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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.

The PADI open Water Scuba Diving Course allows you to dive any where in the world up to 18 meters in depth with a dive Buddy as does the BSAC Ocean Diver and other diving qualifications. Here in South Wales prodominently Cardiff, Swansea, Porthcawl, Newport and Bridgend people learn to dive under the different systems to gain qualifications that allow them to explore the underwater world across the globe as well as here in South Wales and the UK.

As part of this training you arwe shown how to use the Scuba Equipment most of which is quite familiar such as wetsuit, Mask, snorkel, Fins, weight belt, boots, hoods, gloves, the three essentials however are The Regulator, The Buoyancy Control Device and the Cylinder, these are the main items of the Scuba Unit.

The Scuba Unit itself is very basic but essential for the purpose to breath under water, developed 60 years ago so we might explore underwater and salvage items left behind in the sea and the oceans.

In modern times the equipment has not changed a great deal but is safer and more effective than its initial start, our next item will explain the fundamentals of the Regulator an essential part of your diving kit.