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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 – 22nd June 2018

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

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF10 , Porthcawl CF36 , SwanseaSA1 , Bridgend, Southerndown, Ogmore by Sea, Llantwitt Major, Aberavon SA12, Stackpole Quay, Llanelli,

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

WEATHER – Very Sunny and high temperatures for the next few days, winds are light up to Wednesday, dry and clear (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 14 Degrees

WIND – Lite winds for the next few days only picking up around Wednesday next week, lowest 2 and highest 20 on Wednesday and Thursday (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –  Calm Seas, light swells, changing possibly on Wednesday to local chop and whipped up surface (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1ft

 HIGH TIDE TODAY –
High2:00AM8.24m
Low8:27AM2.6m
High2:41PM8.04m
Low8:52PM2.74m
First Light4:06AM
Sunrise4:55AM
Sunset9:39PM
Last Light10:27PM

 

Visibility – 2-5 meters

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

Conditions are looking very good for the next few days, light winds, calm seas, afternoon tides, little swell so the perfect conditions for scuba diving in the South Wales region. All sites close to Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli and Stackpole Quay should be working well, maybe changing on Wednesday when the winds start picking up.

This is the time to use the PADI Open Water Diver qualification to sample sea diving at its best in the UK. For those more adventureous then the PADI Advanced Open Water course may be more suitable.

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.

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

DATE – 02nd March 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 – Atrocitious weather across the region, gale force winds, 3 foot snow, -10 degrees, blustry snow storms  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 7 Degrees

WIND – Easterly and very cold up to 40mph, dropping over the weekend and the next few days (www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL -Strong cold Easterly then Southerly winds and storms, sea will be rough in the mid channel but protected on Westerly facing beaches.  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1FT – 5FT

HIGH TIDE TODAY – HT6pm HEIGHT 9.5Meters.

VISABILITY 0 – 1 Meter

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

 

Well the conditions were bad last week but they have got even worse if that could be possible, gale force winds, 3-4 feet of snow, blizzards, ice you name it we have it across Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Llanelli, Stackpole we cant even get to the inland dive sites. So diving is definitely OFF everywhere accept for Egypt, South Africa, Caribbean etc.

We are still running the PADI diving programmes including the PADI Open Water Diver course, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and the PADI Divemaster course, theory based at the moment and then in the pool as soon as the conditions clear to get on to site.

We are also in the planning stages for South Africa and Spain trips, they will be running in August for Spain and January 2019 for South Africa so we shall keep you informed.

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

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.

PADI Scuba Diving Training and Courses in Cardiff, Swansea and across South Wales

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.

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

 

The sea is relatively calm over the weekend, with around a 3ft swell expected along the South Wales coast. The bigger issue is the previous days swell and the wind picking up and the effect that is going to have on the visibility for any dive along Wales’ South coast. If you head to some of the more sheltered bays early on Saturday then the wind may still be gentle enough however it is due to start picking up from Saturday lunch time so from Saturday afternoon onwards the visibility is going to be blown out of the water.

You can always head to an inland dive site where the weather has less effect on the visibility. Chepstow and Vobster Quay are both options for the weekend and you’ll be almost guaranteed a dive at those sites.

PADI Scuba Diving Training and Courses in Cardiff, Swansea and across South Wales

 

We’ll be down at Chepstow this weekend running the PADI Advanced Open Water course. This involves 5 guided dives over the 2 days and allows the students to really focus on improving their general diving skills in a controlled environment with support from our instructors.

We’ve also got a charity pool diving session coming up soon, so check back or follow us on Facebook for more information on that. It will be running in early December and we’ll be announcing the charity we’re supporting soon. Let us know if you’d be interested in attending, it would be great to see you there!

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

It has been a very strange diving season in 2017, high winds, heavy rain, cold, damp, blustery conditions and this has continued into September and into October usually two of our better diving months. The conditions at the moment are not good for scuba diving in the South Wales region especially Cardiff and Swansea areas. The surf and swell is huge and constant at the moment, an after thought of the hurricanes out west.

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.

 

PADI Scuba Diving Training and Courses in Cardiff, Swansea and across South Wales

We are now coming into one of our main seasons for dive training and courses especially with the PADI Open Water Diver Course, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course and the PADI Rescue Diver Course. The pool sessions are initially being held on a day long session in Hebron Hall in Dinas Powys and then in a preferred Open Water Training site.

The courses will consist of Theory and exams as well as confined water training and Open Water Diving to achieve the PADI level of Scuba Diver Training and competency.

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

We could see some acceptable conditions for diving along the South Wales coast this weekend. Sunday in particular could see the best of the conditions as the wind and swell will both be low. We’ll have some fairly big tides, but that is normal for the Bristol Channel and that can actually help with the dive if you know how to dive them. There has been a bit of swell over the last few days, which will have had an effect on visibility, but the calm conditions will help with that and a good dive plan with somebody who knows the site will also reduce the impact of that.

Water temperatures are starting to rise slowly, but they’ll still be cold and good thermal protection is going to be essential still. Semi Dry or Dry suits, hoods, gloves will all be required. Also ensure you have the correct protection for before and after the dive.

We’re lucky to have some really good inland dive sites in or close to South Wales, so if the conditions do turn you could always head to one of those but if conditions hold out as expected, it would be crazy not to take advantage and head to the coast.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

Our usual PADI Open Water Diver Referral course in Cardiff has been postponed this month as we’re heading to a school to run the course for their pupils before they head off for and exciting dive trip. These course are always good fun and the pupils always have a really good time.

We’ll be back running the PADI Open Water Diver Open Water dives down in Chepstow soon and the Referral courses will be back to normal in June, so if you want to get a head start before a summer holiday, get in touch and we can talk you through the process and options that are available.

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

We look to be set for some lovely conditions along the South Wales coast for Scuba Diving this weekend. The water should be virtually flat and the wind will be a very gentle 4 – 6 knots, so visibility should be acceptable too.

High tide is set for mid – late afternoon, so be sure to remember the rule of twelfths when planning your dive and keep in mind although temperatures will be fairly mild the water temperature will still be quite low so you’ll need to ensure you have adequate thermal protection, including dry or semi dry suits, hoods & gloves.

You could of course head to one of the inland sites in or around South Wales but with Scuba Diving conditions like we’re expecting this weekend, you really want to be getting out into the big wide ocean and seeing nature at it’s finest.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

We’ve not got any training courses running this weekend in Cardiff as we’re off to train some students about to embark on Scuba Diving trip and send them out there with there PADI Open Water Diver Referral so they can move straight onto their Open Water dives and get fully qualified to dive anywhere in the world.

We’re running our PADI Open Water Diver and PADI Advanced Open Water courses throughout the spring and summer, so if you want to get a head start on a summer diving experience then get in touch and we can talk you through what’s involved and the available dates.

Last weekend we were in the pool at Hebron Hall, Cardiff with our latest batch of students, all of who were absolutely fantastic. This weekend our instructors are taking a break from courses but will no doubt be looking to take advantage of the favourable conditions and heading out for a dive along the South Wales coast.

Our PADI Open Water Diver Referral run on the first Saturday of every month, so if you’re thinking of getting started on your diving adventure, give us a call and we can talk you through the various options. With the weather starting to pick you, we’ll also be running the Open Water part of the PADI Open Water Diver course soon in Chepstow, so hopefully we’ll be signing off a number of students to begin their underwater experience!

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

The only word for diving on the South Wales coast this weekend is NO! We’ve got some huge swell coming in, possibly reaching 11ft. Add to that some strong Southerlies and Westerlies (gusting over 40 knots) and the sea is not the place to be.

All is not lost however. The beauty of South Wales for diving is it’s access to inland dive sites which will give you the opportunity to dive even when mother nature doesn’t want you to. Our advice for this weekend if you want to get a dive in is to head to Chepstow in South Wales or Vobster Quay just across the border in Sommerset. Temperatures, although mild for this time of year, will be low so your thermal protection is going to be absolutely vital.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

We’re back in the pool in Cardiff this weekend and it’s going to be a busy time. We’ve got a number of pupils from a local school coming down for the first part of their PADI Open Water Diver qualification. They’ll be completing the referral part of the qualification before heading off on a dive trip to complete their open water dives – in my day we were lucky if we got to visit a museum!

We’ve also got some other students who’ll be taking the PADI Refresher course. This course is for those who have previously completed their PADI training but haven’t dived in the last 6+ months and allows them to reacquaint themselves with the equipment and procedures in the pool environment.