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24 Hour Scuba Dive – Underwater Marathon in Aid of Headway Brain Injury Charity (16th & 17th September 2017)

Friday, September 1st, 2017

24 Hour Scuba

Two scuba divers who survived devastating brain injuries are to lead a 24-hour underwater scubathon to raise funds for a charity which helps people who have suffered a brain injury.

Members of Cheltenham Sub-Aqua Club, regular visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre, will work as a relay team to spend a full day underwater led by divers James Neal and Neal Breeden.

Over the weekend 16th & 17th September we will also be holding a demonstration day and raffle with prizes from Apeks, Suunto, Fourth Element, Maxshow, Sea & Sea and Fathom Outdoors. We also have 3 dive computers donated to the NDAC Shop by Suunto where all the money from the sale will go towards the fundraising. There are more prizes to follow and tickets are available from the NDAC shop.

On the demo days we have Liquid SportsMares, SSI , Sea & Sea, TDI, Fourth Element and Maxshow.

Headway Brain Injury CharityJames, 47, a technical diver and instructor from Symonds Yat, in the Wye Valley, suffered a devastating subarachnoid haemorrhage following the rupture of an undiagnosed aneurysm, which led to a grade four bleed on the brain.

Neal, 48, Cheltenham SAC’s secretary also survived a brain injury, after suffering a major stroke nearly ten years ago, in 2008, which left him needing to use a wheelchair.

Now the pair are organising the scubathon in aid of UK brain injury charity Headway, which supported James during his initial recovery. They hope to raise in excess of £5000.

The dive will begin on Saturday 16th September and finish at midday on Sunday 17th September, at the National Diving and Activity Centre in Chepstow.

James says, as well as supporting Headway, he wants to raise awareness of brain injuries and highlight some of the prejudices that go hand in hand with what is described as an ‘invisible disability’.

After he was treated, James, who ran his own business, says all he wanted to do was get back in the water and enjoy scuba diving again. That desire drove his initial rehabilitation.

24 hour scuba challengeHe said: “I was able to return to some level of fitness and get back in the water but I had a great deal of support from my scuba diving friends. Without Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club my life would have become very lonely. I owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.


“I suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage and whilst I might appear completely recovered on the outside, you can’t and don’t see what I have to deal with, or understand the problems I face, on a daily basis.


“I’m learning to manage my condition but it’s still difficult and I have suffered some horrendous discrimination as a result of people not understanding my disability. But Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club has remained a constant in my post injury life. I don’t know what I would have done without them.


“I suffer terribly from fatigue. Immediately after the injury I was able to stay conscious for perhaps 20 minutes at a time. Now as the day goes on I get more and more fatigued. And there is a huge difference between tiredness and fatigue.


“If you are tired you can keep going. With fatigue you can’t and your body starts to shut down. You become irritable and lose the ability to think straight. Eventually you will lose consciousness. That’s not falling asleep!”

He added: “Brain injuries not only change your life but also your personality. You wake up a different person.”


“If you suffer a head or brain injury it can take a long, long time to recover and in fact you might never recover, at least not fully.

Neal, who worked as an upholsterer before suffering his major stroke when he was just 39, says Headway is an amazing organisation that few people will have heard of.

He said: “When James had his haemorrhage he did experience some real issues from people who just didn’t understand because of their ignorance. People who he thought were his friends turned on him and blatantly discriminated against him. It was horrible to witness, I can’t begin to imagine how it made him feel. Look at a person with crutches or a wheelchair and the disability is obvious. But you can’t easily see a subarachnoid haemorrhage.”


“James and I dive together a great deal and understand each other and our respective limitations in a way perhaps other people don’t. We know what makes each other tick. It’s a very special bond that only  people that have been through what we have could ever really understand.”

He added: “Hopefully we will raise a good deal of money for Headway; the whole club is behind the event. And divers from across the country are supporting us.

Ali Hendley, Manager at Headway Gloucestershire, said the money raised by the underwater scubathon would be very valuable and said: “Giving brain injury survivors the chance to re-learn old skills and develop new ones is what Headway is all about.

To sponsor Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club visit:

https://mydonate.bt.com/teams/csac24

Further Details

Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club
Cheltenham SAC Website
Cheltenham SAC Facebook

Headway
Headway Twitter
Headway Website
Headway Facebook

 

Half Price Segway, Wire Zip Slide & Giant 3G Swing Activities during May/June Half Term at the NDAC Chepstow

Monday, May 15th, 2017

50% Discount on Segway, Zip Slide and 3G Swing Chepstow

50% Discount on Activities During Half-Term at the NDAC Chepstow

This May/June we have some fantastic discounts on activities at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

For the midweek dates of the May School Half Term (29th May – 2nd June 2017) we are offering a 50% discount on The Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active (1 hour package) and The Giant 3G Swing.

To take advantage of these offers please use the discount code HALFTERMFUN when booking online.

There are limited spaces available on these activities, so hurry and book early to avoid disappointment! For the Scuba Divers, we are also offering a 50% discount on Scuba Diving this week »

These activities are not suitable for children under 12 years, further restrictions apply.

Segway Active Half Price during Half Term The Wire Zip Slide  Half Price during Half Term Giant 3G Swing Half Price during Half Term

Don't forget to use the discount code HALFTERMFUN

The Wire Zip Slide

For just £9.50 will you take on The Wire Zip Slide?

The Wire is one of the UK’s longest, tallest and fastest zip slides, running the 700 metre length of the spectacular NDAC Quarry.

Launch yourself from the 70m high cliff edge and speed along the length of our 80m deep flooded quarry.

Reaching speeds up to 40 miles per hour this exhilarating ride will take your breath away!

Further Details » | Book The Wire Zip Slide »

Segway Active

From £15.00* per person you can take part in a Segway Active Experience

Gliding on a Segway feels like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Step on and your instincts take over – and you quickly realise it responds to how you balance yourself. It feels incredibly natural and, most of all, it’s really fun.

Our one hour Segway Active experience is set in a fantastic location at the National Activity & Diving Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow, situated around a disused limestone quarry with fantastic views.

We have 12 off-road Segways, a custom built HQ, training facilities and an off-road course. Each driving adventure lasts an hour, starting with full instructions and a safety briefing on our flat training zone. This gives you the opportunity to get to grips with your Segway in a safe environment. Once you’ve become a competent rider, you’ll be unleashed on our off road tour around the quarry and activity centre at Chepstow.

*Please note that we also offer 30 minute packages and further discounted rates if you are booking three or more places. The standard 1 hour price is £35 per person, the price for 3 people or more is £30 per person. This discount only applies to the £30/£35 prices (reduced to £15/£17.50) and cannot be used with our 30 Minute package.

Further Details » | Book on Segway Active»

Giant 3G Swing

The Giant 3G Swing is new for 2016 and for only £9.50 (reduced from £19) you can experience weightlessness 245 feet in the air on our ultimate adrenaline-pumping blast!

If you dare, you’ll be strapped into the Giant 3G Swing, hoisted 50ft up into the air and slowly pulled back to the release point…

Then it is down to one of you to pull the ripcord!

After the initial terrifying drop, you’ll launch into the air, feeling the G-force as you swing up into the sky, 245ft over the steep quarry edges of the UK’s Deepest Inland Dive Site.

Further Details » | Book The Giant 3G Swing»

Availability

These special offers are available on the following dates with discount code HALFTERMFUN

Monday 29th May 2017
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active (1hr) & Giant 3G Swing activities.

Tuesday 30th May 2017
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active (1hr) & Giant 3G Swing activities.

Wednesday 31st May 2017
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active (1hr) & Giant 3G Swing activities.

Thursday 1st June 2017
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active (1hr) & Giant 3G Swing activities.

Friday 2nd June 2017
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active (1hr) & Giant 3G Swing activities.

Don’t miss out, BOOK NOW using the HALFTERMFUN code for your adrenaline filled experience!

Restrictions

Segway

• Minimum age is 12 years.

• Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone).

• Lower weight limit is 45kg (7.08 stone).

• Segway Active riders 16 years old and under must be accompanied by
an adult on the activity.

Full activity terms, conditions and restrictions »

Wire

• Minimum age is 12 years.

• You must be between 1.2m (3ft 11”) and 2.0m (6ft 7”).

• Lower Limit is 30kg (4.7 stone)

• Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone)

Full activity terms, conditions and restrictions »

Swing

• Minimum age is 12 years.

• You must be taller than 1.3m (4ft 3”)

• Lower Limit is 20kg (3.15 Stone) for the Swing

• Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone)

Full activity terms, conditions and restrictions »

Other Facilities

The View Cafe Bar will be open on site for hot and cold meals as well as a great range of drinks and a fantastic view over our lake. So why not make a day of it.

We also have a range of Wooden Wigwam accommodation available on site to suit all budgets.

Offer Terms and Conditions

This special offer is only available for advance bookings for selected dates and activities during Half-Term. No further discounts apply and this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Sessions are subject to availability. This discounted rate is non-refundable, non transferable and for online bookings only. If a session is cancelled for reasons beyond our control (i.e. severe weather) an alternative booking date or activity may be offered at our discretion

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party this Easter at the NDAC Chepstow

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

FREE screening of Alice In Wonderland at our Drive-In Cinema
Mad Hatter's Tea Party at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow this Easter
A Great Easter Night Out. Don't Be Late!

Follow the white rabbit to Wonderland this Easter and join us for a great night out at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

"We’re all Mad here!"

Get together with your friends or family, dress up and and embrace the fantasy experience of a Mad Hatters Tea Party at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow. You might even see the Mad Hatter himself with Alice!

Book your tickets online here »

Scroll down and follow the rabbit for full details…

Buy Your Tickets Here for just £20 Per Person

"Eat me… Drink Me"

There will be food and drinks, lots of fun, a complimentary glass of Prosecco with strawberry for the adults and a small gift for each child.

The Mad Hatters Tea Party will be held in the Water View Marquee, with breathtaking views over our lake and specially dressed for the occasion. The room will be decked out with vintage china, cake stands, teapots, bunting and themed decorations.

Water View Marquee Chepstow

FREE Entry to Drive-In Cinema

Following the Tea Party you can enjoy watching Johnny Depp star as the Mad Hatter at a FREE screening of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland at our Drive-In Cinema.

All of this for just £20 per person.

  • Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with tea, coffee, juices, sandwiches and cakes.
  • Includes a complimentary glass of Prosecco with strawberry for the adults.
  • Free entry to see Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland at our Drive-In Cinema (8:30pm).
  • Fancy dress or Vintage outfits are optional.
  • Small gift for each child.

Book your tickets online here »

 

Free Entry to Drive-In Cinema Chepstow

"Don’t be late
for this very important date"

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will be running from Good Friday to Easter Monday

  • Friday 14th April 2017 (Good Friday)
    Unavailable
  • Saturday 15th April 2017
    Unavailable
  • Sunday 16th April 2017 (Easter Sunday)
    Unavailable
  • Monday 17 April 2017 (Easter Monday)
    Spaces available – Book this date»

"The time, the time,
who’s got the time?"

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party starts at 6:45pm.

The Alice In Wonderland Drive-In Cinema screening will start at 8:30pm.

Book your Mad Hatter tickets here »

 

Good Friday 14th April, Saturday 15th April, Easter Sunday 16th April, Easter Monday 17th April


“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."

"I don’t much care where –"

"Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

Follow the rabbit hole to Wonderland at the National Diving & Activity Centre, just outside Chepstow on the A48

  National Diving & Activity Centre
  Tidenham, Chepstow
  Gloucestershire
  NP16 7LH

Directions»

 

Accommodation

Why not make a night of it? – We offer overnight accommodation in our Wooden Wigwam Village, with a range of wigwams to suit all budgets.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this event please contact us via our online form, or by calling

Please be advised that the NDAC office is closed Monday to Wednesday, so emails and phone calls may not be responded to during this time. Depending on when you make your enquiry it may take a few days before we can get back in touch with you.

Book your Mad Hatter tickets here »

 

Glamping Cabins Chepstow
Free Screening of Alice In Wonderland at the Drive-In Cinema
Buy Your Tickets Here for just £20 Per Person
Water View Marquee
Drive In Cinema Chepstow
The View Cafe Bar

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