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Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Llanelli , Camarthen regions

Date – 20th July 2018

ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Sub Aqua, Scuba, Free Diving, Snorkelling

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF105BZ , Porthcawl CF365DH , Swansea SA20AY , Bridgend CF311BB , Southerndown CF320RN , Newport NP202UW ,Ogmore by Sea CF320PH , Llantwitt Major , Oxwich Bay SA31LS , Aberavon SA12 6QP , Stackpole Quay SA715DZ , Llanelli SA154SG .

SITE LOCATION – Sker Beach, Limeslade Bay, langland Bay, Oxwich Bay, Stackpole Quay

WEATHER – Again warm and sunny for the next few days with no rain predicted or strong winds (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 17 Degrees

WIND – Again wind is light with no significant winds for the next few days, may pick up in parts to 15 mph generally low at 2 mph. (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – Flat again, really no waves this week.  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1ft -2ft Max

HIGH TIDE 19th July 2018 –
Low5:47AM 2.08m
High11:57AM 8.49m
Low6:04PM 2.36m

Visability – 1 – 5 meters

Scuba Diving Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Porthcawl, Port talbot, Stcakpole Quay

The Weather has stayed constantly dry for weeks now and the wind quite low, only gusting up to 20 mph on occasions, there is a possibility of rain and wind through the region. There has also been a few days of swell affecting the visibility on the South Wales coastline.

Generally conditions are pretty good still with clear areas from Swansea to West Wales, really need to work with the tides especially in certain bays in Swansea and the South Wales region.

We have our usual full programme of PADI Open Water Diver courses available and PADI courses from Open Water Diver to Divemaster.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli region

DATE – 11th May 2018

ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Sub Aqua, Scuba, Free Diving, Snorkelling

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff, Porthcawl, Swansea, Bridgend, Southerndown, Ogmore by Sea, Llantwitt Major, Aberavon, Stackpole Quay, Llanelli,

SITE LOCATION – Sker Beach, Limeslade Bay, langland Bay, Oxwich Bay, Stackpole Quay

WEATHER –  Variable over the next few days, dry periods through the week with rain showers in between especially tonight, wind is also a mixed bag with strong winds tonight and then easing and picking up towards the end on the week. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 10 Degrees

WIND –  Varied throughout the week, strong South Westerlies tonight, easing and then picking up again into the week. Really need to look closely at the weather charts (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –  Messy week in the sea, varied winds accorss the South Wales area and 2 – 6 foot swells with localised winds will result in choppy waters for the next few days. (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – The surf and swell is again varied through the week, generally we have a 3-5 foot swell but with varied winds which could mess up the conditions. Generally consistent swell but winds making conditions hard to predict, may be better to head to the sheltered beaches

SWELL – 2 – 5FT

HIGH TIDE TODAY –  HT 4.25pm  HEIGHT 8.1m

VISIBILITY – 0 – 1 METER

Scuba Diving Conditions Report South Wales, Cardiff, Porthcawl, Aberavon, Swansea, Llanelli, Stackpole Quay

 

The wind has increased and so has the swell so scuba diving in the areas around Newport, Cardiff, Porthcawl and Swansea and definately not good for access or egress or visability. Again this would be better found on the inland sites further East.

We are in full progress running the PADI Open Water Diver programme at the moment with students from Cardiff University heading out for the placements in the summer. The students will be part of an on going research project on the Medes Islands Nature reserve in L’Estartit Spain.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli region

DATE – 27th April 2018

ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Sub Aqua, Scuba, Free Diving, Snorkelling

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff, Porthcawl, Swansea, Bridgend, Southerndown, Ogmore by Sea, Llantwitt Major, Aberavon, Stackpole Quay, Llanelli,

SITE LOCATION – Sker Beach, Limeslade Bay, langland Bay, Oxwich Bay, Stackpole Quay

Temperatures have definitely lowered over the week and today will be wet and cold and the rest of the week will be drier but still cold with colder winds for late Friday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday so feeling more like Autumn than spring accross South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea and Brecon Beacons region.  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 9 Degrees

WIND – Winds will be hard to predict this week as they are swirling in every direction, East, North East, South West and also strengths will differ from day to day, the main days being Sunday, Monday, Tuesday for the higher winds.  (www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – This will depend on the wind, the main way sea moves is Tide and Wind and the wind is coming form all directions for the next few days. this will effect the sea conditions in the channel wil Sunday, Monday, Tuesday being the most affected  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 2FT – 6FT

HIGH TIDE TODAY – HT 5.39pm HEIGHT 8.93Meters.

VISIBILITY – 0 – 1 METER

Scuba Diving Conditions Report South Wales, Cardiff, Porthcawl, Aberavon, Swansea, Llanelli, Stackpole Quay

 

There is a possibility of getting in the water over the next couple of days, the swell and winds are dropping around the coastlines of Cardiff, Swansea, Stackpole, Camarthen so exit and entrance may be plausible to scuba dive from safe sites. Visability however is low due to recent swells and high winds so again inland may be the better option for the hardy UK scuba diver.

Our PADI Open Water Courses and Advanced Open Water Courses are in full flow with students now preparing for the Open water dive sections of the course. The dates will be into May and June initially for the qualifying dives, taking PADI Open Water Referral Diver students to their next step to becoming fully qualified divers.

Conditions Report for Scuba Diving in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Sub Aqua, 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 – Rain and strong blustery wind over the next few days, week unsettled with varied wind, rain and temperatures Temp 1 – 12 degrees degrees (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 10 Degrees

WIND – Strong blustery and changeable winds throughout most of the week and into weekend ( Strong www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – Winds are strong and blustery from all directions and swell is big and stormy for most days 6 – 22ft swells  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

HIGH TIDE – HT 6.30PM HEIGHT 9.67Meters

VISIBILITY – 0 – 2 METERS

SCUBA DIVING CONDITIONS REPORT SOUTH WALES, CARDIFF, SWANSEA, PORTHCAWL, LLANLLEI, STACK POLE 

The weather at the moment is very unpredictable, in fact the only thing we can predict is that there will be no suitable Scuba diving conditions along the South Wales Coast, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, llanelli, Stackpole for the next few days due to stroms, sea state, visibility. The best option would be to head inland to protected dive facilities.

The start of a new year brings the start of our new PADI Open Water Diver programme, we are running the PADI Open Water diver course across the region with dates starting from today and through the rest of the year, conditions will not interrupt as we use theory, swimming pools and inland lakes for our initial diver training.

Conditions Report for Scuba Diving in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

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.

 

 

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

Swell is set to be low on the South Wales coast this weekend and the northerly wind should help to keep it low. The tidal range is also good this weekend, with a high of approx. 8m and a low of around 3m we should have acceptable conditions for diving, particularly in the sheltered bays, such as Stackpole Quay will see the better conditions. Remember the rule of twelfths and look to dive on the incoming tide, which this weekend will be around 11:00 – 13:00.

You’ll still need to keep an eye on the visibility, which could be poor due to the water movement and unsettled conditions we’ve had in South Wales this last week but generally we expect the water course to be settled and safe.

Swell size, wind strength and wind direction are all set to change for the worse into the early part of next week meaning conditions could very well become unsafe, so it’s vital you track the swell, tidal conditions and wind before making any decision to dive, ensuring you are aware of the expected conditions at both the beginning and end of your planned dive(s).

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

A break in training this weekend after last weekends PADI Open Water course at Hebron Hall in Cardiff. With the conditions we’re expecting this weekend perhaps we’ll just head out for a pleasure dive somewhere along the South Wales coastline instead.

CAUTIONS – As always with UK diving at this time of year, you need to ensure you have the correct thermal protection, including Hoods, Gloves, Dry, or Semi-Dry, suit and base layers. Be sure to check local tidal times and conditions before making any dive.

Scuba Diving Conditions for Cardiff, Swansea, South Wales and West Wales areas . Firstly apologies for the lack of the report from last week, we have been away diving over the past couple of weeks and didn’t have access to write the report, that’s the bad news. The good news is that were having a late summer and the conditions have been good especially in West Wales an the protected beaches and sites over the past couple of weeks. The wind has been slight and the swell has not been as big as predicted. West Wales areas such as Martins Haven, St Brides Bay, Aberiddy and other sheltered Westerly spots have had the best of the conditions and with the warm weather we have had good clear and warm conditions, after the wash out of the summer this has been fantastic news. We may even get some diving in local areas to Swansea and Cardiff such as Limeslade Bay in Swansea if the conditions stay this way for the next few days.

Keep an eye of the weather at all times and especially the wind and swell conditions these are the real factors when assessing the conditions of the coast and the visibility. As always the right certification is essential especially when diving in the UK. We are training our next batch of PADI Open Water Divers this weekend with Paul and Tom from Cardiff, David from Carmarthen and Patrick from somewhere in the valleys.

There is also the PADI Divemaster training for Jo, Chris, Paul and Maria the guys have been training for several weeks now honing their skills to train to the professional level of Qualification which will allow the to work as a Qualified assistant instructor anywhere in the world, so good luck to everyone.