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Conditions for Scuba Diving in South Wales – Cardiff, Swansea, Porthcawl

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

The beginning of the week was bright sunshine here in South Wales however things are changing in the backend of the week, with heavy rain due Friday as well as strong winds. The actual conditions on the weekend may be acceptable for Scuba Diving, with our sheltered bays being your best option. Swell will be around 3ft – 5ft over both days and whilst there will be a moderate wind, bays such as Oxwich Bay or Caswell Bay in Swansea will provide a level of protection from this.

One of the biggest issues will be visibility. On Thursday and Friday we’ve got bigger swell, at around 6ft to 7ft and strong, gusting winds. These things combined will create a lot of water movement and likely create some turbid water along the South Wales coast. Whilst this doesn’t mean a dive cannot go ahead, you do need to factor the reduced visibility into your dive plans. You should also ensure you are only diving with a dive lead who knows the dive site well.

South Wales is blessed with the deepest inland dive site in the UK, about a 30 minute drive from Cardiff and an hour from Swansea, so you always have the option of heading to Chepstow to have a more certain chance of a dive. Whilst the wind does have an effect on the visibility here, you’re not also contending with the swell and tidal water movement, so the effects are normally less severe.

The final option is to pack up your Scuba gear and head abroad to somewhere warmer, although with summer holidays no upon us finding those value deals will be much harder.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

No training sessions for us this weekend. After all of the schools training we’ve been running, not just in Cardiff but across the UK they’re all headed off on their trips now. The first weekend in August will see us back in the pool in Cardiff running the PADI Open Water Referral course. Following that, the middle of August we’ll be heading to Chepstow to complete the Open Water dives part of the PADI Open Water Diver course, seeing our students become qualified to dive to 18m anywhere in the world and begin their Scuba Diving journey.

We run courses virtually throughout the year, so if you’re thinking of getting your PADI Open Water Diver qualification then give Lee a call and he’ll be happy to discuss the details, options and timeframes with you.

Conditions for Scuba Diving in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

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

You’ve got two options for diving if you live in South Wales or are in the area. Either get on a plane and head to sunnier climes or head to one of our inland sites.

Seriously, the wind is huge and the swell could be over 10ft! So diving off the South Wales coast just isn’t an option this weekend.

Chepstow or Vobster Quay will allow you to get a dive in without being too effected by the coastal conditions but you will still be contending with the strong winds and rain, meaning visibility could still be a little restricted.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

There’s no rest for our instructors. This weekend they’ve driven themselves and the kit up to Edinburgh to run a PADI Open Water Diver Referral course for a local school there. This will teach them the required skills to complete their open water dives when they go on their school trip and become fully qualified PADI Open Water divers.

Our next PADI Open Water Diver Referral course in Cardiff is on 1st July and there is space available, so if you fancy taking your first steps into the world of scuba diving, give us a call and we can discuss the options and process.

Scuba Diving Conditions Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales – 01.06.2017

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

Conditions are going to be tough for Scuba Diving along the South Wales coast this weekend. The swell will be around the 5ft mark and they’ll be a reasonably strong wind too. This is going to have a negative effect on the visibility as well as making entries and exits more challenging.

You may find more acceptable conditions looking into West Wales if you want to get out into the ocean. Keep in mind there is the Champions League final this weekend in Cardiff, so traffic is likely to be heavy. Take this into account in any of your plans as you don’t want to miss the tide being caught up in this.

If you want to remove the coastal elements then our advice for those in Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales would be to head to Chepstow, the UKs deepest inland diving site. This will ensure you can get a decent dive in and has a good degree of protection from the elements so visibility is less likely to be affected by the wind. Water temperatures are starting to get that little bit warmer but you still need good thermal protection whenever you dive in the UK. Semi Dry (7mm or 5mm + 5mm) or dry suits will be required. You should also consider whether you need a hood and gloves, particularly the hood with so much heat being lost through your head.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

It’s a really busy weekend in Cardiff for us with 3 training course running. We’ve got Wellington School on the PADI Open Water Diver Referral course, some refresher dives and 4 students from Cardiff University taking their PADI Rescue diver course before their summer project diving out in Spain.

Our PADI Open Water Diver Referral courses run on the first Saturday of every month and it’s not too late to book yours in before any planned summer holidays so you can spend more time diving and less time on the course once you are out there. Give us a call today and we can talk you through the options you have.

Lastly, massive congratulations to Dan, one of our instructors, and Kelly who got married this week!

Scuba Diving Conditions Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales – 19.04.2017

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

We look to be set for some lovely conditions along the South Wales coast for Scuba Diving this weekend. The water should be virtually flat and the wind will be a very gentle 4 – 6 knots, so visibility should be acceptable too.

High tide is set for mid – late afternoon, so be sure to remember the rule of twelfths when planning your dive and keep in mind although temperatures will be fairly mild the water temperature will still be quite low so you’ll need to ensure you have adequate thermal protection, including dry or semi dry suits, hoods & gloves.

You could of course head to one of the inland sites in or around South Wales but with Scuba Diving conditions like we’re expecting this weekend, you really want to be getting out into the big wide ocean and seeing nature at it’s finest.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

We’ve not got any training courses running this weekend in Cardiff as we’re off to train some students about to embark on Scuba Diving trip and send them out there with there PADI Open Water Diver Referral so they can move straight onto their Open Water dives and get fully qualified to dive anywhere in the world.

We’re running our PADI Open Water Diver and PADI Advanced Open Water courses throughout the spring and summer, so if you want to get a head start on a summer diving experience then get in touch and we can talk you through what’s involved and the available dates.

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!

Conditions for Scuba Diving in Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales – 06.04.2017

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

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.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

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!

Conditions Report for Scuba Diving in Cardiff Swansea South Wales 02.03.2017

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

The only word for diving on the South Wales coast this weekend is NO! We’ve got some huge swell coming in, possibly reaching 11ft. Add to that some strong Southerlies and Westerlies (gusting over 40 knots) and the sea is not the place to be.

All is not lost however. The beauty of South Wales for diving is it’s access to inland dive sites which will give you the opportunity to dive even when mother nature doesn’t want you to. Our advice for this weekend if you want to get a dive in is to head to Chepstow in South Wales or Vobster Quay just across the border in Sommerset. Temperatures, although mild for this time of year, will be low so your thermal protection is going to be absolutely vital.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

We’re back in the pool in Cardiff this weekend and it’s going to be a busy time. We’ve got a number of pupils from a local school coming down for the first part of their PADI Open Water Diver qualification. They’ll be completing the referral part of the qualification before heading off on a dive trip to complete their open water dives – in my day we were lucky if we got to visit a museum!

We’ve also got some other students who’ll be taking the PADI Refresher course. This course is for those who have previously completed their PADI training but haven’t dived in the last 6+ months and allows them to reacquaint themselves with the equipment and procedures in the pool environment.

 

Conditions Report for Scuba Diving in Cardiff Swansea South Wales 16.02.2017

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 16.12.2016

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

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.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

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.

 

Conditions Report for Scuba Diving in Cardiff Swansea South Wales 03.11.2016

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

Scuba Diving Conditions could be tricky this weekend. Swell could reach 3ft – 4ft and we’re going to have some strong Northerlies, gusting up to 24knots. Whilst the offshore wind is better than an onshore, the strength of it could still create some choppy conditions and effect the visibility.

If you can find a sheltered bay, you may see acceptable conditions, however tidal times are also working against us this weekend, with high tide being 08:05 and 20:20 on Saturday, being able to dive on slack water is going to involve a very early morning or night dive, which is only for the qualified and experienced divers.

After the last few weeks of good diving conditions in South Wales, this weekend your best bet is to head to an inland site, removing the tidal problems and swell. There has been a noticeable drop in temperatures in the last week or so here is South Wales, so you’ll need to take extra precautions when it comes to thermal protection. Although the water is holding it’s temperature somewhat, inland sites will probably be around the 10°C – 12°C you need to consider thermal protection for when you are out of the water too.

 

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

It’s been a busy week for us at Ocean Quest and the weekend is full too. Our instructors and divemasters performed a number survey dives of some lakes to see if we could offer nearby residents the PADI Open Water Diver course on site. On Saturday we’re back to Hebron Hall in Cardiff, running the first two parts of our PADI Open Water Diver course. We also have the final part of the PADI Open Water Diver next weekend and PADI Advanced Open Water course later in the month too!

 

CAUTIONS – Water temperatures are starting to drop and the air temperature has dropped significantly over the last week or two. You’ll need to think about your thermal protection both whilst in the water and after exiting. Hoods, Gloves, Semi-dry or Dry suits. Windproof jackets and lots of layers for when you’ve finished your dive too.

Conditions Report for Scuba Diving in Cardiff Swansea South Wales 06.10.2016

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

Looks like we could be seeing another weekend of positive conditions for Scuba Diving in South Wales this weekend. Swell size is looking like it should be around the 2ft – 3ft range and winds are fairly gentle. Wind direction should also be more offshore over the weekend, meaning the South Wales coast will be afforded a little bit of protection, helping to keep the visibility – a key requirement for an enjoyable scuba dive – reasonable.

Tide size is fairly average for the South Wales coast, or Bristol Channel, with low tide around 3m – 4m and high tide around 8m. Whilst that isn’t a huge tidal range for South Wales, it is still a massive volume of water moving, so you will still need to ensure you are planning your dives around the tidal movement, remembering the rule of twelfths. You want to be looking to dive the incoming tide, so this weekend, that means a morning dive with high tide being 10:50 on Saturday and 11:55 on Sunday.

Keep in mind that temperatures, both air and sea, are starting to drop now, so you’ll need to be thinking about the level of thermal protection you require, both during, before and after your dive. We’re getting into the dry suit season for coastal dives and hoods and gloves are going to start being required too. You’ll also want to ensure you are able to keep warm before any dive and warm up after your dive too – whilst the wind should be fairly gentle, there will be a noticeable wind chill.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

Last weekend we ran the confined water dives and theory section of the PADI Open Water Diver course in Cardiff. There’s no training this weekend, but we’ll be taking our students down to Chepstow this month to complete the open water section of the PADI Open Water Diver course and allowing them to become fully qualified to scuba dive anywhere in the world up to 18m.

We’re also looking to run an Advanced Open Water course in the coming weeks, so if you are interested in taking your scuba diving training to the next level then give us a call and we can provide you with more details. The PADI Advanced Open Water course will help you improve you buoyancy, dive to 30m deep and give you a chance to practice you diving with fully qualified PADI instructors.

CAUTIONS – Water temperatures are starting to drop now as the air temperature starts to decrease. You’ll need to think about your thermal protection both whilst in the water and after exiting. Hoods, Gloves, Semi-dry or Dry suits. Windproof jackets and lots of layers for when you’ve finished your dive too.