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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 report for Cardiff, Swansea, South Wales 25.03.2016 Well its the Easter weekend and the weather has been fantastic. Hardly and wind or rain over the past few days so everything looks perfect for diving accross the region. However this is not the case for the next few days, high winds, big swells and driving rain in the order of the day for the Easter period. The sea state is stormy with winds getting up to gale force over the weekend, so this is definitely not the time to get in the water diving on the South coast of Wales. Best to get your board out and go for a surf, at least you get in the water. also visibility will be none existent.
The other option is to head inland to one of the UK inland diving facilities in Chepstow, Somerset, Bristol, the Midlands, East Midlands etc. These sites will be far better for the conditions and safety, being protected from most environmental issues apart from the cold and the rain.
We will be running the usual scuba diving PADI Open Water Diver Course at Hebron Hall in Cardiff South Wales next weekend in the swimming pool where its clear and warm. The students will to practising there diving skills so they can adapt their training to the Open Water. We will as always be training our rescue divers and trainee divemasters.
Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales including, Cardiff, Swansea and West Wales. – The weather has been great over the last couple of weeks, but the swell and surf has also followed in these weeks especially in the areas around Cardiff, Swansea and South West and East Wales. We have also had varied wind conditions to make the the visibility in the water is extremely varied throughout the region.
West Wales is defiantly the better option including Dale, Martins Haven and St Brides Bay all in Pembrokeshire, conditions here are looking good and protected from the main issues of the swell and predominate South Westerly winds. Viability, weather and conditions are looking good and the best times to dive will be in the afternoons on the incoming tides.
Swansea could possibly get better Vis if the winds and swell die down, but that’s not predicted at the moment. We are away on the weekend teaching the PADI Open Water Diver Course to 6 students from across the region. WE will be using an inland site where the conditions are perfect for controlled training for the PADI courses.
The PADI open Water Scuba Diving Course allows you to dive any where in the world up to 18 meters in depth with a dive Buddy as does the BSAC Ocean Diver and other diving qualifications. Here in South Wales prodominently Cardiff, Swansea, Porthcawl, Newport and Bridgend people learn to dive under the different systems to gain qualifications that allow them to explore the underwater world across the globe as well as here in South Wales and the UK.
As part of this training you arwe shown how to use the Scuba Equipment most of which is quite familiar such as wetsuit, Mask, snorkel, Fins, weight belt, boots, hoods, gloves, the three essentials however are The Regulator, The Buoyancy Control Device and the Cylinder, these are the main items of the Scuba Unit.
The Scuba Unit itself is very basic but essential for the purpose to breath under water, developed 60 years ago so we might explore underwater and salvage items left behind in the sea and the oceans.
In modern times the equipment has not changed a great deal but is safer and more effective than its initial start, our next item will explain the fundamentals of the Regulator an essential part of your diving kit.
Congratulations from to all our students on passing their PADI Open Water Diver Qualification on the weekend, the guys were amazing and so was the visability at the Open Water Scuba Diving Site. Liam, Richard and Roshan were the lads and they were in their element in the Open Water completeing their PADI Open Water Diver Course. They group were from Glamorgan University in Pontypridd close to Cardiff City Center and travelled up on the Saturday morning by train and on the Sunday by minibus. They had completed the Open Water Diver Course Referral section earlier in the week and all their theory preparing them for the Open Water Course.
Now they have completed he 4 Open Water Scuba Dives they are qualified to dive upto 18 meters anywhere in the world. we also had Kirsty with us from cardiff University. Kirsty was completing her PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course, completing 5 Open Water Dives to gain her certificate that will allow her to dive upto 30 meters anywhere in the world.
So well done to everyone completing their course’s, we are holding our next course in Cardiff on the 7th December, the final one of the year, we will be running the PADI Open Water Referral Diver Course.
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