What is Snorkeling all about then?
You may have dreamed of what it is like to be a fish, but have you
ever been underwater like a fish? Did you know that 70% of the world
lies just below the surface. After skimming the surface of the underwater
world there is nowhere to go but down.
Well this 60 minute Snorkeling Course is an introduction to the
magical world of snorkelling with a Mask, Fins and Snorkle (this
is without a tank on your back) provided as part of the course.
We aim to focus on exploring the underwater world of Snorkeling.
The Discover Snorkeling Course (DSC) course is a basic entry-level
course run by The National Diving & Activity Centre for anyone
of any age, who would like to experience a safe and enjoyable snorkeling
pool session under instruction. You do not need to have any previous
experience prior to the course, but you should be able to swim.
The course is held from The National Diving & Activity Centre,
in Tidenham. This is where all the course paperwork is filled out
before starting the course. You will not be allowed to attend the
course until the course has been paid for (in full) and that the
correct forms have been filled in. We would ask that you arrive
at the centre 1 hour before your course starts (unless you are going
directly to the pool under your own arrangements) this will allow
us to get all the paperwork side of life sorted out and give you
more time in the pool.
The Discover Snorkeling Course (DSC) will cover
the following areas
- Basic introduction to Snorkeling
- How to use a Diving Mask, Fins and Snorkel
- Exploring the under water world
We hold a full list of our Instructors qualifications at the centre;
a copy of the Professional Advance Diving Instructors (PADI) Certification
is available for upon request. This certification is also on the
via the PADI website.
Our staff hold the highest national qualifications and have extensive
experience throughout the world. Our high staff to student
ratio, and our philosophy enables us to coach in a modern and progressive
manner that tailors our delivery to meet your individual needs.
Full Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks have been carried out
on all our diving instructors who work at the centre, a copy of
the CRB certification is held at the centre and available upon request.
Where will the pool skills take place
The pool we use is based in Lydney, about a 10 minute drive from
the Diving Centre at Tidenham.
Personal lockers are available at a cost of £1.00 coin per
locker (you get your £1.00 coin back when you leave the changing
And most courses are run at weekends.
Male and female changing areas at the swimming pool.
Pool Timings are as follows
Sunday sessions start at 11.30hrs
Out of the water by 17.00hrs
The pool in Lydney is around 25m long and 10m wide. It has 5 lanes
swimming lanes and is an indoor pool that means no matter what time
of the year it has a constant temperature of around 29.5ºC (85.1ºF).
The depth of pool is around1.8 m at the deep end & 0.9m in
the shallow end.
The swimming pool has a viewing area where family or friends can
come and watch.
We do not allow any photography unless it is by the parents or
legal guardian of the child in question and images can only be taken
of their own children.
The National Diving & Activity Centre
The National Diving & Activity Centre was originally a Limestone
Quarry; it still retains its character despite years of improvements
that offers one of the UKs finest Inland dive sites, with
depths from 1m down to an impressive 82.9m. We train student from
the basic entry-level courses in the pool, right up to the professional
level courses with a training programme that is second to none.
We also have some of the UKs finest Specialist Police Diving
Teams who regularly train at the centre. We also have regular visits
from The Army, Navy and Royal Air Force who all benefit from a special
discounted rate. We also have a large membership following of divers
and have just launched our own in house dive club that offers numerous
benefits to its members. We have an indoor and outdoor catering
dinning area that serves a selection of hot and cold food every
day the site is open from a Bacon Butte to a Full breakfast, Curry
Lunch and a vegetarian option not too mention a large selection
of hot and cold drinks.
We also have on site heated changing rooms and toilets for your
convenience. We have a state of the art gas and air blending station
that can offer every fill you could ever imagine, we even look after
the local air rifle association. The site also has a well-stocked
shop that sells a vast array of diving products and an extensive
range of outdoor clothing.
What will I need?
All equipment is from our very own pool of extensive dive training
gear, and all technical equipment will be provided. We advise
you not to rush out and buy kit for the course, but use it as a
chance to find out what would best suit your needs. The following
list is a suggestion of what you should bring with you for your
- Normal clothing that you are comfortable wearing to your local
- Swimming Costume / Trunks (to include a spare T - Shirt and
shorts to wear over your costume or trunks while in the pool).
- Personal Toiletries / Medication
- Towel for drying yourself after the Snorkeling session.
- Camera for some happy snaps.
- A small amount of cash for your personal locker, there are
vending machine available at the pool that offers hot, cold drinks
Once you have completed your snorkel safari you will receive a
certificate of achievement from you instructor.
Our PADI Snorkeiling Course/Discover Scuba/Discover Scuba Diving,
PADI Scuba Diver, PADI Open Water certification and the wide variety
of PADI programs are available to help you further your adventure.
If you would like any further advice, support or just wish to
share your experiences with us then please either pop into the centre,
call us or send an e-mail, we would love to hear from you. Please
remember we are not just offering you a diving course or a retail
purchase we are offering the opportunity to be a member of our own
diving community. So please invest in us so we can invest in you,
happy diving from all staff at NDAC.
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