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

Date – 18th August 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 – Over cast, cloudy, unsettled, windy, rain unpredictable generally over the next few days in the South Wales region (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 18 Degrees

WIND – Winds are fresh and high over the next few days up untill Wednesday, strong Westerlies so back to normal after periods of Easterlies ranging 12mph – 30 mph (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – Rough seas for the next few days with the high winds especially along the channel with the strong Westerlies  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 2 foot – 7 foot  Max

HIGH TIDE TODAY –
Low4:30AM1.62mHigh10:38AM9.04mLow4:44PM1.87mHigh10:57PM9.03m

Tide Location Port Talbot – 7.97mi away 

Visibility – 1 – 3 meters

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

Looks like the weather has changed and the good diving conditions have gone, strong Westerly winds and stormy conditions are effecting the visibility and entrance and exit safety on all sites across South Wales.

We have held the PADI Open water diver course with 6 students today, all have completed the first two Open Water dives and are now progressing to complete the final two tomorrow afternoon. We are also running the PADI Advanced Open Water diver and the PADI Rescue diver courses. The students will be receiving the full PADI Open Water diver qualification on successful completion of the fou dives

 

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

Date – 03rd August 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 – Warm and sunny for the next few days but winds are picking up from Tuesday next week. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 17 Degrees

WIND – Varied this week with lighter winds over the next couple of days and then picking up from Tuesday onwards 5mph – 25mph (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – There is swell around at the moment up to 3 foot, this will decrease over the next few days but the sea will get choppy with the incoming stronger winds  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1ft -3ft Max

Low4:45AM2.37m
High10:58AM8.37m
Low4:58PM2.57m
High11:20PM8.45m
First Light5:00AM
Sunrise5:40AM
Sunset9:01PM
Last Light9:42PM

Visability – 1 – 3 meters

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

The weather is looking good but the problem is the wind and the swell, there has been a lot of swell around over the last few days and with the wind this has affected all the areas for safety and visibility. Most areas across the region will now have limited visibility and hard conditions with the surge and swell

We are back in the pool again on Saturday 11th August with the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver course run on a day long session. Students will be with us from all over the country to complete the PADI Open Water Diver Referral course.

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 – 23th 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 – Warmer weather than recently, highs of 9 degrees and lows of 3 degrees, winds are lighter but still cold air coming in to all areas  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 8 Degrees

WIND – Wind is variable but weaker over the next few days with Westerly, southerly and south Westerly winds predicted. Friday will see the stronger winds from the West up to 30 mile per hour and then settling until mid week.(www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – Big swells predicted and strong Southerly winds through the channel will cause choppy conditions when the wind settles the swell will be good and the Surf big on the push of the tide (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 3FT – 8FT

HIGH TIDE TODAY – HT 9.35pm HEIGHT 8.32 Meters.

VISIBILITY – 0 – 1 METER

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

 

The Sea conditions as through out the winter have not been good around the coastline of Newport, Cardiff, Porthcawl, Aberavon, Swansea and Llanelli, the swells and big, sea state rough, visibility low, and all round bad conditions for Scuba diving and snorkelling.

Now the weather were hopefully start to change for the better, with lighter winds and sunnier longer days, we are still running all the PADI courses in the system including PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Advanced Open water Diver, PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Divemaster as well as the usual specialities, the courses are run through out the year in preparation for the diving season or diving abroad.

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.

DATE – 17th February 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, Llanethi,

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

WEATHER – Dry conditions pretty much through out the week accept for Sunday when the rain comes in again, winds are blustery up to 30 mph generally in a Westerly and South Westerly direction, dropping by the end of the week.  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 7 Degrees

WIND – Wind is variable again predominantly South Westerly and gusting upto 30 mph in stages, will be dropping off on Friday (www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL -Strong winds again making variable rough conditions for the next few days but also brininging in good well conditions and with the dropping of the winds could get pretty epic surf into next week.  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 2FT – 6FT

HIGH TIDE TODAY – HT6.59pm HEIGHT 9.1Meters.

VISABILITY 0 – 1 Meter

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

As you may have gathered the winter season does not provide the best conditions for scuba diving in the South Wales region especially around Newport, Cardiff, Swansea and Tenby areas, the winds are high, gusty and variable, swells and surf are consistantly bigger, weather is colder and visibility hard to come by. This week is no exception the swell is high, the winds are big, the visibility is low and big tides.

However there is always the back up of the inland sites to dive in and also trips abroad especially winter destinations such as Egypt, South Africa, Caribbean. As always we are training people through the PADI system for there PADI Open Water Diver Course, the PADI Open Water Referral diver course and all other courses in the system. Ten students have just been trained up to the Referral system and preparing for their Open Water qualifying dives.

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

This weekend sees us expecting some fairly big swell, but more troublesome will be the strong winds, with gusts up to 30 knots in a North Westerly direction. This could make entry and exit difficult, particularly for shore dives and could also make visibility an issue. Add the massive tides we’re expecting over the weekend (over 10m at high tide) and a coastal dive is pretty much out of the question on the South Wales coast this weekend.

All is not lost though. You may be able to take advantage of the milder winter we’ve been having this year and head to one of the inland sites here in South Wales. If you do head out for a dive in an inland site, you will need very good thermal protection, such as Dry Suit, thick undersuit, hood, gloves, etc as water temperatures will be low, around 9 degrees.

Your last option is to book a short notice trip and head to warmer climates, much like we’re enjoying currently on our Dive Trip to South Africa for some water time with the sharks; Hammerheads, Bull Sharks and lots more!

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

As we said above, we’re still enjoying our Dive Trip to South Africa with our instructors and some of our students, so there’s no training planned this week. We’ll be back soon with the PADI Open Water course starting back up on the first Saturday of February. We’ll also be looking to run the PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Rescue Diver courses early on in the year, so if you want to take the next step in your diving adventure, then get in touch.

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

Scuba Diving in South Wales is off this weekend unless you are heading to an inland site. We’re expecting huge swell (possibly reaching 10ft+), making any entry / exit very difficult and visibility will be effected too. Although wind strength will be reasonably gentle with the size of the swell and temperatures our advice is stay out of the sea.

Temperatures are higher here in South Wales than they have been over the last couple of weeks, so if you have the correct thermal protection you can always head to one of the inland sites in the area. Although temperatures are higher, they are still cold so, dry suits, hoods, gloves are all required as well as warm, layered clothes for before and after the dives.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

Last weekend saw our Christmas Jumper charity dives in Cardiff, which was great fun! We introduced a number of young children to the delights of Scuba Diving and raised some money for Save the Children too. We though that was our last diving event of the year, but it looks like we’ve go one more day of introducing people to Scuba Diving as we look to run a private taster session for the residents of a lakeside estate.

After that, it’s fully focused on our Dive Trip to South Africa. Our instructors and some previous students will be heading at to a number of locations all gearing up for the pinnacle; diving with sharks in their natural habitat.

Courses will be back up an running in February, so if you’re thinking of starting or continuing you diving adventures, book your PADI Advanced Open WaterPADI Advanced Open Water or PADI Rescue Diver with us today

 

CAUTIONS – Temperature! Thermal protection is absolutely vital, proper dive planning is critical and properly maintained equipment key. With swell size, you need to really think about how you can enter and exit the water safely and weather you’ll have the required visibility. Stay warm and stay safe!

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

Generally Scuba Diving conditions in South Wales are pretty good this weekend, except for the obvious elephant in the room; the freezing temperatures. The sea is looking calm, with virtually no swell expected, wind is reasonably strong but in an Easterly direction so you will be afforded some protection for the South Wales landscape and we have had a good few days of settled conditions, so you should even get acceptable visibility.

All that being said, it is cold, really, really cold. So, if you are going to venture out of a Scuba Diving trip you will need to ensure all of your equipment is in perfect condition, be extra cautious in any dive as the cold can affect your air consumption and nitrogen absorption and ensure you have access to back up equipment, which you should anyway diving with a buddy. Thermal protection is absolutely vital; hoods, gloves, dry suits and lots of layers underneath are all going to be required. You also need to think about your thermal protection for before and after the dive.

Whether you dive the South Wales coast or choose to dive an inland site, you are all going to be coming up against the same challenge, temperature, so plan properly and most of all, stay safe

 

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

We’re all excited for our Christmas Jumper try dive this Saturday at Hebron Hall in Cardiff. We’ve got a number of children coming along to get their first experience of diving and it’s completely appropriate we have so many children as all of the funds we raise will be donated to the Save the Children charity. You’re welcome to come along and support us, between 08:00 and 12:00, or simply send in a donation if you wish.

This is our last diving event of the year. Our instructors and some of our students are heading out to South Africa on 4th January 2017 on one of our unbeatable diving trips. They’ll be doing a number of dives in a few locations, with the pinnacle being diving with the ultimate; Sharks!

We’ll be back in February with the PADI Advanced Open WaterPADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Rescue Diver courses, so if you want to make 2017 the year you learn to dive or get back into diving, get in touch and book your course today

 

CAUTIONS – Temperature! Thermal protection is absolutely vital, proper dive planning is critical and properly maintained equipment key. Stay warm and stay safe!

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

We could see acceptable conditions for Scuba Diving on the South Wales coast this weekend, with virtually no swell and although strong, the wind will be in an offshore direction. Some of our more sheltered bays, such as Caswell Bay in Swansea could offer decent conditions. There has been some rain and strong winds over the last few days, so you’ll need to take visibility into account before any dive.

The big factor this weekend, as you can imagine at this time of year is the temperature. Water temperatures are going to have dropped significantly and surface temperatures are flirting with freezing now hear in South Wales. This isn’t going to stop a dive, but you do need to properly plan you thermal protection for all parts of the day – before you dive, whilst in the water and after your dive. Dry suits, gloves, hoods, lots of layers, etc. Warm drinks will also help to warm you up whilst out of the water.

As always in South Wales there is always the option to head to an inland site, such as Chepstow or Vobster Quay but you’ll have the same temperature concerns as on the South Wales coast.

 

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

Last weekend we were up at Chepstow running the PADI Advanced Open Water course, our last open water course of the year. Congratulations to Megan, Bradley, Megan and Alicia (yes, two Megans) on passing their PADI Advanced Open Water qualification. We look forward to seeing you again to continue your Scuba Diving adventures, possibly on the PADI Rescue Diver course?

Next weekend (3rd December) we’re running our annual Christmas Jumper try dive event. All proceeds will be donated to the Save the Children charity, and you can come down to Hebron Hall in Cardiff (in your Christmas Jumper of course) and try our Scuba Diving for a donation to the charity (minimum £15). The dives are open to both unqualified and qualified divers. You can also speak to our instructors if you want any further information on the PADI Open Water Diver course, or any other of our courses.

 

CAUTIONS – It’s all about the temperature at this time of year. Water temperatures are low and surface temperatures are threatening to reach zero, so your thermal protection is absolutely vital. Dry suits, gloves, hoods, layers, wind proof jackets, etc are all vital for any dive, coastal or inland.