Posts Tagged ‘quarry’

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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Additional 250m of floating pontoons to be installed

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

New Pontoons at NDAC

You may have noticed a change if you visited the NDAC last week.

We have added an extra 45m of floating pontoons and are looking to install an additional 205m floating pontoons over the next few weeks.

Old Photos of Dayhouse Quarry Tidenham

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

We have been sent an interesting old document containing maps and photos of the National Diving & Activity site in it’s former life as ‘Dayhouse Quarry’ in Tidenham, Chepstow.

Here are some pictures that may be of interest! (Click on the photos for a larger version)

A view of the site from the Eastern Edge of Woodrof
A view of the site from the Eastern Edge of Woodroft.

A view from South of the site looking North towards the original site access and plant area. (Before Restoration)
A view from South of the site looking North towards the original site access and plant area.
(Before Restoration)

A view from South of the site looking North towards the original site access and plant area. (After Restoration)
(After Restoration)

Old Map of the site, prior to the quarry

Old Map of the site, prior to the quarry.

Old Map compared to a more recent view.

Old Map compared to a more recent view.

Internal view of the quarry, looking Northwards. (Before Restoration)
Internal view of the quarry, looking Northwards.
(Before Restoration)

Internal view of the quarry, looking Northwards. (After Restoration)
(After Restoration)

Sam Amps, Saltfree & NDAC Feature on BBC 2 Science Show

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

"100 trillion cells. 280 days. One human life. A BBC Science series, produced in partnership with The Open University, exploring the making of you."

On Monday 28th September you may have seen the National Diving & Activity Centre feature on BBC 2 Science show ‘Countdown to Life: The Extraordinary Making of You‘.

As part of the show Sam Amps from Saltfree teaches the presenter Dr Michael Mosley how to Freedive at Chepstow’s inland dive site.

The whole show is fascinating and well worth watching and you can catch it on the IPlayer. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, the freediving section starts at around 46 minutes in

SaltFree Divers offer freediving courses, training, coaching and competitions at all levels at The National Diving and Activity Centre, a beautiful flooded quarry in Chepstow, near Bristol.

Their purpose-built freediving platform is the deepest of its kind in the UK, possibly in the world, fully equipped for safety and comfort.

Whether you want to learn to dive deeper, hold your breath longer or perfect your underwater swimming technique, SaltFree is the perfect location for Constant Weight and Free Immersion breath hold dive training.

Find out more about Saltfree and book on their courses via their website at www.saltfree.biz

Improvements to Wire Zip Slide Complete

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

You may have noticed that the Wire Zip Slide has been closed for most of February whilst we have been making some improvements.

We have had some landing break arms produced and they were delivered and installed recently by crane.

This means that we now have improved braking at the end of your 700m zip slide ride which will allow us to operate during stronger tail winds and for more of the year.

The works have all been completed now and the Wire is back open now and available for bookings. We have dates available between now and the end of August.

If you would like to brave the Wire Zip Slide, please visit thewirezipslide.com/

The Wire is one of the UK’s longest, tallest and fastest zip slides, running the 700 metre length of the spectacular NDAC Quarry.

Launch yourself from the 70m high cliff edge and speed along the length of our 80m deep flooded quarry.

Reaching speeds up to 40 miles per hour this exhilarating ride will take your breath away!

The Wire Zip Slide is suitable for all ages.
Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone)
Lower Limit is 20kg (3.15 stone)

Red Bull publish POV Freedive Video from NDAC Quarry

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Red Bull have published Daan Verhoeven‘s fan video of Tim Money freediving the BAE 146 Plane at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC).

In this amazing video, Saltfree freedivers Daan and Tim show what it’s like to explore the plane with just a single breath of air.




The BAE 146 Airplane is 68 foot long, 30 foot high and sits around 30 metres deep in the waters of Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

Find out more about Freediving at the NDAC on the SaltFree Divers page>

57,640 hot brews served in Chepstow’s View Cafe Bar

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

It has been a very busy year at our Activity Centre’s View Cafe Bar in Chepstow.

Here are some recent catering statistics. Between 01 April 2012 – 01 April 2013:

View Cafe Bar, Chepstow  •   we served 24,900 cups of coffee

  •   9,850 cups of hot chocolate

  •   22,890 cups of tea

That’s around 57,640 hot brews had by visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre over the past 12 months!

We have been delighted by all the supportive comments and feedback and we will continue to work hard and invest in the centre to ensure that we are the most forward thinking and friendly dive and activity centre in the UK. – judging by the increased visitor numbers month on month we must be doing something right!

If you have any comments of suggestions we would love to hear from you

NDAC Quarry & Jet Boots feature on BBC’s ‘One Show’ in a piece about Cephalopods

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Did you spot the National Diving and Activity Centre on the One Show Wednesday?

In a piece about Cephalopods (squid & octopus) the One Show reporter dons a pair of Jet Boots and takes to the air over the waters of our very own Chepstow quarry.

The One Show is still available to watch here on the BBC IPlayer. If you don’t want to watch it all fast forward to 36:50.

Chepstow Activity Centre to feature on BBC’s The Magicians.

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

The National Diving & Activity Centre to feature on BBC’s The Magicians.

We recently closed the site for a day to allow the team from the BBC’s the Magicians show to carry out some filming for their upcoming TV series.

The Magicians returns to BBC One with a show-stopping new live format and viewer vote. Presented by Darren McMullen, the shows feature magicians Barry and Stuart, World Champion of Magic Latimer and comedy magician Pete Firman paired with stars from your favourite TV Shows.

With more daring, dangerous and mind-blowing magic than ever before, each act will perform four tricks – and two will be live, so anything could happen. Once all three acts have performed, viewers get to vote for their favourite, with the losing team having to face a terrifying live forfeit. Who will it be?

We’re pleased to announce that the National Diving & Activity Centre will feature on the Second episode of the series on Saturday 14th January 2012 at 6:30pm.

We can’t give anything away, but it would be well worth watching!



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