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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

 

Suunto & Finnsub at the NDAC Demonstration Weekend.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Suunto Finnsub Demonstration Weekend

On the 3rd and 4th June Suunto and FINNSUB will be heading to the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) for a demonstration weekend. 

They will have all their computers, Fly wings and Finn Lights for you to take for a dive. If you want to ask some questions, come and find them in the Suunto tent. 

We will also have the BBQ fired up!

 

Suunto Finnsub Demonstration Weekend

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

NDAC Closed for Site Infrastructure Works Monday 20th – Friday 24th March 2017

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

ClosedThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed to the public for all activities from Monday 20th March until 1600hrs on Friday 24th March 2017.

Scuba Diving resumes at the site on Saturday 25th March 2017.

General 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 on Saturday 25th March 2017.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Old Photos of Dayhouse Quarry Tidenham

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

We have been sent an interesting old document containing maps and photos of the National Diving & Activity site in it’s former life as ‘Dayhouse Quarry’ in Tidenham, Chepstow.

Here are some pictures that may be of interest! (Click on the photos for a larger version)

A view of the site from the Eastern Edge of Woodrof
A view of the site from the Eastern Edge of Woodroft.

A view from South of the site looking North towards the original site access and plant area. (Before Restoration)
A view from South of the site looking North towards the original site access and plant area.
(Before Restoration)

A view from South of the site looking North towards the original site access and plant area. (After Restoration)
(After Restoration)

Old Map of the site, prior to the quarry

Old Map of the site, prior to the quarry.

Old Map compared to a more recent view.

Old Map compared to a more recent view.

Internal view of the quarry, looking Northwards. (Before Restoration)
Internal view of the quarry, looking Northwards.
(Before Restoration)

Internal view of the quarry, looking Northwards. (After Restoration)
(After Restoration)

Half Price Entrance Fee for Scuba Divers March 2017

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Half Price Scuba Diving at the NDAC Chepstow this March

March Special Offer for Scuba Divers

As a big thank you for your continued support and loyalty throughout these colder months, we have decided to reduce our Scuba Diving entrance price from Thursday 2nd to Friday 31st March by a massive 50%

This means that our members will only have to pay £6.50 for a day’s unlimited diving with us and non members will have to pay just £9.00.

No catches – just turn up, book in and scuba dive for half the normal price!

We look forward to seeing you at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow during March!

Join the Event on Facebook here >

This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offers from the NDAC.

Keep an eye on our website, Facebook Page and Twitter Feed for further offers and promotions throughout the year.

Normal entry requirements for Scuba Diving apply.

Please note that the site is closed for diving on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th March due to site infrastructure works.Details »

 

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

Infrastructure Improvements for Divers & Water Users

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Slipway Road and Turning Circle

Here are some photos of some of the latest infrastructure works taking place on site for the benefit of our divers and water users.

This new area has recently been concreted over with 15 tonnes of ready mix concrete to create a new walkway and vehicle turning circle.

This is part of the ongoing infrastructure works throughout the site, that include a new Children’s Play Area and improvements to the Car Park surface. Other improvements throughout the site are on their way.

Slipway Road and Turning Circle

Improvements to NDAC Car Park

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

NDAC Car Park

We hope you like the recent improvements to the car park at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

At the start of October we had 400 tonnes of road chippings delivered, laid and rolled onto the car park surface using heavy machinery.

You’ll be pleased to hear that this has filled most of the holes!

NDAC Car Park

Scuba Diving Courses for Winter 2016 at the NDAC Dive School

Monday, October 17th, 2016

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 taking place during the Winter of 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.

• 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).

• 29-30 Oct & 05-06 Nov 16

• 19-20 Nov & 26-27 Nov 16

• 10-11 Dec & 17-18 Dec 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.

• 22-23 Oct 2016

• 12-13 Nov 2016

• 03-04 Dec 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.

• 22-23 Oct 2016

• 17-18 Dec 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)

• 21 Oct 2016

• 25 Nov 2016

• 16 Dec 2016

Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)

• 13 & 20 Oct 2016

• 17 & 24 Nov 2016

• 08 & 15 Dec 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 19 Nov 2016


10-11 Dec 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.

• 27 Oct 2016 at NDAC

• 10 Nov 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 24 Nov 2016 at NDAC

• 08 Dec 2016 at Cardiff Scuba

• 22 Dec 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.

 

 


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