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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

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 »

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

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 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) 

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 »

FREE Live Music from ‘You Me And The Dance Floor’ Saturday 22nd September

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

FREE Live Music at the National Diving & Activity Centre Chepstow

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

On Saturday 22nd September we will be hosting ‘You Me And The Dancefloor’

You, Me and the Dance Floor are the ultimate party band. They rock the songs that make your night as epic as you imagine it to be! covering all your classics from 60’s to present day.

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 »

Free Art & Craft Workshop with Craft Fair

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Free Art and Craft Workshops

We will have various arts and crafts for adults and children to take part in at the National Diving & Activity Centre on Saturday 8th September from 10am.
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Free African Drumming Workshop

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Drumming at NDAC Chepstow

African DrummingWe will have a free African Drumming workshop at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) with the amazing Djabot Drumming Group.

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