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Scuba Diving Cardiff, Swansea 02.03.18

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.

Scuba Diving Cardiff, Swansea 30.01

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

DATE – 30th JANUARY 2017

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 – Very cold at the moment and high winds across the whole of the region and throughout the week, rain on and off drying towards the weekend temperatures 2 – 8 degrees. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 9 Degrees

WIND – Wind is strong across the region coming in mainly from the East so also very cold, mainly gusting up to 30mph (www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – As with previous weeks the sea state for most part of the week will be very rough with big winds, swells and surge in all areas from Cardiff to Swansea, 3ft – 10ft swells predicted (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

HIGH TIDE TODAY – HT 5.28PM HEIGHT 9.25 Meters.

VISIBILITY – 0 – 1 METERS

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

Well we have to say it, its not been a great winter for scuba diving in Barry, Cardiff, Ogmore, Sker, Llanelli, Stackpole Quay, there has been huge swells, surf, sea states, cold winds, high winds and overall very bad conditions for scuba diving even through to West Wales and further, hopefully this will change as the weather calms down and the sea state calms, we need a period of calm seas so we can obtain a good level of visibility, so fingers crossed. Need to head inland for any quality diving conditions for the next couple of weeks.

The PADI Open Water Diver course, PADI Scuba Review and PADI discover scuba courses will be running over the next few weekends, we have students from all over South Wales including Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, Bridgend and Porthcawl all looking to obtain the PADI level of scuba diving proficiency, so good luck to everyone and we look forward to taking them on there underwater journey.

Cardiff, Swansea Scuba Diving 19.01.18

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 – Heavy rain over the next few days, cold temperatures and stong winds 11 degrees down to 3 degrees, very high winds SW/N/NE and rain easing through Friday and getting heavier through the week. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 9 Degrees

WIND – Very Strong up to gale force South Westerly/ Esaterly/North Easterly winds throughout most of the week, easing on Friday  but getting stronger through the next week, most predominant wind will be Westerly upto 60 miles an hour. (www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – The Sea’s will be rough and stormy over the next few days, the only exception may be Friday which has lighter winds and cleaner swell, some areas upto 40 mph – 60 mph winds across the region  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

HIGH TIDE TODAY – HT 7.51PM HEIGHT 8.93 Meters.

VISIBILITY – 0 – 1 METERS

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

Again nothing to report really accept for the fact there is no diving anywhere in the region including Barry, Cardiff, Ogmore, Sker, Llanelli, Stackpole Quay, the swell is huge, the sea state is very rough, there are dangerous conditions across the area and the visibility is shocking so as usual at this time of year head inland if you want to get a dive in.

The PADI Open Water diver course is in full flow at the moment with students from all over South Wales, we are approaching the pool session training on 3rd February to complete the Open Water Course Referral section including the theory tests, we will be posting the details as they are completed.

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.