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Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli region
DATE – 02nd 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 – Atrocitious weather across the region, gale force winds, 3 foot snow, -10 degrees, blustry snow storms (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)
WATER TEMPERATURE – 7 Degrees
WIND – Easterly and very cold up to 40mph, dropping over the weekend and the next few days (www.windguru.cz/5693)
SEA STATE AND SWELL -Strong cold Easterly then Southerly winds and storms, sea will be rough in the mid channel but protected on Westerly facing beaches. (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)
SWELL – 1FT – 5FT
HIGH TIDE TODAY – HT6pm HEIGHT 9.5Meters.
VISABILITY 0 – 1 Meter
Scuba Diving Conditions Report South Wales, Cardiff, Porthcawl, Aberavon, Swansea, Llanelli, Stackpole Quay
Well the conditions were bad last week but they have got even worse if that could be possible, gale force winds, 3-4 feet of snow, blizzards, ice you name it we have it across Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Llanelli, Stackpole we cant even get to the inland dive sites. So diving is definitely OFF everywhere accept for Egypt, South Africa, Caribbean etc.
We are still running the PADI diving programmes including the PADI Open Water Diver course, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and the PADI Divemaster course, theory based at the moment and then in the pool as soon as the conditions clear to get on to site.
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.
The scuba diving gods are looking down on South Wales this weekend.
We’ve got low swell along the coast, light winds throughout and some good tidal sizes too. On top of that, we’re expecting some nice sunshine too!
Swell is going to be around the 2ft – 3ft size and the wind speed is low too. This means visibility should also be acceptable along the coast so get your kit together, make your plan and get out there. Water temperatures will still be low at this time of year, so good thermal protection will be required. Dry or semi dry suits, hoods, gloves, etc will all be required and you also need to think about your thermal protection for before and after any dive.
There is as always the option to head to one of the inland sites in or around South Wales, but unless you are training or have a particular type of activity you want to complete, why wouldn’t you take advantages of the conditions this weekend. The high tide this weekend is late afternoon to early evening so plan your dive accordingly, remembering the rule of twelfths.
Last weekend we were in the pool at Hebron Hall, Cardiff with our latest batch of students, all of who were absolutely fantastic. This weekend our instructors are taking a break from courses but will no doubt be looking to take advantage of the favourable conditions and heading out for a dive along the South Wales coast.
Our PADI Open Water Diver Referral run on the first Saturday of every month, so if you’re thinking of getting started on your diving adventure, give us a call and we can talk you through the various options. With the weather starting to pick you, we’ll also be running the Open Water part of the PADI Open Water Diver course soon in Chepstow, so hopefully we’ll be signing off a number of students to begin their underwater experience!
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.
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!
With the big swell in the days leading up to the weekend, over the weekend and the massive tide, Scuba Diving conditions aren’t looking great on the South Wales coast this weekend. Entry and exit will be difficult, getting caught in the tide is a risk and visibility will be… challenging.
Our advice is to either head inland to one of the dive sites in the South Wales area, or for those of you lucky enough to have started your Christmas holidays early, get yourself on a plane and treat yourself to an early, Scuba Diving shaped, Christmas present.
If you do stay in Wales, and head inland, you’re going to need to ensure you’ve got good thermal protection, including Dry Suit, Hood, Gloves and plenty of layers for before and after the dive.
We’re taking a break from the Scuba Diving training over the Christmas break as our focus turns to our Scuba Diving Trip to South Africa in the New Year. We’re taking a number of our instructors, Divemasters and PADI students on the trip of a lifetime to dive with all kinds of marine life over 10 days. We’ll be visiting a number of locations across South Africa building up to our meeting with the Sharks.
A real mixed bag of weather across South Wales this week. We’ve had calm sunny days, heavy rain and strong winds all making for some challenging Scuba Diving conditions this weekend.
Much of the South Coast of Wales will likely see some fairly large swell and Westerlies and Southerlies that could become quite strong, so the South Wales dive sites,including Limeslade Bay and Oxwich Bay, are almost certainly going to become inaccessible for diving. With all of the water movement these conditions will create, visibility is also going to become an issue too.
All is not lost however. We’re blessed with some of the best inland dive sites in the UK here in South Wales and close by so if you want to be sure of getting your dives in the best bet is to to head to one of those.
If you just want to get out and into the water, why not try something new? Our sister company, Quest Adventures, can offer you surf board hire and surfing lessons (may as well take advantage of that swell) as well as Gorge Walking or Canyoning in the Brecon Beacons.
We’re back at Hebron Hall in Cardiff this weekend with a nice mixture of PADI Open Water Diver students, PADI Refresher sessions, for qualified divers who haven’t dived for a while to bring them back up to speed with their skills and a couple of Scuba Diving Taster Sessions.
The PADI Open Water Diver Open Water dives are being planned for the end of this month and once our students have successfully completed that part of the course they’ll be qualified to scuba dive anywhere in the world up to 18m and begin their underwater adventures.
CAUTIONS – Water temperatures are still mild for the UK, although they’ll be starting to fall from here. You’ll still need to take all precautions with regards to thermal protection (wetsuits, drysuits, hoods, gloves) as even the warmest UK sea temperatures are around the 12°C mark. Swell is going to be a problem across South Wales this weekend
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 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.
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.
Conditions Report for Scuba Diving in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales
We could see acceptable conditions for Scuba Diving on the South Wales coast this weekend. Swell is set to be reasonably low, 2ft – 4ft of the South Wales coast, however we are predicting southerlies and westerlies which could cause problems. Whilst winds should be gentle on Saturday morning we are expecting stronger gusts Saturday afternoon and into Sunday, so it’s vital you are aware of the effect of the wind.
Conditions have been fairly settled the last week in South Wales, however we are on a spring tide over the weekend so there will still be a large volume of water movement which could affect visibility.
For the best conditions head to the more sheltered bays, such as Stackpole Quay and Oxwich Bay and always remember the rule of twelfths, ensuring you dive on the incoming tide. Be aware of the swell size and wind, particularly for shore dives and how it could affect your entry and exit.
If you want to be confident of getting a dive in, the best option is to head inland. The National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow will offer diving less affected by the environmental conditions, or outside of South Wales you’ve got Vobster Quay.
Last week we were back in the pool on Hebron Hall, Cardiff, teaching our latest wave of PADI Open Water Diver students. This week we’ll be back to Chepstow and taking Sam, Robert and Alicia on their PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver will give them the chance to work on their buoyancy, learn more about navigation and dive up to 30m.
Sunday will also see us leading some guided dives with qualified divers who are getting back into diving or diving in the UK for the first time.
CAUTIONS – The sea temperatures are slowly starting to raise, but we’ll still need to take precautions with regards to thermal protection (wetsuits, drysuits, hoods, gloves). 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’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 should see low swell with acceptable wind strength across the weekend. However we’re set to see some huge tides over the next few days, 9 – 10m creating some very challenging conditions. Certain areas of South Wales could be an option with the depth of the tide allowing you to keep within the protection of the bays in Swansea but you’ll need time your dive to be within the 2 hours before high tide and will also need to be aware of the effect the tides will have on visibility before making any decision to dive.
In our opinion the best option is to head to one of the inland diving sites here in Wales to reduce the impact of the environment conditions.
This weekend sees us back at Hebron Hall in Cardiff taking our next group of PADI Open Water Diver students through their confined water dives and theory sessions. Upon successful completion of these they’ll be able to complete their open water dives, either with ourselves at The National Diving and Activity Centre in Chepstow or with any PADI Dive Centre throughout the world.
CAUTIONS – As always with UK diving at this time of year, you need to ensure you have the correct thermal protection, including Hoods, Gloves, Dry, or Semi-Dry, suit and base layers. Be sure to check local tidal times and conditions before making any dive.
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