Archive for the ‘Site Improvements’ Category

New Kitting-Up Benches & seating area for Scuba Divers

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Kitting up area for scuba divers at NDAC

Following feedback from our visiting divers, we have installed some brand new kitting-up benches to help you set up or place your scuba diving equipment between fills.

Complete with social distancing signage, the kitting-up benches have been placed near the Gas Room and are all ready for the NDAC reopening for divers on the 31st October.

We have also repainted the wooden benches in the seating area outside the shop and gas room. Please ensure you use the kitting up benches, rather than the seating areas, for placing equipment.

We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

Kitting up area for scuba divers at NDAC

Seating area for divers at NDAC

Kitting up area for scuba divers at NDAC

Cromhall Diving underwater attractions find new home at NDAC

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Cromhall Diving Mine finds new home at NDAC

Sadly, as many of you will know, the Cromhall Quarry Diving Centre closed during 2020. It has been a real loss to the diving and open water swimming communities.

Simon and Maggie, who many of you will know from Cromhall Diving, kindly donated the National Diving & Activity Centre some of their items that we will be using as underwater diving attractions.

Simon visited us recently to hand over the items, and as a small token of our appreciation we plan to paint up the MK XV11 Sea Mine and name it after him.

The new items will be given a good home at the National Diving & Activity Centre. We hope they will provide interesting attractions to dive as a small legacy to the Cromhall centre, Simon and Maggie.

Cromhall Diving Underwater Attractions

New pontoon sections installed at the NDAC

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

New Pontoons on Chepstow Lake

Pontoon sections arriving at the National Diving & Activity CentreIn the last few weeks we have taken delivery at the National Diving & Activity Centre of some new pontoon sections from Southampton.

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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

Rock stability netting installed at the National Diving & Activity Centre

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Safety Netting NDAC Chepstow

Here is a sneak preview of the first 30 metres of rock stability netting that has been installed at the National Diving & Activity Centre over the last few days.

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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).

 

Geotechnical Site Works

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

NDAC Site Infrastructure Works

NDAC Site Infrastructure Works

We have taken delivery of some safety netting that is being installed on the rock faces at the National Diving & Activity Centre over the next few weeks.

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