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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 »

 

New smoking and vaping area

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

NDAC Smoking area

We now have a designated smoking area at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

The smoking area can be found by the side of the View Cafe Bar for all of you who need to smoke or vape.

This is the only area on site where we allow smoking or vaping.

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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 »

 

Ghost Fishing UK Winter Warmer 2020

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Ghost Fishing UK Winter Warmer NDAC Chepstow

Ghost Fishing Winter Warmer

Ghost Fishing Winter Warmer

Ghost Fishing Winter Warmer

Join the Ghost Fishing UK team for a weekend of diving and socials at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Included with your ticket:

  • Saturday Social: Hog Roast & BBQ (Vegetarian options available)
  • Guest Speakers, Q&A Forum
  • Half Price Diving entry to NDAC
  • Video screenings
  • Bar, Band, raffle, auction, competitions and fundraisers
  • ‘Try Ghost Fishing’ workshops – (24 spaces, terms apply)

Full details, terms and tickets available on the Ghost Fishing UK website here »

Join the Event on Facebook »

Ticket holders receive discounted diving entry at the gate. This is extra and payable on the day.

Please bring a copy of the email receipt with you (electronic version is fine).

Please note: Tickets are non refundable.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW »

Date & Time

Sat 8th Feb 2020, 09:00 – Sun, 9th Feb 2020, 16:00

About Ghost Fishing

The problem of ghost fishing gear has reached public prominence over the past five years. It is a normal part of fishing that nets, shellfish traps and other equipment becomes lost. This is not a deliberate or careless act on behalf of the fishing community, simply a reality of a very harsh environment. The problem is that the lost gear continues to catch marine life. This has an undocumented effect on the local ecosystem, but is clearly undesirable in any sense. Animals are being needlessly killed.

Ghost Fishing was set up to try to remove this lost equipment from the marine environment. It is a challenging and difficult task. Ghost gear is typically entangled in reefs and wrecks, and its removal can be complicated. The technique involves attaching bags to the gear, which the diver fills with air, making them float. The divers then cut the gear free as close to the seabed as possible. Great care is needed to ensure that the diver does not become entangled with the equipment. This involves a high degree of teamwork, coordination and discipline.

Winter Warmer 2020 Poster

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 »

National Police Dive Exercise hosted at the National Diving and Activity Centre

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

National Police Underwater Search Unit Exercise

Words by PC Finnegan

During September, Avon and Somerset Constabulary Underwater Search Unit hosted a National Police dive exercise at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC). This was a great opportunity to work in partnership with other dive teams from around the country.

The exercise was attended by Underwater Search Units from Metropolitan Police, South Wales Police, Devon and Cornwall Police, Yorkshire and Humberside Police along with representatives from Northumbria Police, instructors from Police Scotland dive school, Health and Safety Executive and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DTSL).

The scenario was created to recover of bodies (mannequins), body parts and personal items placed around a variety of the many and diverse dive sites within the NDAC dive site. The exercise gave valuable learning for all involved and created new working partnerships, from the planning phase of the dive operation to the execution of the plans. There were also lectures at the site to Senior Investigating officers and Police Search Advisors around the roles of underwater search units along with demonstrations around new technology from DTSL.

It was an excellent sight to have 4 dive teams in the water at once, working together around multiple sites within the quarry. In the evening there was the obligatory social event, again hosted by the staff at NDAC incorporating dinner, a quiz, a well earnt beer and customary exchange of stories from the past year!

Our thanks go out to Darren and his team at NDAC for making this wonderful site available to us and assisting in the planning and implementation of an extremely successful exercise.

If you would like to host a training event or exercise at the National Diving & Activity Centre, please get in touch.

National Police Underwater Search Unit Exercise
National Police Underwater Search Unit Exercise

Scuba Winter Opening Times & Changes to Opening Times During Winter Season

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

The NDAC will remain closed on Thursdays throughout February & March 2020.

This is so we can complete ongoing infrastructure works at the centre.

We will reopen on Thursdays with our change to Summer opening times at the start of April.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

From 1st October we are operating our Winter Opening Times for Scuba Diving.

From the 1st November 2019 we will be making some changes to the opening times for Scuba Diving and the View Cafe Bar to reflect the quieter season.

Between November and the February Half-Term, we will close on Thursdays. During this time we will open Friday-Sunday.

Following the February half-term From April 1st we will return to Thursday-Sunday opening until the end of October.

We will also continue to open on Bank Holiday Mondays.

Christmas dates are assessed each year depending on how the holidays fall. We expect to release the 2020 Christmas dates in November.

NDAC Scuba Winter Opening Times 2019/2020

01 October – 31 March inclusive

Monday: CLOSED (open Bank Holidays)

Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday: CLOSED

Thursday*: 0930 -1700 (*Closed 1st Nov until week after Feb Half-Term April) 

Friday: 0930 -1700

Saturday: 0800 – 1700

Sunday & Bank Holidays: 0800 – 1700

Clear of water by 1600

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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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

FREE Live Music from ‘The Three Pieces’ Saturday 29th September

Monday, September 10th, 2018

FREE Live Music at the National Diving & Activity Centre Chepstow

Free live music at Chepstow’s National Diving and Activity Centre.

On Saturday 29th September we will be hosting ‘The Three Pieces‘ with Pub Rock Covers and even some requests!

The Three Pieces are a Bristol based classic rock covers band. They cover bands like The Foo Fighters, Cold Play, Arctic Monkeys and Chilli Peppers. Come and see them, you’re guaranteed a great night out!

This FREE gig will start around 630pm.

We’ve lots of other live music events planned so keep an eye on the website and our Facebook Events Page.

Free Horror Movies

Following the concert we will have a FREE Horror Movie screening at our Drive-In Cinema. Throughout the month we have free horror movie screenings to celebrate the launch of this year’s FearFest-Evil​ horror event.

To book your FREE tickets to the Drive-In Cinema you will need a redemption code. We will be releasing these codes on the FearFest-Evil social media channels. Full details »



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