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Cashless Payments at the National Diving & Activity Centre

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Cashless Payments at NDAC

We will no longer be accepting cash payments and will only be accepting cashless payments throughout the NDAC.

Most of our activity bookings are taken via the website and the vast majority of onsite payments are cashless already.

We believe this will be convenient for our visitors, speed up transactions and reduce queueing at the site. Studies have shown that a cashless transaction takes on average 1-2 seconds process, compared to 6-7 seconds for cash.

The changeover to cashless payments will start from the date we re-open (following the Coronavirus lockdown).

 

Coronavirus

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Coronavirus. Image credit kjpargeter - freepik

Header image credit: kjpargeter – freepik

Last updated 26th March 2020

Owing to the global coronavirus pandemic and based on the information available to us from the UK Government we believe that the significant risk that is posed to our staff, customers and the local community to which we serve requires us to take decisive action now.

We are a local business that operates predominately outdoors, which by nature is less risk than any other indoor facility.

However, we are mindful, that continuing to operate during this global crisis is not in the best interests of our customers and team at NDAC or to members of the public. It is therefore with a heavy heart we have decided to fully close operations to the public from 22nd March 2020 until further notice.

We would like to thank all our customers for supporting us over the years and we look forward to serving you again.  We would also like to thank all our staff and dedicated work force for their commitment and understanding during these really difficult times, and would like to thank all the UK Government services for everything they are doing for our country.  

Darren & Kaye

We will keep our Facebook page and website up-to-date with the latest information. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

 

Scuba Diving Equipment Servicing

The National Diving & Activity Centre is currently closed for all equipment servicing.

All booked-in scuba equipment servicing will be completed when the current restrictions are lifted.

We will keep customers informed via our website and social media as further information is released.

We would like to say a huge thank you for your continued custom and understanding during these difficult times for our country. We look forward to seeing you all again in the near future.

If you have any servicing enquiries, please contact us via email on . We are working from home, but will advise the best we can.

Keep safe and look after each other.

Ashley & Nat

 

Refunds information 

What happens to my booking/gift voucher?

We are confident that this crisis, although hugely challenging and difficult to bear for us all, is short term and we remain confident and hopeful that we will commence our outdoor activities and operations to you all again when it is safe to do so and in line with UK Government advice.

We will not be issuing refunds, but please rest assured, you remain very important to us and your booking with us continues to be valid and will merely be postponed until operations are resumed.

We look forward to welcoming you in the near future and to providing you with an extraordinary experience to remember please stay safe!

 

Useful external links

NHS Coronavirus »

UK Government response »

Public Health England »

 

The Giant 3G Swing Closed Saturday 7th March due to Weather Conditions

Friday, March 6th, 2020

Giant 3G Swing

Due to adverse weather conditions at the National Diving and Activity Centre, we have taken the decision to close the Giant 3G Swing on Saturday 7th March 2020.

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Seasonal Job Vacancies at the National Diving & Activity Centre

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Seasonal Job Vacancies at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow

With our busiest season fast approaching, we have a wide range of seasonal job vacancies at Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

These job positions are all on a seasonal temporary contract running from March until September/October (depending on how busy the late season is).

If you think you have what it takes to join our team, please email an up to date CV to in the first instance. Please include the names of two references, one being your current or last employer.

Potential candidates will be invited to attend an interview and references will be required.

Current Vacancies

Supervisor required

Supervisor required for View Cafe Bar.

Responsible for the day-to-day opening, closing, and smooth and effective running of the View Cafe Bar and kitchen.

Full details »

Apply via Facebook »

Date Added 22/02/20


Cleaning Staff Required

General Assistant – Seasonal Cleaning Staff

Seasonal Cleaners required for general centre cleaning, and house keeping duties for the onsite wigwam accommodation toilets, showers and laundry. Experience in cleaning is essential although in house training will be given. It would be an advantage to have a full driving licence and be physically fit and this can be a physically demanding role. The core days would be weekends and bank holidays 8-5pm although shifts would be required weekdays depending on bookings and demand.

Full details »

Apply via Facebook »

Date Added 22/02/20


View Cafe Bar Seasonal Staff

Seasonal General Assistants – View Cafe Bar

Seasonal General Assistants required to work at the View Cafe Bar, onsite at Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

You would be required to work behind the bar, and as such will need to be 18 yrs or over, to work on the food servery and in the kitchen and during events. Core days of work would be Thur – Sun and bank holidays. With some mid week shifts being a combination of day and evening shifts. Experience of working with food and beverage would be an advantage as would having a food hygiene, although training will be given.

Full details »

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Cleaning Staff Required

Seasonal General Assistants – NDAC Site

Seasonal General Assistants required to work in a variety of areas at the National Diving and Activity centre.

General Assistants for the National Diving & Activity Centre are required to assist with driving scuba divers to and from the water, assisting in the shop and general centre duties. Core days would be Fri, Sat and Sun, bank holidays and school holidays. A full clean driving licence is essential.

Full details »

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Outdoor Activity Instructors

Seasonal Outdoor Activity Instructors – Wire Zip Slide & Giant 3G Swing

Seasonal outdoor activity instructors required for the National Diving & Activity Centre to work on The Wire Zip Slide and Giant 3G Swing.

You will need to be a qualified ropes course instructor to ERCA standards.

The Wire Zip Slide and Giant 3G Swing are open all year but we are seasonal and peak season is very busy. You will be required to work every weekend, bank holiday, and all term times which include weekdays and weekends.

Full details »

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Outdoor Activity Instructors

Seasonal Outdoor Activity Instructors – Atlantis Aqua Park

Seasonal water assault course instructors are required for the Atlantis Aqua Park at Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre. You will need to be a qualified water instructor with first aid.

The Atlantis Aqua Park runs from April until the end of September and is open every weekend, bank holiday, and term times including weekdays and weekends on a rota basis.

Full details »

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NDAC Gas Room & Shop Assistant

Gas Room & Shop Assistant

Our scuba divers think their air supply is pretty important, so
do we and we hope you do too!

If you know your Trimix from your Nitrox and you want to be part
of a customer focussed team then we want to hear from you.

We are currently looking for a shop and gas blending
assistant to join us at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Full details »

Apply via Facebook »

 

The Wire Zip Slide Closed Weekend of 29th February & 1st March 2020

Monday, February 10th, 2020

The Wire Zip Slide

Due to predicted weather conditions at the National Diving and Activity Centre, we have taken the decision to close the Wire Zip Slide on Saturday 29th February and Sunday 1st March 2020.

Anyone with a booking for the day will be contacted by phone or email.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half Price Wire Zip Slide & Giant 3G Swing during February half term week at the NDAC Chepstow

Monday, January 13th, 2020

50% Discount on Segway, Zip Slide and 3G Swing Chepstow

50% Discount on Activities During Half-Term at the NDAC Chepstow

This February Half-Term we have some fantastic discounts on activities at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

For the midweek dates of the February School Half Term we are offering a 50% discount on The Wire Zip Slide and The Giant 3G Swing. This special offer runs from Monday 17th February until Friday 21st February 2020 (Excludes weekends, attractions open selected dates).

To take advantage of these offers please use the discount code HALFTERMFUN when booking online.

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St Patrick’s Day Dance & Fundraiser

Friday, December 6th, 2019

St Patrick's Dance Chepstow

Unfortunately the St Patrick’s Day Dance & Fundraiser has been cancelled by the event organisers

An Irish Dance performance at the National Diving & Activity Centre in celebration of Ireland and St Patrick to raise funds for the Wye Valley Shared Use Path.

The St Patrick’s Day Dance event takes place on Saturday 14th March 2020 from 7pm at Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

Includes authentic food and drink, dance and singing performances, raffle and auction.

An evening not to be missed!

Join the Facebook event »

Tickets are £15-£25 and available here »

Programme for St Patrick’s Dance

• Irish Dance Routine walkabout and Line Dancing performance

• Presentation about the Wye Valley and Wye Dean School planning applications by David Judd on behalf of Greenways. (Caroline Lovett and John Grimshaw)

• Including satellite video footage of the whole proposed Wander Wye Route.

• Singing performance by local choir. (details to be confirmed)

• Irish Food and Drink: choice of potato cakes and Irish Apple cake with Guinness to accompany!

• Auction/Raffle (prizes to be confirmed)

• Irish music by great local Acoustic Duo Bertie and Jonny accompanied by Irish singer Lucian.

• Double Measure with singer Sue Skinner from Treblemakers

• Time for a dance!

• Finale

Find out more about the Wye Valley Shared Use Path here »

Wye Valley Greenway Workcamp 13 to 21 September 2019

Friday, December 6th, 2019





Words by Jennifer Goslin BA BSc OCDEA
A-B Connecting Communities
Images from Chepstow to Tintern Shared Use Path Facebook post

Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited organised a volunteer work camp from 13 to 22 September 2019 based at the National Diving and Activity Centre at Tidenham, near Chepstow.

Their aim was to repair a bridge and to install and replace boundary fencing on the former railway line between Chepstow and Tintern to sustain momentum while they await planning permission and full funding to complete a walking and cycling route between the National Diving & Activity Centre and Tintern. This will form part of the overall safe route; the Wander Wye from the Severn Bridge to Monmouth proposed by A-B Connecting Communities who provided a grant in June of £5000 to Greenways.

• 91 volunteers put in 235 working days. 61 were day visitors, and 30 stayed overnight in tents and vans and chalets. And what a difference was made.

• Refurbishing the Bishton Lane bridge over the railway line – relocating the piers on newly cast concrete foundations transforming the structure.

• The fallen rocks were collected and rebuilt the wingwalls, repointing them with lime putty and with much help from BT, wire brushed and repainted the piers.

• The field fence was repaired between the railway land and the Gloucestershire Way and replaced the railway fences above the sheer drop of the retaining walls in the Wye Valley gorge.

• The vegetation was cut through at the former Tidenham station to create a laurel arbour with windows, and safety parapets installed to the bridge over the A48, where others had hacked back the brambles.

• The First Shirenewton Scouts helped to clear roots and branches from the track bed.

• A route was cut through to Sedbury Lane so we can survey the route for future planning applications, and work out how best Dean Forest Railway can recover the track.

• The Ecologists were in attendance to check that we were complying with the regulations.

No work was completed in the tunnel at all – as their Bat licence did not come through in time, so unfortunately the repairs to the walls and the planned installation of new gates will have to wait. The temporary fences were simply covered with tarpaulins to reduce airflow through the tunnel.

What happens next?

Greenways are working with Forest of Dean Council to secure the planning permission we need. The process will not be quick, as Natural England need to be sure about environmental issues. When they have planning permission we will be able to apply for grants.

There is still some finishing off to do to the pointing of the wing walls, and they are planning to set up a local volunteering group to help us to complete this.

If all goes well Greenways hope to have a further work camp in the spring for the labour intensive activities of installing lighting and bat shelters in the tunnel, installing seats and sculpture, and tidying back vegetation. In a perfect world there would have at least a mountain bike quality route open to Tintern by the summer.

 

National Diving & Activity Centre awarded 2019 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

NDAC awarded Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

The National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow has been awarded a 2019 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

Because we’ve earned a Certificate of Excellence every year for the past five years, we’re also pleased to announce that The National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) has qualified for the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame.

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Groundworks complete for new Wire Zip Lines

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Wire Zip SlideGroundworks

Wire Zip Slide GroundworksThe ground works are now complete for the installation of our new zip wires for the Wire Zip Slide.

50 tonnes of concrete have been used to create the footings for the new structure.

We expect the new zip wires to be up and running for Easter.

 



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