All the latest news, conditions reports and articles for Scuba Diving across South Wales and internationally.
The conditions should be a lot calmer this weekend that last. Swell is set to be low along the South Wales coast and although there is a strong wind it is set to be in a Northerly or Easterly direction (Offshore). The main issue you will likely find is the visibility as the conditions have been fairly unsettled over the last few days, but that doesn’t mean diving is off. You just need to make sure you’ve properly planned your dive and take the correct equipment.
Water temperatures are still low as expected at this time of year so you will need to ensure you have the correct thermal protection, such as dry suit, good quality undersuit, hood, gloves. You also need to think about the thermal protection before and after the dives.
You may find better visibility and one of the inland dive sites in or near South Wales, such as Chepstow or Vobster Quay so they are always an option, but you will still need to properly plan your dives and thermal protection. In fact the water temperature in the inland sites may even be colder than the sea.
Last week saw us back in Hebron Hall, Cardiff running the PADI Open Water course and PADI Rescue Diver course. Both courses were a real success and we look forward to welcoming all of the students back when they complete the open water part of their course.
Our next PADI Open Water course is due to run on 4th March, so if you are thinking about starting you SCUBA diving adventures, get in touch and we can talk you through all of the options, prices and availability.
Diving in the Grenadines was the experience of a lifetime, but its good to be back in Wales where we are able to share our experiences with our students. The diving regime is back to normal and we are back to teaching people the skills required to explore the vast ocean.
Based in South Wales around the Cardiff, Swansea and Newport areas, we teach students of all ages the skills required to explore and navigate the ocean. Starting with the PADI Open Water Course, which sets the foundation for anyone’s diving career. This relatively short course will teach you the basic skills in a controlled pool environment over one weekend, before completing 4 open water dives at one of our sites. Considering that the PADI Open Water Course is something that will affect your whole life, this is a very short course to gain this skill and open up a whole new world of experience for you.
Hover you ever been on the beach on holiday and wonder’s what it would be like to explore the sea in-front of you. Many holiday resorts have ties with the local diving companies, so that any trained diver is able to explore the area if they so wish. Next time your in Spain or Egypt, instead of just looking at the sea from the land, you could be in it, swimming with the marine life and exploring all of the wonders that lie beneath the surface of the water.
Christmas is slowly creeping up on us, and we are getting more and more individuals wishing to learn how to dive before they spend the festive season in a warm sunny country, exploring its deep waters. What a great gift it would be to give someone the ability to explore the ocean. It would be the perfect Christmas present for those struggling to think of something. We’re always looking for more, enthusiastic, individuals to teach our trade to.
The ability to dive will take you all across the world, from Sharm el-sheikh in Egypt, which has waters teaming with Wildlife, to the Grenadines in the Caribbean, or even right on your very doorstep in Britain at places like Fishguard. What would you do if you knew the skills required to dive? Would you dive wrecks, exploring the relics of the past? Or perhaps search for wildlife, trying to see as many species as possible? Or maybe you would just like to relax, hovering in the ocean and just enjoying the scenery?
Diving opens up a vast array of new things for one to experience and it is relatively easy to gain these skills. The PADI Open Water course consists of one day in the pool with a theory exam after and then just four open water dives. This certifies you to dive anywhere in the world, although it is advised to take a dive master wherever you go, just in case. The Open Water qualification is not all however, individuals that have a love of the ocean can also undertake the PADI Advanced Diver course to expand their array of skills and reach greater depths. All of these skills are taught in the South Wales area near Cardiff, Swansea and Newport. So for many it’s very close to home.
Following the preliminary training in Hebron Hall, Cardiff, for the PADI Open Water Course, the students are getting ready to complete their qualification after they’re four open water dives in South Wales on the weekend of the 20th and 21st. These dives include an open water assessment of the skills they learned in a pool environment, such as mask and equipment skills, along with a navigation section and buoyancy control. As instructors we have been training in order to make sure we ourselves are fully prepared for their safety. This week we have been to Newton in Porthcawl where we updated our first aid and lifesaving skills which involved advanced oxygen tank usage. Will all this training done we are sure that the upcoming schools and activities will run smoothly. The Cardiff and Swansea schools are also displaying a keen interest and have been enquiring into the PADI Open Water qualification. Hopefully this means that we will soon have many more prospective students wishing to learn this qualification from us. Its a good season for scuba diving.
Variety is the spice of life, as they say. There are certain things that you know
are going to be fantastic but for some reason you’ve always kept putting
them off. Some people have their own ‘bucket list’ – a mental rundown of
experiences they would like to try while there’s still time, but getting round to
ticking the items off the list is often another story! Scuba diving often features
prominently on such lists. The possibility of exploring a whole new underwater
world; getting close up to sea creatures and moving freely over a completely
unfamiliar sub-aqua terrain. It’s certainly enticing. So what’s putting you off?
Scuba diving is easier, cheaper and more accessible than you think. If you’ve
always fancied having a go, there really is nothing to stopping you!
It’s time to dispel three of the most frequently-encountered myths that stop too many people taking the plunge, and here they are:
“Scuba-diving is only for abroad”
Wrong. Here in the UK, we’re blessed with countless locations for scuba
diving. After all wherever you are in the UK, you’re never more than a couple
hours drive away from the sea and most of us are a lot closer than that! The
range of sites is amazing and we have thousands of miles of coastline dotted
with reefs and shore beds of all different varieties. These locations are home
to a spectacular array of marine life – from native crustaceans, impressive
anemones and spectacular shoals of fish right through to seals, sea-otters,
whales and even sharks. Also, if wrecks are what attract you, our rich
maritime history ensures you’re spoilt for choice. South Wales is no exception
to this. Thanks to being on the doorstep of hundreds of miles of stunning
Heritage Coast, you can guarantee that the scuba Cardiff experience rivals
anything you’ll find abroad.
“You have to be super-fit to scuba dive”
Wrong. Scuba diving is a universal sport and is enjoyed by children as young
as ten right through to people who’ve been diving for 60 or more years! In
fact, it’s the ideal family activity and is a great way to keep fit. You can be
introduced gently to it as well to make sure that when you do take to the open
sea, you’ll be doing so with full back-up. Firstly, an instructor will make sure
you fully understand the theoretical side of things before getting the basic
technique right in a pool setting. Very quickly, you’ll find that scuba diving
becomes second nature and when you do venture into open water, you’ll be
able to do so with complete confidence.
“Scuba diving is expensive.”
Wrong. You don’t have to shell out on hundreds of pounds worth of kit in
order to learn how to scuba dive. For one thing, it’s possible to hire out
equipment at incredibly attractive rates. What you probably want to do first of
all is to try and get a feel for the sport and a scuba diving taster course
at Ocean Quest is the ideal way of doing that. Once you finally dive in, the
chances are that you’ll be hooked.
Try scuba diving for £15 and if you go on to book a diving course the £15 is taken off course price.
Get 10% off total price of course when 2 people book at the same time.
What are you waiting for? Give scuba diving a go and find out for yourself.
Ocean Quest is South Wales Premier PADI Dive Centre, established in 1998 across Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bridgend and South Wales. Ocean Quest is the longest running Scuba Diving Training facility in South Wales.
Ocean Quest has won numerous awards within the Scuba Diving and Watersports Industry including the prestigious PADI International Key Man Centre of the year award, the most prestigious acknowledgement awarded by PADI International
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