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

Date – 28th June 2018

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

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF105BZ , Porthcawl CF365DH, SwanseaSA20AY , Bridgend CF311BB, Southerndown CF320RN, 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 – Warm and sunny again this week with Easterly winds, temperatures between 15 degrees and 26 degrees (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)


WIND – Easterly and South Easterly winds over the next few days ranging from 8 – 25 mph.  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –  Calm to wind chop seas, high Easterly wind bring white horses and offshore chop (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1ft -2ft

First Light4:10AM
Last Light10:27PM

Visibility – 2-5 meters

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

Great conditions again this week, definitely the best time all year form Scuba diving in South Wales, weather is sunny fine and warm, Sea temperatures are rising up to a comfortable 14 degrees, the wind is light and offshore and the best part the visibility is up to 8 meters in parts of the coast.

The perfect conditions to train to become a Scuba Diver in the UK with the PADI Open Water Diver certification allowing you to dive up to 18 meters globally. Also the PADI Open Water diver Advanced course will allow our divers up to 30 meters to get even more pleasure from the sea.

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

Date – 14th 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 changeable this week after a prolonged period of warm sunny weather the wind has picked up significantly especially on the South East coast, gale force winds on Thirsday and heavy rain on Saturday temperatures from 12-17 Degrees  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)


WIND –   Changeable strong winds through the week, especially Thursday and Saturday mostly South and South Westerlies coming along the channel 15 – 34 knots (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –   Rough seas for the next few days with the strong southerly and Westerly winds especially along the Cardiff Cf1, Swansea SA1, Porthcawl CF36 and Southerndown regions of the coast (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – Small swell and low waves 1 – 3 foot at best


First Light4:06AM
Last Light10:24PM

Visability – 0 – 1meters

Scuba Diving Conditions Report South Wales, Cardiff CF1, Porthcawl Cf36, Aberavon SA12, Swansea, Llanelli, Stackpole Quay

Over the past few weeks the weather and the wind has been amazing, beautiful sunny days and light offshore winds, unfortunately all that has changed today. High winds and big swells have blown out the Scuba Diving sites in Cardiff, Swansea, Porthcawl, Aberavon and up to Stackpole Quay. Visibility will be minimal and surf conditions will make entrances and exits treacherous.

We have recently completed the PADI Open Water Diver course and the PADI Open Water Advanced Diver course with students from Cardiff University. The students are now ready for their placements in the Nature reserve in the Medes Islands in Spain, a project we established 5 years ago and still going strong. So good look to all the students as they continue their Scuba diving careers.

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

ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, 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 – Medium rain next two days, Dry and clear on weekend very cold down to Temp -3 – 2 degrees (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)


WIND – Strong North to North West winds throughout most of the weekend and into next week, very cold (www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – Winds are strong offshores and cold, swell is big and blustery for most days until the wind picks up again into next week (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

HIGH TIDE – HT 9.05PM HEIGHT 9.28 Meters

VISABILITY – Low Vis possibly down to .5 meters to 1 meter, Stackpole may get 1-2 meters


Accross the whole of South Wales the conditions are looking un advisable for diving and snorkelling, there is a big swell, high winds and limited visability so all in all not good at all, the best options would be to head inland to the dive sites accross the region with better vis and conditions.

PADI Scuba Diving Training and Courses in Cardiff, Swansea and across South Wales

We have another busy weekend training the PADI Open Water Diver Course and the PADI Dive master course, James and Matthew will be attending the PADI Open water and Sam and Ross the PADI Divemaster, we will be conducting the course inland due to the adverse conditions and wrapping up warm as the temperatures are getting lower and lower.

We had a great day in the pool on 02nd December running the PADI Open Water Referral course and the PADI Divemaster course as well as raising funds for Sharklife our chosen charity thankyou to Dave K, Chris C, Sam R, Ross D.

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

High winds, big swells, big tides, limited visibility pretty much somes up the conditions for the scuba diving across South Wales including the Cardiff, Bridgend, Swansea area’s. We need a period of calm for the diving conditions to clear and bring the visibility to an acceptable level.  Conditions are looking the same for the next few days so there will not be change across the region for some time.

Best option is to hed for the sheltered North facing beaches in Pembrokeshire including Martins Haven and St Brides, the other option as always is to go inland to the training sites in Chepstow and Somerset, but  even they are getting poor viability due to the adverse conditions. and heavy rainfall.

PADI Scuba Diving Training and Courses in Cardiff, Swansea and across South Wales

Next weekend we will be running the PADI Open Water Diver Course, the PADI Scuba Diver course and the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. The courses will be run in the pool at Hebron Hall in Cardiff with people attending from all over South Wales, Cardiff, Newport, Bridgend and Swansea. The courses will consist of swimming pool practical training and theory tests to establish the students ability to scuba dive in the Open Water  anywhere in the world.

We shall keep you upto date with all the training as we progress over the next few weeks. Also check out the facebook site for course dates and details.



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

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.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

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.

Scuba Diving Conditions and Activities Report for Cardiff, Swansea, South and West Wales  NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! BIG WIND, HUGE SWELL, MONSTROUS SEAS ARE YOU CRAZY, head for the hills and get diving inland the only place to be in the water this week and through the weekend. The coast is a definate no go usless you are very experienced and the bay is very sheltered from sort Barney and the prevailing Sea conditions. Visability will be bad for some time to come so as we always say in diving “Don’t hold your breath”.


Last weekend Lewis, Andrew, Domonic, James, Jess, Rhodri and Timothy from Cardiff, Swansea, Bridgend and Newport completed the PADI Open water Diver and the PADI Scuba Diving Course in a local inland Scuba Diving Site. All the students passed with flying colours and are now moving onto there new life underwater.

Jessica and James are joining David K and David A and Hector on the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course this weekend completing 5 Open Water Dives to gain the certification which will allow them to Scuba Dive anywhere in the world up to 30 meters.  As stated in the conditions report the course will be completed in land get gain the best conditions possible for the students.

The next few weeks we will also be completing the PADI Rescue diver course for Advanced Students progressing to one of the highest Scuba Diving levels for recreational divers.

Scuba Diving near Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and accross South and West Wales is looking a little better his week, the wind is lighter but the swell is still quite high. The temperature of the sea is still cold 8 degrees so full coverage is required if not preferably Dry Suits and full Hoods and Gloves.

West Wales again is looking the better option with the protected beaches looking better than the rest, Martins Haven and St Brides being the beaches of choice. The tides are in the mornings so the better conditions will be on the incoming tide especially in these bay areas.

South Wales sites are looking to hard to dive with limited visibility, but inland sites will be working well especially the The Dive Activity Centre, Lobster Quay and Cromhall(if open). With the wind lighter and swell reducing there may be a chance to dive in Limeslade Bay in Swansea, this is a big maybe, need to check the sight before diving.

The season is starting, the nights getting longer and hopefully the weather and the water temperature getting warmer. So watch this space and get qualified to dive, get in the water and let the beautiful seas around Wales change your life.



The weather has been amazing for the last few weeks and so has the diving, this weekend we hosted Ben, Laura, Emily and Phil from Swansea and Cameron From Cardiff for their four PADI Open Water Qualifying dives to complete their PADI Open Water Diver Course. The students met at the dive site early in the morning to start the course, they were met by Dan and Jon their instructors for the day and started with a briefing on the site and the event for the next couple of days.

The students completed two dives on the Saturday and Two full dives on the Sunday for their Open water Course completion, the students performed exceptonally well and passed the course in true style, they are now certified to dive anywhere in the world upto 18 meters.

This weekend on the 2nd we have the start of another PADI Open Water Diver Course at Hebron Hall in Dinas Powys Cardiff, the course starts at 8am till 4pm where the students will be completing their scuba diving skills in the swimming pool. Students will be on the course from all over South Wales including Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bridgend and Porthcawl.



We are now into the full swing of things here at Ocean quest we are back in the water with our full programme of scuba diving course’s in Cardiff. We are starting back with the PADI Open Water Diver Referral course which we run in Hebron Hall in Dinas Powys in Cardiff on the 1st Saturday of every month. Our full programme of courses will be running continuously through the year also offer the PADI Open Water Diver Course, the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course, the PADI Rescue Diver Course and all speciallity and professional level diving courses.

We are proud to say we have been running now for 15 years with us here at Quest so we have a vast amount of experience and understanding of the needs of the new and experienced Scuba Diver. We love teaching people how to dive and have been all over the world with our amazing under water journey. Scuba Diving Course’s in Cardiff initially consist of theoretical learning then establishing practical skills in a locally based swimming pool. Our next diving course will be held on 1st February 2014 at Hebron hall in dinas Powys in Cardiff. The session is offered to anyone with people coming from Cardiff, swansea, Newport and all the surrounding areas

Congratulations from to all our students on passing their PADI Open Water Diver Qualification on the weekend, the guys were amazing and so was the visability at the Open Water Scuba Diving Site. Liam, Richard and Roshan were the lads and they were in their element in the Open Water completeing their PADI Open Water Diver Course. They group were from Glamorgan University in Pontypridd close to Cardiff City Center and travelled up on the Saturday morning by train and on the Sunday by minibus. They had completed the Open Water Diver Course Referral section earlier in the week and all their theory preparing them for the Open Water Course.

Now they have completed he 4 Open Water Scuba Dives they are qualified to dive upto 18 meters anywhere in the world. we also had Kirsty with us from cardiff University. Kirsty was completing her PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course, completing 5 Open Water Dives to gain her certificate that will allow her to dive upto 30 meters anywhere in the world.

So well done to everyone completing their course’s, we are holding our next course in Cardiff on the 7th December, the final one of the year, we will be running the PADI Open Water Referral Diver Course.