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

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.

SSI Certifications & Courses

SSI Try Scuba

Feel what it's like to breath underwater, go scuba diving in confined water and earn the SSI Try Scuba recognition card. 

Conducted in our swimming pool, the SSI Try Scuba program is a diving adventure the whole family can enjoy.
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SSI Open Water Diver

The SSI Open Water Diver certification will allow you to dive anywhere in the world, with whoever you want. 

This globally recognised certification is your first step in your scuba diving journey. Explore the hidden underwater world!
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SSI Advanced Adventurer

After you've completed the SSI Open Water Diver certification, this is the next step. With the SSI Advanced Adventurer, you'll learn to extend your dive times, reduce your air consumption and dive deeper.  
You'll start to become a confident and safe diver whose comfortable underwater.
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SSI Specialties

Continue you diving adventure by improving specific skills or learning a completely new specialty. Diver deeper, perfect your buoyancy, take great photos, understand the tides or learn to deal with stress and rescue situations. 

There's 18 specialties to choose from.
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SSI Dive Guide

Do you dream of having a career in diving? 

The SSI Dive Guide course will teach you to lead other certified divers underwater, giving you the skills and experience to ensure others can enjoy your passion safely.
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PADI Certifications & Courses

PADI Discover Scuba

A fun introduction into what it takes to breathe underwater and explore this hidden world. 

Although it’s not a certification you’ll learn the key skills and what it takes to become a PADI certified diver.
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PADI Open Water Diver

Your Scuba Diving journey starts here. Start with supported theory and study programme, move to the pool to practice your skills and then experience four open water dives. 

You’ll then be certified to dive throughout the world with PADI®
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PADI Advanced Open Water

This course is the next step after you have completed the PADI Open Water Diver certification. 

The course called the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver because you will advance your scuba diving knowledge and skills.
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PADI Rescue Diver

You will learn to prevent and manage problems in the water and on the surface and become more confident in your skills as a diver. 

You will become a better, safer diver and a better buddy too. It’s challenging but rewarding.
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PADI Divemaster

Your first step of professional PADI training. You will be a leader who motivates and mentors other scuba divers. 

You’ll gain dive knowledge, diving skills and supervision abilities, allowing you a career doing what you love.
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PADI Specialties

Improve specific skills or learn a completely new skill with a PADI Speciality course. 

Dive deeper, take better photos, explore wreck the choices are endless and yours.
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