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

Date – 05th July 2018

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

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF105BZ , Porthcawl CF365DH, Swansea SA20AY , 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 – Very warm and sunny again, light winds and temperatures from 15 – 24 degrees (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 16 Degrees

WIND – Light winds for the next few days, maybe picking up gusting to a maximum of 12 mph, directions will vary day after day with no predominate direction (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –  Calm seas, throughout the region over the next few days, slight chop on heavier wind days. (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1ft -2ft Max

 HIGH TIDE TODAY –
Low5:16AM2.63mHigh11:29AM8.01mLow5:31PM2.83mHigh11:53PM8.14m

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

Great diving conditions at the moment across the region, its definitely time to get your fins on and get in the water, the snorkelling is good as well, all sites are better on the incoming tide especially 3 hours after the low tide. Visibility is good and seas are calm and warmer.

We were diving at Sker point last week off Kenfig sands, a very hard dive and based on Scientific research for the local nature reserve, myself, Daniel Lewis and Stewart Brooke all completed the dive which is usually conducted by professional divers once every year.

As for our PADI Open Water Divers and PADI Advanced Open Water Divers the conditions are perfect to get with our guides and get in the water for some fantastic sea pleasure diving

 

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 – 09th 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 – Milder air across the region bringing in rain for the next few days and blustery winds from the South and South West temperatures 5 – 10 degrees. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 7 Degrees

WIND – Strong Westerlies and South Westerlies over the next few days causing rough sea states and choppy swell in exposed regions strength 10 – 30 mph. (www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – With the winds will come choppy and stormy sea states especially in exposed areas along the channel in Cardiff and Swansea (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 3FT – 8FT

HIGH TIDE TODAY – HT11.28pm HEIGHT 7.65Meters.

VISIBILITY – 0 – 1 METER

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

Conditions not good again this week, heavy rain, strong winds and big swells across South Wales including Cardiff, Porthcawl, Swansea, regions, visibility will be bad and conditions hard, fortunately the inland sites will be working and accessible this weekend so diving can you ahead.

Its nearly our 20th year in business and we have just received the 20 year accolade from PADI International, check out our facebook site for the images. As always the PADI Open Water programmes are running including the PADI Open Water Diver and the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.

We are also in the planning stages for South Africa and Spain trips, they will be running in August for Spain and January 2019 for South Africa so we shall keep you informed. Please cannot for details as spaces will be limited

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

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.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

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.

Scuba Diving Conditions and Activities Report for Cardiff, Swansea, South and West Wales 22.10.2015 – What can I say, we had very good conditions for a while and now the wind and rain has descended upon us and the conditions have totally changed. There is a big low pressure coming in from the North at the moment which means pretty much all the dive sites around Cardiff, Swansea, South and West Wales will be affected. The only possibility may be the coast of West Wales on the most sheltered areas such as Martins Haven and St Brides Bay. So it looks like the diving is going to change for the worse over the next few days and possibly weeks, might be time to head off to those inland sites or get on the plane.

The water temperature is still 14 Degrees so the water is very comfortable at the moment, it might be an idea to head inland, we are off to do a Halloween Dive at the Vobster Diving facility in Somerset. So if anyone has any suitable masks and costumes please let us know.

The next few days we will be completeing the PADI Open Water Diver course with our new bunch of divers from Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and across the region. The course will firstly be completed in the Swimming Pool in Cardiff and then in the open Water to gain the full PADI Open Water Qualification allowing them to dive anywhere in the world upto 18 meters.

As mentioned we are also heading over to Vobster Quay for the annual Halloween Fancy Dress Dive with our qualified divers from the centre, we will then be joining the the festivities for the Halloween bash.

Scuba Diving in the Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales Area Conditions Report 16.05.2015 – The wind and the swell have been high around the coastline for the last few weeks. After the great weather in April we are now paying the price coming into the main diving season in the UK. Over the years we have realised there is not a better or good seasons for the conditions in the area around the South Wales Coast.

We have big tides, big wind and big swell so judging the conditions is crucial to enjoy safe, relaxed diving, which is not usually the case in the area. The viability at the moment is down due to the swell, tide and wind and there is more unsettled conditions to come. I would say the best bet is to head to West Wales to the sheltered Bays such as Martins Haven and St brides. These are protected from Westerly and easterly winds so definitely the best options.

The conditions are definately for the basic PADI Open Water Diver Levels or possibly even the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, the Scuba Diver in these regions need to be experienced and up to a CMAS 2 Star such as PADI Rescue Diver or above.

Throughout history we have defined many time periods by the main materials used by the people. This is true for the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages which refer to two of the earliest periods in human history. Is is safe to say that if we this period were to be defined by the main material used, we would be living in the Polymer age. Polymers are macro-molecules which are made from long chains of individual monomer units.  There are both natural and synthetic polymers. We are able to synthesis polymers through various methods,  in order to make items that we use in every day life, for instance, the plastic products that we find all around us.

Our area of work being mainly in cold, flowing water, the polymers that are found in the equipment we used are specially designed to aid us in these extreme environments. An example of a polymer used in our equipment is neoprene or polychloroprene, which is produced by free radical polymerization of chloroprene. The plastic is then foamed with nitrogen gas in order to increase the insulation of a wet-suit via the addition of a layer of tiny enclosed and separated gas bubbles.  Neoprene is able to maintain its flexibility over a variety of temperatures which makes it perfect for use in a cold environment. However, it is susceptible to pressure changes due to the gas bubbled that are added for insulation, making it thinner at higher depths.

These traits are useful when diving as the insulation provided from the enclosed gas bubbles, allowed us to go to greater depths, while still staying relatively warm. The flexibility provided by the neoprene also aids us when using the equipment at greater depths due the the increased manoeuvrability.

We use a full range of Neoprene products whilst training our PADI Open Water Diver Training courses in Cardiff, Swansea and accross South Wales, on the Open Water Diver course at this time of year we wear hoods, gloves, boots as well as wet suits, so the function of neoprene is highly important to our Divers for their warmth and protection.

Were making good of the conditions while the water is still warm and on the weekend of the 30th/31st August we have a huge weekend in store for a novice and trained divers.

We are firstly completing the PADI Open Water Diver Course with Simone, Gavin, Nia and Sara from Cardiff. Paul from Swansea and Neil  from Newport, the have all completed the PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course in Hebron Hall in Cardiff and are now ready for the Open Water Qualifying Dives. There instructors will be Dan and Ray for the weekend.

We also have the PADI Advanced Open Water diver course on the same weekend with Sam from Swansea, Phil from Llanelli, Luke from Cardiff and Jarrod from Cardiff, they have completed the PADI Open Water Diver Course and are now progressing to the next Scuba Diving level. There instructors are Lee and Stewart for the weekend and the 5 Scuba Dives.

The weather has been amazing for the last few weeks and so has the diving, this weekend we hosted Ben, Laura, Emily and Phil from Swansea and Cameron From Cardiff for their four PADI Open Water Qualifying dives to complete their PADI Open Water Diver Course. The students met at the dive site early in the morning to start the course, they were met by Dan and Jon their instructors for the day and started with a briefing on the site and the event for the next couple of days.

The students completed two dives on the Saturday and Two full dives on the Sunday for their Open water Course completion, the students performed exceptonally well and passed the course in true style, they are now certified to dive anywhere in the world upto 18 meters.

This weekend on the 2nd we have the start of another PADI Open Water Diver Course at Hebron Hall in Dinas Powys Cardiff, the course starts at 8am till 4pm where the students will be completing their scuba diving skills in the swimming pool. Students will be on the course from all over South Wales including Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bridgend and Porthcawl.

 

 

This weekend we are running the PADI Open Water Diver Course with 5 Students, they are Fenella from Cardiff University, Toby from Swansea University, Michael, Miguel and Victoria from Cardiff. They have all completed their Confined Water Scuba Diving Sessions and passed the Open Water Diver Exam.

They will complete 4 Open Water Dives over 2 Days, 2 dives on the Saturday and 2 on the Sunday. Their Instructors will be Ray and John and the dives will be held in a local Diving site. After the 4 Open Water Dives the students on completion of all skills will be qualified to dive anywhere in the world upto 18 meters.

We are also running the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course with Hannah from Cardiff University, her instructor is Dan and he will be completeing 5 Open Water Dives with her to obtain the qualification which will allow her to Dive anywhere in the world upto 30 Meters.

Hannah and Toby will also be attending our Scuba Diving Expedition to The Medes Islands in Northern Spain in the summer. We will keep you informed with all the latest news throughout the year.