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Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Llanelli , Camarthen regions
ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Sub Aqua, Scuba, Free Diving, Snorkelling
LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF105BZ , Porthcawl CF365DH , Swansea SA20AY , Bridgend CF311BB , Southerndown CF320RN , Newport NP202UW ,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 –  Stormy weather this week especially on Friday and Saturday, very high winds and driving rain over the next couple of days. Heaviest rain fall on Friday with large water expected on Friday morning through to the afternoon. Rain through out the week and low temperatures ranging from 16 degrees to 12 degrees highest. http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WIND –  Very strong winds on Friday and Saturday, predominantly North Easterly on Friday and Westerly on saturday, ranging up to the 30 mph speeds. Leveling off through the week around 10-12mph and generally Westerly then changing on Wednesday and Thursday with winds up to 20 mph North Easterlies on Thursday.
SEA STATE and SWELL –   The rougher seas in the area will be mainly on Saturday with big winds and big swells through the whole region. The biggest swell will be on Saturday up to 8 feet and with heavy high winds. The rest of the week should settle with mainly lighter westerly winds. (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)
SWELL and SURF FORECAST Friday 7th June 2019 2ft / Saturday 8th June 2019 8ft / Sunday 09th June 2019 3ft / Monday 10th June 2019 1ft / Tuesday 11th June 2019 2ft / Wednesday 12th June 3ft / Thursday 13th June 3ft
HIGH TIDE – FRIDAY 07th June 2019 – 9.52am / 9 meters

SCUBA DIVING CONDITIONS SOUTH WALES CARDIFF, SWANSEA, LLANELLI, CARMARTHENSHIRE
Weather has definitely turned for the worse over the past few days and will continue into next week. High winds and heavy rain will affect all areas along the South Wales coast for Scuba Diving with entrance and exit conditions becoming harder and possible unsafe in certain areas. Visibility will also be lacking after the wind, swell and rainfall . The better option would be to head inland to the protected scuba diving sites which are far more protected from the elements and visability will be better. We are running the PADI Open Water Diver programme accross the South Wales region and have several students now ready to go onto complete the four Open Water Qualifying dives for the full PADI Open Water Diver Certification. This will be held either on the coast if conditions are suitable or inland at dedicated diving facilities.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Llanelli , Camarthen regions
ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Sub Aqua, Scuba, Free Diving, Snorkelling
LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF105BZ , Porthcawl CF365DH , Swansea SA20AY , Bridgend CF311BB , Southerndown CF320RN , Newport NP202UW ,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 –   Dry weather dominating through the week again with light rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, from Sunday onwards the wind will pick up and temperatures will generally be lower around 16 – 14 degrees. http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WIND –  Winds are lighter on Friday and Saturday but picking up from Sunday onwards, high winds on Tuesday with mainly westerly directions, high winds may turn Northerly and may bring colder temperatures https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)
SEA STATE and SWELL –   Friday will be the calmest day with light Westerly winds and still calm waters, high winds from Sunday from the West will then cause stormier seas and choppier conditions in the Channel and through out South Wales. (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)
SWELL and SURF FORECAST Friday 24th May 2019 3ft / Saturday 25th May 2019 4ft / Sunday 26th May 2019 6ft / Monday 27th May 2019 7ft / Tuesday 28th May 2019 3ft / Wednesday 29th May 4ft / Thursday 30th May 4ft
HIGH TIDE – FRIDAY 24TH MAY 2019 – 9.54am / 8.52 METERS

SCUBA DIVING CONDITIONS SOUTH WALES CARDIFF, SWANSEA, LLANELLI, CARMARTHENSHIRE
The weather has been consistently dry over the past few days and winds light, however the winds are getting stronger through the week and the swell bigger. This will cause rough conditions inshore for diving areas especially on the South Wales coast and also effect the visibility at all diving locations. Winds are especially high on Tuesday causing high seas and very rough coastal conditions unsuitable for diving in the area especially around Cardiff and Swansea.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Llanelli , Camarthen regions
ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Sub Aqua, Scuba, Free Diving, Snorkelling
LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF105BZ , Porthcawl CF365DH , Swansea SA20AY , Bridgend CF311BB , Southerndown CF320RN , Newport NP202UW ,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 –   Dry settled weather nearly all week, temperatures are rising up to 17 degrees and the wind is Easterly which may make feel a little cooler. Highest winds from Sunday on wards causing possible lower temperture feeling http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 11 Degrees
WIND –  No major winds over the next few days, Tuesday may be the highest forecaste with up to 20 mph Easterlies. The main direction is East so offshore winds for most Surf areas https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)
SEA STATE and SWELL –   Inshore on the Westerly beaches will be very still and calm, Easterly beaches will get onshore choppy conditions especially Monday onwards. Swell is consistanly 3 – 4 feet through the week(https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)
SWELL and SURF FORCASTE Friday 10th May 2019 4ft / Saturday 11th May 2019 3ft / Sunday 12th May 2019 4ft / Monday 13th May 2019 2ft / Tuesday 14th May 2019 3ft / Wednesday 15th May 3ft / Thursday 16th May 5ft
HIGH TIDE – FRIDAY 10TH MAY 2019 – 10.46AM / 8.54 METERS

SCUBA DIVING CONDITIONS SOUTH WALES CARDIFF, SWANSEA, LLANELLI, CAMARTHENSHIRE
The weather and the wind conditions look good at the moment for Westerly facing sites, the only issue may be the swell which is consistent 2 – 5 feet. The visibility will be minimal and inshore conditions not the best. May be accessible in some very protected areas such as Stackpole Quay in Camarthenshire. Local Cardiff and Swansea sites may have too much swell to work.

We are running the PADI Open Water Diver Course this weekend at Hebron Hall on the outskirts of Cardiff. Students from accross South Wales will be heading to the confined Water training session to complete the PADI course. We are also running the PADI Divemaster course as part of the continuing educational programme.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Llanelli , Camarthen regions
ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Sub Aqua, Scuba, Free Diving, Snorkelling
LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF105BZ , Porthcawl CF365DH , Swansea SA20AY , Bridgend CF311BB , Southerndown CF320RN , Newport NP202UW ,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 –   Dry weather for most of the week with temperatures averaging 12 degrees. The change in conditions will be later next week with high winds Tuesday and Wednesday bringing colder temperatures. Also possible rain on Wednesday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)
WATER TEMPERATURE – 10 Degrees
WIND –  Moderate winds over the next couple of days with 15 mph Westerlies across the region, this will stay until Sunday and Monday when the winds drop to 5 West but changing significantly on Tuesday and Wednesday with winds Southerly upto 30 mph https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)
SEA STATE and SWELL –   The rougher days will definately towards Tuesday and Wednesday with high winds coming from the South and creating choppier coastal conditions. Thursday Friday this week should be moderate and Sunday Monday calm.(https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)
SWELL and SURF FORCASTE Thursday 2nd May 2019 3 feet / Friday 03rd May 2019 3ft / Saturday 04th May 2019 2 feet / Sunday 05th May 2019 3ft / Monday 06th May 2019 3ft / Tuesday 07th May 2019 2 feet / Wednesday 08th May 12 feet
Friday 20th April 2 feet
Saturday 21st April 2 feet
Sunday 22nd April 4 feet
Monday 23rd April 3 feet
Tuesday 24th April 3 feet
Wednesday 24th 3 feet
Thursday 26th April 4 feet

Low12:07AM2.21mHigh6:17AM8.9mLow12:23PM1.95mHigh6:35PM8.93m

SCUBA DIVING CONDITIONS SOUTH WALES CARDIFF, SWANSEA, LLANELLI, CAMARTHENSHIRE
There has been a constant swell all week around the coastline of Wales, this will affect the visability of all diving locations. This week the swell is lower up until Wednesday when the wind and the swell is picking up significantly. Entrance and exit points are acceptable on the sheltered beaches such as Limeslade bay in Swansea up until the wind and swell increase by the middle of the week, so best conditions are the weekend and the beginning of the week. We have our comprehensive PADI Open Water Course systems running and the pool session is being held in Hebron Hall in Dinas Powys. The next pool session for the course is to be held on 11th May 2019.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Llanelli , Camarthen regions

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

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF105BZ , Porthcawl CF365DH , Swansea SA20AY , Bridgend CF311BB , Southerndown CF320RN , Newport NP202UW ,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 –   Temperatures have risen significantly this week with dry sunny spells and temperatures up to 22 degrees on the Easter weekend. Weather should hold until Tuesday when rain and higher winds are forcaste. http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 9 Degrees

WIND –  Still Easterly winds over the next few days but quite calm up until Monday when winds will become stronger and in a more South to East direction. Light winds for the next few days and turning to 16 to 26 mph from Monday onwards. https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –   Easterly winds will mean West facing beaches will be protected and quite calm, where as East facing beaches will have more wind swell and surge with the Easterly winds in South Wales Calm over the weekend and getting choppier through the week. (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL and SURF Forecast 

Friday 20th April 2 feet
Saturday 21st April 2 feet
Sunday 22nd April 4 feet
Monday 23rd April 3 feet
Tuesday 24th April 3 feet
Wednesday 24th 3 feet
Thursday 26th April 4 feet


Low1:33AM1.06m High7:42AM9.84m Low1:57PM1.05m High8:04PM9.73m

SCUBA DIVING CONDITIONS SOUTH WALES CARDIFF, SWANSEA, LLANELLI, CAMARTHENSHIRE

The wind has been predominately Easterly giving good calm conditions to Westerly facing beaches and entrance points such as Limeslade bay in Swansea and Stackpole Quay. Easterly beaches will get the brunt of the bad conditions. Also consistent swell throughout the region fitting the Westerly beaches unless completely protected. Would have to enter on the high tide on the incoming tides 2-3 hours after the low incoming water. Levels of ability unless under training should be PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Rescue diver or above with sufficient coastal knowledge of diving in the South Wales waters,

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Llanelli , Camarthen regions

Date – 21st September 2018

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

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF105BZ , Porthcawl CF365DH , Swansea SA20AY , Bridgend CF311BB , Southerndown CF320RN , Newport NP202UW ,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 –  Settled weather, sunshine and clouds with changable winds and little rain through week. wind picking up Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 16 Degrees

WIND – Definitely depends on the day Friday, Saturday looking lighter winds and picking up Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with winds up to 30 mph. Winds will be variable again on the day with high winds from the West and North West.  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – This again is a story of the day, light calm seas on Friday and Saturday and stormy seas when the wind turns Westerly into next week with bigger swell and choppier water conditions (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1 – 6foot

TIDES

Low2:12AM1.67m
High8:22AM9.41m
Low2:27PM1.78m
High8:39PM9.54m
First Light6:35AM
Sunrise7:08AM
Sunset7:03PM
Last Light7:36PM

Visibility – 0 – 1 meters

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

Again the scuba diving conditions are not looking good for the coastlines of South Wales, big swells and strong winds have dropped the visibility to a minimum. Entrance and exit conditions should be good on Saturday but winds are picking up on Sunday on wards. Really need to head inland for better conditions.

We have just completed the PADI Open water Diver course on  the weekend. all students did very well wit Harri, Nathaniel and Luke obtaining the PADI Junior Open Water Diver qualification. we are running the PADI Open water diver course on Saturday 6th October at Hebron Hall in Cardiff.

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

Date – 22nd 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 Sunny and high temperatures for the next few days, winds are light up to Wednesday, dry and clear (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 14 Degrees

WIND – Lite winds for the next few days only picking up around Wednesday next week, lowest 2 and highest 20 on Wednesday and Thursday (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –  Calm Seas, light swells, changing possibly on Wednesday to local chop and whipped up surface (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1ft

 HIGH TIDE TODAY –
High2:00AM8.24m
Low8:27AM2.6m
High2:41PM8.04m
Low8:52PM2.74m
First Light4:06AM
Sunrise4:55AM
Sunset9:39PM
Last Light10:27PM

 

Visibility – 2-5 meters

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

Conditions are looking very good for the next few days, light winds, calm seas, afternoon tides, little swell so the perfect conditions for scuba diving in the South Wales region. All sites close to Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli and Stackpole Quay should be working well, maybe changing on Wednesday when the winds start picking up.

This is the time to use the PADI Open Water Diver qualification to sample sea diving at its best in the UK. For those more adventureous then the PADI Advanced Open Water course may be more suitable.

DATE – 17th February 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, Llanethi,

SITE LOCATION – Sker Beach, Limeslade Bay, langland Bay, Oxwich Bay, Stackpole Quay

WEATHER – Dry conditions pretty much through out the week accept for Sunday when the rain comes in again, winds are blustery up to 30 mph generally in a Westerly and South Westerly direction, dropping by the end of the week.  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 7 Degrees

WIND – Wind is variable again predominantly South Westerly and gusting upto 30 mph in stages, will be dropping off on Friday (www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL -Strong winds again making variable rough conditions for the next few days but also brininging in good well conditions and with the dropping of the winds could get pretty epic surf into next week.  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 2FT – 6FT

HIGH TIDE TODAY – HT6.59pm HEIGHT 9.1Meters.

VISABILITY 0 – 1 Meter

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

As you may have gathered the winter season does not provide the best conditions for scuba diving in the South Wales region especially around Newport, Cardiff, Swansea and Tenby areas, the winds are high, gusty and variable, swells and surf are consistantly bigger, weather is colder and visibility hard to come by. This week is no exception the swell is high, the winds are big, the visibility is low and big tides.

However there is always the back up of the inland sites to dive in and also trips abroad especially winter destinations such as Egypt, South Africa, Caribbean. As always we are training people through the PADI system for there PADI Open Water Diver Course, the PADI Open Water Referral diver course and all other courses in the system. Ten students have just been trained up to the Referral system and preparing for their Open Water qualifying dives.

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

Wow! What a weekend we had in South Wales last weekend. Massive swell and gale force winds. This weekend see’s things return to a more normal situation and could actually see acceptable conditions for diving on certain parts of the South Wales coast, particularly on Saturday.

We’re expecting winds to be reasonably gentle and in an Easterly / Northerly direction, meaning we have fairly small swell and the wind shouldn’t be causing too many visibility problems. The tidal movement, whilst still large compared to many places in the UK, is reasonably small for the South Wales coast which will also help with visibility and dive times.

So, Saturday you should have the option of most of the dive sites in the Gower, such as Limeslade Bay or Oxwich Bay. You will also have the option to head a little further west and dive some of the bays out there, such as Martins Haven and St Brides Bay. Sunday conditions could become more troublesome as wind and swell size may increase.

As always it’s important to plan your dive around the tide, remembering the rule of twelfths and looking to dive on slack water or an incoming tide.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

There’s no training for us this weekend after last weeks PADI Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver courses. We’re very pleased to say that all of our students passed their courses last weekend. This gives the Open Water students the ability to dive anywhere in the world up to 18m and we’re hoping to see them back soon for their PADI Advanced Open Water course, allowing them to improve their skills in buoyancy and also dive up to 30m anywhere in the world.

Our PADI Rescue Divers now have he knowledge to deal with various situations they could find themselves in, provide first responder first aid care and assist in diver rescues should the need ever arise. It’s a tough course that will allow them to move onto working towards the first PADI professional course, PADI Divemaster should they wish to, so they should be proud of their achievements.

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).

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

We’ve got a big change in conditions from last weekend here in South Wales due this weekend. There’s a large area of low pressure in the Atlantic that is moving across West and South Wales over the weekend, bringing with it strong Westerlies and Southerlies (20 – 30 knots) and huge swell, up to 15ft, along all of the coast, including Cardiff, Swansea and all the way down to Tenby.

We also see the return of the big tides this weekend, with high tide on Saturday being almost 10m. With all this water movement, visibility is going to become a real issue and entry into and exit from the water is also going to be a challenge.

With diving off the coast completely off all is not lost, even for those not lucky enough to be able to head abroad to calmer waters. We have some of the best inland dive sites in the UK here in South Wales and nearby, so there is always to opportunity to head to Chepstow and the National Diving Activity Centre or Vobster Quay in Somerset and get your dive in.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

We back at Chepstow this weekend with a busy schedule of diving courses across both days. We’ve got Sam from Swansea and Dave from the Valleys hoping to complete their PADI Rescue Diver course, having already completed the pool sessions and Emergency First Responder part of the course.

We also have our latest batch of PADI Open Water Diver students who will be completing the open water dives for their qualification, allowing them to then dive up to 18m deep anywhere in the world. We also have a couple of guided dives to ease qualified divers back into scuba diving having not dived for a little while.

 

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.