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We could see acceptable conditions for Scuba Diving on the South Wales coast this weekend, with virtually no swell and although strong, the wind will be in an offshore direction. Some of our more sheltered bays, such as Caswell Bay in Swansea could offer decent conditions. There has been some rain and strong winds over the last few days, so you’ll need to take visibility into account before any dive.
The big factor this weekend, as you can imagine at this time of year is the temperature. Water temperatures are going to have dropped significantly and surface temperatures are flirting with freezing now hear in South Wales. This isn’t going to stop a dive, but you do need to properly plan you thermal protection for all parts of the day – before you dive, whilst in the water and after your dive. Dry suits, gloves, hoods, lots of layers, etc. Warm drinks will also help to warm you up whilst out of the water.
As always in South Wales there is always the option to head to an inland site, such as Chepstow or Vobster Quay but you’ll have the same temperature concerns as on the South Wales coast.
Last weekend we were up at Chepstow running the PADI Advanced Open Water course, our last open water course of the year. Congratulations to Megan, Bradley, Megan and Alicia (yes, two Megans) on passing their PADI Advanced Open Water qualification. We look forward to seeing you again to continue your Scuba Diving adventures, possibly on the PADI Rescue Diver course?
Next weekend (3rd December) we’re running our annual Christmas Jumper try dive event. All proceeds will be donated to the Save the Children charity, and you can come down to Hebron Hall in Cardiff (in your Christmas Jumper of course) and try our Scuba Diving for a donation to the charity (minimum £15). The dives are open to both unqualified and qualified divers. You can also speak to our instructors if you want any further information on the PADI Open Water Diver course, or any other of our courses.
CAUTIONS – It’s all about the temperature at this time of year. Water temperatures are low and surface temperatures are threatening to reach zero, so your thermal protection is absolutely vital. Dry suits, gloves, hoods, layers, wind proof jackets, etc are all vital for any dive, coastal or inland.
Scuba Diving Conditions report for Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales area – In all my days I don’t think I can remember a winter like this one. We have had summer temperatures, floods, gales force winds, huge swells, freezing temperatures, warmer waters and this was only this week.
The conditions really are crazy at the moment and one thing is for sure, were not dining in the local area at the moment, the conditions are terrible. The swell this week on the coast has been huge, up to 15 foot waves with gale force winds hammering the South Wales coastline.
I would say the best option would be to fly off to Egypt to get some quality diving or even complete the PADI Open Water Diver course but that’s not an option now, not with the troubles in the middle East at the moment. The only thing to do is to dive inland at one of the recognised diving facilities such as Chepstow or Vobster Quay. At least you can get a dive in here and the may even have good visibility.
Were heading off inland to teach the PADI Rescue Diver course on the weekend with Jess, James and Hector from Cardiff University and Dave from Swansea. The course has already been held in the swimming pool at Hebron Hall in Cardiff and at Cardiff University for the 1st Aid, were now completing the Open Water section of the course for the students to obtain there qualification.
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