Posts Tagged ‘Swim’

Open Water Swimming temporarily discontinued at National Diving & Activity Centre

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Swimming at NDAC Chepstow

There has been some confusion and comments recently about the experience level required to swim at the National Diving & Activity Centre, and our policy to only allow wetsuit diving during the Winter months.

This has prompted us to begin a full review of Open Water Swimming at the site so that we can tailor it for the needs of our users whilst maintaining a safe environment.

The safety of our swimmers is our priority and we are working with the Royal Life Saving Society to develop a new set of rules and regulations for open water swimming at the site. We expect to have this in place around April 2017.

Until these changes have been finalised we have made the difficult decision to temporarily discontinue open water swimming at the National Diving & Activity Centre for the next few months, effective from 13 December 2016.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to our regular Swimmers and hope that you will return in 2017.

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

Sam Amps, Saltfree & NDAC Feature on BBC 2 Science Show

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Sam Amps Saltfree and NDAC feature on BBC 2 Science show


"100 trillion cells. 280 days. One human life. A BBC Science series, produced in partnership with The Open University, exploring the making of you."

On Monday 28th September you may have seen the National Diving & Activity Centre feature on BBC 2 Science show ‘Countdown to Life: The Extraordinary Making of You‘.

As part of the show Sam Amps from Saltfree teaches the presenter Dr Michael Mosley how to Freedive at Chepstow’s inland dive site.

The whole show is fascinating and well worth watching and you can catch it on the IPlayer. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, the freediving section starts at around 46 minutes in

Saltfree FreedivingSaltFree Divers offer freediving courses, training, coaching and competitions at all levels at The National Diving and Activity Centre, a beautiful flooded quarry in Chepstow, near Bristol.

Their purpose-built freediving platform is the deepest of its kind in the UK, possibly in the world, fully equipped for safety and comfort.

Whether you want to learn to dive deeper, hold your breath longer or perfect your underwater swimming technique, SaltFree is the perfect location for Constant Weight and Free Immersion breath hold dive training.

Find out more about Saltfree and book on their courses via their website at


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