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National Diving & Activity Centre
Tidenham
Chepstow
Gloucestershire
NP16 7LH
 
Tel: 01291 630 046
 
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Please be advised that the NDAC 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.

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PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course
Course Code NDAC-PADI-AOWD

Advanced Open Water Diver
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.

You will complete 5 adventure dives (Deep and Underwater Navigation mandatory dives, aimed at increasing your diving skills).

With your PADI Instructor, you will select 3 more adventure dives tailored to your diving interests.

Upon completion of your course, you will be certified to dive to 30 meters (21 meters for Junior Divers aged 12 – 14 years old).

The theory session for this course will be held on the Friday evening prior to the course from 6pm – 9pm. The open water dives will take place on the Saturday & Sunday.

Accomodation is available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village >

 

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates

3 Days

Day one
Evening theory session.
1800 - 2100hrs
Held at NDAC

Day two & three
Open water dives.
Held at NDAC. Starting at 0800hrs until completion (usually around 1500hrs)

£275

Minimum age – 12 years old.

Be certified as a PADI Open Water or Junior Open Water Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation.

Review, complete and sign all PADI documents prior to in-water training.

Accomodation is available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village >

Course 11
Part 1
22 Aug 2014
Part 2
23-24 Aug 2014

Course 12
Part 1
12 Sep 2014
Part 2
13-14 Sep 2014

Course 13
Part 1
03 Oct 2014
Part 2
04-05 Oct 2014

Course 14
Part 1
24 Oct 2014
Part 2
25-26 Oct 2014

Course 15
Part 1
14 Nov 2014
Part 2
15 – 16 Nov 2014

Course 16
Part 1
05 Dec 2014
Part 2
06 – 07 Dec 2014

Course 17
Part 1
26 Dec 2014
Part 2
27 – 28 Dec 2014

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PADI Rescue Diver Course
Course Code NDAC-PADI-RD

Rescue Diver
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.

The PADI Rescue Diver course is a pivotal step in expanding your knowledge and experience. You will learn to look beyond yourself to consider the safety and well being of other divers.

Before starting the PADI Rescue Diver course you must successfully complete a sanctioned course in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR – Primary Care) and basic First Aid (Secondary Care) within the past 24 months.

The Rescue Course will run over a 3 day period – Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

This is broken up into two sessions of theory at the NDAC 6pm – 9pm Thursday and Saturday morning.

A Confined Water session will take place on the Saturday from 3pm – 5pm and then the Qualifying Scenarios at the NDAC on the Sunday from 8am until complete.

Not CPR/First aid trained? Combine the Emergency First Response (EFR) Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) course with the PADI Rescue Diver course and qualify for a discount!

Accomodation is available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village >

 

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates

3 Days as follows

Thursday
1800 - 2100 hrs
Theory at National Diving & Activity Centre.

Saturday
0800 - 1300hrs
Theory at National Diving & Activity Centre.

1500 - 1700 hrs
Confined Water session at National Diving & Activity Centre.

Sunday
from 0800 hrs
Qualifying Scenarios at National Diving & Activity Centre.

£375

Combine the PADI Rescue Diver course with the Emergency First Response (EFR) Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) course and qualify for a discount.

 

 

Minimum age – 12 years old.

Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water or Junior Advanced Open Water Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation.

Be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR – Primary Care) and basic First Aid (Secondary Care) within the past 24 months.

Review, complete and sign all PADI documents prior to in-water training.

Directions to National Diving & Activity Centre >

Accomodation is available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village >

 

Course 5
06, 08-09 Dec 2014

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Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR), AED Use & Secondary Care (First Aid)
Course Code NDAC-PADI-EFR

Emergency First Response at NDAC
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.

You will learn and practice the same patient care techniques and principles used by medical professionals, but at a layperson level.

Though independent study and skills practice with your EFR Instructor, you will gain the training needed to help not only a diver in need, but maybe a friend, family member, neighbour or co-worker.

This course will be run over 2 evenings from 6pm – 9pm at the National Diving & Activity Centre. The first evening will deal with the theory and exam followed by an evening of practical skills.
 
The course is available to anyone who want to gain these basic EFR skills.
 
The EFR course is a pre-requisite for anyone wishing to undertake the PADI Rescue Course.

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates

Full Course
2 Evenings
1800 - 2100hrs

Update Course
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1 Evening
1800 - 2100hrs

Full Course
£120*

* £70 if taken in conjunction with the PADI Rescue Course

Update Course only
£90 – including materials

No previous experience required.

No minimum age.

* If the full course is taken in conjunction with the PADI Rescue Course then a £50.00 discount will be given to this course.

This discount applies to the Full Course only, not the Update Course.

Full Course 6
11 Sep 2014
18 Sep 2014
1800 - 2100hrs

Full Course 7
09 Oct 2014
16 Oct 2014
1800 - 2100hrs

Full Course 8
11 Dec 2014
18 Dec 2014
1800 - 2100hrs

Update
Course 3
28 Aug 2014
1800 - 2100hrs

Update
Course 4
20 Nov 2014
1800 - 2100hrs

Full 1 day courses can be arranged subject to a minimum of 4 students. Contact to discuss.

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PADI Adventure Diver Course
Course Code NDAC-PADI-AD

Adventure Diver
The PADI Adventure Diver certification allows people with limited time to experience different types of diving, whilst increasing their diving knowledge and experience.

As part of this course you will complete 3 adventure dives to gain your qualification (Deep and Underwater Navigation are mandatory). If at a later date you decide to upgrade to Advanced Open Water, you only have to complete 2 more dives!

After completing your course, you will be certified to 30 meters (21 meters for Junior Divers aged 12 – 14 years old and for 10 – 11 year olds, its 12 meters).

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates
1 Day £150

Minimum age – 10 years old.

Be certified as a PADI Open Water or Junior Open Water Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation.

Review, complete and sign all PADI documents prior to in-water training.

 

Custom courses are available on demand throughout the year to suit your time schedule. Contact us for further details and to arrange a date.
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Keep Diving
How far will you take this diving thing? It's up to you. With PADI Specialty Diver Programs you can chart your course for a colorful collection of awesome dives. Sure, your PADI certification opens up the oceans and lakes to you, but the PADI Specialty Dives take the underwater adventure to depths that will stir your soul. Achieving PADI Specialty ratings can take anywhere from as little as one day to a full weekend -but this is all hands-on, so you'll be diving right from the start.

Below are the numerous specialty certifications offered by the National Diving & Activity centre. Get five specialty ratings and you're on your way to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver.

PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality
Course Code NDAC-PADI-EAD

PADI Enriched Air Diver Course
Enhanced Air Nitrox, Oxygen Enriched Air, Nitrox, EANx, Safe Air, Devils Gas, Voodoo Gas… These are just some of the names it goes by.

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.

Whether you’re into underwater photography or wreck diving, on vacation in some tropical paradise or just out for a leisurely day of diving at your local dive site, the PADI Enriched Air Diver course helps you get more out of diving by giving you more time underwater.

Please note the Enriched Air Diver course is a one evening theory session.that there are no dives to complete on this speciality course. Two escorted dives can be arranged at an extra cost.

This course is held at the National Diving & Activity Centre or Cardiff Scuba

 

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates
1 Evening

£100

(With 2 escorted dives £180)

 

Minimum age – 15 years old.

Be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation.

This course is held at the National Diving & Activity Centre or Cardiff Scuba

 

Course 14
14 Aug 2014
at Cardiff Scuba

Course 15
04 Sep 2014
at NDAC

Course 16
25 Sep 2014
at Cardiff Scuba

Course 17
02 Oct 2014
at NDAC

Course 18
23 Oct 2014
at Cardiff Scuba

Course 19
13 Nov 2014
at NDAC

Course 20
27 Nov 2014
at Cardiff Scuba

Course 21
11 Dec 2014
at NDAC

 

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PADI Deep Diver Speciality
Course Code NDAC-PADI-DD

PADI Deep Diver
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.

The PADI Deep Diver Speciality will allow you to dive to a maximum depth of 40 meters, which is considered to be the maximum depth for Recreational Divers.

As you’ll be venturing deeper into the underwater world, there are inherent risks and a few more considerations. In this course you will learn how to minimise these risks and dive safely to new depths.

The theory session for this course will be held on the Saturday morning at 8am until 12 noon, followed by one of the Open Water Dives. The remaining dives will take place on the Sunday.

Accomodation is available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village >

 

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates

2 Days

Saturday
Theory 0800 - 1200hrs followed by one Open Water Dive

Sunday
Three certification dives.

£250

Minimum age – 15 years old.

Be certified as a PADI Adventure Diver , or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation.

Review, complete and sign all PADI documents prior to in-water training.

Accomodation is available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village >

Course 8
30 - 31 Aug 2014

Course 9
20 - 21 Sep 2014

Course 10
11 - 12 Oct 2014

Course 11
22 - 23 Nov 2014

Course 12
20 - 21 Dec 2014

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PADI Wreck Diver Speciality
Course Code NDAC-PADI-WD

PADI Wreck Diver

You drift down and enter a window into the past. As you near the bottom, a recognizable shape begins to form. First, you see a straight line, then a round window. Next, a ship materializes in front of you. As you look at the wreck, past and present meet.

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.

As part of this course, you will have the option for a days diving from the South Coast on two wrecks. Please note that boat fees are not included in the course cost.

The theory session for this course will be held on the Friday evening prior to the course from 6pm – 9pm at the National Diving & Activity Centre. The 4 dives required for certification will take place on the Saturday & Sunday following.

The dives are usually planned to take place in Plymouth. This will mean students will need to have their own travel arrangements and accommodation. The costs for travel and accommodation are not included in the course cost.

Accomodation is available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village >

Search below for Accommodation in Plymouth

 

 

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates

1 Evening and 2 Days.

Friday Evening
Theory session at NDAC
1800 - 2100hrs

Saturday & Sunday
Four certification dives, usually Plymouth.

£275
The costs for travel and accommodation are not included in the course cost

Minimum age – 15 years old.

Be certified as a PADI Adventure Diver , or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation.

Review, complete and sign all PADI documents prior to in-water training.

Course 7
05 - 07 Sep 2014

Course 8
31 Oct - 02 Nov 2014

Course 9
12 - 14 Dec 2014

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PADI Dry Suit Diver Speciality
Course Code NDAC-PADI-DSD

drysuit diver

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.

The PADI Dry Suit Speciality course is designed to help you develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary for dry suit diving.

The theory session for this course will be held on the Saturday morning from 9am - 1130am at the National Diving & Activity Centre. The pool skills session will take place on the Saturday afternoon from 1pm – 3pm in the Thornbury Leisure Centre Swimming pool. The 2 dives required for certification will take place on the Sunday at 8am at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

If students do not have their own Dry Suit then one can be hired for £25.00 for the course.

Accomodation is available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village >

 

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates

2 Days

Saturday
Theory Session
0900 - 1130hrs at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

1300 - 1500hrs
Pool Session at the Swimming Pool. Students must provide their own transport to the pool.

Sunday
Two certification dives, from 0800hrs at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

 

£130

Minimum age – 10 years old.

Be certified as a PADI Open Water or Junior Open Water Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation.

Review, complete and sign all PADI documents prior to in-water training.

If students do not have their own Dry Suit then one can be hired for £25.00 for the course.

Directions to National Diving & Activity Centre >

The pool dives are held at Thornbury Leisure Centre

Accomodation is available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village >

Course 12
13 - 14 Sep 2014

Course 13
04 - 05 Oct 2014

Course 14
25 - 26 Octr 2014

Course 15
15 - 16 Nov 2014

Course 16
06 - 07 Dec 2014

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PADI Equipment Specialist
Course Code NDAC-PADI-ES

PADI Equipment Specialist
Whether it's a regulator problem, a wet suit tear or a broken mask strap, the Equipment Specialist course can help.

This Specialty course prepares you for the basic equipment maintenance, care and adjustments you'll encounter every day. In addition, you'll get the valuable background on equipment repair and purchase, making you better able to protect your investment.

During your PADI Equipment Specialist program, you'll familiarize yourself with the operation and maintenance of your personal equipment. Your instructor might also provide the opportunity to review new or unfamiliar dive equipment.

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates
2 - 3 Hours

£45

Minimum age – 12 years old (10 for PADI Junior Scuba Diver and PADI Junior Open Water Diver)

Review, complete and sign all PADI documents prior to in-water training.

Custom courses are available on demand throughout the year to suit your time schedule. Contact us for further details and to arrange a date.

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PADI Oxygen Provider Speciality
Course Code NDAC-PADI-OP

Oxygen Provider Course
The PADI Oxygen First Aid Speciality will teach you how to safely administer emergency oxygen to a person suffering a suspected pressure related injury such as decompression sickness or lung over-expansion injury.

As this is a non-diving certification, anyone can learn these life saving skills. This includes anyone in contact with divers; such as boat crew, non-diving buddies, lifeguards and shore staff.

Add this course with the Emergency First Responder Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) course for a package discount. Contact us for more details.

 

 

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates
1 Day

£80

Combine with EFR for a package discount. Contact us for further details.

No previous experience required.

There is no minimum age for this course.

Custom courses are available on demand throughout the year to suit your time schedule. Contact us for further details and to arrange a date.
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PADI Search and Recovery Speciality
Course Code NDAC-PADI-SRD

PADI Search & recovery
Being a diver, you spend a lot of time around water; the ocean, a lake or a quarry. Sooner or later something may go “slash” and sink to the murky depths. You may be looking for some underwater treasures, but how do you find them? And once found, how do you get it to the surface?

If you want a new mental and physical challenge this course is for you.

The PADI Search and Recovery Speciality course is where you will learn and develop the necessary skills, knowledge and techniques for safe search and recovery diving.

This course is recommended for PADI Rescue Divers, as it will offer you a chance to hone your missing diver search skills.

Accomodation is available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village >

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates
2 Days £199

Minimum age – 12 years old.

Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water or Junior Advanced Open Water Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation.

Or, be certified as a PADI Open Water or Junior Open Water Diver with a PADI Underwater Navigation Speciality Diver certification (or have a qualifying Underwater Navigation certification from another training organisation).

Review, complete and sign all PADI documents prior to in-water training.

Accomodation is available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village >

2014 Course Schedule to follow shortly.

Custom courses are available on demand throughout the year to suit your time schedule. Contact us for further details and to arrange a date.

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PADI Underwater Navigators Speciality
Course Code NDAC-PADI-UN

PADI Underwater Navigators Course
Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.

When everyone’s buzzing about a reef or checking out a wreck, they're having a great time – until it's time to go. Then they turn to you, because as a PADI Underwater Navigator, you know the way back to the boat.

Underwater navigation can be challenging, but in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you master the challenge. You will learn the tools of the trade, including navigation via natural clues and by compass.

By the end of the course you will be able to estimate distance underwater, follow navigation patterns and know where you are while following an arbitrary, irregular course using the 'Nav-Finder'.

 

 

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates
1 Day £120

Minimum age – 10 years old.

Be certified as a PADI Open Water or Junior Open Water Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation.

Review, complete and sign all PADI documents prior to in-water training.

2014 Course Schedule to follow shortly.

Custom courses are available on demand throughout the year to suit your time schedule. Contact us for further details and to arrange a date.

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PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Speciality
Course Code NDAC-PADI-PPB

Peak Performance Buoyancy Course
Total buoyancy control is the trademark of an experienced and eco friendly diver. It separates the good divers from the great divers.

The PADI Peak Performance Speciality course will teach you the skills and knowledge needed to progress and master your buoyancy past the level of Open Water Diver.

A lot of divers master their buoyancy skills the long and hard way, wasting valuable dive time. After all of that they're probably dragging around too much weight and using up more air than is required trying to control their buoyancy; again cutting down their underwater time!

Don’t let your buoyancy control you - save time with ease and master your buoyancy once and for all!

… How much weight can you lose in a day?

 

 

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates
1 Day £80

Minimum age – 10 years old.

Be certified as a PADI Open Water or Junior Open Water Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation.

Review, complete and sign all PADI documents prior to in-water training.

2014 Course Schedule to follow shortly.

Custom courses are available on demand throughout the year to suit your time schedule. Contact us for further details and to arrange a date.

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PADI Digital Underwater Photography Speciality
Course Code NDAC-PADI-DUP

PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course
Digital has taken the underwater photography world by storm. Get in on the action with the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty course. You can quickly and easily capture the underwater world with your camera and on your computer.

This course is aimed at improving your underwater photography skills using a compact camera. You’ll be taking better pictures faster than you ever imagined.

Sign up today and start sharing your underwater memories with family and friends.

 

 

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates
1 Day £120

Minimum age – 10 years old.

Be certified as a PADI Open Water or Junior Open Water Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation.

Review, complete and sign all PADI documents prior to in-water training.

Custom courses are available on demand throughout the year to suit your time schedule. Contact us for further details and to arrange a date.
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PADI Night Diver Speciality
Course Code NDAC-PADI-ND

PADI Night Diver
As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your mask and bite down on your regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat –and into the underwater night. Although you've seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.

The adventure, thrill and excitement of night diving can be yours when you complete your PADI Night Diver Specialty course. You learn about night dive planning, equipment and navigation. You practice these on three night dives, plus introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down.

To gain the Night Diver certification students must complete three dives. Due to the limited time available for night dives at local diving facilities, this course could be spread out over several weeks.

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates
1 Day £165

Minimum age – 12 years old.

Be certified as a PADI Open Water or Junior Open Water Diver, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation.

Review, complete and sign all PADI documents prior to in-water training.

Custom courses are available on demand throughout the year to suit your time schedule. Contact us for further details and to arrange a date.

 

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