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National Diving & Activity Centre
Tidenham
Chepstow
Gloucestershire
NP16 7LH
 
Tel: 01291 630 046
 
email

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.


Feedback and Customer Reviews


 

We are constantly aiming to improve our facilities and welcome suggestions from you - our customers.
Please contact us with any ideas or comments.


Here are some comments made by our customers and the diving press...

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We just wanted to let you know what a fantastic night we had on Friday. We had a ball!  The wigwams were so much fun, and your staff were so accommodating!  

We would personally like to thank Nikki, who did a tremendous job with organizing our party, the room blew me away! All the bar staff that night were fantastic.  Also Jenni who organized a lot of us to do the zip slide on Saturday, she was also brilliant.  You can see that you've got great staff, who love their job!!.  We met so many of your staff over the weekend, they are a credit, and very friendly."

Thank you for helping us celebrate our 20th anniversary, and making it one to remember!

 

Julian & Becky Davies

Contact us if you would like to organise a private booking at the View Cafe Bar, or any of our activities.

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Great place to dive. Decent dive shop and good canteen/bar

 

Lee Sutton
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Absolutely fantastic venue for open water swim training. Beautiful clear waters, great views, easy access to and from the water."

 

 

'Mostly Known As Barbados'
on NDAC Facebook Page

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An amazing place with amazing attractions and facilities. Plenty to do and see for divers and non divers. The water walking in the balls is brilliant experience with the divers underneath you. I would recommend anyone to have a go. "

 

 

Ryan Fenton
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Visited this diver centre for the very first time on the 1st June 2014. Well what can I say, amazing site with friendly staff and great facilities, can't wait to go back and dive this site again"

 

 

Richard Welch
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Had a very interesting day diving, had regulator fault that I knew about before diving and asked the very nice manager at NDAC to help.

He subsequently found that after adjusting and cleaning and servicing the 2nd stage that the 1st stage was bleeding, the interstage pressure causing the 2nd stage to bleed, took apart the 1st stage and found the high pressure seat was failing, he replaced my 1st stage with another and i went diving while he worked on and serviced my 1st stage ready for me to have refitted while waiting for a gas fill over lunch.....what a fantastic service.

Very happy with the price too..this is how to run a dive center. Brilliant."

 

 

Terry Ayling
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Scuba review was excellent great staff definitely given us the confidence after a 2 year break - and to those that helped find Sophie's bag you were so helpful.

Massive thanks again from the whole family xxx

Hope to see u again for more diving !!"

 

 

Dawn Price
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Really amazing experience, will definitely go again and make a weekend of it so we can do more activities!

Gemma Wasere
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Since starting diving I have had the pleasure of attending NDAC several times, each time keeps getting better.

The most recent was Saturday 12th October 2013. Two fantastic day dives and a short but enjoyable night dive (got separated from buddy) I even managed to pick up one of the fantastic fourth element tokens.

Will be looking forward to another great trip to see you all soon."

 

 

Bleddyn Hill
on NDAC Facebook Page

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"Great facilities, excellent dives, friendly people. What's not to like?

 

 

Mike O'Brien
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Superb place, great for everything from teaching DSD though to Trimix CCR - miss you guys :)"

 

 

Ashley Tucker
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Today myself and a friend took part in the Wire Zip Slide for St Davids Hospice.

Ffairplay to the lads manning the Wire, they were fantastic and very kind and helpful. They made us feel safe and secure etc. I'm definitely returning to do this again whether its a charity event or a joint hen and stag kind of do ;) "

100% recommend having a go on the Wire Zip Slide!!

 

 

Kayleigh Bainton Adams
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Had a amazing time on the Wire Zip Slide on Saturday will, definitely be coming again"

 

 

Luke Edwards
on NDAC Facebook Page

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My best diving place

 

Piotr Redkiewicz
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Thank you for an excellent weekend, great activities, fantastic live band at the View Cafe Bar and great people."

 

 

Sally-Anne Thomas
on NDAC Facebook Page

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JUST DID THE FLY BOARDING IT WAS EPIC!!!! BIG THANKS TO LIZZY AND STEVE THEY WERE AWSOME!!!!!"

 

 

Michael Harper
on NDAC Facebook Page

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 It was another amazing weekend at Chepstow, as always all the staff helpful and professional at all times making it a real fun weekend.

Well done NDAC "

 

 

Ian Neale
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Hi Darren

I'm impressed you took my e-mail so seriously - another reason why we like to use the NDAC whenever we can for training. You really do seem to make safety a priority, unlike some other 'stoneyer' sites I could mention :-)

The new 'attractions' make a change, very nice to see a new improvement every time we visit. The concrete road made for a much smoother ride to the pontoon, and I imagine must save you pounds in van tyres.

Once again many thanks

Paul "


 

Paul Symons

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Well done Darren at the NDAC

A few weeks ago I was diving at the NDAC Chepstow. My buddy wanted to practise with a blob, as he's new to UK diving, so at the end of the dive he sent up his new 'red and yellow' blob (one side each colour). I should add that he did not buy it on my recomendation

When we got out, the guy on the pontoon came over and had a very friendly chat with us to let us know about a new-ish (to us anyway) rule that yellow blobs should only be used in emergency, and as my mates blob span round he coud see yellow, red, yellow, red....... He was very nice, and said if we used it again to let him know before we got it - absolutely fair enough. Was nice to know he was watching in all honesty - certain other more 'stoney' sites don't seem to have that level of surface supervision.

Recently, I was arranging another trip, and pointed out this rule to the others i was going with. In doing so, I could not find any reference to the rule on the NDAC website, so dropped a mail to the 'contact us' address. I was pleasantly surprised to get a prompt reply with thanks, and that they would add the information to the site. Today I get a mail from the web designer and from Darren telling me the change has been added and thanking me again. I have to say i was very impressed with all of this.

Coupled to this, the NDAC actually seem keen to develop their site (like the new concrete road, new plane and helicopter 'attractions' etc), which again makes a pleasant change to 'our stoney friends' in the north. The only other place with a smilar attitude seems to be Vobster, and guess which two sites most of my training will be at this spring?

So, once agian, well done the NDAC. And no, i don't have any connection apart from as a happy customer."

Cheers


 

 

Paul Symons

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I've done loads Dive Courses at the NDAC from Advanced, Deep, Rescue and Nitrox. Can't thank Darren and his staff enoug - cracking place to dive and learn"

 

 

Anthony Robbins
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Just been diving at National Diving and Activity Centre @NDAC_co_uk in Chepstow, fabulous inland facility I highly recommend. Good vis today"

 

 

Chris Jenkins @__Chr_is_
on NDAC Twitter Feed

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An excellent dive site with very friendly and helpful staff."

 

 

Michael Turner
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Awesome dive site, loads to see underwater, friendly staff and cool wigwams. Cant wait to go back"

 

 

Sharon Ansell
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Thanks to all your staff for there help over our stay with you this weekend they were as helpful as ever, fantastic night dive too, keep up the good work. "

 

 

Alan
Shorncliffe Dive Centre
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Membership renewed......two good dives.....lunch in the sun.......thanks NDAC for a great day & loving the new access to the pontoon."

 

 

Bryan Thomas
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Hi Myself and 9 other diving friends from London came down this weekend for some relaxed diving, as most of us had never been to your centre before.

I just wanted to say that we had great weekend and I would add that we thought all your staff were so helpful and friendly, something we rarely find at other dive locations in the UK!

Your shuttle service drivers were brilliant, always willing to help where they could.

We look forward to coming back in the Spring."

 

 

Brian Maskell

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Had a great time in #wigwam for 3 days @NDAC_co_uk - service exceptional! Recommend highly!"

 

 

Paul Dunlop @PaulDunlop3
on NDAC Twitter Feed

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Loved the Zip Wire and the Wigwams. Thanks for the marshmallows!"

 

 

Kate Martin
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Really enjoyed the dives today. Really good to have such a great centre on our doorstep."

 

 

Mark Lindsay
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Hand on heart this is the best site I've ever been diving in within the UK.

Thank you NDAC for an amazing weekend, you will definitely be seeing me again!"

 

 

Karl Hafeez
on NDAC Facebook Page

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"This place is getting better and better :)

 

 

Pawel Markowski
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Thank you all for a great stay last week (Monday to Sunday).

You went out of your way to make us feel welcome and assist us in having a great time.

The Wigwams are a great item and the underwater sites to discover are magic.

Many many thanks again for making our holiday such a success."

Dee and Gary (of multi coloured drysuit fame ) LOL

 

Gary Pickersgill
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Really enjoyed the open water course (completed yesterday) and just wanted to say thanks to all at NDAC in particular to Kevin and the divemasters for their patience!"

 

 

 

Noel Ashman
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Would just like to say we had a great weekend with you.

The wigwams are great, can't thank the staff enough as they were all so friendly and helpful (especially the van drivers).

The Cafe Bar is just right for surface interval time, infact I thought the whole centre is well thought out and perfect for divers, thoroughly impressed with all the facilities.

As for the diving....brilliant, so much to see down there at various depths, so it caters for every level of diver.

Will most certainly be returning for a few more weekends with you :-)"

 

 

Lesley Easton
on NDAC Facebook Page

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My boyfriend and I stayed in number 13 wigwam last night, I didn't get a chance to write in the guestbook so just wanted to say thank you for an absolutely wonderful stay - the wigwam was clean, spacious and cozy, the toilets and showers were spotless, view was beautiful, staff very friendly and had a delicious Sunday roast on arrival.

Will definitely be staying again :)

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Jenny Graham

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Me and my partner came along to give the Wire Zip Slide a go at the weekend, it was fantastic! - So good we both went twice.  Great value for money and beautiful views over the water.

Thanks for a great last day of our holiday "


 

Sam & Andre
Hertfordshire

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Cashless Swipe Membership Card system"
Fantastic! Had heard this was coming, glad its arrived, will look forward to giving it a whirl shortly :)

 

 

Rob Meade
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Cashless Swipe Membership Card system"

Again the NDAC shows the rest how its done

 

Conrad Mason
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Just had the best week here staying in the wigwams and diving... Great weather, great food, great diving and vis.

Everyone working there is really friendly as well, made us feel right at home!!! :)"

 

 

Irie Trev
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Just visited Super Sports and Scuba in New Port Richey Florida and when they saw the attractions on the NDAC website they wanted to come to Chepstow !!!"

 

 

Dave Motterham
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Just got back from a short stay at the (NDAC) and loved the wooden wigwams"

 

 

Neil Todd
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Just wanted to thank everyone at NDAC for a great weekend - Chris, Libby, Ashley and everybody was so friendly and helpful! Great dive site!"

 

 

Douglas Mackenzie
on NDAC Facebook Page

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A little note to say the biggest thank you for such a lovely day today.

Your team are amazing, parking so easy, diving so simple and the underwater attractions are brilliant!

Thanks so much Chris, Ashley and everyone for the best first day back to UK diving that I could have ever wished for. The only problem is that now I have to wait a whole week and a bit to come back ...

Thanks again ... Maria"

 

 

 

Maria Munn
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Thanks for great dive guys , its been a while since we came down ane we are very impressed with the new cafe bar . We will See you soon"

 

 

 

Slug Sherry
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Just spent a fabulous morning sat in the sunshine at The View Cafe - a real gem. Felt like I was on holiday!!

 

Victoria Cleeves
on NDAC Facebook Page

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"Its stunning! I'm so excited about our June trip now, wigwams reserved and a cafe bar too :-)

 

 

Sue Scutchings
on NDAC Facebook Page

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I have to say, I wasn't expecting much from the new café, having seen the old portacabins as a work in progress.

I was frankly blown away, they've done an amazing job!"

Well done guys.

 

Nick Butcher
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Myself and 12 of my diving mates came up to the dive site on Good Friday, the View Cafe Bar and the quality of the work is breathtaking. Well done to you all."

 

 

Terry Ayling
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Sunday....April 1st.....Thanks from Dave & Bryan for sorting out leaking regs free of charge. Fabulous weather & two great 50M dives. Can't wait for new cafe & bar but will miss the "burger van"...."

 

 

 

Bryan Thomas
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Loving #TheViewCafeBar @NDAC_co_uk great to have a 'local' I can walk too. Might become a regular!

 

@guystenson
on NDAC Twitter Feed

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@NDAC_co_uk @saltfree @samdive We came we saw we dived, 13 of us on Good Friday, what a fantastic Cafe/Bar, thank you for the investment :-)"

 

 

@AstraTraining
on NDAC Twitter Feed

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"Amazing new cafe! @NDAC_co_uk We'll be back soon!

 

 

@dtdiveteam
on NDAC Twitter Feed

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Not far from us They have a very posh cafe just open & do a nice cuppa coffee :)"

 

 

@ospreypools
John Cox
on NDAC Twitter Feed

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For those who haven't been, View cafe @NDAC_co_uk is the dogs danglies, especially when blowing a hoolie & p******g down!! Well done to NDAC!"

 

 

@DIRSC
on NDAC Twitter Feed

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Interesting visit to National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow today, including great lunch at their new cafe, The View"

 

 

@DDRCplymouth
on NDAC Twitter Feed

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Fabulous service from the whole team in Chepstow! From fixing my kit for free, lending me kit as I'd forgotten my ankle weights, fills and advice, and topped off with a top notch double bacon & cheese burger, the service and facilities there is First Class!

Now if only I hadn't suffered a terminal Drysuit leak the day would have been perfect!"

 

 

Finbarr O'Halloran
5 Star Review on NDAC Facebook Page

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Just wanted to say my first trip to NDAC on Saturday was a totally awesome experience...

Great diving, brilliant attractions fantastic facilities & great weather...

A big thank you to all the staff for making this facility what it is!!

5 ***** stars from me!!"


 

Owen Brown
5 Star Review on NDAC Facebook Page

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Thank you for making our first dive for some time, such a good experience. Your team is so friendly and helpful - we will be back!"

 

 

 

Sandie Smith
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Thanks for making us feel at home this weekend guys, the Wigwams are great"

 

 

 

Ronald Prowse
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Big thanks to the NDAC. Did my rescue course with Cardiff Scuba over the weekend, and we decided to stay in one of the Wigwams. They are brilliant! Very comfortable and spacious. With tea and coffee making facilities in the wigwam I was more than happy when I had to get up at 7am to prepare for my rescue course! Get up, drink coffee and walk down to my course, how easy do you want it! If you haven't stayed in one yet, give them a try! Well worth it!
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Craig Lish
on NDAC Facebook Page

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I would just like to say a big thank you to all of the staff at NDAC on behalf of my buddy Bob and me.

We travelled from Peterborough to visited your centre on Sunday 26 October 2010.

We found all of the staff to be very friendly, chatty and helpful. When we had a piece of kit fail the guys in the shop were were only to happy to help out and loan kit to get us through our day. Other customers at the site all seemed to be friendly and helpful too. We will definately be returning, and hopefully with a larger group.

Thanks again Fantastic!
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Phil & Bob

 

 

Phil Danes

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Just a quick note to publicly praise NDAC Chepstow.

I've just got home from a great days diving at the NDAC and I'd like to say a big "Thank you" for the friendly help you gave us today. Between split wrist seals, cracked BCD inflators and "damaged zips, it was an unusually problematic day, to say the least!

Thanks guys!!

 

 

Simon Grimshaw
on NDAC Facebook Page

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Just a quick note to publicly praise NDAC Chepstow.

I recently bought 2 cylinders from an internet dive shop (mention no names) and decided to take them for a test run.

After having them filled, the 12 litre O2 Clean cylinder was leaking from the neck!!

The young chappie from NDAC said that it was probably a wrong size O ring and would have a look for me. It was, and he fixed it for a fiver.

"I know NDAC has come in for some critisism in the past, but I have been there several times and they have always been really good.

 

Gareth

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I've found the staff there exceedingly helpful and often do things way above what their job" technically is to assist someone.

 

 

Yorkshire Divers Forum

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"Came to the NDAC yesterday with my family for the first time.

We did 2 dives each, both were very enjoyable with visibility and temperature much better than I was fearing. NDAC is an excellent inland site.

"Had a problem with my regs that needed some attention and a new o ring - staff at the shop we excellent and sorted the problem out quicky and with no charge. Many thanks for great service.

 

Robin Stoakley

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I tried out NDAC for the very first time in my 20 year diving career, yesterday.
The directions provided on the website were easy to follow; registration was painless and parking was easy.

Prices for gear in the on-site shop were very reasonable; the air-fills were around what I pay elsewhere and the mini-bus transfers were great fun! (I reckon they're in better condition than many in the Red Sea!!)

All of the staff were friendly, the viz was great, but most importantly there was plenty to see for all levels of diver".

I'll be bringing some friends back here later in the year.

Keep it up!!

Tim Prince

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Just a note to say thanks for all your help last week when we visited your site.

You provided everything we asked for exactly as we wanted it.

Our jobs were made a lot easier through the co operation and help from all your team.

We will use and recommend you and your services.

Please pass our thanks on to the rest of the team.

Nicola Morgan
Course Director
Puffin Dive Centre


Well done Darren at the NDAC

A few weeks ago I was diving at the NDAC Chepstow. My buddy wanted to practise with a blob, as he's new to UK diving, so at the end of the dive he sent up his new 'red and yellow' blob (one side each colour). I should add that he did not buy it on my recomendation!

SMBWhen we got out, the guy on the pontoon came over and had a very friendly chat with us to let us know about a new-ish (to us anyway) rule that yellow blobs should only be used in emergency, and as my mates blob span round he coud see yellow, red, yellow, red! He was very nice, and said if we used it again to let him know before we got it - absolutely fair enough. Was nice to know he was watching in all honesty - certain other more 'stoney' sites don't seem to have that level of surface supervision.

Recently, I was arranging another trip, and pointed out this rule to the others I was going with. In doing so, I could not find any reference to the rule on the NDAC website, so dropped a mail to the contact us address. I was pleasantly surprised to get a prompt reply with thanks, and that they would add the information to the site. Today I get a mail from the Web Designer and from Darren telling me the change has been added to the rules page and thanking me again. I have to say I was very impressed with all of this.

Coupled to this, the NDAC actually seem keen to develop their site (like the new concrete road, new plane and helicopter 'attractions' etc), which again makes a pleasant change to 'our stoney friends' in the north. The only other place with a smilar attitude seems to be Vobster, and guess which two sites most of my training will be at this spring? The new attractions make a change; very nice to see a new improvement every time we visit. The concrete road made for a much smoother ride to the pontoon, and I imagine must save you pounds in van tyres.

So, once agian, well done the NDAC. And no, I don't have any connection apart from as a happy customer.

Cheers

Paul


Hi

I have just completed an AOW course with Lee Sutton and Dave Mager at the NDAC and I would just like to let you know my thoughts.

I thought the course was very professionally run, although very intensive and the knowledge great, it was also great fun.

Lee and Dave are great instructors and went above and beyond in their instruction. They both made me feel very confident but not complacent in my new found diving skills.

I would recommend a course with them and look forward to doing more myself.

They are a credit to your organisation!

James Seaward

One of the key priorities with training divers at any level, from novice to technical is obviously safety with the need to construct an appropriate risk assessment for any dive site chosen.

Whilst the preference with diver training would be to use a training site as close to the conditions the trainee wishes to dive in post training, example Trimix divers would be best taught in the Ocean where factors such as weather and tides apply, At times a sheltered site for initial training or additional training or a good site to guarantee course completion in the case of unexpected poor weather.

Over the last few years at least one high quality inland site has been there for the professional instructor teaching in the 35m range, but a site with good conditions, surface facilities and high safety in the 35m plus range has been hard to find.

The National Diving & Activity Centre fulfils this requirement very well. The Safety features include waterside staff at all times on the Pontoon network that gives easy access to the variety of buoyed dive sites. The waterside support has radio contact with the main office and shop where rescue staff and equipment are available. There is also a RIB on site by the surface support shed on the pontoon to give fast response to all areas of the quarry.

Transport is supplied from the large car park for divers and equipment to the waterside where sack trolleys are available to transport equipment to the appropriate entry point.

The centre offers air, nitrox and trimix fills and a well equipped shop, good onsite catering and a professional and friendly staff.

As a professional instructor the staff went out of their way to accommodate my needs for meeting the safety and training needs of my students and I would not hesitate to use them again for training in the 6 to 80 m range.

Phil Short IANTD Pheonix Oceaneering
www.phoenixdivers.com
 

...very safe and very well organized. It gave us a perfect place for testing the equipment up to -75m, and to repeat again and again all the skills in every condition. A highly recommended place for training."


Dr Jerome Meynie, deep cave explorer
www.snoopyloop.com

It was refreshing to see a genuine hospitality at Chepstow.... immensely friendly and helpful...One of those places where you feel 'at home'. You could see they had a heart in what they were doing."


Izzy Imset
Underwater Explorers, Portland

A dive site set up with divers in mind


Sport Diver Magazine
May 2003

This dive site has got to be the "Safest place to dive in the U.K.

Whilst teaching a novice diver the finer points of diving, he became separated from us in low visibility (due to recent adverse weather conditions). The plan was, "if we became separated, we would search for each other for one minute and if still separated, surface." Needless to say, this inevitably happened and we surfaced ahead of our novice.

Our novice was following diving procedure to the letter, by ascending slowly and monitoring his computer, compass and air, which left him around two minutes behind us. Within seconds, the safety officer, Mike,(I think) was on the case, radio at the ready, along with Jon the Landy driver, without being alerted by us, and comfortingly concerned for our novice.

Fortunately, our novice surfaced as planned, albeit two minutes behind us. We were concerned, but not over worried, because he had proved great competence to us with his diving, but the sheer vigilance of the safety crew amazed us.

"Well done guys!" We are well impressed and will be back.

Martin Versfeld

Hi

I do apologise for taking an age to contact you I was a student on an entry level trimix course run by Robinhood Watersports in Yorkshire.

Your help and friendliness was probably the best I have ever received in 20 years diving, it even started with help to contact local accommodation before we set out on our travels.

I will be visiting you again and have recommended you to many of the dive clubs in our area.

Keep up the good work and again many thanks.

Paul Gaunt
Thorne S.A.C Branch - Diving Officer

 

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