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We could be in for some of the best conditions we’ve had for a while this weekend. Sunday in particular we are expecting swell to be low and gentle, offshore Easterlies. On top of this conditions have been fairly decent in the previous days and we’re currently on neap tides, so the water movement has been less than in the previous few weeks. This should mean visibility is also improved compared to the last few weeks of the South Wales coast.
Although we’re getting neap tides of the weekend and into early next weekend, you must remember that on the South Wales coast even our neap tides involve a large movement of water, the different between low and high tide is still 4m+ so proper dive planning is still as important as ever. Remember the rule of twelfths and look to dive at slack water or the incoming tide.
You have the option of most of the dive sites in the Gower, such as Limeslade Bay or Oxwich Bay. You could also head a little further west and dive some of the bays out there, such as Martins Haven and St Brides Bay.
Last weekend saw us back at Hebron Hall, in Cardiff, taking some PADI Refresher courses and the PADI Open Water Diver confined dives for our latest batch of students. Next week we’ll be heading to Chepstow the our PADI Open Water Diver students can complete their open water dives and begin their scuba diving adventures. We’ll also be running the open water section of the PADI Rescue Diver as well as some guided dives.
This weekend our instructors and divemasters will be making the most of their time off with some pleasure dives along the South Wales coast.
CAUTIONS – It’s summer but the British sea temperatures will still only be around the 12 degree mark, so we’ll still need to take precautions with regards to thermal protection (wetsuits, drysuits, hoods, gloves). Even though we seeing neap tides across this weekend, there is still a large volume of water moving so proper dive planning is still absolutely vital.
We’re expecting some fairly big swell this weekend, possibly 6ft in certain places in South Wales and we have some Southerlies and Westerlies on us too. Add the unsettled conditions we’ve had over the last few days and the tidal movement and conditions don’t look too good for scuba diving on the coast of South Wales.
You may find acceptable diving conditions on Sunday in some of the sheltered bays, such as Stackpole Quay or Oxwich Bay but you need to stay aware of wind direction and speed and the conditions we’ve seen over the last few days will mean visibility is likely to be poor. If you do end up diving off the coast, make you remember the rule of twelfths and always dive on the incoming tide, which this weekend will be mid to late afternoon.
If you want to get a dive in, the best option is to head inland. The National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow will offer you a dive that isn’t as affected by the environmental conditions or if you want to try an inland site outside of South Wales, there’s always Vobster Quay in Somerset for you.
Once again a break in training the students this weekend, however our instructors are back out doing their own training. They’ll be completing the practical part of the RLSS Water Management Level 2 course which covers all of the water types we dive in, including still water, rivers and sea.
CAUTIONS – We’re still going to need to take sensible precautions with regards to thermal protection as water temperatures are still only going to be around the 10°C mark in both the sea and inland sites. With the strong winds we are expecting and reasonably low temperatures you also need to think about protection whilst you’re out of the water too. If you are planning to dive off the coast in South Wales, ensure you are aware of the changing conditions, making sure you know the conditions for both the beginning and the end of the dive.
We have been offering Scuba Diving Instructional Courses at our centers in Cardiff and Swansea for the past 15 Years and I am proud of what we have achieved. We have instructed thousands of people to Dive and not one of them has ever regretted it.
As a center e teach many course’s including Surfing, Gorge walking, Canyoning, Kayaking and many other water based activities. But Scuba Diving is the only one which is available for all and gives instant gratification.
The first time just trying the scuba gear on and entering into the water is a truly amazing experience, to breath see and feel underwater is wonderful but then to float with neutral bouyancy and complete weightlessness is awe enspiring.
The PADI Open water Diver Course is the first course to becoming a diver and anyone above the age of 8 can start. The great thing about diving is that anyone can do it and the pay back is not how fit or fast you are, but how chilled relaxed and what you feel and Sea.
Between all of the staff in our Diving Centers in Cardiff and swansea we have been priverlaged to Dive accross the world including South Africa, thialand, Egypt, Australia, Caribean, Indonesia and the Maldives. This is not a sport its a life stlye and the only one we could imagine.
We have a really big weekend with our Scuba Diving Course’s again this weekend, Liam, Kirsty, Rosie, Hannah, Ellie, Roshan and Richard will be with us from pontypridd and Cardiff completeing their PADI Open Water Diver Course which will allow them to Dive upto 18 meters anywhere in the world.
They have recently completed their PADI Open Water Referral course in Cardiff which has allowed them to complete the four Open Water Qualiyfying Scuba Dives. When the students have completed the course they will be ready to go Scuba Diving on their trip to Honduras in the New Year.
We also have Kirsty from Cardiff who is completeing her PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course as well on the weekend, she will be completing 5 Open Water Dives to obtain the Advanced Open Water Diver Course which will allow her to Dive to 30 meters anywhere in the world.
Their instructors will be Ray, Stuart, Lee, Phil and John, we will keep you infrmed on how they get on.
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.
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What are you waiting for? Give scuba diving a go and find out for yourself.
The Welsh capital city of Cardiff attracts holidaymakers with its vibrant nightlife scene, rich culture and wide range of historical attractions. This coastal city is also blessed with clear waters, and scuba diving Cardiff is quickly becoming a popular activity among people who enjoy spending time under the surface of the water.
There is a large number of companies that offer special scuba diving in Cardiff packages, including rental of all the equipment and trips to explore the watery underworld. Cardiff is an excellent place to earn your PADI license, and people travel to Cardiff from all over the world to become fully qualified scuba divers. Visitors can take their pick from a wide range of alternative scuba diving trips as well, including open water diving and night diving. The waters just off the coast of Cardiff are cool, clear and simply teeming with a whole host of colourful marine life, which makes scuba diving in Cardiff an excellent option for people of all experience levels.
The waters off Cardiff Bay are an excellent place to try scuba diving, and trips are organised from here all year round. Barry Island is situated just off the coast towards Cardiff International Airport and is another excellent scuba diving destination. Companies offer to combine scuba diving trips with snorkelling, jet skiing and a wide range of other exciting aquatic activities, which means that visitors can spend the entire day messing about in the water if they wish.
Taking a scuba diving trip in Cardiff is a great way to meet like-minded people and try something a little bit different while on holiday. Unlike many other parts of the world, the waters here are rarely crowded by boats and people, meaning that divers will find plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the experience to the full.
Among the diverse range of enchanting sea creatures and other types of marine life that are waiting in the waters to be discovered by divers are enormous schools of jacks as well as tuna and jelly fish. Visitors to Cardiff who take a diving trip will also have the chance to swim amongst groups of blue spotted stingrays, puffer fish and moray eels. Keen photographers will have plenty of time to get snap happy and capture the action on film so that they can relive the experience time and time again and share it with friends and family back home.
One of the great things about choosing to go scuba diving in Cardiff is that people who want to chill out for a while in between dives will find a wide range of other exciting entertainment options to make use of. Cardiff Bay has recently been renovated and features a whole host of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. Cardiff is also famous for its quirky historical landmarks such as Cardiff Castle, City Hall, Cosmeston Medieval Village, St Fagans National History Museum, the National Museum of Cardiff and the Norwegian Church, while sports fans will want to catch a match at the impressive Millennium Stadium.
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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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