The National Diving & Activity Centre

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(Clear of water 1 hour before end of session)

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Activities are open most weekends, bank holidays, selected dates during School Holidays & occasional mid week dates.

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National Diving & Activity Centre
NP16 7LQ

Please be advised that the NDAC office is closed Monday to Wednesday, so emails and phone calls may not be responded to during this time. Depending on when you make your enquiry it may take a few days before we can get back in touch with you.

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Try Dive

Course Code NDAC-TD

What is the Try Dive experience all about?

This experience is one of the most popular introductions to scuba diving courses, especially if you are undecided as to whether to undertake a full certification course. It will provide you with a taste of what scuba diving is all about and help you to decide whether scuba diving is for you.

Staff Qualifications

Our highly experienced staff hold instructor qualifications for a number of different agencies.  We hold a full list of our Instructors qualifications at the centre and a copy of all diving instructors certifications are available to view upon request.
Our high staff to student ratio, and our philosophy of enjoyment in a safe environment, enables us to coach in a modern and progressive manner that tailors our delivery to meet your individual needs.

Where will the pool sessions take place?

The pool we use is based in Thornbury Leisure Centre, about a 10 minute drive from the NDAC at Tidenham.

Personal lockers are available at a cost of £1.00 coin per locker (you get your £1.00 coin back when you leave the changing rooms).

Pool Timings are as follows

Sunday sessions start at 09.00 hrs and last approximately 1.5 hrs

The ‘Dive Pit’ pool in Thornbury is around 10m long, 10m wide and 3m deep and no matter what time of the year it has a constant temperature of around 29.5ºC (85.1ºF).

The swimming pool has a viewing area where family or friends can come and watch.
We do not allow any photography unless it is by the parents or legal guardian of the child in question and images can only be taken of their own children.

What will I need?

All equipment is from our very own pool of extensive dive training gear, and all technical equipment will be provided.  The following list is a suggestion of what you should bring with you for your course.

Equipment List

  • Normal clothing that you are comfortable wearing to your local swimming pool
  • Swimming Costume / Trunks (to include a spare T - Shirt and shorts to wear over your costume or trunks while in the pool).
  • Personal Toiletries / Medication
  • Towel for drying yourself after the session.
  • A small amount of cash for your personal locker, there is also a cafeteria at the pool are vending machine available at the pool that offers hot, cold drinks and snacks.

Once you have completed your course you will receive a certificate of achievement from you instructor.

Our full range of both SDI and PADI recreational diving courses, starting with the Open Water certification are available to help you further your adventure.

If you would like any further advice, support or just wish to share your experiences with us then please either pop into the centre on a Saturday or Sunday, call us or send an e-mail - we would love to hear from you.

Please remember we are not just offering you a diving course or a retail purchase we are offering the opportunity to be a member of our own diving community. So please invest in us so we can invest in you, happy diving from all staff at NDAC.

Looking for a special gift for someone?

Why not purchase a “Taking the Plunge Gift Certificate” to enable a loved one; friend or family member to enjoy the delights of scuba diving. A ‘Try Dive’ makes a fantastic gift or present that can be exchanged anytime throughout the year more>


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