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On Sunday the 8th May 2016, the National Diving and Activity Centre will be hosting the TriSUP Dragon.
TriSUP is an exciting new triathlon format that introduces Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) in place of the traditional swim stage.
This three stage event includes a SUP course around the stunning NDAC Quarry, a Road Bike Course and a Trail Run to finish.
• Event centre facilities and parking
• Mechanical Support
• Full Route Marking
• Electronic Chip Timing
• Bike / Kit Wash Station
• SUP Board Hire
• Web results service
• Emergency support
• On site catering
• Finishers Medal & Certificate
To enter this amazing event please visit http://www.trisupevents.co.uk/dragon-sup-triathlon-chepstow there are full details on the page as well as special offers for early bird bookings.
Who can enter?
This event is open to all and you do not need a SUP to enter. No SUP? No Problem, you can hire one from the extensive demo fleet of Red Paddle Co SUPs. Why not share the experience with your friends and enter as part of a team which includes one of our 4-8 person SUP’s for FREE!
The SUP leg of the Triathlon is set in a dramatic quarry, the high rugged walls surrounding the water will ensure flat paddling conditions; even in windy conditions.
After the SUP leg jump on your bike and head out on the local roads of the Wye Valley for the bike leg. After an initial challenging climb up to the ridge of hills behind the event centre, the bike course will take riders along the ridge toward the River Wye. You will then hug the river as you meander down the sensational Wye Valley towards the spectacular and historic Tintern Abbey. From here you will cross back over the River Wye and climb up the main climb of the course to the ridge. You will then head South East back to the Event Centre. The final 5 miles are gently downhill allowing time to recover before the Run.
Off the Bike, trainers on… and an off road run based on local tracks and footpaths. The running course winds it way around the stunning quarry and through nearby forest tracks in a circular loop. The opening mile of the course is uphill followed by a flat middle section and the all important downhill finish.
A warm welcome and a Finishers Medal awaits; this completes a truly memorable event.
Overnight accommodation is available before or after the event in our Wooden Wigwam Cabins. With a range of wigwams to suit all budgets, you can experience a touch of luxury in the great outdoors at an unbeatable price.
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 between January and April 2016. Places are limited so please book quickly to avoid disappointment.
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.
• 13 Feb 2016
• 12 Mar 2016
• 23 Apr 2016
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).
• 30-31 Jan & 06-07 Feb 16
• 20-21 Feb & 27-28 Feb 16
• 12-13 Mar & 19-20 Mar 16
• 02-03 Apr & 09-10 Apr 16
• 23-24 Apr & 30 Apr-01 May 16
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.
• 23-24 Jan 2016
• 13-14 Feb 2016
• 05-06 Mar 2016
• 26-27 Mar 2016
• 16-17 Apr 2016
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.
• 27-28 Feb 2016
• 30 Apr-01 May 2016
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)
• 15 Jan 2016
• 26 Feb 2016
• 18 Mar 2016
• 15 Apr 2016
Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)
• 21 & 28 Jan 2016
• 11 & 18 Feb 2016
• 03 & 10 Mar 2016
• 14 & 21 Apr 2016
Update Course (at Cardiff Scuba)
• 12 Feb 2016
• 17 Mar 2016
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.
• 30-31 Jan 2016
• 19-20 Mar 2016
• 23-24 Apr 2016
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.
• 05–07 Feb 2016
• 25-27 Mar 2016
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.
• 20-21 Feb 2016
• 12-13 Mar 2016
• 02 Apr 2016
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.
• 07 Jan 2016 at Cardiff Scuba
• 28 Jan 2016 at NDAC
• 11 Feb 2016 at Cardiff Scuba
• 25 Feb 2016 at NDAC
• 10 Mar 2016 at Cardiff Scuba
• 24 Mar 2016 at NDAC
• 07 Apr 2016 at Cardiff Scuba
• 28 Apr 2016 at NDAC
Experience has shown that Technical Diving Courses often need to be tailored to the individual, so please get in touch to discuss suitable dates.
For further dates please visit the Dive School section of the website.
If you have any questions please Contact the NDAC Dive School.
The National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed to the public for all activities from Monday 15th to 2pm on Friday 19th February 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 back to normal opening times from 2pm on Friday 19th February 2016..
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Saturday 5th December 2015, at the
National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC), Chepstow
Scuba Santas will be entering its 9th year in 2015 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.
Each 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. In 2013 & 2014 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!’. This year the event is being arranged by the National Diving & Activity Centre.
JOIN US this year for the 9th Annual Scuba Santas event on SATURDAY 5th DECEMBER 2015 at the NDAC.
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. in 2013 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!!!
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:
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.
At 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.
With 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.
Alternatively anyone is welcome to come along and watch from the View Cafe Bar onsite at the NDAC.
A few stats from the View Cafe Bar
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!
The National Diving & Activity Centre is opening the upper car parks for the Dubs at the Castle Team to host this cold but unique pre-season gathering and free swap meet for all types of VW’s
Come and see the amazing views, v-dubs and boxes of rusty parts while sampling the delights of the View Cafe Bar.
There will be a £5 charity donation to Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice. The staff will be on site with collection buckets.
So throw on some thermals, Warm up the Volkswagen, bring your old boxes of spares and help us raise some much needed funds.
We’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.
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>
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:
• 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