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6 Month Post-Lockdown reopening plan for NDAC

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

NDAC Reopen from April

Following a review of the government guidance and consideration of how we can implement it throughout the National Diving & Activity Centre, we are excited to release our 6-month plan for reopening. 

Easter Weekend Scuba Diving

We’re pleased to announce that we will now be able to open for limited Scuba Diving over the Easter holiday weekends (3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th April 2021). 

We’ve established that providing we work to our Covid procedures, keep the Wigwams and changing rooms closed, and only provide takeaway food/drink, we will be able to open as originally planned. 

We apologise for the changing dates and appreciate the frustration some have experienced as we react to the developing government advice. With the easing of lockdown restrictions and the release of our 6-month dates, we hope divers will be able to make firmer plans to visit.

Anyone who has booked scuba diving on Friday the 2nd or Monday 5th April is welcome to contact us to change their booking dates to the 3rd/4th or 10th/11th April. Alternatively, we can provide a 6-month voucher or a full refund.

Scuba diving bookings previously made for the 3rd & 4th April are still valid.

We have also released the dates we plan to open for Scuba Diving over the next six months. Anyone who had a previous Scuba Diving booking cancelled due to Covid will be offered a 6-month voucher to rebook. 

We will be responding to customer emails in the next coming weeks to put all arrangements in place.

Activities

We are pleased to confirm that the Wire Zip Slide will be reopening in July and August. Our other activities (Giant 3G Swing, Atlantis Aqua Park and Cinema) will not be reopening for the remainder of 2021.

Anyone who has a Wire Zip Slide booking/voucher from November 2019 that has expired due to Covid19 will have their voucher automatically extended to use in July/August this year. Please use your existing voucher to make the booking.

For those with Giant 3G Swing, Atlantis Aqua Park and Cinema vouchers, you will be contacted in the next few weeks to offer a full refund or a Wire Zip Slide voucher as an alternative replacement.

Wigwam Accommodation

We are pleased to confirm that we are providing Wigwam accommodation on selected dates between 24th April and the end of August 2021. 

Anyone who has a Wigwam booking/voucher that has expired due to Covid19 will have their voucher automatically extended to redeem and use by the end of August. Please use your existing voucher to make the booking.

All extended activity and accommodation vouchers must be redeemed and used by 31st August 2021. After this date the voucher will expire and will be invalid. No alternatives, further renewals, refunds or other form of compensation will be made.

Opening Dates

Please see below our plan for opening over the next 6 months. All dates are dependent on government/Covid restrictions allowing us to open.

Date

Scuba Diving

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Food & Drink

Wigwams

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The Wire Zip Slide

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April 2021

Fri

2 Apr 21

Sat

3 Apr 21

Open
(Changing Rooms Closed)

Open
(Takeaway to be eaten in cars)

Sun

4 Apr 21

Open
(Changing Rooms Closed)

Open
(Takeaway to be eaten in cars)

Mon

5 Apr 21

Tue

6 Apr 21

Wed

7 Apr 21

Thu

8 Apr 21

Fri

9 Apr 21

Sat

10 Apr 21

Open
(Changing Rooms Closed)

Open
(Takeaway to be eaten in cars)

Sun

11 Apr 21

Open
(Changing Rooms Closed)

Open
(Takeaway to be eaten in cars)

Mon

12 Apr 21

Tue

13 Apr 21

Wed

14 Apr 21

Thu

15 Apr 21

Fri

16 Apr 21

Sat

17 Apr 21

Open
(Changing Rooms Closed)

Open
(Takeaway to be eaten in cars)

Sun

18 Apr 21

Open
(Changing Rooms Closed)

Open
(Takeaway to be eaten in cars)

Mon

19 Apr 21

Tue

20 Apr 21

Wed

21 Apr 21

Thu

22 Apr 21

Fri

23 Apr 21

Sat

24 Apr 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open (Deluxe/VIP)

Sun

25 Apr 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open (Deluxe/VIP)

Mon

26 Apr 21

Tue

27 Apr 21

Wed

28 Apr 21

Thu

29 Apr 21

Fri

30 Apr 21

May 2021

Sat

1 May 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open (Deluxe/VIP)

Sun

2 May 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open (Deluxe/VIP)

Mon

3 May 21

Tue

4 May 21

Wed

5 May 21

Thu

6 May 21

Fri

7 May 21

Sat

8 May 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Sun

9 May 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Mon

10 May 21

Tue

11 May 21

Wed

12 May 21

Thu

13 May 21

Fri

14 May 21

Sat

15 May 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Sun

16 May 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Mon

17 May 21

Tue

18 May 21

Wed

19 May 21

Thu

20 May 21

Fri

21 May 21

Open

Sat

22 May 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Sun

23 May 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Mon

24 May 21

Tue

25 May 21

Wed

26 May 21

Thu

27 May 21

Fri

28 May 21

Sat

29 May 21

Open

Sun

30 May 21

Open

Mon

31 May 21

June 2021

Tue

1 Jun 21

Wed

2 Jun 21

Thu

3 Jun 21

Fri

4 Jun 21

Open

Sat

5 Jun 21

Open

Open (Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Sun

6 Jun 21

Open

Open (Outdoor BBQ)

Mon

7 Jun 21

Tue

8 Jun 21

Wed

9 Jun 21

Thu

10 Jun 21

Fri

11 Jun 21

Open

Sat

12 Jun 21

Open

Open (Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Sun

13 Jun 21

Open

Open (Outdoor BBQ)

Mon

14 Jun 21

Tue

15 Jun 21

Wed

16 Jun 21

Thu

17 Jun 21

Fri

18 Jun 21

Sat

19 Jun 21

Open

Open (Outdoor BBQ)

Sun

20 Jun 21

Open

Open (Outdoor BBQ)

Mon

21 Jun 21

Tue

22 Jun 21

Wed

23 Jun 21

Thu

24 Jun 21

Fri

25 Jun 21

Open

Sat

26 Jun 21

Open

Open (Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Sun

27 Jun 21

Open

Open (Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Mon

28 Jun 21

Tue

29 Jun 21

Wed

30 Jun 21

July 2021

Thu

1 Jul 21

Fri

2 Jul 21

Open

Sat

3 Jul 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Sun

4 Jul 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Mon

5 Jul 21

Tue

6 Jul 21

Wed

7 Jul 21

Thu

8 Jul 21

Fri

9 Jul 21

Open

Sat

10 Jul 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Sun

11 Jul 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Mon

12 Jul 21

Tue

13 Jul 21

Wed

14 Jul 21

Thu

15 Jul 21

Fri

16 Jul 21

Open

Sat

17 Jul 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Sun

18 Jul 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Mon

19 Jul 21

Tue

20 Jul 21

Wed

21 Jul 21

Thu

22 Jul 21

Fri

23 Jul 21

Open

Sat

24 Jul 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Sun

25 Jul 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Mon

26 Jul 21

Open

Open

Tue

27 Jul 21

Open

Wed

28 Jul 21

Thu

29 Jul 21

Fri

30 Jul 21

Open

Sat

31 Jul 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

August 2021

Sun

1 Aug 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Mon

2 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Tue

3 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Wed

4 Aug 21

Open

Thu

5 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Fri

6 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Sat

7 Aug 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Sun

8 Aug 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Mon

9 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Tue

10 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Wed

11 Aug 21

Open

Thu

12 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Fri

13 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Sat

14 Aug 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Sun

15 Aug 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Mon

16 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Tue

17 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Wed

18 Aug 21

Open

Thu

19 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Fri

20 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Sat

21 Aug 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Sun

22 Aug 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Mon

23 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Tue

24 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Wed

25 Aug 21

Open

Thu

26 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Fri

27 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Sat

28 Aug 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Sun

29 Aug 21

Open

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Mon

30 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

Tue

31 Aug 21

Open
(Outdoor BBQ)

Open

Open

September 2021

Wed

1 Sep 21

Thu

2 Sep 21

Fri

3 Sep 21

Sat

4 Sep 21

Open

Sun

5 Sep 21

Open

Mon

6 Sep 21

Tue

7 Sep 21

Wed

8 Sep 21

Thu

9 Sep 21

Fri

10 Sep 21

Open

Sat

11 Sep 21

Open

Open

Sun

12 Sep 21

Open

Open

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13 Sep 21

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14 Sep 21

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15 Sep 21

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16 Sep 21

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17 Sep 21

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18 Sep 21

Open

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19 Sep 21

Open

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20 Sep 21

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21 Sep 21

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22 Sep 21

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23 Sep 21

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24 Sep 21

Open

Sat

25 Sep 21

Open

Open

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26 Sep 21

Open

Open

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27 Sep 21

Tue

28 Sep 21

Wed

29 Sep 21

 

NDAC Closed until Easter Weekend

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

Coronavirus

Header image credit: kjpargeter – freepik
Last updated 24th March 2021

NDAC Will now open for Scuba Diving over Easter Weekend.

Following a review of the government guidance and consideration of how we can implement it throughout the National Diving & Activity Centre, we are excited to announce that we will now be able to open for limited Scuba Diving over the Easter holiday weekends (3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th April 2021).

Full details of Easter Scuba Diving »

With the country moving into lockdown restrictions, the increasing pressures on the NHS, and the Government’s advice to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel, we have decided to close the National Diving & Activity Centre for all activities during January, February and March 2021.

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NDAC Closed for Scuba Diving January 2021

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Coronavirus

Header image credit: kjpargeter – freepik
Last updated 31st December 2020

With much of the country moving into Tier 4 restrictions, the increasing pressures on the NHS locally, and the Government’s advice to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel, we have decided to close the National Diving & Activity Centre for all activities.

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NDAC Closed for Scuba Diving 02-03 January 2021

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

Site ClosedRegrettably we are closing the National Diving & Activity Centre for Scuba Diving over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of January 2021.

Although we’d initially met the minimum number of bookings, we’ve had a number of cancellations from visitors unable to travel from Tier 3 locations. Unfortunately this has meant that the weekend is no longer viable for opening and we will have to postpone the remaining bookings.

We appreciate this is disappointing and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Anyone with a booking will be contacted in the next couple of days and provided with a 12 month voucher to rearrange their booking.

We are currently open all the other weekends in January (subject to minimum numbers and Covid restrictions) and will be reviewing February/March dates in the new year.

We thank you for your continued support and understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Reopening the National Diving & Activity Centre For Scuba Divers

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

Reopening the National Diving & Activity Centre post-Lockdown for Scuba Divers from 5th December 2020

Last updated 30th November 2020

We are excited to announce that there will be an initial phased reopening of the National Diving & Activity Centre for Scuba Diving starting from Saturday 5th December.

Initially the centre will be open for Scuba Diving Only on Saturdays and Sundays. We will be carefully limiting the numbers on the site and will only be allowing visitors who have pre-booked their Scuba diving.

The View Cafe Bar, Gas Room and limited Wooden Wigwam accommodation will also be available for scuba diving visitors. The Wooden Wigwams will initially have a minimum of a 2 night stay in place starting from Friday 4th December. Please note that evening meals at the View Cafe Bar must be pre-booked in advance.

Other activities such as the Wire Zip Slide, Atlantis Aqua Park and Giant 3G Swing will remain closed at this stage, but will be reviewed after we’ve opened for scuba diving.

Scuba Diving entry can be booked NOW on our new Scuba booking system. It will not be possible to enter the site without a booking.

This phased opening and our control measures are under constant review and will follow Government guidelines as they develop.


DATES AVAILABLE NOW!
Book your Scuba Diving Entry online »

Whilst the centre has been closed to the public we have been working hard to implement new procedures and measures throughout the site to protect our visitors and staff. For further questions, please visit the FAQ on our Covid-19 information page.

Online Bookings

All Scuba Diving, Activities, Events and Accommodation provided by the National Diving & Activity Centre are now using an online booking system. The new online booking system for Scuba Diving is now operational for selected dates. 

At this stage we are only accepting visitors who have pre-booked online for Scuba Diving. 

Paperless Registration Forms

We are pleased to announce that our Diving Declaration forms and Activity Registration forms can now be completed online as part of the booking process. Participants must complete the online form in full prior to any activity at the National Diving & Activity Centre. Without the completed online form you will not be able to take part in the activity.

Face Masks

We want you to stay safe and encourage you to bring and wear your own face covering while visiting us at the National Diving & Activity Centre. Our staff, where applicable, will also be wearing PPE.

On arrival

If you have any of the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we ask that you do not visit the National Diving & Activity Centre. If you develop any symptoms whilst at the site we request that you leave the site safely, return home and seek medical advice. Our staff may ask you about your health and any Covid19 symptoms on arrival. 

Social Distancing

The National Diving & Activity Centre is a large outdoor venue with lots of open space and fresh air for you to enjoy and keep safe.

We will be following social distancing guidelines and request that all visitors stay 2 metres apart. We will also limit the amount of close proximity you will have with our staff where practicable to do so.  

There will be lots of new signage in place and we’ll be operating one-way systems where possible to avoid cross-over and assist visitors maintaining social distancing. Some areas, such as toilets, will have limits to the number of people who can enter at any one time.

Increased Cleaning Activity

We already have comprehensive cleaning procedures and checks in place throughout the National Diving & Activity Centre. In addition to these, we will increase the cleaning schedules taking place.

Additional hand-wash, paper towels and sanitising stations are being installed throughout the site and in rest areas. 

Shared equipment will be sanitised between each use where possible.

Cashless Site

Activity, Event and Accommodation payments are already taken via the website. We have also introduced an online booking system for Scuba Diving. 

The rest of the National Diving & Activity Centre has also transitioned to contactless payments and staff will no longer be handling any cash. This will cover areas such as the View Cafe Bar, the Dive Shop, Service Shack and Gas Room.

The contactless payment machines will be cleaned between transactions if staff/visitors need to use the touchpad.

As well as the safety benefits, we believe this will be convenient for our visitors, speed up transactions and reduce queueing at the site. 

Buses

For the Scuba Divers who use our buses to travel between the car park and lake, we have a number of procedures in place.

• Several buses will be made available
• Windows will be kept open for increased ventilation.
• Buses will be cleaned regularly throughout the day
• Hand sanitising stations for use prior to boarding the buses
• Face coverings will be required on the buses
• Reduced number of people on the buses
• People are welcome to walk if they feel able

We value your custom and thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we operate these new procedures and measures. These are under constant review as the Government guidelines are updated. For further questions, please visit the FAQ on our Covid-19 information page. If you have any specific questions or concerns please contact us.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Christmas Gift Vouchers for Activities & Accommodation

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Christmas Gift Vouchers

Christmas Gift Vouchers are available now from Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

Give your friends or family members a unique gift this Christmas with an adventurous experience at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

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Scuba Diving Booking System – Thanks for your support

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

NDAC Diver Booking System

We would like to thank all of you who’ve already booked scuba diving with us at the National Diving & Activity Centre for when we reopen in a few weeks.

We are really pleased that our first few weeks are already fully booked and we are really looking forward to welcoming you all back. The support you’re all giving us during this challenging time for the diving industry is greatly appreciated.


Book your Scuba Diving Entry online »

You may have noticed on the scuba booking page that we need a minimum number of 30 divers to make opening the site viable. Our new booking system helpfully shows the dates that are almost full as well as those with plenty of spaces available.

We still have a small number of spaces on Sunday the 15th November and we’ve bookings coming in for the remaining November dates. So if you would like to dive with us between November and the end of January, don’t delay in making your booking.

Please bear in mind that without the minimum number of 30 scuba divers, we would regrettably need to close the site that day. Our cut off date for this decision is 7 days prior to the date.

If we do ever need to close the site due to low booking numbers, we will email you to let you know and provide a code that can be used to easily rebook on an alternative date.

If you have any questions about this, feel free to drop us a message.

NDAC current Membership to extend until 31st March 2021

Wednesday, October 7th, 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

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



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