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Infrastructure Works & Slipway Improvements

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Infrastructure works at the National Diving & Activity Centre

We have been carrying out some infrastructure works at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Twenty tonnes of concrete has been laid to extend the lake’s slipway and improve access to and from the water.

We request that visitors keep out of the coned areas until the concrete has dried fully.

We hope this improvement will help our divers access and egress the water a little more easily. Watch this space for further improvements.

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Meet Bertie the Fish

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Bertie the Sturgeon Fish

Meet Bertie, our latest attraction at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Bertie is a Sturgeon fish and he’s been rescued from a small pond to live his life and explore our much larger pond!

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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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Karl Kruger at the Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Karl Kruger

We are pleased to announce our third guest speaker at Rebreather Reunion 2019 will be Karl Kruger

Karl Kruger had a military diving and technical diving career spanning three decades. Karl now runs his own dive school providing recreational and technical dive training with multiple training agencies.

Karl’s talk will be on the technical diving expeditions of South Africa – Submarines, Coelacanths & the Ghost Fleet Expeditions.

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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New underwater scuba diving attraction at NDAC Chepstow

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Hyperbaric chamber scuba diving attraction NDAC Chepstow

This week we have been lowering our new scuba diving attraction into place at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

The Hyperbaric Chamber was lowered using a 5 tonne lift bag and a lot of assistance.

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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.

 

Final checks for new underwater attraction

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Chamber

DDRCFinal checks are being carried out prior to the sinking of our latest underwater attraction, a Hyperbaric Chamber.

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Wye Valley Greenway Public Meeting

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Chepstow to Tintern Shared use path. Image by Alan Hayward December 2014

We are hosting a public meeting for the Wye Valley Greenway Project at 7.00pm on Wednesday 27th March at the National Diving & Activity Centre’s View Cafe Bar.

The project’s aim is to restore the disused railway line from Chepstow to Tintern as a shared use path.

The View Café Bar will be open from 6.30pm and project engineer, John Grimshaw, will run over the details of the scheme and answer any queries you may have.

All are welcome to attend.

Join the event on Facebook here»

Illustration derived from original artwork by Alan Hayward December 2014

Mark Powell at the Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Mark Powell

We are pleased to announce our second guest speaker at Rebreather Reunion 2019 will be Mark Powell.

Mark will be familiar to anyone diving at the National Diving & Activity Centre and is also one of the world’s leading diving instructors. He is a member of the TDI/SDI Training Advisory Panel and an Instructor Trainer Evaluator, the highest rating of instructor.

Deco for Divers

Technical Diving

Mark is the author of Deco for Divers and his new book Technical Diving – An Introduction. In 2010 Mark won the EuroTek ‘Publication of significance Award’ for Deco for Divers and in 2014 was the winner of the Tek Dive USA Media Award.

In 2016 Mark Powell was part of an international team that dived the HMHS Britannic as part of the 100 year commemoration of the sinking. Mark’s talk will cover the history of the Britannic as well as details of its exploration as well as giving an overview of what is required to put together an expedition of this type.

HMHS Britannic was the third and final vessel of the White Star Line’s Olympic class of steamships. She was the fleet mate of both the RMS Olympic and the RMS Titanic and was intended to enter service as a transatlantic passenger liner.

HMHS Britannic is considered the ‘Everest’ of wreck dives. The vessel is the largest passenger ship on the sea floor, followed by Titanic.

Over 100 years have elapsed since Captain Charles Bartlett, standing in his pyjamas on the bridge of the biggest vessel in the world, the HMHS Britannic, gave the call to abandon ship.

It was 8.35am on November 21 1916. The four-funnel ocean liner, built to be even larger and safer than the "unsinkable" Titanic, her ill-fated sister, was listing fast. Bartlett knew the ship was doomed, but on this eerily calm morning as it sailed to collect troops wounded in the first world war’s Galipolli campaign, neither he nor any of his crew could have imagined the speed with which the vessel would go down.

The explosion occurred at 8.12am, sending a giant shudder through the gargantuan vessel, badly damaging its bow as it steamed past the Greek island of Kea. Fifty-five minutes later, the 269-metre (883ft) ship lay on the seabed.

There the Britannic, which was launched in February 1914 at Belfast, and, the following year, put to use as a wartime hospital ship for the first time, would stay at a depth of 122 metres (400ft), untouched and forgotten, until being discovered by the explorer Jacques Cousteau, in 1975.

Today the Britannic lies well preserved in the Aegean. There are many reasons why this is a challenging wreck to dive; the depth of 120m, the problems in getting permissions from the Greek government, the fact it lies in a very busy shipping lane together with all the variations in weather and tides make this a pinnacle dive for anyone.

HMHS Britannic by Allan Green (Public Domain)

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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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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