Home > News > South Wales Scuba Diving

All the latest news, conditions reports and articles for Scuba Diving across South Wales and internationally.

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 – 28th June 2018

ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Sub Aqua, Scuba, Free Diving, Snorkelling

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF105BZ , Porthcawl CF365DH, SwanseaSA20AY , Bridgend CF311BB, Southerndown CF320RN, 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 again this week with Easterly winds, temperatures between 15 degrees and 26 degrees (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 14 Degrees

WIND – Easterly and South Easterly winds over the next few days ranging from 8 – 25 mph.  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –  Calm to wind chop seas, high Easterly wind bring white horses and offshore chop (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1ft -2ft

HIGH TIDE TODAY –
Low1:03AM2.09m
High7:13AM8.76m
Low1:20PM2.1m
High7:32PM8.97m
First Light4:10AM
Sunrise4:58AM
Sunset9:38PM
Last Light10:27PM

Visibility – 2-5 meters

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

Great conditions again this week, definitely the best time all year form Scuba diving in South Wales, weather is sunny fine and warm, Sea temperatures are rising up to a comfortable 14 degrees, the wind is light and offshore and the best part the visibility is up to 8 meters in parts of the coast.

The perfect conditions to train to become a Scuba Diver in the UK with the PADI Open Water Diver certification allowing you to dive up to 18 meters globally. Also the PADI Open Water diver Advanced course will allow our divers up to 30 meters to get even more pleasure from the sea.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli region

Date – 22nd June 2018

ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Sub Aqua, Scuba, Free Diving, Snorkelling

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF10 , Porthcawl CF36 , SwanseaSA1 , Bridgend, Southerndown, Ogmore by Sea, Llantwitt Major, Aberavon SA12, Stackpole Quay, Llanelli,

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

WEATHER – Very Sunny and high temperatures for the next few days, winds are light up to Wednesday, dry and clear (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 14 Degrees

WIND – Lite winds for the next few days only picking up around Wednesday next week, lowest 2 and highest 20 on Wednesday and Thursday (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –  Calm Seas, light swells, changing possibly on Wednesday to local chop and whipped up surface (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1ft

 HIGH TIDE TODAY –
High2:00AM8.24m
Low8:27AM2.6m
High2:41PM8.04m
Low8:52PM2.74m
First Light4:06AM
Sunrise4:55AM
Sunset9:39PM
Last Light10:27PM

 

Visibility – 2-5 meters

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

Conditions are looking very good for the next few days, light winds, calm seas, afternoon tides, little swell so the perfect conditions for scuba diving in the South Wales region. All sites close to Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli and Stackpole Quay should be working well, maybe changing on Wednesday when the winds start picking up.

This is the time to use the PADI Open Water Diver qualification to sample sea diving at its best in the UK. For those more adventureous then the PADI Advanced Open Water course may be more suitable.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli region

Date – 14th June 2018

ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Sub Aqua, Scuba, Free Diving, Snorkelling

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF10 , Porthcawl CF36 , SwanseaSA1 , Bridgend, Southerndown, Ogmore by Sea, Llantwitt Major, Aberavon SA12, Stackpole Quay, Llanelli,

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

WEATHER –    Very changeable this week after a prolonged period of warm sunny weather the wind has picked up significantly especially on the South East coast, gale force winds on Thirsday and heavy rain on Saturday temperatures from 12-17 Degrees  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 12 Degrees

WIND –   Changeable strong winds through the week, especially Thursday and Saturday mostly South and South Westerlies coming along the channel 15 – 34 knots (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –   Rough seas for the next few days with the strong southerly and Westerly winds especially along the Cardiff Cf1, Swansea SA1, Porthcawl CF36 and Southerndown regions of the coast (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – Small swell and low waves 1 – 3 foot at best

HIGH TIDE TODAY –

Low1:05AM1.49m
High7:17AM9.48m
Low1:26PM1.41m
High7:39PM9.62m
First Light4:06AM
Sunrise4:54AM
Sunset9:36PM
Last Light10:24PM

Visability – 0 – 1meters

Scuba Diving Conditions Report South Wales, Cardiff CF1, Porthcawl Cf36, Aberavon SA12, Swansea, Llanelli, Stackpole Quay

Over the past few weeks the weather and the wind has been amazing, beautiful sunny days and light offshore winds, unfortunately all that has changed today. High winds and big swells have blown out the Scuba Diving sites in Cardiff, Swansea, Porthcawl, Aberavon and up to Stackpole Quay. Visibility will be minimal and surf conditions will make entrances and exits treacherous.

We have recently completed the PADI Open Water Diver course and the PADI Open Water Advanced Diver course with students from Cardiff University. The students are now ready for their placements in the Nature reserve in the Medes Islands in Spain, a project we established 5 years ago and still going strong. So good look to all the students as they continue their Scuba diving careers.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli region

DATE – 26th May 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 –    Changable with rain and high winds over the next few days, wind may come from the North East creating a colder feel. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 11 Degrees

WIND –   Definaetly depends on the day, very high winds predicted on Saturday and Sunday and changing from westerlies to North Easterlies, calming into next week then picking up again on Tuesday, winds could get up to 35 mph on the weekend so need to be weary(https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –   Depends on wind direction, we have high wind but could be off shore which would give a calm sea state, however strong westerlies will give a rough sea state. (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – Small swell and low waves 1 – 3 foot at best

HIGH TIDE TODAY – HT 16.23PM 8.6 METERS

Visability – 0 – 2 meters

 

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

 

Last few days have been calm and good weather but wind is picking up which will affect the diving conditions and the visability. May be a possibility of diving towards Stackpole Quay and definitely into West Wales. All dive site close to Cardiff, Swansea, Newport will be affected by the high winds, especially over the weekend, sea calming in the week but visibility will be down.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli region

DATE – 11th May 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 –  Variable over the next few days, dry periods through the week with rain showers in between especially tonight, wind is also a mixed bag with strong winds tonight and then easing and picking up towards the end on the week. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 10 Degrees

WIND –  Varied throughout the week, strong South Westerlies tonight, easing and then picking up again into the week. Really need to look closely at the weather charts (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –  Messy week in the sea, varied winds accorss the South Wales area and 2 – 6 foot swells with localised winds will result in choppy waters for the next few days. (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – The surf and swell is again varied through the week, generally we have a 3-5 foot swell but with varied winds which could mess up the conditions. Generally consistent swell but winds making conditions hard to predict, may be better to head to the sheltered beaches

SWELL – 2 – 5FT

HIGH TIDE TODAY –  HT 4.25pm  HEIGHT 8.1m

VISIBILITY – 0 – 1 METER

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

 

The wind has increased and so has the swell so scuba diving in the areas around Newport, Cardiff, Porthcawl and Swansea and definately not good for access or egress or visability. Again this would be better found on the inland sites further East.

We are in full progress running the PADI Open Water Diver programme at the moment with students from Cardiff University heading out for the placements in the summer. The students will be part of an on going research project on the Medes Islands Nature reserve in L’Estartit Spain.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli region

DATE – 13th 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

WEATHER – The weather is still quite cold but relatively dry across the region, heavy rain is predicted on Sunday for a while but the rest of the week looks quite dry, winds are high from Sunday on wards and from the West mainly. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 9 Degrees

WIND – Again this week is all about the wind, we have strong Westerlies coming in from Sunday which will massively effect coasteering from Swansea to Cardiff, gale force winds are predicted up to 35 mph on Sunday and through to the early part of the week.  (www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – Stormy week ahead with high Westerly winds especially from Sunday on wards creating a very rough sea state in the areas and beaches accross South Wales (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 3FT – 16FT

HIGH TIDE TODAY – HT 5.52pm HEIGHT 8 .59Meters.

VISIBILITY – 0 – 1 METER

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

 

 

Big swell, big wind and stormy sea conditions will make diving in the local areas of Cardiff, Swansea, Aberavon, and Stackpole very hard over the next few days, especially with gale force winds on Sunday. Definately a time to head inland to the calmer sites not affected by the stormy sea conditions.

Huge weekend of diving last week with 28 students completing the PADI Open Water Diver Course and training for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course. All students successfully have completed the referral section and now head for the four Open Water qualifying Scuba Dives.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli region

DATE – 06th 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 – Will vary in relationship to the wind, generally mornings are colder and afternoons getting warmer, temperatures between 2 degrees and 12 degrees, strong Easterly winds will bring cold weather especially in the mornings, rain showers on and off through out the day. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 8 Degrees

WIND – This week is all about the wind, Friday will bring high gale force winds Easterlies and very cold, the rest of the week then will calm down and turn more Northerly, winds can get up to 30 mph on Friday and then picking up again later into next week. (www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – The Channel will get varied conditions with varying winds coming in from the East, North and West. Strong Easterlies will blow out Easterly beaches but Westerly beaches will be protected and there is alot of swell around this week from 2ft to 8 ft with consistent swell and surf throughout the regions and beaches close to Cardiff, Porthcawl, Southerdown and Swansea. (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 2FT – 8FT

HIGH TIDE TODAY – HT 10.40am HEIGHT 8 .36Meters.

VISIBILITY – 0 – 1 METER

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

 

The conditions are not good again this week, the swell and surf are big throughout the week inshore creating poor and dangerous conditions. Diving in the areas around Cardiff and Swansea are very reliant on the tides, wind and subsequantly swell and they are definitely not suitable for diving this week.

We have a full PADI Scuba Diving programme on Saturday with the PADI Open Water Referral Scuba diving course in the swimming pool in Hebron Hall in Cardiff, we have students from Swansea and even Somerset as well. A busy programme with students completing the PADI Open water course and the PADI Discover Scuba.

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.