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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 – 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.

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

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

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff, Porthcawl, Swansea, Bridgend, Southerndown, Ogmore by Sea, Llantwitt Major, Aberavon, Stackpole Quay, Llanethi,

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

WEATHER – Cold Temperatures across the South Wales region and high Easterly winds, rain clearing into the weekend and early next week. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 10 Degrees

WIND – Strong blustery Esaterly winds and changeable winds throughout most of the week and into weekend ( Strong www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – The swell is huge at the moment up to 20 foot on unprotected beaches, calming down Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

HIGH TIDE – HT 8.45PM HEIGHT 9.39Meters

VISIBILITY – 0 – 1 METERS

SCUBA DIVING CONDITIONS REPORT SOUTH WALES, CARDIFF, SWANSEA, PORTHCAWL, LLANLLEI, STACK POLE 

We still have high winds and huge swells across the South Wales region including Newport, Cardiff, Porthcawl, Swansea, Llanllei, Stackpole, so no diving over the next two days, Sunday, Monday and calming down, so could be accessible at the early part of the week, the problem will be the visability which would be down to zero or 1 meter.

2018 has started already for our diving season, we are running the PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Divemaster programmes at the moment and heading back into the water over the next couple of weekends, so hopefully the wind will drop and the Sea’s calm so we can get some quality Scuba Diving.

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

The swell returns to the South Wales coast this weekend, reaching up to 7ft potentially on Sunday. Wind is generally fairly gentle although you could experience some gusts up to 13knots – 15knots and will be a moving between a Southerly and West South West over the course of the weekend. The conditions are relatively calm in the lead up to the weekend, so if you can plan your dive around the swell you could find some acceptable diving conditions along parts of the South Wales coast, particularly in more sheltered bays, such as Caswell Bay or Oxwich Bay in Swansea.

Thermal protection is still vital, even if the weather is particularly mild for this time of year, it will have made very little difference to water temperatures, so you’ll need decent thermal protection for any dive, dry suits, hoods, gloves will all be required. The correct, properly serviced equipment is always vital so, if you’re thinking of heading out with your lightweight travel BCD and regulator, think again! Perhaps sign yourself up to the PADI Advanced Open Water or PADI Rescue Diver course so you can understand why you shouldn’t be doing that.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

We don’t have any courses this weekend, however we’re out and about scouting locations for some new courses we’re hoping to announce soon. These new courses will complement our current offerings of PADI courses and we’re really excited about them.

We’re also starting to plan some more Dive Trips for the summer months and working with Cardiff University students who will be undertaking some marine research projects later in the year too.

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

Get your passport, book a flight and get out of the UK! That’s our best advice for getting a coastal dive this weekend. We’ve got huge winds over the next couple of days across South Wales, and once that calms down, the swell takes over, quite possibly reaching over 10ft at times. Even if you could get into and out of the water successfully with all that water movement, visibility is going to be affected and will likely impact the enjoyment of your dive.

If you can’t fly off to an exotic destination at a moments notice, your best bet for a dive this weekend is to head to one of the inland sites in or near South Wales, such Chepstow or Vobster Quay. They’ll be far less effected by all of the environmental conditions, so your main concern will be water temperature. Good quality thermal protection will be a must; dry suits, hoods, gloves, etc and you’ll also need to think about how to stay and get warm whilst you are on the surface.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

We’re back in the swimming pool in Hebron Hall, Cardiff on Saturday with two PADI courses. We’ve got the PADI Open Water course running, which is the start of the students journey into Scuba Diving and we’re also running the PADI Rescue Diver course for a number of students from Cardiff University.

The PADI Rescue Diver course teaches the students some basic first aid, rescue techniques (both self rescue and rescue of others) and a better understanding of the technical aspects of diving. After the 2 month break from courses whilst we were off diving with the Sharks in South Africa all of the instructors and Divemasters are excited to get back into it!

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

Scuba Diving in South Wales is off this weekend unless you are heading to an inland site. We’re expecting huge swell (possibly reaching 10ft+), making any entry / exit very difficult and visibility will be effected too. Although wind strength will be reasonably gentle with the size of the swell and temperatures our advice is stay out of the sea.

Temperatures are higher here in South Wales than they have been over the last couple of weeks, so if you have the correct thermal protection you can always head to one of the inland sites in the area. Although temperatures are higher, they are still cold so, dry suits, hoods, gloves are all required as well as warm, layered clothes for before and after the dives.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

Last weekend saw our Christmas Jumper charity dives in Cardiff, which was great fun! We introduced a number of young children to the delights of Scuba Diving and raised some money for Save the Children too. We though that was our last diving event of the year, but it looks like we’ve go one more day of introducing people to Scuba Diving as we look to run a private taster session for the residents of a lakeside estate.

After that, it’s fully focused on our Dive Trip to South Africa. Our instructors and some previous students will be heading at to a number of locations all gearing up for the pinnacle; diving with sharks in their natural habitat.

Courses will be back up an running in February, so if you’re thinking of starting or continuing you diving adventures, book your PADI Advanced Open WaterPADI Advanced Open Water or PADI Rescue Diver with us today

 

CAUTIONS – Temperature! Thermal protection is absolutely vital, proper dive planning is critical and properly maintained equipment key. With swell size, you need to really think about how you can enter and exit the water safely and weather you’ll have the required visibility. Stay warm and stay safe!

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

We’ve had some lovely weather across South Wales this week and this is good news for visibility. We are expecting conditions to become much tougher this weekend, particularly on the South Coast as swell and wind both pick up gradually across the weekend, Sunday afternoon will see 30+ knot gusts and 6ft – 9ft swell. If you can get down for Friday, you may find acceptable conditions across all of the dive sites, including Limeslade Bay or Oxwich Bay. The usual dive sites in West Wales will also be an option, such as Martins Haven and St Brides Bay, again particularly on Friday.

Whilst conditions may be acceptable early on Saturday morning, particularly further west, you may find the tides aren’t going to play the game and with changeable conditions expected, you will be better heading to any of the inland dive sites in the South Wales area, such as Chepstow or Vobster Quay in Somerset.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

We usually run our PADI Open Water Diver pool sessions on the first Saturday of each month, however there is a change of plan this month. A number of or instructors are out in L’Estartit, Spain on one of our infamous Dive Expeditions. This means our PADI Open Water Diver confined water sessions will be taking place next weekend, where we’ll be starting the next batch of students on their underwater adventures.

CAUTIONS – It’s summer and we’ve had some beautiful weather in South Wales sea temperatures will still only be around the 12 degree mark, so we’ll need to take precautions with regards to thermal protection (wetsuits, drysuits, hoods, gloves).

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

We’ve had some pretty unsettled weather here in South Wales these last few days, and that has affected conditions for diving, particularly the visibility. Whilst we may see conditions this weekend that are acceptable for scuba diving, with the recent weather conditions and tidal movement, you’ll likely find it difficult to see much and this will no doubt reduce the enjoyment of your dive, and more importantly, introduce safety hazards.

If you are adamant about a coastal dive, you may find some of the sheltered sites in West Wales, such as Martins Haven and St Brides Bay, your best bet, but our recommendation is to head to one of the nearby inland dive sites, such as The National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow or Vobster Quay in Sommerset.

 

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

No training this weekend, however next weekend we’re back at Hebron Hall in Cardiff taking our PADI Open Water Diver course and some refresher dives. We’ll also be running the open water section of the PADI Open Water Diver course down at The National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) sometime in August so our instructors will be making the most of this weekend off, either with some pleasure dives or some other outdoor activities.

CAUTIONS – As is always the case, throughout the year, in South Wales we’ll still need to take precautions with regards to thermal protection (wetsuits, drysuits, hoods, gloves). We’re seeing a spring tide this weekend so the rule of twelfths is absolutely vital when planning your dive times.

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

We could see some acceptable conditions for diving this weekend of the South Wales coast. Swell isn’t going to be too big, possibly around the 4ft mark, and early Saturday the winds should be slight. We do however have a huge spring tide to contend with, almost 9.5m at high tide, so that could affect visibility and makes it absolutely crucial you apply the rule of twelfths to any dive.

The wind is due to pick up Saturday afternoon into Sunday with potentially quite strong Southerly and Westerly gusts on Sunday, although some of the sheltered sites in West Wales, such as Martins Haven and St Brides Bay, may be an option. Although the swell isn’t due to increase, the increase in wind could make entry and exit trickier and may also have an impact of visibility.

 

Of course you can always head inland. South Wales is lucky enough to have The National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow which will almost guarantee you a dive, and has plenty of features to keep you entertained on your dive. There is also the option of heading out of Wales to Vobster Quay in Sommerset.

If you do decide to go with an offshore dive, make sure you account for the rule of twelfths, diving on the incoming tide and ensure you’ve properly planned both you entry and exit points. This is particularly important with the tidal movement we will see this weekend.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

Another break from diving courses this weekend, but we’ll be back at the beginning of August with our next group of PADI Open Water Diver students at Hebron Hall in Cardiff. We’ll also be looking to run the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course soon for our newly qualified PADI Open Water Divers and anybody else who is interested

 

CAUTIONS – As is always the case, throughout the year, in South Wales we’ll still need to take precautions with regards to thermal protection (wetsuits, drysuits, hoods, gloves). We’re seeing a spring tide this weekend so the rule of twelfths is absolutely vital when planning your dive times.

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

We’re in for a tough weekend as far as Scuba Diving on the South Wales coast. The swell isn’t too big, although Saturday could be up to 4ft – 5ft but we’ve got strong onshore winds, meaning increased water movement which could cause visibility issues.

Whilst the tide isn’t as big as it can be on the South Wales coast, high tide will still be between 8m and 8.3m and low of 2.8m across the weekend, so there is still a large movement of water between low and high tide, which could also contribute to visibility issues. Sheltered, easterly facing bays may provide enough protection from the conditions for the more experienced divers. Oxwich Bay is Swansea may be an option.

Of course you always of the option of heading inland. In South Wales we’re lucky enough to have The National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow which will almost guarantee you a dive, and although an inland site there is plenty to see with sunken boats, planes, helicopters and much more!

If you do decide to go with an offshore dive, make sure you account for the rule of twelfths, diving on the incoming tide and ensure you’ve properly planned both you entry and exit points.

 

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

There are no diving courses for us this week after last weeks PADI Open Water Diver completion dives and PADI Rescue Diver open water section. We’ve also run the Emergency First Responder course required for the PADI Rescue Diver course which provides students with a level of first aid to deal with a number of situations as first on scene – and not just diving accidents.

We’ll be back in Hebron Hall in Cardiff soon, starting another group of students on their Scuba Diving adventure.

CAUTIONS – As is always the case, throughout the year, in South Wales we’ll still need to take precautions with regards to thermal protection (wetsuits, drysuits, hoods, gloves). Although the tidal movement is smaller than it can be here is South Wales, there will still be a large movement of water between high and low. Plan you dive, entry and exit points and times accordingly.