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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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Tourist Information

Chepstow tourist information, 01291 623772

Monmouthshire tourist information

Wye Valley

The Wye Valley combines a unique blend of Welsh and English influences. A place of breathtaking natural scenery and the birthplace of British tourism, the Wye Tour has enthralled discerning visitors since the 18th Century. 
With awesome castles, bustling market towns, fresh-farm produce, an artisan tradition, generous hospitality, and sunshine and showers, the Wye Valley is a captivating experience that treats the senses at any time of year.

01633 644842
www.visitwyevalley.com

 

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Forest of Dean Tourism Association

forest of dean

Nestling between the Wye Valley, the Vale of Leadon and the Severn Vale, the Royal Forest of Dean is one of England’s few remaining ancient forests, covering 27,000 acres of woodland. Designated as a National Forest Park in 1938, this ‘Queen of Forests’ boasts a spectacular range of natural beauty combined with an aura of magic and mystery that has been the inspiration for many great artists and writers including Dennis Potter, JRR Tolkien and JK Rowling.

Tel 01594 812 388
www.visitforestofdean.co.uk

 

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Bristol Airport Guide

Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport Guide

The Bristol Airport Guide is the definitive resource to help you find everything you need when travelling to, from and around Bristol Airport.

www.bristol-airport-guide.co.uk

Bristol Transport - Rail, Coach and Bus

Bristol airport is easily accessible from the North and South of England via the M5 and from Wales and East of England on the M4 using both private and public transport. Explore the link below to find out which method of getting to Bristol is best for you.

www.bristol-airport-guide.co.uk/transport.html

 

 

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Diving Related Links


Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC)

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The Diving Diseases Research Centre or 'DDRC' was established in 1980 to research the effects of diving on human physiology. It is the largest & busiest Hyperbaric Medical Centre in the South West and is located at The Hyperbaric Medical Centre in Plymouth.

DDRC are a world authority on Hyperbaric Medical Treatments and their website contains many Publications detailing the work carried out in association with the Centre. Patients at DDRC include both routine & emergency cases.

The Centre is also an education and training base for Diving, Medical, Clinical & Hyperbaric courses and is able to arrange all your Diving Medical Examination needs.

Their website has a wealth of information and is well worth a look. www.ddrc.org

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www.britishfreediving.org


The British Freediving Association exists to promote safe freediving. Find out more about this aspect of diving at the BFA website more>

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www.saltfreedivers.com

SaltFree are a group of freedivers and their scuba safety team united by a love for plunging into the depths of The National Diving and Activity Centre, a deep, green and unashamedly beautiful flooded quarry near Chepstow.

NDAC is the first site of its kind to welcome freedivers.

For further details on SaltFreeDivers and this this fascinating sport, have a look at their page on our site more> or check out there website at www.saltfreedivers.com

 

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The Angels Technical Dive Team

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The Angels are a UK based technical dive team dedicated to providing safety for the extreme sport of freediving.

We are experienced at covering depths in excess of 80 metres and our team are a mix of advanced nitrox, open circuit trimix and CCR divers.

We have covered events both abroad and in the UK, including deep record attempts and National and International Championships. We work closely with the SaltFree club of freedivers and train as a safety team at the NDAC every month. more>

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sustrans

cavedivinggroup.org.uk
Find out more about this exciting aspect of diving at the official Web Site of the Cave Diving Group of Great Britain more>

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232Bar Gas database

www.londondivingchamber.co.uk

Based in St Johns Wood; the London Diving Chamber offers NHS funded recompression and a 24 hr advice line for divers with decompression illness. 
 
Other services include: dive medicals, dry diving, dive medicine, travel advice for divers, diver medic & chamber awareness courses.
 
For information on decompression illness, dive medicine and the history of hyperbaric medicine, please take a look at their website.more>

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West Bay Diving

www.westbaydiving.co.uk

Dive Charter & Corporate Events

Ideally positioned along the middle of Lyme Bays coastline, West Bay has access to over 60 known wrecks and many superb reef and drift dives with an abundance of incredibly diverse marine life.

West Bay Diving now operates a new, fast, 10.5 Vigilante 33 hard boat, MCA coded and licensed to carry 12 passengers up to 60 miles offshore. There is a huge kitting up bench and a dive lift on the back as well as toilet facilities onboard.

For further details, please visit their website. more>

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Plymouth Diving's Fintan

Plymouth Diving's Fintan, now available for Charters running from Plymouth
Operating out of Plymouth and Falmouth - is a 10M Offshore 105 and an excellent sea boat. She is a comfortable, stable platform to dive from and conduct marine research.

With a stern mounted diver lift, ample bench space and stowage to accommodate 12 divers in comfort, the deck space available is exceptional.

For research and over-the-side deployment of equipment, Fintan is equipped with a 1.5 Ton hydraulic deck winch and hauler.

Fintan is a Cat 2 M.C.A coded vessel for 12 divers and 2 crew, with safety and survival equipment commensurate with her coding.

Fintan is available for charter to dive clubs, groups, colleges and parties interested in survey and marine conservation. more>

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divesearch.co.uk

divesearch.co.uk
Launched in 2008, divesearch.co.uk has researched dive boats for charter throughout the UK and Ireland and now lists over 200 boats. The listing is completely free for skippers. All skippers are regularly contacted for up to date details.

New for 2009 - all the main inland dive sites have been added to the clickable map, click on the map to find out where they all are and who is lucky enough to live near one, the NDAC is listed on the site here>

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mydivelocker.com

MyDiveLocker.com
MyDiveLocker.com is tailored specifically for the scuba diver and the diving community in general. It allows scuba divers communicate with one another, share tips and advice through our online dive forums, online dive and resource map, MyDiveLocker.com allows divers list details of their favorite dive sites and to chart their location.

MyDiveLocker.com is rich in features to appeal to every level of Diver or people interested in taking up scuba diving - from the new trainee diver who is just looking to start out, looking for details of dive centres and clubs in their area or for divers looking to research new dive sites or to share information with others, We also have a number of veteran and well qualified divers and 'tekkies' who are into deep, wreck and cave diving on our forums - They bring some interesting points to the forums.

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The Holiday Place

The Holiday Place
Booking with Holiday Place is the most convenient way to create a holiday that you can be sure will suit you, without the big price tag.
All you have to do is ring us and our travel advisers take care of the rest.

Scuba Diving Holidays

Explore the amazing world hiding under the surface and discover the colourful beauty of amazing sea creatures and thriving marine life hidden beneath some of the world's warmest waters. With our scuba diving holidays you'll be embarking on unique journeys along the mysterious depths of the seas.

Whether you're an avid diver with lots of immersions under your belt (or should we say tank?) or you are a complete beginner eager to learn how to scuba dive during a holiday in a sunny destination, we have the right scuba package for you.

Go deep with our expertly packaged scuba diving holidays and choose from some of the world's most fascinating underwater landscapes. Our scuba diving destinations range from the sunkissed shores of Maria La Gorda to the impressive coral systems in Cuba's Jardines del Rey archipelago (the second largest in the world) to the aquatic wonders hiding beneath the Red Sea coast at SHarm El Sheikh and Hurghada.

From liveaboard holidays (where you'll be enjoying days of non-stop diving as you sail along the seas in a floating hotel vessel) to specially arranged underwater excursions in desert island paradises in the Caribbean or popular beachside resorts in the Red Sea, we have a scuba diving holiday to suit every traveller.

We have an expert diver onboard who has personally tried and tested all of the scuba diving packages we feature, so you can give us a call and let his expertise guide you on your next underwater adventure.

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London Hyperbaric Medicine

London Hyperbaric Medicine
London’s leading Hyperbaric facility for all emergency and elective Hyperbaric Oxygen services in London and southeast England.

Incorporating: Divers Emergency Service -UK – Providing 24/7, confidential medical advice and NHS funded treatment to professional and recreational SCUBA divers suffering from decompression illness (treatment for the bends or DCI) and

The Hyperbaric and Wound Healing Centre, serving all of London’s leading hospitals and national emergency referral agencies.

Both our chambers provide a one-stop-shop for medical advice, all diving medicals, treatment for DCI, dry dives (chamber dives) and educational courses. Our team consists of qualified, competent and diver-friendly professionals. All supervisors and most nurses and doctors are active divers.

Our website includes information about decompression illness, avoiding it, symptoms and treatment of the bends. You can also browse all the courses, book a medical or a dry dive and learn about our team. We have an active community and encourage you to join our facebook page, follow us on Twitter and read our blog, all of which will allow you to chat directly to us and post your comments and questions.

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Scuba Diving Clubs

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www.twothirdsblue.co.uk
Two Thirds Blue is a Gloucester/Cheltenham based Sub Aqua Club and a member of the SAA (No. 912), an association of independent dive clubs.

They organise regular trips to the UK coast, mostly in the south, diving on wrecks and reefs from chartered boats. As well as regular diving, many of the club members are interested in underwater photography, marine life, conservation and underwater archaeology.more>

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Wellington and Taunton Sub Aqua Club
The Taunton Sub Aqua Club was registered as BSAC Branch no. 10 in the spring of 1954 - We're over 50 years old!

We have invested heavily in training and have acquired enough equipment for training up to 14 novices at the same time. In 1996 the club won a lottery grant which enabled us to build our own 35 foot 'Offshore 105' hardboat which is based in Plymouth. The boat has a 350hp inboard marine diesel engine and a large wheelhouse to accommodate everyone onboard. The club tries to maintain a busy and varied diving schedule catering for newly qualified divers and experienced divers looking for a challenge.

We meet every Wednesday at the Trident Sports & Social Club in Taunton. If you'd like to find out more about us come along to one of our meetings or contact us. more>

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Torbay British Sub Aqua Club

Torbay British Sub Aqua Club
Torbay British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) based at Torquay Harbour, Torbay was the eighth BSAC club. Founded in 1954 it is still a thriving dive club. The club meets every Wednesday, come rain or shine, at 9pm at Torbay Hospital Health and Social Club to socialize, train and arrange dives. All divers welcome regardless of training body. more>

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Lutterworth Divers Sub Aqua Club

Lutterworth Divers Sub Aqua Club
Lutterworth Sub Aqua Club is a BSAC affiliated diving club based in Leicestershire. We offer scuba diver training for the complete beginner in a club environment, or if you are already trained by another organisation such as PADI we can also offer a crossover scheme.

The Club meets most Tuesdays where a Try Dive can be arranged. The club has 11 sets of gear and two modern dive boats to support trips and holidays. Your experience doesn't have to stop there, as there are a number of skill development courses that can be attended to learn boat handling, first aid, to name a few. We also hold regular social activities. more>

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Celtic Divers

Celtic Divers
The Celtic diving club of Pembrokeshire, otherwise known as the 'Celtic Divers' are now the biggest BSAC dive club in the coastal county of Pembrokeshire. With over 50 members, 2 club ribs and the coast on our door step it is hardly surprising that we have so much interest every year from potential members.

Pembrokeshire covers a beautiful strip of coastline in West Wales with spectacular cliffs and great coastal walks. The natural scenery and wildlife above water are part of a national park which continues underwater at Skomer Island in one of only three marine reserves in the UK.

For wreck lovers there are over 500 wreck sites at depths from a few metres to those requiring technical diving. Combining these with some interesting wall and reef dives and some cave diving, there really is something for all divers in Pembrokeshire. more>

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Dive Northampton

Dive Northampton
DIVE Northampton incorporates the long established Dive School
Northampton Sub-Aqua.

The club holds regular pool sessions and meets on a Thursday and Sunday evening after the Club Pool Session. The Pool is ideal for practice (try out that new equipment) and for training. We cannot promise that you will see too many fish, but we can promise you a great time! After the pool session the fun continues in the Restaurant and Bar situated in the same building as the Pool, where great food and cheap drinks are served till late at night. Lots of club members come to these sessions to arrange trips and to meet new friends.

DIVE Northampton is a full Dive Centre offering a full range of Diving & Scuba Equipment, Air and Enriched Air (Nitrox) Fills to 300 bar and a PADI & ANDI Dive School. more>

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Red Dragon Divers

Red Dragon Divers
Red Dragon Divers is a small, friendly and active scuba diving club and is branch 0495 of the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC).

We are based in Pembrokeshire and make the most of our diving in the Gulf Stream warmed waters of Britain's only coastal national park. We dive from Easter until autumn each year on Wednesday evenings, Sundays and on Saturdays when people are free, tides and weather conditions permitting, of course.

We also try to have a diving week towards the end of each summer when as many of us as possible take the boats out to dive old favourites and to try out new dive sites. more>

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Mid Lancs SAC

Mid Lancs Sub Aqua Club
Mid-Lancs Sub-Aqua Club is a branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club, the most prestigious recreational diver training organisation in the world.

As such, Mid-Lancs Sub-Aqua Club is a branch of a 'Members Club' - totally non-commercial but not at all amateurish. Mid-Lancs Sub-Aqua Club was formed in 2005 and trains new divers, as well as accepting existing divers from both BS-AC and other training organisations, we also organise interesting and adventurous diving expeditions both within the UK and overseas.

Since its inception in 2005, Mid-Lancs Sub-Aqua Club has continued to grow and flourish. From the beginning, Mid-Lancs Sub-Aqua Club has made provision to accept members from the age of 12 in accordance with BSAC guidelines, and is also proud to have a number of junior members within the club. 

There's never a shortage of dive buddies within the club, as virtually every weekend and even on occasions during mid week club members are going diving. more>

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hexam SAC

Hexam Sub Aqua Club
Try Scuba Diving in  Northumberland and the spectacular North East coast with the Hexham branch of BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club).

We are a small friendly club, open to anyone interested in the growing sport of SCUBA (Sub Aqua Diving) in the UK or overseas.

Total beginners or experienced qualified divers are welcome. If you have had a try-dive or experienced SCUBA on holiday (maybe you have gained a PADI Open Water qualification) why not contact us and join our adventures - from a small quarry on Hadrian's Wall, to the Red Sea or the Maldives!
 
Joining Hexham Sub Aqua Club would allow you access to our own in-house training, equipment, and dive boat facilities as well as access to the resources of BSAC, the world's largest SCUBA diving club.
 
We have a unique meeting room/lecture/bar facility available to members every Wednesday evening from 7.30. more>

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Blyth SAC

Blyth Sub Aqua Club
Blyth Sub Aqua Club is based in Blyth, Northumberland and has been active for over 30 years.

We meet every Monday night at our club house for lectures and socializing. After the club we go to Blyth sports centre for pool training and put theory into practice. The pool is for use by any club member whether it be for training, swimming or trying out new equipment.

We are a member of the British Sub Aqua Club No. 0348. more>

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Leamington & Warwick British Sub-Aqua Club

 

Leamington & Warwick British Sub-Aqua Club
We are the Leamington & Warwick British Sub-Aqua Club. Founded in 1957 and based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, our club is run by its members for its members, to provide an environment where people can meet to go scuba diving.

We are also Branch No. 217 of the British Sub-Aqua Club, a nationwide scuba diving organisation and the governing body for the sport in the UK.. more>

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llantrisant Sub Aqua Club

Llantrisant Sub-Aqua Club
Llantrisant Sub-Aqua Club is an active scuba diving club based in South Wales in the U.K. and is one of the most
well established diving clubs in the area.

We are a very friendly club, always ready to welcome new members whether they are complete beginners or qualified divers.

We are an active club, diving in British waters every season and also in more exotic locations like the Red Sea and the Maldives to name a couple.

So if you fancy diving around our magnificent coastline or on a coral reef in a far flung tropical country, come along and meet us on a Monday night at the Llantrisant Leisure Centre from 8.00pm onwards. more>

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We focus on listening to what you and, more importantly, your customer needs and providing a friendly personal service.

Visit the metalfury website to learn more about what we do, see some of our work or get in touch and see how we can make your project or business look amazing.

metalfury are proud to provide web and graphic design services for the National Diving and Activity Centre more>

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Images of Life Photography - Gareth Lock

Images of Life Photography - Gareth Lock
Underwater Photography, Street Photography, Portraits and Event Photography, .

Many of the underwater shots found on this site were taken by Gareth.

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SeaFarer Training 2k

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Seafarer Training offer essential training courses for the leisure boater.

They specialise in providing training of the RYA theory courses regarding health, safety, collision avoidance and rescue. All of the courses are suitable for the novice boat handler or sailor as well as the more experienced leisure boater professional who requires certain certificates for RYA commercial endorsement. more>

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A free online kayaking game. Canoe down the white water course, performing freestyle tricks, doing eskimo rolls and avoiding the rocks. more ›

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Lookout Holiday Let, Torpoint, Cornwall

The Lookout Downderry Cornwall

Lookout is a contemporary split level house overlooking the beautiful southern Cornish coastline.

The Lookout CornwallSituated at the gateway to Cornwall, a mere 15 minute drive from Plymouth, Downderry is a small village and although few shops they do offer everything for that essential purchase.

There is also good eating in 'The Blue Plate ' Restaurant or 'The Inn on the Shore'.

Guests can walk down to the beach which is approximately a 5 minute walk and is a mix of sand and shingle.

Set amongst breathtaking views, this beautiful self catering accommodation sleeps six people in three spacious bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms. All rooms provide stunning panoramic views of the sea.

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Wigwam Holidays

Wigwam Holidays

Wigwam holidays specialise in glamping holidays in Scotland, Yorkshire, Cornwall, Wales and everywhere else in the UK, including our very own Wigwam Village in Chepstow!

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Richard Hopkins has been a familiar and revered character on the offroad driving circuit for more than 15 years and his wry sence of humour gained him many friends and followers. Competing in many different races both home and abroad has given him the experience in setting up his and other vehicles to cover all types of terrain ranging from gravel track and mud, tarmac and sand, from the Hill Rallys of Wales to the gruelling desert sands of the Dakar and world renouned Baja races of Mexico and Spain, the experiences gained here are only a call away.

Many of the parts we have in our shop are being or have been used on Richards' past and current vehicle. Used in the right combinations, these modifications can dramatically enhance the performance and enjoyment of your vehicle. With this kind of first hand knowledge, we believe we can offer the best advice on specific applications to individual vehicles offering full race enjoyment whilst running on a limited budget. more>

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www.driftimages.co.uk Drift Images - excelent underwater photography by Liv Philip

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sustrans

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Sustrans is a sustainable transport charity that works on practical projects to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport in order to reduce motor traffic and its adverse effects. more>

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sustrans

Weather report for NDAC
The ten day weather forecast for the National Diving & Activity Centre provided by weather.com. Check this out before you get in the car.more>

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