Diver Course

PADI Rescue Divers will tell you this course is both challenging and rewarding. It will take you to a new level of diving by making you more confident and prepared in the event of a diving emergency.

• 18-19 June 2016

• 06-07 Aug 2016

• 22-23 Oct 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >

Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR), AED Use & Secondary Care

Creating confidence to care. Emergency First Response is the fastest-growing international CPR, AED and first aid training organisation.

The Emergency First Response course builds lay-rescuer confidence to provide care when faced with a medical emergency.

Full Course (at NDAC)

• 17 Jun 2016

• 08 Jul 2016

• 05 Aug 2016

• 09 Sep 2016

• 21 Oct 2016

• 25 Nov 2016

Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 16 & 23 Jun 2016

• 14 & 21 Jul 2016

• 18 & 25 Aug 2016

• 15 & 22 Sep 2016

• 13 & 20 Oct 2016

• 17 & 24 Nov 2016

Click here for full details, update options & further dates >

PADI Deep Diver Speciality

Ever wanted to dive that one wreck that’s just out of reach? What about diving with sharks in the Red Sea but can’t get close enough? Or those colourful reef walls you’ve heard about but so far you’ve been unable to experience it for yourself.

These are just some of the reasons to complete your PADI Deep Diver Specialty course and to go Deep Diving.

• 09-11 Jul 2016

• 24-25 Sep 2016

• 05-06 Nov 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >

PADI Wreck Diver Speciality

Whether sunk intentionally or tragically, be it a sunken ship, a plane or an automobile; the call of a wreck is nearly irresistible to divers.

Through the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course you will learn and practice the skills and knowledge that is vital for safe wreck diving.

• 12-14 Aug 2016

• 09-11 Sep 2016

• 11-13 Nov 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >

PADI Dry Suit Diver Speciality

Want to stay warm and toasty when diving? Fed up of only going diving through the summer months? Then this is the course for you!

To become a well-seasoned UK diver, and to open up other diving possibilities like Ice Diving, becoming a PADI Dry Suit Diver is an essential certification to have.

• 25 Jun 2016

• 16 Jul 2016

• 27 Aug 2016

• 17 Sep 2016

• 08 Oct 2016

• 19 Nov 2016

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

Tech Diving

PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality

Welcome to one of PADI’s most popular specialties – the PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality course. Diving with enriched air nitrox lets you safely extend your no-stop time beyond the no-decompression limits for air.

Diving with enriched air means more time underwater – but you need to be certified as an Enriched Air Diver to get enriched air fills.

• 23 Jun 2016 at NDAC

• 07 Jul 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 28 Jul 2016 at NDAC

• 11 Aug 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 25 Aug 2016 at NDAC

• 01 Sep 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 22 Sep 2016 at NDAC

• 06 Oct 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 27 Oct 2016 at NDAC

• 10 Nov 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 24 Nov 2016 at NDAC

Click here for full details & further dates >

Experience has shown that Technical Diving Courses often need to be tailored to the individual, so please get in touch to discuss suitable dates.

TDI Intro to Tech

TDI Rebreather Discovery (Try-Dive)

TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures

TDI Advanced Nitrox & Helitrox

TDI Extended Range

TDI Trimix

TDI Advanced Trimix

TDI Air Diluent Rebreather Diver

TDI Air Diluent Deco Procedures Rebreather Diver

 

For further dates please visit the Dive School section of the website.

If you have any questions please Contact the NDAC Dive School.

 

 

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 »

NDAC Closed from 10am Monday 10th October to 4pm on Friday 14th October 2016

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

ClosedThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed to the public for all activities from 10:00am Monday 10th to 16:00pm on Friday 14th October 2016.

The site has a private booking and will be closed for all divers and visitors; this also includes the Wire, Wigwams, all Diving and The View Cafe Bar.

The site will be open for Wigwam guests on Friday 14th October at 4pm. Diving will resume on Saturday morning as normal (15th October).

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

73 Year Old Takes On Record Breaking Bungee For EEs New Action Cam

Friday, July 10th, 2015

From an original article on UKBungee

UK Bungee ClubAt UK Bungee, they’re not ones to shy away from a challenge. So when asked to help 73 year old daredevil Ray Woodcock take on a record breaking 500ft water touch to promote EE’s new Action Cam, they couldn’t say no! With weeks of working out the logistics of such an epic jump behind them, they set off for the National Diving and Activity Centre in Chepstow, Monmouthshire for one of their craziest adventures to date.

An extreme jump like this needed an extreme crane and so a 300 tonne Leibherr with a 42 metre extension was bought in at 6am to begin a gruelling 6 hour set-up. Bearing in mind that this took another smaller crane to assemble, this was one big crane!

While a number of test jumps took place, firstly with a bag of weights matching that of our daredevil diver and then with a member of the UK Bungee Team, Ray arrived on site with his partner Heather by his side and was soon in his bright yellow wetsuit shooting interviews with the production team from Barcroft Media, the company appointed by EE to capture the challenge for promotion of their new product. EE’s Action Cam allows the action to be streamed over 4G from the camera to ‘Skeegle’, a new video sharing app where you can invite friends and family to watch. Using this innovative technology, Ray’s family back in Essex were able to watch the action unfold and share the experience.

Bungee Jump over water in NDAC QuarryWith Ray harnessed and the Action Cam strapped to him, everyone took their place and the cage was lifted. What followed was a spectacular jump that saw him submerge into the water below all the way up to his knees. Giving the prearranged ‘OK’ hand signal to the ground crew on the ascent of his first bounce, the crane slewed back in towards towards the landing area and two members of the UK Bungee crew ensured that Ray landed back on the ground safely. Awaiting medics were straight by his side to check that he had escaped unscatched. With plenty of nodding and thumbs up, it was clear to see that Ray had loved every minute of the adventure!

Jon Snape, Managing Director of the UK Bungee Club said of the day, ‘Today has been a great success and one that we’ll all remember for a very long time. My team have been working on the logistics of this event for quite a while and to know that we achieved what we set out to and more importantly Ray is thrilled, we couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. His welfare was always our number one priority.’

Ray definitely isn’t a stranger to the UK Bungee Club crew. Back in 2013, they helped him smash the Guinness World Record for the Highest Bungee Jump into Water (400ft) at the NDAC! No stranger to danger, Ray’s other adrenaline fueled experiences include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking through Death Valley and taking on the chilling 30,000ft Halo Jump.

Something tells us this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Ray Woodcock and his wild challenges!

UK Bungee are back at the NDAC this August (14th, 15th & 16th Aug) and November (14th & 15th Nov). Spaces are limited and selling out very fast, so be quick to avoid disappointment.

Places can be booked for UK Bungee at the NDAC Chepstow here >

Alternatively anyone is welcome to come along and watch from the View Cafe Bar onsite at the NDAC.

Did you enjoy a brew with us in 2014

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

100,000 Hot Drinks Served in 2014

tea coffee and hot chocolateA few stats from the View Cafe Bar

In 2014…

You drank a total of 25,576 cups of Black Coffee

11,700 cups of Hot Chocolate

30,000 cups of Latte white toppings and

35,282 cups of hot tea!

Overall we served you over 100,000 cups of hot drinks last year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£50,000 Infrastructure Development at NDAC Chepstow

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Sewage Treatment Plant Groundworks at NDAC Chepstow

Sewage Treatment Plant Groundworks at NDAC ChepstowWe’ve recently been carrying out groundworks for a new £35,000 ANUA Sewage Package Treatment Plant at the NDAC site.

It may not be the most glamorous of developments, but it contributes to the continuing investment and improvement of the NDAC’s infrastructure.

This sewage plant will support the new Deluxe Wigwams and the growth of the site over the next ten years.

The images show the groundworks taking place to open up a trench, 16 metres long and 3 metres deep. Due to the limestone in the ground, this is no easy job and progress is very slow.

With the groundworks, this project is expected to cost in the region of £50,000 and forms part of our ongoing commitment to improve the your experience at the NDAC.

Red Bull publish POV Freedive Video from NDAC Quarry

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Daan Verhoeven Freedive Video

Red Bull have published Daan Verhoeven‘s fan video of Tim Money freediving the BAE 146 Plane at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC).

In this amazing video, Saltfree freedivers Daan and Tim show what it’s like to explore the plane with just a single breath of air.




The BAE 146 Airplane is 68 foot long, 30 foot high and sits around 30 metres deep in the waters of Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

Find out more about Freediving at the NDAC on the SaltFree Divers page>

57,640 hot brews served in Chepstow’s View Cafe Bar

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

58 Thousand Cups of Tea!

It has been a very busy year at our Activity Centre’s View Cafe Bar in Chepstow.

Here are some recent catering statistics. Between 01 April 2012 – 01 April 2013:

View Cafe Bar, Chepstow  •   we served 24,900 cups of coffee

  •   9,850 cups of hot chocolate

  •   22,890 cups of tea

That’s around 57,640 hot brews had by visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre over the past 12 months!

We have been delighted by all the supportive comments and feedback and we will continue to work hard and invest in the centre to ensure that we are the most forward thinking and friendly dive and activity centre in the UK. – judging by the increased visitor numbers month on month we must be doing something right!

If you have any comments of suggestions we would love to hear from you

5 Star Standards Rating for View Cafe Bar, Chepstow

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Scores on the doors Chepstow

FODDCThe View Cafe Bar has been awarded the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme’s highest standards rating of five stars by the Forest of Dean District Council – Environmental Health department.

To achieve a rating, The food safety officer inspecting a business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at:

•   How hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored

•   The condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilitiesView Cafe Bar, Chepstow

•   How the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe

At the end of the inspection, the business is given one of the six ratings. The top rating of ‘5’ means that the View Cafe Bar was found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards.

We are really pleased with the 5 Star rating awarded to our View Cafe Bar and it is testament to all the hard work carried out by the staff and the support from our customers.

The food standard rating for the View Cafe Bar can be viewed online here >

Along with the Stunning views and great food this official seal of approval reinforces that the View Cafe Bar a great place to eat and drink.

 

Here are some recent catering statistics. Between 01 April 2012 – 01 April 2013:View Cafe Bar, Chepstow

•   we served 24,900 cups of coffee

•   9,850 cups of hot chocolate

•   22,890 cups of tea

That’s around 57,640 hot brews had by visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre over the past 12 months!

We have been delighted by all the supportive comments and feedback and we will continue to work hard and invest in the centre to ensure that we are the most forward thinking and friendly dive and activity centre in the UK. – judging by the increased visitor numbers month on month we must be doing something right!

If you have any comments of suggestions we would love to hear from you

NDAC is now an EFR (Emergency First Response) Centre

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

EFR Centre

EFR - Emergency First Response FacilityWe are pleased to announce that the National Diving & Activity Centre is now an EFR (Emergency First Response) Centre.

The National Diving & Activity Centre’s EFR Centre status means we now have a dedicated first aid training arm to our training organisation. This allow us to offer HSE specific courses, such as First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work courses as well as our Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) & Secondary Care (First Aid) course. The status also ensures that we will be advertised via the EFR Course Finder.

Emergency First Response is the fastest-growing international CPR, AED and first aid training organisation. With more than 31,000 instructors worldwide, Emergency First Response is backed by 36 years of experience in the development and delivery of instructional courses, training materials and educational curricula. Emergency First Response courses have gained widespread international acceptance.

Emergency First Response’s course curricula are based on patient care standards as published in the American Heart Association Guidelines 2005 Standards for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, and the consensus view of the Basic Life Support (BLS) Working Group of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). ILCOR is an international standards group representing most of the world’s major resuscitation organisations.

Focused on training the lay rescuer, the Emergency First Response approach to training builds confidence in lay rescuers and increases their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency by teaching them the skills they need in a non-stressful learning environment. Participants are also given as much practice as necessary to master and retain these skills.


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