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We’ve had some pretty unsettled weather here in South Wales these last few days, and that has affected conditions for diving, particularly the visibility. Whilst we may see conditions this weekend that are acceptable for scuba diving, with the recent weather conditions and tidal movement, you’ll likely find it difficult to see much and this will no doubt reduce the enjoyment of your dive, and more importantly, introduce safety hazards.
If you are adamant about a coastal dive, you may find some of the sheltered sites in West Wales, such as Martins Haven and St Brides Bay, your best bet, but our recommendation is to head to one of the nearby inland dive sites, such as The National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow or Vobster Quay in Sommerset.
No training this weekend, however next weekend we’re back at Hebron Hall in Cardiff taking our PADI Open Water Diver course and some refresher dives. We’ll also be running the open water section of the PADI Open Water Diver course down at The National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) sometime in August so our instructors will be making the most of this weekend off, either with some pleasure dives or some other outdoor activities.
CAUTIONS – As is always the case, throughout the year, in South Wales we’ll still need to take precautions with regards to thermal protection (wetsuits, drysuits, hoods, gloves). We’re seeing a spring tide this weekend so the rule of twelfths is absolutely vital when planning your dive times.
Scuba Diving Conditions and Activities Report for Cardiff, Swansea, South and West Wales – Firstly we hope you all had a fantastic New Year and your rearing to go and get in the water in 2016. Unfortunately the conditions on the coast of South Wales are not suitable for diving at the moment. We still are experiencing high winds and large swells which incurs bad diving conditions for the whole region. The water temperature is still higher than average but as mentioned the conditions are not great for Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales region in general.
West Wales areas as always will be far more protected including Martins Haven, St Brides Bay protected on the North facing beaches. The conditions are still not great in this area but defiantly better than in South East Wales. The air temperature is also down considerably so the right protective layering will be essential such as hoods, gloves, dry suit, thermals and also warm clothing and hot drinks. In these conditions you must make sure you are protected adequately for the temperatures.
This week we are away teaching a School in Southampton the PADI Open Water Diver Referral course, they will be completing the course firstly in a classroom at the school and then onto a local swimming pool. The students are preparing for an expedition they will be attending in the summer and completing the referral course so they can complete the four PADI Open Water qualifying dives on their expedition. Hopefully we’ll be back in the Open Water as soon as the conditions clear.
The Scuba Diving season is well and truly here and we are making the most of it. We have been teaching people to Scuba Dive all across South Wales including Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Porthcawl and Bridgend and with such a warm clear month in June the conditions have been fantastic.
The visibility has been really good and the fish are out to play, we are seeing more Bass, pollock, wrasse, smooth hounds, bream and all kinds of fish in and around the amazing coastline of South Wales.
Our next PADI Open Water Scuba Diving course is on the 12th July 2014 and we are actually going to sunny torquay and the South Coast to get some quality diving in, we will show you all the pictures of the event on facebook.
Our Scuba diving in Cardiff is going from strength to strength, we have been running Scuda Diving in Cardiff for since 1998 and we have trained 1000’s of scuba divers to Dive from people from all over Cardiff. We offer Scuba Diving in Cardiff initially through theory and swimming pool sessions offering the PADI Open Water Diver Course’s and the BSAC instructional level course’s.
Since 1998 our Scuba Diving in Cardiff grown locally and worldwide, we have run the PADI Open Water Diver Course in Swansea, Porthcawl, Bridgend, Newport as well as all over the UK and worlwide. Most recently we have completed the PADI Open Water Diver Course with students from Cardiff, Swansea, Bridgend, Newport and Pontypridd.
The students have completed their Scuda Diving in Cardiff initially and then completed the four Open Water Dives to obtain the PADI Open Water Diver certification they will now be licenced to dive to 18 meters anywhere in the world.
Next year come and join us Scuba Diving in Cardiff and enjoy the pleasures of the beautiful seas and Oceans of the world.
Ocean Quest is South Wales Premier PADI Dive Centre, established in 1998 across Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bridgend and South Wales. Ocean Quest is the longest running Scuba Diving Training facility in South Wales.
Ocean Quest has won numerous awards within the Scuba Diving and Watersports Industry including the prestigious PADI International Key Man Centre of the year award, the most prestigious acknowledgement awarded by PADI International
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