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Scuba Santas 2014 – Registration is now open

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014


Scuba Santa at the National Diving and Activity Centre Chepstow

Sunday 14th December 2014, at the
National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC), Chepstow

Scuba Santas will be entering its 8th year in 2014 and continues going from strength to strength. Often quoted as the "best dive of the year", the event has raised thousands of pounds the RNLI and DDRC Healthcare whilst breaking its own world record several times over in the process.

Registration for the 2014 Scuba Santas event is now open >

Raising Money for the RNLI & DDRC HealthcareEach year, around Christmas time, we dress up in Santa costumes and go diving for fun and to raise money for charity. The money that we raise is shared between two great charities who provide a lot of support to divers – the RNLI and DDRC Healthcare (previously called the Diving Diseases Research Centre).

For the past few years the event has been held at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) near Chepstow, providing an easily accessible location for divers to get together for some festive diving fun!

'Scuba Santas' was founded by a group from Yorkshire Divers and was organised for many years by Lloyd Watkin. From 2013 DDRC Healthcare, the diver health charity which answers all calls to the National Diver Accident Helpline, came on board to support Lloyd as 'Scuba Santas Little Helpers!'.

JOIN US this year for the 8th Annual Scuba Santas event on SUNDAY 14th DECEMBER 2014 at the NDAC. Registration is now open for the 2014 event.

This year Scuba Santas are aiming to attract between 100 and 200 Scuba Santas, and to raise well over £2,000 for our two charities.

In 2009 we set the World Record for 'Most Scuba Diving Santas' with 158 fabulous Scuba Santas. Last year Vobster Santas had 175, so the gauntlet has been laid down… are you up for the challenge this year?

Over £20,000 raised for Charity so far…

In 2007 we raised a few hundred pounds for the RNLI with 8 participating Santas, a Viking, a snowman, and a fairy! By the 2012 event we passed the amazing milestone of £20,000 and we have motivated people to start similar events all over the world since.

Not only is this a great advert for British scuba diving, it provides much needed funds for two great charities, and despite the chilly temperatures helps to get some grumpy people smiling and feeling festive!

Scuba Santas have some fantastic sponsors every year who donate some amazing prizes for our prize draw, helping to raise more money for our chosen charities. We also raise money through sponsorship of the event and sponsorship for individual Scuba Santa participants. Please support us and give generously! 50% of money donated goes to the RNLI and 50% to DDRC Healthcare.

If you want to join this fantastic event, sponsor Scuba Santa, donate a prize or just wish the Scuba Santas well, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Scuba Santas or follow them on their various social media sites. HO HO HO!!!

All details can be found on the Scuba Santas Website

Register for Scuba Santa

Downloads

Scuba Santas Sponsor Form

Scuba Santas Flyer/Poster

Further Information

Scuba Santas can be found all over the internet, so if you'd like to find out more information please check us out via one of the following methods:

The Scuba Santas website
Scuba Santas Contact Page
Scuba Santas Facebook page
Twitter feed @ScubaSantas
Location of Scuba Santas
Frequently asked questions

Accommodation

Why not book a Wooden Wigwam, make a full weekend of it and go glamping in style. The wigwams are likely to get booked up quickly with this busy weekend, so book your wigwam early to avoid disappointment.

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Night Dives for Winter 2014 – 2015

Monday, October 20th, 2014

NDAC Night Dives

With Winter not too far away and the nights drawing in, the popular NDAC Night Dive dates are now available below for Winter 2014/2015.

The adventure, thrill and excitement of night diving can be yours on a NDAC Night Dive. If you have never been on a night dive before, you could consider joining on one of our PADI Night Diver Speciality Courses.

Below are the dates for the Night Dives being run at the NDAC in Chepstow for the Winter season, why not put these in your diary now!

Wigwam Camping ChepstowWe have accomodation available at the Wooden Wigwam Village including our new Deluxe Wigwams, to help you go glamping in style and make a weekend of it at the NDAC.

Hot meals are also available at the View Cafe Bar

To keep up to date with what is happening at the National Diving and Activity Centre follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for news items direct to your inbox here>

To book on our night dives give us a call on 01291 630 046 or contact us using our online form> Don’t forget your torches and we look forward to (just about) seeing you!

 

Date

Time

Saturday
25th October 2014
Also…

Halloween Spooky Night Dive
Fourth Element Treasure Hunt
Halloween Disco & BBQ

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6:30 – 9:00pm

Saturday
8th November 2014

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
15th November 2014

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
6th December 2014

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
17th January 2015

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
21st February 2015

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
28th February 2015

Join this Night Dive on Facebook

6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
14th March 2015

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6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday
21st March 2015

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6:00 – 9:00pm

Prices

NDAC Members night dive £11.00

Non Members night dive £16.00

Non Divers Free entry

Fourth Element Treasure Hunt – Saturday 25th October 2014

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Fourth Element Treasure Hunt

On Saturday the 25th October we will be running a Fourth Element Treasure Hunt throughout the normal day’s diving and during our Halloween Night Dive.Fourth Element Treasure Hunt

Coloured and Silver coins will be hidden underwater in our diving quarry, all you need to do is find one!

CoinThe coins can be exchanged for fantastic Fourth Element prizes.

Find a Silver Coin and you Win a Xerotherm hat

Find the Coloured Coin and you win a Fourth Element Goodie Bag with a Drypack, Changing Mat, Water Bottle, Xerotherm Beanie and Sub30.

On the same day we are also having our Spooky Night Dive and Halloween BBQ & Disco.

Good luck finding the booty!

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Price

This event is free for divers who have paid for a normal day dive, or are taking part in the night dive.

Coin

Accommodation

We have accommodation available at the Wooden Wigwam Village, to help you go glamping in style and make a weekend of it at the NDAC.

Hot meals and post dive drinks are also available at the View Cafe Bar

 

Cocktail and Karaoke Night, View Cafe Bar – 20 September 2014

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

View Cafe Bar Event - Sat 20 September 2014

On Saturday 20th September 2014 we will be holding a Cocktail and Karaoke night at the View Cafe Bar in Chepstow.

From 7pm until midnight you can sing, dance and party!

Our licenced bar will be serving a wide selection of cocktails, so whether your taste is for a Margarita or Mojito, there will be something for you to enjoy.

Tickets for this fun event are only £5.00 and include a Hot Buffet Dinner from our restaurant.

The tickets are available now from Nikki at the View Cafe Bar, or you can order your ticket by calling the View on 01291 630 850 (Thursday – Sunday) or via the View’s contact form

Based at the National Diving and Activity Centre, Tidenham, the View Cafe Bar has breathtaking views overlooking our Chepstow quarry.

If you would like to make a weekend of it, glamping accommodation is available at the Wooden Wigwam Village >

Join the event on Facebook >

Order Your Ticket Now.

Demonstration Day. Saturday 6th September 2014

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Demonstration Day NDAC Chepstow

On Saturday 6th September we will be holding a demonstration day at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC).

There will be demonstration products from the following.

Apeks
Aqua Lung UK
Atomic Aquatics
BARE Sports

Call by the stands where experts Christine Wilson and Justin Hanning will be on hand for any advice

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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>

NDAC Closed on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd October 2014

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

ClosedThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed to the public for all activities on Thursday 2nd October and Friday 3rd October 2014.

The site has a private booking for a filming project that is taking place 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 back to normal opening times at 7am on Saturday 4th October 2014.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Scuba Diving Courses for Autumn and Winter 2014 at the NDAC Dive School

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

NDAC Dive School
    
Start Diving Keep Diving Teach Diving Tech Diving Bookings

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 for Autumn/ Winter 2014.

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.

• 04 Oct 2014

25 Oct 2014 (Fully Booked)

• 15 Nov 2014

• 06 Dec 2014

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).

20-21 & 27-28 Sep 14 (Fully Booked)

11-12 Oct 14 & 18-19 Oct 14 (Fully Booked)

• 01-02 & 08-09 Nov 2014

• 22-23 & 29-30 Nov 2014

• 13-14 & 20-21 Dec 2014

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.

03 Oct (Evening Theory), 04-05 Oct 2014 Open Water Dives (Fully Booked)

• 24 Oct (Evening Theory), 25-26 Oct 2014 Open Water Dives

• 14 Nov (Evening Theory), 15-16 Nov 2014 Open Water Dives

• 05 Dec (Evening Theory), 06-07 Dec 2014 Open Water Dives

• 26 Dec (Evening Theory), 27-28 Dec 2014 Open Water Dives

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.

• 06, 08-09 Dec 2014

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
09 & 16 Oct 2014 (Fully Booked)

• 11 Dec & 18 Dec 2014

Update Course
• 28 Aug 2014

• 20 Nov 2014

Click here for full details & 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.

• 20 – 21 Sep 2014

• 11 – 12 Oct 2014

• 22 – 23 Nov 2014

• 20 – 21 Dec 2014

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.

• 31 Oct – 02 Nov 2014

• 12 – 14 Dec 2014

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.

• 04 – 05 Oct 2014

25 – 26 Oct 2014 (Fully Booked)

• 15 – 16 Nov 2014

• 06 – 07 Dec 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

 

Tech Diving

PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality

• 25 Sep 2014 (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 02 Oct 2014 (at NDAC)

• 23 Oct 2014 (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 13 Nov 2014 (at NDAC)

• 27 Nov 2014 (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 11 Dec 2014 (at NDAC)

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Intro to Tech

The objective of this course is to familiarise students with technical equipment configurations, to enhance open water diving skills (such as buoyancy, trim, and situational awareness), and to introduce students to advanced gas planning techniques within a no-decompression context.

• 04 – 05 Oct 2014

• 01 – 02 Nov 2014

• 13 – 14 Dec 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Rebreather Discovery (Try-Dive)

The TDI Rebreather Discovery course is pool based and designed to give prospective students an introduction to diving a TDI approved rebreather in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of an active TDI Rebreather Instructor.

Discover the wonder of the truly silent underwater world!

• 04 Oct 2014

• 25 Oct 2014

• 15 Nov 2104

• 06 Dec 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures

This course examines the theory, methods and procedures of planned stage decompression diving. The objective of this course is to train divers how to plan and conduct a standard staged decompression dive not exceeding a maximum depth of 45m.

• 10-12 Oct 2014

• 07-09 Nov 2014

• 19-21 Dec 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Advanced Nitrox & Helitrox

This course examines the theory, methods and procedures for planned stage decompression diving utilizing Helium in the breathing mixture. The objective of this course is to train divers how to plan and conduct a standard staged decompression dive not exceeding a maximum depth of 45 metres. The most common equipment requirements, gear set-up, and decompression techniques are presented.

• 10-12 Oct 2014

• 07-09 Nov 2014

• 19-21 Dec 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Extended Range

This course will provide the training and experience required to competently utilize air for dives up to 55 metres that require staged decompression, utilizing nitrox mixtures or oxygen during decompression.

• 19-21 Sep 2014

• 14-16 Nov 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Trimix

This four day course provides the training required to competently and safely utilize breathing gases containing helium for dives that require staged decompression, utilizing nitrox and/or oxygen mixtures during decompression to a maximum depth of 60m.

• 18-21 Sep 2014

• 13-16 Nov 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Advanced Trimix

The TDI Advanced Trimix course provides the training required to competently and safely utilize breathing gases containing helium for dives that require staged decompression, utilizing nitrox or oxygen (O2) mixtures during decompression to a maximum depth of 100 metres.

• 18-21 Sep 2014

• 13-16 Nov 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Air Diluent Rebreather Diver

This is the entry level certification course for divers wishing to utilize a Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) for air diving. The objective of the course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for diving a CCR and to develop basic CCR diving skills to a maximum depth of 30 metres , using air as a diluent.

• 24-28 Sep 2014

• 15-19 Oct 2014

• 26-30 Nov 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

TDI Air Diluent Deco Procedures Rebreather Diver

This is the certification course for divers wishing to utilize a Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) for air diving. The objective of the course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards and proper procedures for diving a CCR and to develop basic CCR diving skills to a maximum depth of 45 metres / 100 feet, using air as a diluent for formal decompression diving.

• 24-28 Sep 2014

• 15-19 Oct 2014

• 26-30 Nov 2014

Click here for full details & further dates >

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

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

 

 

Cherry Rebels to play FREE concert at View Cafe Bar, Chepstow – Sat 16 August 2014

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Cherry Rebels Free Gig at the View Cafe Bar Chepstow

UK Bungee ClubOn Saturday 16th August 2014, we have alternative rock covers band Cherry Rebels playing a FREE concert at Chepstow’s View Cafe Bar as part of the UK Bungee Club Weekend.

There will also be a BBQ!

Cherry Rebels are a four piece Alt Rock cover band based in the Rhondda Valleys. They play a wide variety from rock classics and new smash hits!

Their aim is to please the crowd and get
everyone up singing and dancing by bringing you a versatile
set ranging from ACDC, Rolling Stones, Beatles to
Foo Fighters, the Strokes and Kings of Leon, plus many more.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome, you can join the event on Facebook here.

Hot food is available from the View Cafe Bar until 9pm.

Some of the bands Cherry Rebels cover:

Cherry Rebels    •   Foo Fighters
    •   Stereophonics
    •   The Beatles
    •   Black keys
    •   Rolling stones
    •   Kings Of Leon
    •   Blur
    •   Pulp
    •   ACDC
    •   The Strokes
    •   Thin Lizzy
    •   Jet
    •   T Rex
    •   Black Sabbath
    •   Kaiser Chiefs
    •   Billy Idol
    •   David Bowie
    •   Metallica
    •   Steppenwolfe

Plus many more……..

Watch the Cherry Rebels in action

Location

The View Cafe Bar can be found on the A48, just outside Chepstow at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Location of View Cafe Bar Chepstow

Detailed map and directions to View Cafe Bar>

We look forward to seeing you

NDAC Open as Normal 31st August, 4th September & 5th September

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

ClosedThe National Diving & Activity Centre will now be open as normal Sunday 31st August, Thursday 4th September and Friday 5th September.

The National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed to the public for all activities from 8pm Sunday 31st August until 1pm Friday 5th September 2014.

Site infrastructure works are taking place and the site 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 back to normal opening times at 1pm on Friday 5th September 2014.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


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