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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 – 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

 

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

Two big things we’ll be contending with this weekend for Scuba Diving in South Wales; swell and visibility. The swell on Friday afternoon will be up around the 8ft mark and that continues into Saturday. As the swell dies down, the visibility will need a period of calm to settle down and improve.

Much the same as last week, the best bet is to head West to Pembrokshire to the North facing beaches and bays. Martins Haven and St Brides would be good areas to look at but there is a lot of adverse weather in the Atlantic at the moment and you could find visibility is poor there too. You could also head to an inland training site, such as Chepstow in South Wales or Vobster Quay in Sommerset.

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

We’re in the pool in Hebron Hall, Cardiff this weekend for the first two parts of the PADI Open Water Diver course. The students will spend the morning in the pool, learning the practical skills required before learning the required theory in the afternoon. We’re one of the only Scuba Diving Centres in the country to offer the PADI Open Water Diver referral in a single day plus some self study.

Next week we’ll be taking the students to Chepstow to complete the open water part of the PADI Open Water Diver course and the following weekend we’ll be back up at Chepstow running PADI Advanced Open Water course. As always, checkout our Facebook page for all the latest going ons.

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

Summer seemed to forget South Wales this week and we’ve had some very interesting weather throughout. One minute bright sunshine, the next torrential rain followed by more sunshine! There’s also been a fair bit of strong wind, all of which means visibility is going to be pretty poor along the whole of the South Wales coast for any Scuba Diving.

Swell on Saturday will also be pretty big and make any shore entries / exits very challenging, although both the swell and wind drop on Sunday. Our advice is to either look further west in Wales or find yourself a last minute flight to sunnier climbs along Europes Southern coast.

Your last option for a bit of Scuba Diving in South Wales this weekend is to head to the inland site at Chepstow which will offer you almost guaranteed diving as it less affected by the conditions; although again you may get some reduced visibility due to the run off of rain water over the last couple of days.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

We’re up at Chepstow, South Wales this weekend with a number of students completing their PADI Open Water Diver course open water dives; the final step in achieving their PADI Open Water Diver certification which will allow them to dive anywhere in the world up to 18m. This is the first step in their Scuba Diving adventure and will open the door to a number of other courses and certifications, including the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and a number of specialities.

Our usual venue for the PADI Open Water Referral course, Hebron Hall in Cardiff, is closed in September for maintenance and upgrades so they’ll be no course running this September but we’ll be back in the pool in October.

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

Unfortunately conditions for Scuba Diving on the South Wales coast aren’t particularly good this weekend. Friday and Saturday sees strong winds and reasonable swell along the whole of the coast. This will make conditions incredibly difficult before, during and after the dive. Although conditions will improve on Sunday with the wind dropping right down and the swell a little smaller the effect of the previous weeks conditions on visibility will not have cleared.

Your two options for a dive this weekend are; book a ticket and head somewhere warm, calm and pretty (Southern Europe can be reached in a couple of hours) or head to one of the inland dive sites in South Wales are close by. Chepstow is the deepest inland dive site in the UK and Vobster Quay in Sommerset also offers you the chance to dive without being so affected by weather conditions.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

Last weekend saw us back in the swimming pool in Hebron Hall, Cardiff running our PADI Open Water Referral course. It was a very busy day as a number of people look to get their PADI diving qualifications before they head off on their summer holidays. Whilst the training is on hold this weekend a number of the students will be up at Chepstow next week to complete the PADI Open Water Diver course and become qualified to dive anywhere in the world and join this wonderful community.

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

The weather  is a little dull here in South Wales across this weekend but we could still see some acceptable conditions for diving along the coast, particularly in the more sheltered areas. The swell is relatively low, at around 2ft – 4ft and on Sunday in particular the wind is set to drop, with a few strong gusts. We’re on a neap tide along the South Wales coast, so high tide is a relatively low (for the Bristol Channel), 8.5m. This could effect your usual dive plans, so make sure you review and re-plan where required.

We’ve had relatively calm waters across the week and the wind has been quite gentle too which means you should have acceptable visibility for an enjoyable dive, particularly in areas with more shelter from the wind.

As always there is the option of the inland dive sites, which will always offer more settled conditions – particularly useful if you are training or doing your first dive in a little while to get back into things. Obviously, if it’s been longer than 6 months we recommend you have a refresher course before doing any diving.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

We’re really busy this weekend! We’ve got our usual session running at Hebron Hall in Cardiff, where a number of students will be completing their PADI Open Water Referral course. This is the first part of the full PADI Open Water Diver course and we’re one of the few places in South Wales that enable you to complete this with home study and a single days instructor led training.

On top of that, we’re also running the PADI Open Water Referral course across the Saturday and Sunday for pupils at Alleyen’s School in Dulwich. Again we are one of the few companies that can organise these course at your location, reducing costs of travelling and the difficulty in arranging the trip. If this is something you think could benefit your school, company or club, give Lee a call and he can run through all of the different options available.

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

Well after the beautiful weather of last weekend, it’s taken a bit of a downward turn this weekend. The wind is due to pick up to around 15 knots, gusting to over 20 knots and the swell is also bigger than last weekend, likely to be around 4ft. This will lead to some very tricky conditions for Scuba Diving along the South Wales coast, although you may find the most sheltered bays provide an option. You will need to ensure you have a detailed dive plan and also ensure you dive with people who know the coast line very well and have the correct level of experience and training.

The inland sites are open as always, such as Chepstow and Vobster Quay in Sommerset, although keep in mind this weekend is Glastonbury so the traffic in that area is going to be extremely busy. It’s also not too late to book yourself a last minute getaway before the school holidays kick in and try some diving in Europe or further afield. Just make sure you properly research any dive centre you plan on diving with.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

Theres no diving courses this weekend but we are still busy preparing for next weekends PADI Open Water Referral course we’re running in London for a school before their trip. These courses are always good fun but certainly keep us all on our toes. We’ll also be running the PADI Open Water course in Hebron Hall, Cardiff next weekend, so all our instructors and divemasters are going to be extremely busy.

Our courses run every month, so there is still time to get booked on to one of our PADI courses before your holiday.