Learn to Scuba Dive at the National Diving & Activity Centre Dive School, based in Chepstow
The National Diving & Activity CentrePADI SDI TDI

Diving Times

(Clear of water 1 hour before end of session)
We are open for Scuba Diving Thursday-Sunday and Bank Holidays. During School Holidays we are also open Monday-Wednesday. Full opening times ›

Christmas/New Year Opening Times » (Closed from 18th December. Reopen 5th January 2018)

Activity Times
Activities are open most weekends, bank holidays, selected dates during School Holidays & occasional mid week dates.
Please see our full opening times ›

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Diving Information

Activities & Events

Centre Information

National Diving & Activity Centre
Tidenham
Chepstow
Gloucestershire
NP16 7LH
 
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Please be advised that the NDAC office 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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NDAC Try-A-Dive Experience
Course Code NDAC-TD

NDAC Try-A-Dive Experience
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.

This course is held on either a Friday morning at the NDAC or on a Saturday morning at Thornbury Leisure Centre's Pool.

Please check the date and time of each session as they can vary

Sessions at the NDAC will be weather, water temperature and underwater visibility dependent.

Please also note that when the sessions are held at the NDAC there is a depth restriction of 6mtrs for the dive.

This Course replaces the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program

 

 

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates

1 hour

1000-1100hrs

Thornbury-October-May
Meet at Thornbury Leisure Centre for 9am for paperwork and to have a briefing for the session starting a 10am. The session should be completed by 11.30am

NDAC-June-October
Meet at the NDAC for 9am for paperwork and to have a briefing for the session starting a 10am and should be completed by 11.30am.

*For Try-A-Dive experiences at the NDAC there is £16.00 entry charge to the site –payable on the day by all students.

£35*

*For Try-A-Dive experiences at the NDAC there is £16.00 entry charge to the site –payable on the day by all students.

Minimum Ages: 10 yrs.

No previous diving experience required. However you must be able to swim to take part in this session. .

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

Directions to Pool > (Thornbury Leisure Centre)

Directions to National Diving & Activity Centre >

Course 1
10 Feb 2018
Thornbury

Course 2
31 Mar 2018
Thornbury

Course 3
22 Jun 2018
NDAC

Course 4
13 Jul 2018
NDAC

Course 5
10 Aug 2018
NDAC

Course 6
21 Sep 2018
NDAC

Course 7
27 Oct 2018
Thornbury

Course 8
17 Nov 2018
Thornbury

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Openwater Diver (PADI or SDI)
Course Code NDAC-PADI-OWD or NDAC-SDI-OWD

PADI Open Water Diver
The Openwater 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).

Earning your Openwater Diver certification is just the beginning. As a certified diver, fabulous dive destinations, exciting people, unparalleled adventure and uncommon tranquillity await you. Also, as you continue your adventure and gain experience through higher training levels, your opportunities expand.

For 2018 we will continue offering this certification through either PADI or SDI (Scuba Divers International) on an alternate basis.

Our calendar for the year will reflect which agency will be used for certification purposes and so each course will be exclusive to the individual agency. Both agency certifications are equally valid and recognised worldwide.

The Open Water Dive sessions at the NDAC will be weather, water temperature and underwater visibility dependent.

The Open Water Course is run over two weekends.

  • Weekend one Theory and Pool Dives.
  • Weekend Two Openwater Qualifying Dives.

The theory and qualifying dives are held at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

The pool dives are held at Thornbury Leisure Centre

If you wish, you can complete the knowledge development portion of the PADI Open Water Diver course online with PADI eLearning. However, you will be required to take a formal multi-choice review question paper at a formal classroom session.

Accommodation is available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village >

Duration Cost Previous Experience/ Notes Dates

This Course takes place over two weekends as follows

Part 1
Saturday
Held at NDAC
Arrive at the NDAC for 0800hrs. The theory class starts at 0815hrs and will finish at approximately 1500hrs.

Sunday
Held at Thornbury Leisure Centre's Pool
Arrive at Thornbury Leisure Centre for 0900hrs to begin equipment set-up and have a briefing for the pool session. The day ends around 1600hrs.

Part 2
Saturday and Sunday
Held at NDAC
Open Water Qualifying Dives at NDAC 0800-1500hrs

£400

 

You MUST be able to swim to take part in this course.

Minimum age - 15 years old (10 years old for Junior Divers).

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

Accommodation is available at the NDAC Wooden Wigwam Village >

Directions to the Swimming Pool > (Thornbury Leisure Centre)

Directions to the National Diving & Activity Centre >

Course 1
January 2018 (SDI)

Part 1 - Theory & Pool Sessions (Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
06-07 Jan 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

13-14 Jan 2018

Course 2
January/February 2018 (PADI)

Part 1
(Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
27-28 Jan 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

03-04 Feb 2018

Course 3
February 2018 (SDI)

Part 1
(Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
17-18 Feb 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

24-25 Feb 2018

Course 4
March 2018 (PADI)

Part 1 - Theory & Pool Sessions (Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
10-11 Mar 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

17-18 Mar 2018

Course 5
March/April 2018 (SDI)

Part 1
(Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
31 Mar - 01 Apr 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

07-08 Apr 2018

Course 6
April 2018 (PADI)

Part 1 - Theory & Pool Sessions (Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
21-22 Apr 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

28-29 Apr 2018

Course 7
May 2018 (SDI)

Part 1
(Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
12-13 May 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

19-20 May 2018

Course 8
June 2018 (PADI)

Part 1 - Theory & Pool Sessions (Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
02-03 Jun 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

09-10 Jun 2018

Course 9
June/July 2018 (SDI)

Part 1
(Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
23-24 Jun 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

30 Jun - 01 Jul 2018

Course 10
July 2018 (PADI)

Part 1 - Theory & Pool Sessions (Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
14-15 Jul 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

21-22 Jul 2018

Course 11
August 2018 (SDI)

Part 1
(Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
04-05 Aug 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

11-12 Aug 2018

Course 13
September 2018 (SDI)

Part 1
(Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
15-16 Sep 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

22–23 Sep 2018

Course 14
October 2018 (PADI)

Part 1 - Theory & Pool Sessions (Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
06-07 Oct 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

13-14 Oct 2018

Course 15
October/November 2018 (SDI)

Part 1
(Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
27-28 Oct 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

03-04 Nov 2018

Course 16
November 2018 (PADI)

Part 1 - Theory & Pool Sessions (Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
17-18 Nov 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

24-25 Nov 2018

Course 17
December 2018 (SDI)

Part 1
(Sat) NDAC & (Sun) Pool
08-09 Dec 2018

Part 2 - Open Water Dives
NDAC

15-16 Dec 2018

 

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