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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!

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

Scuba Night Dive March 2020

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Night Dive

The popular NDAC Night Dives are back, join us on Saturday 14th March 2020.

The adventure, thrill and excitement of night diving can be yours on a NDAC Night Dive. If you have never been on a night dive before, you could consider joining on one of our PADI Night Diver Speciality Courses.

Suunto & Finnsub

We’re pleased to announce that SUUNTO Diving UK will be joining us with a selection of their fantastic Finnsub Torches & Dive Computers.

The EON Steel, EON Core and the newest member, the Suunto D5 will all be available for you to try at the NDAC Night Dive.

Special Offer – Dive For Half Price!

If you dive with us during the day prior to a Night Dive, we can offer you the Night Dive for half price.
(The Night Dive needs to be booked at the same time as the daytime entry when you arrive on site)

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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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Karl Kruger at the Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Karl Kruger

We are pleased to announce our third guest speaker at Rebreather Reunion 2019 will be Karl Kruger

Karl Kruger had a military diving and technical diving career spanning three decades. Karl now runs his own dive school providing recreational and technical dive training with multiple training agencies.

Karl’s talk will be on the technical diving expeditions of South Africa – Submarines, Coelacanths & the Ghost Fleet Expeditions.

The Rebreather Reunion is a two day social gathering for like minded divers from all backgrounds and levels of diving experience.

Join us for a weekend of diving and socialising as well as live talks & presentations from our guest speakers.

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New underwater scuba diving attraction at NDAC Chepstow

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Hyperbaric chamber scuba diving attraction NDAC Chepstow

This week we have been lowering our new scuba diving attraction into place at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

The Hyperbaric Chamber was lowered using a 5 tonne lift bag and a lot of assistance.

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Final checks for new underwater attraction

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Chamber

DDRCFinal checks are being carried out prior to the sinking of our latest underwater attraction, a Hyperbaric Chamber.

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Site improvement works at the NDAC

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Site Improvements to NDAC

Site improvement works at NDAC ChepstowVisitors over the last couple of weeks may have seen the infrastructure works being carried out throughout the site.

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