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Looks like we could be seeing another weekend of positive conditions for Scuba Diving in South Wales this weekend. Swell size is looking like it should be around the 2ft – 3ft range and winds are fairly gentle. Wind direction should also be more offshore over the weekend, meaning the South Wales coast will be afforded a little bit of protection, helping to keep the visibility – a key requirement for an enjoyable scuba dive – reasonable.
Tide size is fairly average for the South Wales coast, or Bristol Channel, with low tide around 3m – 4m and high tide around 8m. Whilst that isn’t a huge tidal range for South Wales, it is still a massive volume of water moving, so you will still need to ensure you are planning your dives around the tidal movement, remembering the rule of twelfths. You want to be looking to dive the incoming tide, so this weekend, that means a morning dive with high tide being 10:50 on Saturday and 11:55 on Sunday.
Keep in mind that temperatures, both air and sea, are starting to drop now, so you’ll need to be thinking about the level of thermal protection you require, both during, before and after your dive. We’re getting into the dry suit season for coastal dives and hoods and gloves are going to start being required too. You’ll also want to ensure you are able to keep warm before any dive and warm up after your dive too – whilst the wind should be fairly gentle, there will be a noticeable wind chill.
Last weekend we ran the confined water dives and theory section of the PADI Open Water Diver course in Cardiff. There’s no training this weekend, but we’ll be taking our students down to Chepstow this month to complete the open water section of the PADI Open Water Diver course and allowing them to become fully qualified to scuba dive anywhere in the world up to 18m.
We’re also looking to run an Advanced Open Water course in the coming weeks, so if you are interested in taking your scuba diving training to the next level then give us a call and we can provide you with more details. The PADI Advanced Open Water course will help you improve you buoyancy, dive to 30m deep and give you a chance to practice you diving with fully qualified PADI instructors.
CAUTIONS – Water temperatures are starting to drop now as the air temperature starts to decrease. You’ll need to think about your thermal protection both whilst in the water and after exiting. Hoods, Gloves, Semi-dry or Dry suits. Windproof jackets and lots of layers for when you’ve finished your dive too.
The weather is looking quite good for this time of year this weekend and the swell has eased up, particularly over the weekend, meaning the diving conditions could be acceptable in the regions of Swansea and South Wales over the next few days. We are, however, due some strong gusts of wind, possibly up to gale force, so if you are planning to head for the sea keep an eye on this and dive in locations protected from the the prevailing winds. You also need to watch for poor visibility due to the sea movement and recent weather but the water course should be relatively safe and settled.
Areas of the Mumbles in Swansea, such as Oxwich Bay, and further west, such as Stackpole Quay will have some of the better conditions. Be aware of the large tidal movement however and always try to dive on the incoming tides.
If the poor visibility is a problem, once again there is the option of heading to one of the inland sites here in South Wales, such as the National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow or Vobster Quay where visibility could be better.
Last weekend saw us take our first students to Chepstow and once again this weekend we’ll be taking the next 5 students to complete their open water qualifying dives for their PADI Open Water Diver qualification. They’ll be completing their dives at the NDAC in Chepstow to ensure we have the best conditions available and upon successful completion will be qualified to dive anywhere in the world up to 18m.
CAUTION – Water temperatues will still be cold, about 10 degrees in both the sea and freshwater. Make sure you taken precautions, particularly with the correct thermal protection, such as gloves, hoods, boots, 10mm semi-dry, or full dry suit, under layers, base layers, etc
Scuba Diving Conditions and Activities Report for Cardiff, Swansea, South and West Wales – Firstly we hope you all had a fantastic New Year and your rearing to go and get in the water in 2016. Unfortunately the conditions on the coast of South Wales are not suitable for diving at the moment. We still are experiencing high winds and large swells which incurs bad diving conditions for the whole region. The water temperature is still higher than average but as mentioned the conditions are not great for Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales region in general.
West Wales areas as always will be far more protected including Martins Haven, St Brides Bay protected on the North facing beaches. The conditions are still not great in this area but defiantly better than in South East Wales. The air temperature is also down considerably so the right protective layering will be essential such as hoods, gloves, dry suit, thermals and also warm clothing and hot drinks. In these conditions you must make sure you are protected adequately for the temperatures.
This week we are away teaching a School in Southampton the PADI Open Water Diver Referral course, they will be completing the course firstly in a classroom at the school and then onto a local swimming pool. The students are preparing for an expedition they will be attending in the summer and completing the referral course so they can complete the four PADI Open Water qualifying dives on their expedition. Hopefully we’ll be back in the Open Water as soon as the conditions clear.
Scuba Diving Conditions for Cardiff, Swansea, South Wales and West Wales areas . Well all I can say is that it hasn’t really been the best year for wether and subsequently Scuba Diving on the Coastline of South Wales. We have had alot of rain and wind and swell throughout the summer and the temperature has been cold through out and it hasn’t changed this week either. Ther is still rain and wind and the conditions are not great from Cardiff up to Stackpole Quay in Pembrokshire. The best options again will be on the West Wales coastline in pembrokeshire especially Martins Haven and St Brides Bay. They are protected from the wind and swell so get better conditions throughout the year. Hopefully September and October will start to bring lighter conditions so we can get back in the water when the temperture is still comfortable.
We are stiil trining through out the season and through out the year with people atttending our Scuba Diving Courses fron Cardiff, Swansea, Bridgend, Newport and through out South Wales. This weekend we are teaching the PADI Open Water Diver Course and the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course. On the course are David, Stuart, Grace and Sally on the PADI Open Water Diver and Stuart, Jacob and Luke and the PADI Advanced Course. They will be completeing the course over the weekend with their instructors Dan, Paul, Chris and Jo. So good luck to all of them
Scuba Diving Conditions in Cardiff, Swansea, South Wales and West Wales for the up coming week as usual is looking varied across the region. The exposed tidal areas of Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales are not looking good at all. We have big winds and bigger Swell conditions to cope with and this is affecting the Scuba Diving conditions badly. The visibility is minimal and the undertows, rip currents and inshore currents will be very unpredictable for the next few days. All divers with the basic qualifications such as PADI Open Water Diver, BSAC Ocean Diver should not be in the water in these areas unless under supervision by and experienced qualified diver. PADI Rescue Diver and BSAC Sports Diver would be better suited to the conditions in the area at the moment.
The best option for diving over the next few days would be West Wales in the protected areas of Martins Haven, St Brides Bay in Pembrokeshire. They are far better protected from the wind and the swell conditions and will offer by far the safest and clearest conditions for all qualified divers.
We are teaching the PADI Open water Diver Course at the moment in Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales areas, the course will allow a diver to certify to be able to dive up to 18 meters anywhere in the world, our advice is always for the newly qualified diver to be under supervision so they be protected whilst learning the basics of there new diving experience.
Conditions and Events Report for Scuba Diving in South and West Wales near Cardiff, Swansea, Lydstep and Pembrokshire – well summers hear and the conditions are terrible for diving in the South Wales region, high winds, bad weather, storms, heavy rain and Big sea swells and again hindering the coastal areas in the region for Scuba Diving. Sites near Cardiff and Swansea are definitely a no go with bad visibility and poor conditions.
If there was anywhere to dive this coming week it would be West Wales in protected areas such as Martins Haven and St Brides Bay by Dale and haverfordwest. These sites would be better dived on the late afternoon incoming tides and when the bays are in full flood to protect from the adverse conditions.
Divers should to qualified to the PADI Advanced or PADI Rescue Diver level or the similar level in other licences for this weeks diving profile. We are running the PADI Open Water Diver Course at Hebron Hall in Dinas Powys on 6th June. The Open Water Dives will then be run in July for the full qualification.
Scuba Diving in the South Wales area over the next few days will be variable, we have just returned from a trip of a lifetime from the Caribbean where the water temperature was 29 degrees and back home at the moment it is 7 degrees which I must say quite cold even for a hardened divers like us.
So be prepared to wrap up warm, Dry Suit or good semi dry suit, gloves, hood, thermal rash vests, boots and a flask of hot coffee. The wind is high on the weekend so this will add to the cold factor.
The best areas for the conditions will be West Wales around the Skomer Island area with the winds and swell being less and the conditions clearing quicker for more suitable diving conditions.
We were instructing the PADI Open Water Diver Course in Hebron Hall in Cardiff on the weekend with a group of 18 students from all over South Wales including Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Bridgend.
They will be looking to complete their 4 PADI Open Water Dives in the near future, were going to let the water warm up for them a little first.
Saturday 03rd may we are running the PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course in Hebron Hall in Dinas powys on the edge of Cardiff and close to Dinas Powys train station.
The course will start at 8am for a briefing and the day will consist of watching the PADI Open Water Diver Video and completeing the knowledge Review assesments which the group have already completed and on completion we will then be running through a 50 question multiple choice test with the group to evaluate their full knowledgeof assembling of equipment by the whole group, we will then brief on the skills of diving before moving into the swimming pool for a 4 hour training session with the group. Attending the weekend are Kyle from near Cardiff, John and Gareth from Cardiff and Peter from Swansea.
The instructional team on the day will be Kath, Mal and John and they will be putting the group through their skills, once completed the students will be able to move onto the four Open Water Qualifying Dives for the completeion of their PADI Open Water Diver Qualification
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