NDAC current Membership to extend until 31st March 2021

October 7, 2020

NDAC MembershipWe have decided to extend all current diver memberships for free until the end of March 2021. This will apply to anyone who has membership in place dated between 31 October 2019 and 31 October 2020.

Because of the ongoing effects of Covid-19 and uncertainty around the services and facilities we’ll be able to provide; we have decided to hold back on any new diver membership packages or renewals for the next 6 months.

Once we have a clearer idea of the days/dates we will be able open and the benefits we can provide on a membership scheme, we will review our membership package.

We are reopening the centre for scuba divers from the 31st October 2020. This is for weekends initially, but will be under constant review and will follow any current Government advice.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the centre soon.

 

New Kitting-Up Benches & seating area for Scuba Divers

October 2, 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


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


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

September 17, 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

September 10, 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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Recent works on Tidenham Tunnel to create shared use path

August 24, 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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Online Booking System for Scuba Divers at NDAC

August 13, 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

July 5, 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

May 6, 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).

 

 

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