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Night Dives February & March 2018 – Entry from only £6.50

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Night Dive

The popular NDAC Night Dive dates are now available below for the first few months of 2018.

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 over the next few month, why not put these in your diary now!

Special Offer – Dive For Half Price!

If you dive with us during the day prior to a Night Dive, we can offer you the Night Dive for half price. (The Night Dive needs to be booked at the same time as the daytime entry when you arrive on site)

Date

Time

Saturday
17th February 2018

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6:30 – 9:00pm

Saturday
10th March 2018

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6:30 – 9:00pm

Saturday
24th March 2018

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6:30 – 9:00pm

Prices

NDAC Members night dive £13.00 (£6.50 if booked with daytime entry)

Non Members night dive £18.00 (£9.00 if booked with daytime entry)

Non Divers Free entry

Site Facilities

Wigwam Camping Chepstow
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. There are three types of cabin; Standard, Deluxe and even VIP with a hot tub!

Hot meals are also available at the View Cafe Bar

 

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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!

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

 

Cardiff Scuba – Shetland Liveaboard Trip August 2018

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Following their very successful trip to Scapa Flow in April 2017 on the MV Valkyrie (owned and operated by Hazel and Helen with their crew of Orkney & Shetland Dive Charters), Cardiff Scuba have booked another trip with them again for the week of the 11th August 2018.

In addition, Cardiff Scuba have also booked Orkney & Shetland’s new liveaboard, the MV Valhalla for the same week.

The exciting news is that both these liveaboards will take them to dives in the Shetland Isles (not Scapa Flow) and will give space for 24 divers!

The Shetlands are an amazing place to dive, with wrecks for all levels of experience. The initial plan is to have one boat for experienced divers to take deeper dives and the other boat will house the less experienced divers and offer dives of suitable depths.

For this trip all divers must be at least Advanced Openwater (or equivalent), with Deep, Wreck and Dry Suit certification. Enriched Air certification would also be advantageous. Divers need to have a minimum of 50 verifiable dives in UK waters. You must also be proficient in the deployment of an SMB.

Experienced technical divers are very welcome on OC or CCR .

There are already a number of interested divers and Cardiff Scuba are taking names immediately to assess the response to the trip.

Prices have not yet been confirmed but the general plan will be to drive to Aberdeen, take the overnight Ferry to Lerwick, be met at the Ferry by the Dive Charter and have a week of amazing diving.

Travel to Aberdeen can be organised as a group or individuals can make their own arrangements.

When they have more confirmed prices, Cardiff Scuba will let everyone know.

Please don’t miss this opportunity! Let them know you are interested and Cardiff Scuba can keep you informed so you can make a final decision to commit to a place.

For any further information, call Rob or Simon at Cardiff Scuba on 029 2061 5161


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