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Video report on Tidenham Tunnel, part of the Wye Valley Greenway

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

 

A fascinating video report by Forgotten Relics about the fabulous Tidenham Tunnel, constructed in the 1870s as part of a railway connecting Chepstow and Monmouth, but destined to become the second longest tunnel on the country’s cycle network when it reopens as part of the Wye Valley Greenway.

Work to reopen the 1,188-yard long Tidenham Tunnel has made considerable progress in 2020, with tarmac laid by a contractor at the start of September followed by a subsequent volunteer workcamp which saw lighting installed and recesses bricked-up to encourage bat use.

Dating from 1876, the structure is unusual in that it started out as two tunnels; the small, intervening gap was later arched over and backfilled.

It’s hoped to open the greenway – which will connect Chepstow to Tintern – in the spring of 2021.

Words and video by Forgotten Relics

Recent works on Tidenham Tunnel to create shared use path

Monday, August 24th, 2020

Tidenham Tunnel

Here are a couple of photos taken recently during the works to open up the 143-year-old Tidenham Tunnel.

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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. Please note that evening meals at the View Cafe Bar must be pre-booked in advance.

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!

Online Booking System for Scuba Divers at NDAC

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Scuba Diving at the National Diving & Activity Centre

We are excited to announce that we’ve introduced a new online booking system for Scuba Divers visiting the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC).

The booking system is part of our post-Covid 19 procedures to make the NDAC cashless, and brings Scuba Diving inline with our other online booking systems.

Scuba Diving spaces can be booked now for Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday 31st October onwards.

We will use the system to carefully manage the numbers on the site and it will not be possible to enter the site without a booking.


DATES AVAILABLE NOW!
Book your Scuba Diving Entry online »

As part of the booking process, our Diving Declaration forms can also now be completed online.

We look forward to seeing you back in the water soon! If you have any specific questions or concerns please get in touch.

National Diving & Activity Centre to remain closed for 2020 season

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

NDAC To Remain Closed for 2020 Season following Covid19 Lockdown

Update August 2020

We’re pleased to announce that we will be reopening for Scuba Diving from Saturday 31st October.

Initially the centre will be open for Scuba Diving Only and will only be allowing visitors who have pre-booked their Scuba diving.

Full Details ›

Book your dive here ›

It’s been a difficult and very worrying year for everyone. COVID 19 has taken more lives and businesses than it should, but thanks to the Government, banks and services, we have managed to remain stable.

As we approach coming out of lockdown and some businesses reopening, we have considered our business reopening. However, we have decided to not open the National Diving & Activity Centre to the general public this year.

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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 5th July 2020

Sadly we will not be reopening the National Diving & Activity Centre to the general public during the rest of 2020.

Any purchased vouchers, or memberships will automatically be extended to the 2021 season when we will look forward to welcoming you all back.

FearFest-Evil will not be held this year, automatic refunds will be made to your PayPal accounts.

We thank you for all your support, and dedication over the years and look forward to welcoming you back next season to the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Darren & Kaye

Full details »


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 »

Apply via Facebook »


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 »

Apply via Facebook »


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 »

Apply via Facebook »


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 »

Apply via Facebook »


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 »

 

SUUNTO Dive Computers and Finnsub Torches at NDAC Night Dive

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

SUUNTO NDAC Night Dive

We’re pleased to announce that for our last Night Dive before the Summer season, SUUNTO Diving UK will be joining us with a selection of their fantastic Finnsub Torches & Dive Computers. (more…)



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