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Reopening the National Diving & Activity Centre For Scuba Divers

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Reopening the National Diving & Activity Centre post-Lockdown for Scuba Divers from 31st October 2020

We are excited to announce that there will be an initial phased reopening of the National Diving & Activity Centre for Scuba Diving starting from Saturday 31st October.

Initially the centre will be open for Scuba Diving Only on Saturdays and Sundays. We will be carefully limiting the numbers on the site and will only be allowing visitors who have pre-booked their Scuba diving.

The View Cafe Bar, Gas Room and limited Wooden Wigwam accommodation will also be available for scuba diving visitors. The Wooden Wigwams will initially have a minimum of a 2 night stay in place.

Other activities such as the Wire Zip Slide, Atlantis Aqua Park and Giant 3G Swing will remain closed at this stage, but will be reviewed after we’ve opened for scuba diving.

Scuba Diving entry can be booked NOW on our new Scuba booking system. It will not be possible to enter the site without a booking.

This phased opening and our control measures are under constant review and will follow Government guidelines as they develop.


DATES AVAILABLE NOW!
Book your Scuba Diving Entry online »

Whilst the centre has been closed to the public we have been working hard to implement new procedures and measures throughout the site to protect our visitors and staff. 

Online Bookings

All Scuba Diving, Activities, Events and Accommodation provided by the National Diving & Activity Centre are now using an online booking system. The new online booking system for Scuba Diving is now operational for selected dates. 

At this stage we are only accepting visitors who have pre-booked online for Scuba Diving. 

Paperless Registration Forms

We are pleased to announce that our Diving Declaration forms and Activity Registration forms can now be completed online as part of the booking process. Participants must complete the online form in full prior to any activity at the National Diving & Activity Centre. Without the completed online form you will not be able to take part in the activity.

Face Masks

We want you to stay safe and encourage you to bring and wear your own face covering while visiting us at the National Diving & Activity Centre. Our staff, where applicable, will also be wearing PPE.

On arrival

If you have any of the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we ask that you do not visit the National Diving & Activity Centre. If you develop any symptoms whilst at the site we request that you leave the site safely, return home and seek medical advice. Our staff may ask you about your health and any Covid19 symptoms on arrival. 

Social Distancing

The National Diving & Activity Centre is a large outdoor venue with lots of open space and fresh air for you to enjoy and keep safe.

We will be following social distancing guidelines and request that all visitors stay 2 metres apart. We will also limit the amount of close proximity you will have with our staff where practicable to do so.  

There will be lots of new signage in place and we’ll be operating one-way systems where possible to avoid cross-over and assist visitors maintaining social distancing. Some areas, such as toilets, will have limits to the number of people who can enter at any one time.

Increased Cleaning Activity

We already have comprehensive cleaning procedures and checks in place throughout the National Diving & Activity Centre. In addition to these, we will increase the cleaning schedules taking place.

Additional hand-wash, paper towels and sanitising stations are being installed throughout the site and in rest areas. 

Shared equipment will be sanitised between each use where possible.

Cashless Site

Activity, Event and Accommodation payments are already taken via the website. We have also introduced an online booking system for Scuba Diving. 

The rest of the National Diving & Activity Centre has also transitioned to contactless payments and staff will no longer be handling any cash. This will cover areas such as the View Cafe Bar, the Dive Shop, Service Shack and Gas Room.

The contactless payment machines will be cleaned between transactions if staff/visitors need to use the touchpad.

As well as the safety benefits, we believe this will be convenient for our visitors, speed up transactions and reduce queueing at the site. 

Buses

For the Scuba Divers who use our buses to travel between the car park and lake, we have a number of procedures in place.

• Several buses will be made available
• Windows will be kept open for increased ventilation.
• Buses will be cleaned regularly throughout the day
• Hand sanitising stations for use prior to boarding the buses
• Face coverings will be required on the buses
• Reduced number of people on the buses
• People are welcome to walk if they feel able

We value your custom and thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we operate these new procedures and measures. These are under constant review as the Government guidelines are updated. If you have any specific questions or concerns please contact us.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Phil Short at the Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Phil Short

We are pleased to announce our first guest speaker at Rebreather Reunion 2019 will be Phil Short. He will present a 60min talk on J2 1000 hours under the earth. Using CCR in extreme places.

A combination of Dry Caving, Cave Diving and CCR as a lead exploration diver on the United States Deep Cave Diving team J2 cave project under the leadership of Bill Stone that saw Phil and Marcin Gala pass the 4th sump in the J2 cave to discover dry cave beyond at over 1 kilometre vertical and 12 kilometres horizontal from the entrance. The project utilised Poseidon MK 6 CCR and saw Phil spend 45 days underground during the 3 month project.

In 2015 Phil became a member of the Explorers Club, being sponsored by Bill Stone and Jill Heinerth.

Phil was awarded ‘Diver of The Conference’ award at the Tek Dive USA conference 2016.

Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)

Over a 25 year professional dive industry career Phil has logged over 8000 dives and 3500 plus hours on CCR

 

The Rebreather Reunion is a two day social gathering for like minded divers from all backgrounds and levels of diving experience.

Join us for a weekend of diving and socialising as well as live talks & presentations from our guest speakers.

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National Diving & Activity Centre awarded 2018 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

NDAC awarded Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

The National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow has been awarded a 2018 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

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Wigwam/Camper Van Accommodation During October’s FearFest-Evil

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

During October’s FearFest-Evil Halloween Horror Event there is limited availability with our onsite accommodation.

On the dates that FearFest-Evil is operating, Wooden Wigwam Accommodation is only available as part of the event’s RIP ‘Rest-In-Peace’ package.

This will be on: 12-15th, 20-22nd, 27-31st October 2017. Midweek dates are still available.

We will also not be accepting Camper Vans on the site from the 12th October until the 31st October due to areas of the site being used for the horror event.

We apologise for any inconvenience and hope that you will join us for what will be a set of fantastic nights out.

For full details of the horror event, please visit the FearFest-Evil website »

 

Diving & Activity Times During FearFest-Evil

NDAC Wigwams in the finals for 2017 Muddy Stiletto Awards

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Muddy Stilletos Nomination

We are really pleased to announce that we have made the finals of the Muddy Awards Best Glamping category!

The competition was stiff, but we’ve made it and it is all thanks to you!

The final round of voting has started. It’s live voting with each nominee appearing next to a cocktail glass on the page. As you vote, the glass will be filled, until midday on Fri 16 June when voting closes and there is a winner.

Muddy Stilletos VoteNow it’s all down to the public vote – and that’s where we’d love your help!

We would really appreciate your vote in the final. Just sign in here via Facebook or your email address and vote for the National Diving & Activity Centre in the Glamping category.

Voting is free and takes seconds via this link: https://glos.muddystilettos.co.uk/vote

 

Muddy Stilettos, ‘The Urban Guide to the Countryside’, is a series of fun and informative lifestyle blogazines written by journalists across 18 counties with reviews, what’s ons and more. Muddy Stilettos was a finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2017.

The ethos of Muddy is all about quality and curation and unearthing the cool independent businesses and events in each county. The Muddy Stilettos awards are entirely publicly voted, so to win a Muddy Stilettos Award is a real achievement.   

Many thanks for your help

The National Diving & Activity Centre Team

NDAC Wigwams nominated for 2017 Muddy Stiletto Awards

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Muddy Stilletos Nomination

Update!

We are really pleased to announce that we have made the finals of the Muddy Awards Best Glamping category!

The competition was stiff, but we’ve made it, hurrah!

The final round of voting has started. It’s live voting with each nominee appearing next to a cocktail glass on the page. As you vote, the glass will be filled, until midday on Fri 16 June when voting closes and there is a winner.

We would really appreciate your vote in the final. Just sign in here via Facebook or your email address and vote for the National Diving & Activity Centre in the Glamping category.

Voting is free and takes seconds via this link: https://glos.muddystilettos.co.uk/vote

 

The Wooden Wigwam accommodation at the National Diving & Activity Centre has been nominated in the 2017 Muddy Stiletto Awards for ‘Best Glamping in Gloucestershire.

Muddy Stilletos VoteFollowing the nomination, it’s all down to the public vote – and that’s where we’d love your help!

If you’ve stayed with us and enjoyed your stay, your vote would be really appreciated.

Just sign in here via Facebook or your email address and vote for the National Diving & Activity Centre in the Glamping category.

Voting is free and takes seconds via this link: https://glos.muddystilettos.co.uk/vote

Muddy Stilettos, ‘The Urban Guide to the Countryside’, is a series of fun and informative lifestyle blogazines written by journalists across 18 counties with reviews, what’s ons and more. Muddy Stilettos was a finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2017.

The ethos of Muddy is all about quality and curation and unearthing the cool independent businesses and events in each county. The Muddy Stilettos awards are entirely publicly voted, so to win a Muddy Stilettos Award is a real achievement.   

Many thanks for your help

The National Diving & Activity Centre Team

National Diving & Activity Centre awarded 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

NDAC awarded 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

The National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow has been awarded a 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

TripAdvisor awards a Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from visitors.

TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and is the largest travel community in the world, reaching 375 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 250 million reviews and opinions covering more than 5.2 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

Thanks to all our customers who have taken the time to write a review of the centre. If you would like to leave your own review, please visit the NDAC page on TripAdvisor.

Special Effects student builds model of NDAC Wooden Wigwam

Friday, September 4th, 2015

We recently spotted the following tweet on the NDAC Twitter timeline by Emily Norris (@emilyanorris).

We were so impressed by the models she made of our Wooden Wigwams that we got in touch with Emily to find out the full story.

Emily is an artist studying Technical Arts and Special Effects at the University of the Arts, London. During a visit to the Wire Zip Slide Emily came up with the idea of a glamping trip to the NDAC as a fun present for her boyfriend’s birthday.

"
The gift was for my boyfriend’s birthday as a little fun getaway when we are both home from university.
We go to different universities so it is a great way for us to spend a bit of time together"

 

Rather than just telling her boyfriend about the gift with a card, Emily used her creative talents to create the model of our Wooden Wigwams.

"
Making him the model wigwam was the only fitting way to explain what I had bought him. I like to give gifts that the individual would never have thought of.
On visiting the centre to have a go on The Wire, I realised the Wigwams were the perfect present"

 

More of Emily’s creative work can be seen online via her Facbook page.



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