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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.
The National Diving & Activity Centre will be closed to the public for all activities from 10:30am Monday 17th August until 1:00pm Friday 21st August 2015.
Site maintenance 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 21st August 2015.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Deptherapy, a UK registered charity that uses scuba diving to rehabilitate seriously injured service men and women, will be holding its inaugural Navigational Challenge at the NDAC this June.
The Deptherapy Nav Challenge, tests scuba divers of all qualifications and walks of life, encouraging them to participate in our navigational challenge, where divers will navigate to a series of waypoints and complete several challenges set over the course. The navigational course and challenges are designed to make divers aware of good diving practice and skills, as well as build up an awareness of the difficulties disabled divers face.
Divers can enter in teams of 6 or buddy-pairs – those that enter as a team will do the course in a relay form and each buddy pair’s time in completing the course will be added together. The aim is to complete the Nav course and its challenges in the lowest time and the team and buddy-pair with the lowest times for completing the Nav course will win prizes.
The Deptherapy Nav Challenge is a fun and exciting way to encourage divers of all qualification levels and dive agencies to pit their skills against the Deptherapy team and try to beat their time over the course. Come and join us on the 13th & 14th June 2015 from 10am – 4:30pm on both days at the NDAC, Chepstow and see if you have what it takes!
To register a team or buddy-pair for the Detherapy Nav Challenge go to:
All funds raised from the event will go towards Deptherapy continuing to help rehabilitate more injured Armed Service Personnel.
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 Summer 2015.
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.
• 27 Jun 2015
• 18 Jul 2015
• 29 Aug 2015
• 19 Sep 2015
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).
• 06-07 & 13-14 Jun 15
• 27-28 Jun & 04 -05 Jul 15
• 18-19 & 25-26 Jul 15
• 08-09 & 15-16 Aug 15
• 29-30 Aug & 05-06 Sep 15
• 19-20 Sep 15 & 26 -27 Sep 15
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.
• 20-21 Jun 2015
• 11-12 Jul 2015
• 01-02 Aug 2015
• 22-23 Aug 2015
• 12-13 Sep 2015
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, 20-21 June 2015
• 06, 08-09 Aug 2015
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)
• 10 Jul 2015
• 07 Aug 2015
• 11 Sep 2015
Full Course (at Cardiff Scuba)
• 16 & 23 Jul 2015
• 20 & 21 Aug 2015
• 17 & 18 Sep 2015
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.
• 06 – 07 Jun 2015
• 11 – 12 Jul 2015
• 26 – 27 Sep 2015
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 Jun 2015
• 14 – 16 Aug 2015
• 11 – 13 Sep 2015
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.
• 27 Jun 2015
• 18 Jul 2015
• 29 Aug 2015
• 19 Sep 2015
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.
• 11 Jun 2015 atCardiff Scuba
• 25 Jun 2015 at NDAC
• 09 Jul 2015 at Cardiff Scuba
• 30 Jul 2015 at NDAC
• 13 Aug 2015 at Cardiff Scuba
• 27 Aug 2015 at NDAC
• 20 Sep 2015 at Cardiff Scuba
• 24 Sep 2015 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 hosting a diving equipment demonstration weekend over the 11th and 12th of April 2015.
The weekend will include a large range of equipment from the following suppliers, for you to look at, try or buy:
Staff from all the companies will be available over the demonstration weekend to answer all your questions, so why not pop in and treat yourself to some new kit.
We will also be holding a BBQ both days of the weekend at the View Cafe Bar from 11am to 5pm
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.
Friday the 13th we are holding a Fright Night Film at the NDAC.
We have a Ghoulish BBQ at the View Cafe Bar starting at 7pm.
Following that we have Dracula Untold showing at the NDAC Drive-In Cinema.
See all the drive-in cinema listings at cinema.ndac.co.uk
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.
Interested or curious about GUE but never had the opportunity to see what the fuss is about or ask questions from people that will give you straight answers? Then this day is for you. For only £25 you will receive guidance on your diving skills, video feedback and tips on how to improve, and an insight into the GUE style of diving, without having to make a heavy investment in time or money.
The National Diving and Activity Centre, Chepstow. 0900 on 31st January 2015. Meet in the View Cafe Bar
GUE believe in safety through competence, easy diving through highly developed buoyancy, awareness and team skills. We believe in getting the most out of every dive, and making sure we all come home safely. You’ll see it’s possible to do a valve drill in 3 metres of water without moving, to share gas and ascend without drama, to communicate using torches, to put up an SMB mid water with zero stress and no motion. We’ll show you how to move efficiently through the water in any direction, and ascend under complete control. We’ll show you the GUE equipment standard, and answer any questions you have about it. We’ll even advise you on optimising your own gear – if you want us to.
We will be covering the following
• Discussion – The origins and goals of GUE
• Discussion – The strengths and techniques of buoyancy control
• Dive 1 – Demonstration of trim and buoyancy control
• Dive 1 – Practice and video of trim and buoyancy control with in-water feedback
• Dive 1 – Ascent with stops practice
• Discussion and hands-on – Kit configuration
• Discussion – Why team diving?
• Dive 2 – SMB demonstration
• Dive 2 – Valve drill demonstration
• Dive 2 – Ascent with stops practice
• Video Feedback for all divers
As long as you are a qualified diver, you are welcome. You can use whatever gear you normally use. We’ve had single cylinder divers, twinset divers, rebreather divers, sidemount divers. You can take what you want from the day and leave the rest. It doesn’t matter if you are a technical diver with thousands of dives, or an open water single cylinder diver with 10 dives, you’ll get a lot out of the day. We will create an environment where people feel free to ask whatever questions like they like, and to watch demonstrations of the skills we teach, and even get some video feedback and advice on their own skills – without being bombarded with loads of GUE people.
Organising several of these events throughout the year costs a significant amount of time and money. Nonetheless, I feel it important that these events continue to be run as non-profit. So the small registration fee of £25.00 is there to encourage those who sign up to turn up, and also to cover some of the direct costs of organising the event. Other than these direct costs, all proceeds from the event will go to the RNLI. The last event we ran ended up with £100 donated to the RNLI.
If you need accomodation there are Wooden wigwams on site at The National Diving & Activity Centre.
Food and drink is available at the View Cafe Bar
Here’s what other people have said.
I couldn’t believe it. I had been struggling with my trim for years.
Ten minutes in the water with a GUE instructor and it was sorted
out. Best £25 i ever spent on diving.
I presumed the GUE instructors would be boot-camp military types,
but they were just very relaxed and laid back divers – albeit divers
with incredible knowledge and skill, and the ability to pass on that
knowledge. In all honesty I went to prove a point, but after an
hour realised I had a lot to learn.
I was fascinating to have so many myths busted in one day,
and also feedback on my buoyancy control which has taken
all the stress out of ascending
I realised two things in the first hour. Firstly, the bar set
by GUE standards is like nothing I have experienced before.
Secondly these guys do not preach – but they are incredibly
well trained to teach
As a single tank diver, I expected to feel like an alien,
but was welcomed to the crowd. Forget about the fact
it was a GUE day. It was just a bunch of divers enjoying
How to register.
Registration is easy. Just fill out the simple form and pay your £25 registration fee through paypal.