All the latest news, conditions reports and articles for Scuba Diving across South Wales and internationally.
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)
WATER TEMPERATURE – 11 Degrees
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
PREDICTED 72 HOUR REPORT
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.
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.
The sea is relatively calm over the weekend, with around a 3ft swell expected along the South Wales coast. The bigger issue is the previous days swell and the wind picking up and the effect that is going to have on the visibility for any dive along Wales’ South coast. If you head to some of the more sheltered bays early on Saturday then the wind may still be gentle enough however it is due to start picking up from Saturday lunch time so from Saturday afternoon onwards the visibility is going to be blown out of the water.
You can always head to an inland dive site where the weather has less effect on the visibility. Chepstow and Vobster Quay are both options for the weekend and you’ll be almost guaranteed a dive at those sites.
We’ll be down at Chepstow this weekend running the PADI Advanced Open Water course. This involves 5 guided dives over the 2 days and allows the students to really focus on improving their general diving skills in a controlled environment with support from our instructors.
We’ve also got a charity pool diving session coming up soon, so check back or follow us on Facebook for more information on that. It will be running in early December and we’ll be announcing the charity we’re supporting soon. Let us know if you’d be interested in attending, it would be great to see you there!
Two big things we’ll be contending with this weekend for Scuba Diving in South Wales; swell and visibility. The swell on Friday afternoon will be up around the 8ft mark and that continues into Saturday. As the swell dies down, the visibility will need a period of calm to settle down and improve.
Much the same as last week, the best bet is to head West to Pembrokshire to the North facing beaches and bays. Martins Haven and St Brides would be good areas to look at but there is a lot of adverse weather in the Atlantic at the moment and you could find visibility is poor there too. You could also head to an inland training site, such as Chepstow in South Wales or Vobster Quay in Sommerset.
We’re in the pool in Hebron Hall, Cardiff this weekend for the first two parts of the PADI Open Water Diver course. The students will spend the morning in the pool, learning the practical skills required before learning the required theory in the afternoon. We’re one of the only Scuba Diving Centres in the country to offer the PADI Open Water Diver referral in a single day plus some self study.
Next week we’ll be taking the students to Chepstow to complete the open water part of the PADI Open Water Diver course and the following weekend we’ll be back up at Chepstow running PADI Advanced Open Water course. As always, checkout our Facebook page for all the latest going ons.
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.
Summer seemed to forget South Wales this week and we’ve had some very interesting weather throughout. One minute bright sunshine, the next torrential rain followed by more sunshine! There’s also been a fair bit of strong wind, all of which means visibility is going to be pretty poor along the whole of the South Wales coast for any Scuba Diving.
Swell on Saturday will also be pretty big and make any shore entries / exits very challenging, although both the swell and wind drop on Sunday. Our advice is to either look further west in Wales or find yourself a last minute flight to sunnier climbs along Europes Southern coast.
Your last option for a bit of Scuba Diving in South Wales this weekend is to head to the inland site at Chepstow which will offer you almost guaranteed diving as it less affected by the conditions; although again you may get some reduced visibility due to the run off of rain water over the last couple of days.
We’re up at Chepstow, South Wales this weekend with a number of students completing their PADI Open Water Diver course open water dives; the final step in achieving their PADI Open Water Diver certification which will allow them to dive anywhere in the world up to 18m. This is the first step in their Scuba Diving adventure and will open the door to a number of other courses and certifications, including the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and a number of specialities.
Our usual venue for the PADI Open Water Referral course, Hebron Hall in Cardiff, is closed in September for maintenance and upgrades so they’ll be no course running this September but we’ll be back in the pool in October.
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.
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.
Well after the beautiful weather of last weekend, it’s taken a bit of a downward turn this weekend. The wind is due to pick up to around 15 knots, gusting to over 20 knots and the swell is also bigger than last weekend, likely to be around 4ft. This will lead to some very tricky conditions for Scuba Diving along the South Wales coast, although you may find the most sheltered bays provide an option. You will need to ensure you have a detailed dive plan and also ensure you dive with people who know the coast line very well and have the correct level of experience and training.
The inland sites are open as always, such as Chepstow and Vobster Quay in Sommerset, although keep in mind this weekend is Glastonbury so the traffic in that area is going to be extremely busy. It’s also not too late to book yourself a last minute getaway before the school holidays kick in and try some diving in Europe or further afield. Just make sure you properly research any dive centre you plan on diving with.
Theres no diving courses this weekend but we are still busy preparing for next weekends PADI Open Water Referral course we’re running in London for a school before their trip. These courses are always good fun but certainly keep us all on our toes. We’ll also be running the PADI Open Water course in Hebron Hall, Cardiff next weekend, so all our instructors and divemasters are going to be extremely busy.
Our courses run every month, so there is still time to get booked on to one of our PADI courses before your holiday.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We could see some acceptable conditions for diving along the South Wales coast this weekend. Sunday in particular could see the best of the conditions as the wind and swell will both be low. We’ll have some fairly big tides, but that is normal for the Bristol Channel and that can actually help with the dive if you know how to dive them. There has been a bit of swell over the last few days, which will have had an effect on visibility, but the calm conditions will help with that and a good dive plan with somebody who knows the site will also reduce the impact of that.
Water temperatures are starting to rise slowly, but they’ll still be cold and good thermal protection is going to be essential still. Semi Dry or Dry suits, hoods, gloves will all be required. Also ensure you have the correct protection for before and after the dive.
We’re lucky to have some really good inland dive sites in or close to South Wales, so if the conditions do turn you could always head to one of those but if conditions hold out as expected, it would be crazy not to take advantage and head to the coast.
Our usual PADI Open Water Diver Referral course in Cardiff has been postponed this month as we’re heading to a school to run the course for their pupils before they head off for and exciting dive trip. These course are always good fun and the pupils always have a really good time.
We’ll be back running the PADI Open Water Diver Open Water dives down in Chepstow soon and the Referral courses will be back to normal in June, so if you want to get a head start before a summer holiday, get in touch and we can talk you through the process and options that are available.
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