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ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Free Diving, Snorkelling
LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff, Porthcawl, Swansea, Bridgend, Southerndown, Ogmore by Sea, Llantwitt Major, Aberavon, Stackpole Quay, Llanethi,
SITE LOCATION – Sker Beach, Limeslade Bay, langland Bay, Oxwich Bay, Stackpole Quay
WEATHER – Medium rain next two days, Dry and clear on weekend very cold down to Temp -3 – 2 degrees (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)
WATER TEMPERATURE – 11 Degrees
WIND – Strong North to North West winds throughout most of the weekend and into next week, very cold (www.windguru.cz/5693)
SEA STATE AND SWELL – Winds are strong offshores and cold, swell is big and blustery for most days until the wind picks up again into next week (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)
HIGH TIDE – HT 9.05PM HEIGHT 9.28 Meters
VISABILITY – Low Vis possibly down to .5 meters to 1 meter, Stackpole may get 1-2 meters
PREDICTED 72 HOUR REPORT
Accross the whole of South Wales the conditions are looking un advisable for diving and snorkelling, there is a big swell, high winds and limited visability so all in all not good at all, the best options would be to head inland to the dive sites accross the region with better vis and conditions.
We have another busy weekend training the PADI Open Water Diver Course and the PADI Dive master course, James and Matthew will be attending the PADI Open water and Sam and Ross the PADI Divemaster, we will be conducting the course inland due to the adverse conditions and wrapping up warm as the temperatures are getting lower and lower.
We had a great day in the pool on 02nd December running the PADI Open Water Referral course and the PADI Divemaster course as well as raising funds for Sharklife our chosen charity thankyou to Dave K, Chris C, Sam R, Ross D.
High winds, big swells, big tides, limited visibility pretty much somes up the conditions for the scuba diving across South Wales including the Cardiff, Bridgend, Swansea area’s. We need a period of calm for the diving conditions to clear and bring the visibility to an acceptable level. Conditions are looking the same for the next few days so there will not be change across the region for some time.
Best option is to hed for the sheltered North facing beaches in Pembrokeshire including Martins Haven and St Brides, the other option as always is to go inland to the training sites in Chepstow and Somerset, but even they are getting poor viability due to the adverse conditions. and heavy rainfall.
PADI Scuba Diving Training and Courses in Cardiff, Swansea and across South Wales
Next weekend we will be running the PADI Open Water Diver Course, the PADI Scuba Diver course and the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. The courses will be run in the pool at Hebron Hall in Cardiff with people attending from all over South Wales, Cardiff, Newport, Bridgend and Swansea. The courses will consist of swimming pool practical training and theory tests to establish the students ability to scuba dive in the Open Water anywhere in the world.
We shall keep you upto date with all the training as we progress over the next few weeks. Also check out the facebook site for course dates and details.
We could see acceptable conditions for Scuba Diving on the South Wales coast this weekend. Swell is set to be low and we have North / North East winds, which should keep the swell low. We have had some fairly unsettled conditions recently and are expecting some more heavy rain on Friday so visibility could be a problem.
For the best conditions head to the more sheltered bays, such as Stackpole Quay and Oxwich Bay and always remember the rule of twelfths, ensuring you dive on the incoming tide. Be aware of wind direction changing, Southerlies and Westerlies could lead to unacceptable conditions, and increasing swell size, particularly for a shore dive.
If you want to be confident of getting a dive in, the best option is to head inland. The National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow will offer diving less affected by the environmental conditions.
The instructors have been travelling all over the UK these last weeks, putting on PADI Open Water Diver courses for schools across the South East of England. This weekend they’re having a break from training but will be back next weekend taking students through the referral part of the PADI Open Water Diver qualification. We also have some Advanced Open Water course coming up in June.
CAUTIONS – We’re still going to need to take sensible precautions with regards to thermal protection as water temperatures are still going to be quite low. If you are planning to dive off the coast in South Wales, ensure you are aware of the changing conditions, making sure you know the conditions for both the beginning and the end of the dive.
Well the weather has definitely changed again here in South Wales, the last couple of days have been quite sunny and warm with little wind, however that is all about to change. The winds are coming in from a Southerly direction at quite a rate. Big Southerly winds will mean all southern facing beaches across the area including Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Porthcawl will be completely blown out.
With such big winds I cant see anywhere being sheltered, and if they are sheltered the vis will be non existent throughout the region, the best place to dive is inland at either Vobster Quay or Chepstow.
We are running the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Course and the PADI Open Water Rescue course this weekend with Daniel, Alef and Reuben all eager to get in the water, we are heading to chepstow and the water temperature is still reasonable at 12-14 Degrees.
Scuba Diving is an experience and a skill that can be learned and required by anyone from 8 – 80, it truly is an amazing experience and a life changing event. You can simply have a go in a swimming pool or confined water area to sample the amazing wonders of the underwater world, or you can complete the full PADI Open Water Diver Course to become a fully qualified Open Water Diver able to dive any where in the world up to 18 meters for a life time or 12 meters or juniors.
We have fantastic diving accross South wales including Swansea, and up to Pembrokeshire, places such as limeslade bay, oxwich bay, stackpole quay, lydstep, martins haven, st brides bay and abercastel are all fantastic sites along the welsh coastline.
Scuba Diving courses such as the PADI Open Water Diver course will enable you to dive in the special locations and also sites all across the world such as the Red Sea, The Maldives, The Caribbean, Florida and all the amazing dive sites on the planet. This truly is an amazing certification to acquire in your lifetime.
The PADI Open Water Course is run in Cardiff for people accross South Wales including Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and consists of theory, swimming pool training and 4 Open Water Dives. Once obtained you are certified to dive in the worlds beautifull sea’s and oceans.
We have recently trained Simone, Gavin, Nia and Sara who are now ready to complete their Open Water Diver Training, we will keep you upto date with their progress.
A following weekend we are back in the water conducting another PADI Open Water Diver Course, the course will be held in the inland site in chepstow on both Saturday and Sunday. All students must complete 4 Open Water Dives for the completion of their PADI Open Water Diver Course.
On the course this week we have Jarrod from Cardiff, Cathryn From Cardiff University, Jacquie, Mark, Elliott and Conor from Treharris and Adrian from Swansea. The students will be instructed by Ray, Stuart, John and Phil and will meet at site for 7.45am for an early start in the water.
Last weeks students Miguel, Victoria, Michael from Cardiff, Fenella from Cardiff University and Toby from Swansea University all passed their Open Water course succsessfully and are now able to dive anywhere in the world upto 18 meters. Good look to everyone this weekend, we will post our next update next week.
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