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If you’re going to get a dive in this weekend then Sunday looks as if it will be your best bet, with the swell dropping down to 3ft – 5ft. With the larger swell in the previous days, you could find the visibility is affected but that doesn’t have to stop you from diving. You’ll need a good dive plan and make sure you are diving with somebody who knows the area well.
Water temperatures are still cold, so good thermal protection is vital for any dive, whether that’s inland or coastal; dry suits, hoods, gloves and think about your protection and clothing for after the dives too.
If you want a bit more certainty on the visibility side of things, you’ll want to head to one of the inland dive sites around South Wales, such as Vobster Quay – just over the border in Sommerset or Chepstow.
We’re back in Hebron Hall, Cardiff this weekend running our PADI Open Water Diver Referral course. We’ve got some students from Bishop of Llandaff school joining us too this weekend, so it’s going to be a good, full course. We always enjoy these courses and seeing our students go from having never taken a breath underwater to being ready for their open water dives is great.
Congratulations must also go to our students from Cardiff Uni who completed their PADI Rescue diver qualification recently. This is a really tough course that requires students to learn a number of new skills but it really does improve their abilities as a diver.
Massive Swell, bigger winds, this weekend is not the weekend for Scuba Diving on the South Wales coast. Don’t get too upset though. Those of us not lucky enough to be able to hop on a plane and head out to some warmer climates for some Scuba Diving, which let’s be honest is probably most of us, can always head to one of the inland dive sites in our around South Wales.
Chepstow and Vobster Quay are both options this weekend, you just need to be aware of the water temperatures and plan your dive and equipment accordingly. With the strong winds and rain that are forecast you’ll also need to think about your clothing before and after the dive so you don’t get too cold out of the water either.
This weekend sees us heading outside of South Wales to run the PADI Open Water Diver Referral course for a school who are putting on a diving trip for some of their students. These are always fun and challenging courses and our instructors and divemasters always enjoys themselves.
Later on in the week we’re completing the PADI Rescue diver course with some students from Cardiff University. We partner with the Marine Biology dept and Cardiff Uni and work with the students on the skills they require for their research projects.
Our PADI Open Water Diver courses and PADI Advanced Open Water courses are starting to fill up as people prepare for their upcoming holidays but we’ve still got space throughout the Spring and Summer, so if diving is something you’ve thought about, give us a call and we can talk you through the process and get you booked up.
The conditions should be a lot calmer this weekend that last. Swell is set to be low along the South Wales coast and although there is a strong wind it is set to be in a Northerly or Easterly direction (Offshore). The main issue you will likely find is the visibility as the conditions have been fairly unsettled over the last few days, but that doesn’t mean diving is off. You just need to make sure you’ve properly planned your dive and take the correct equipment.
Water temperatures are still low as expected at this time of year so you will need to ensure you have the correct thermal protection, such as dry suit, good quality undersuit, hood, gloves. You also need to think about the thermal protection before and after the dives.
You may find better visibility and one of the inland dive sites in or near South Wales, such as Chepstow or Vobster Quay so they are always an option, but you will still need to properly plan your dives and thermal protection. In fact the water temperature in the inland sites may even be colder than the sea.
Last week saw us back in Hebron Hall, Cardiff running the PADI Open Water course and PADI Rescue Diver course. Both courses were a real success and we look forward to welcoming all of the students back when they complete the open water part of their course.
Our next PADI Open Water course is due to run on 4th March, so if you are thinking about starting you SCUBA diving adventures, get in touch and we can talk you through all of the options, prices and availability.
We’re expecting strong winds along the South Wales coast and in the Bristol Channel this weekend, gusting to over 30 knots and in a Southerly and Westerly direction. This will have an effect on the visibility in the water and although the swell is moderate at around 3ft – 5ft the wind will create a lot of water movement.
Sea temperatures are still low at around 10° so if you do intend to head out for a coastal dive this weekend you’ll need to ensure you have the correct thermal protection; dry suit, gloves, hood, warm undersuit, etc. You’ll also need a detailed dive plan for your dive, including entry and exit from the water and proper thermal protection for before and after your dive too.
Our advice would be to head to one of the inland dive sites in or near South Wales, where the visibility is likely to be less affected by the wind. Water temperatures will still be low in these sites though, so proper equipment and planning is just as important.
Next week we’ll be returning to Hebron Hall in Cardiff for the 1st part of our PADI Open Water course. This part of the course will teach the students the basic scuba diving skills they need in the pool as well as the theory required for any scuba diver. After they successfully complete this part of the course, they’ll need to complete their 4 open water dives before they become qualified to dive up to 18m deep anywhere in the world.
We’ll also planning some of our other courses for the next couple of months, such as the PADI Rescue Diver course, so wherever you are in your scuba diving journey, get in touch and we can discuss your next steps.
Pack your bags, head to the airport and book a flight. That’s the only way your getting a dive in the sea this weekend! We’ve got big swell, up to 6ft and strong Southerly winds, possibly reaching 30mph at times. That’s going to make conditions very tricky, before we throw in the visibility issues all that water movement is going to create.
For those of us not lucky enough to be able to jump on a plane, you’re going to want to head to one of the inland dive sites in or near South Wales, with both Chepstow and Vobster Quay being options. Water temperatures are starting to drop, but with good thermal protection, gloves, hood, dry (or semi-dry) suit, etc you should still be able to have a comfortable dive (Chepstow is around 12.
We’re back at Chepstow this weekend as our latest batch of PADI Open Water Diver students look to finish off their qualifications and become fully qualified PADI Open Water divers. They’ve already completed the theory and confined dives, so they just have the 4 open water dives left to complete and they’ll be qualified to dive anywhere in the world up to 18m.
Hopefully we’ll see some of them back to complete the PADI Advanced Open Water course which will give them the opportunity to improve their buoyancy control and also dive up to 30m.
CAUTIONS – Water temperatures are dropping and the air temperature has dropped significantly over the last week or two. You’ll need to think about your thermal protection both whilst in the water and after exiting. Hoods, Gloves, Semi-dry or Dry suits. Windproof jackets and lots of layers for when you’ve finished your dive too.
Looks like we could be seeing another weekend of positive conditions for Scuba Diving in South Wales this weekend. Swell size is looking like it should be around the 2ft – 3ft range and winds are fairly gentle. Wind direction should also be more offshore over the weekend, meaning the South Wales coast will be afforded a little bit of protection, helping to keep the visibility – a key requirement for an enjoyable scuba dive – reasonable.
Tide size is fairly average for the South Wales coast, or Bristol Channel, with low tide around 3m – 4m and high tide around 8m. Whilst that isn’t a huge tidal range for South Wales, it is still a massive volume of water moving, so you will still need to ensure you are planning your dives around the tidal movement, remembering the rule of twelfths. You want to be looking to dive the incoming tide, so this weekend, that means a morning dive with high tide being 10:50 on Saturday and 11:55 on Sunday.
Keep in mind that temperatures, both air and sea, are starting to drop now, so you’ll need to be thinking about the level of thermal protection you require, both during, before and after your dive. We’re getting into the dry suit season for coastal dives and hoods and gloves are going to start being required too. You’ll also want to ensure you are able to keep warm before any dive and warm up after your dive too – whilst the wind should be fairly gentle, there will be a noticeable wind chill.
Last weekend we ran the confined water dives and theory section of the PADI Open Water Diver course in Cardiff. There’s no training this weekend, but we’ll be taking our students down to Chepstow this month to complete the open water section of the PADI Open Water Diver course and allowing them to become fully qualified to scuba dive anywhere in the world up to 18m.
We’re also looking to run an Advanced Open Water course in the coming weeks, so if you are interested in taking your scuba diving training to the next level then give us a call and we can provide you with more details. The PADI Advanced Open Water course will help you improve you buoyancy, dive to 30m deep and give you a chance to practice you diving with fully qualified PADI instructors.
CAUTIONS – Water temperatures are starting to drop now as the air temperature starts to decrease. You’ll need to think about your thermal protection both whilst in the water and after exiting. Hoods, Gloves, Semi-dry or Dry suits. Windproof jackets and lots of layers for when you’ve finished your dive too.
The South Wales coast is not the place to be Scuba Diving this weekend. We’ve got massive swell (up to 10ft) and strong Southerlies and Westerlies, gusting over 30knots at times. This is going to make entry and exit for any shore dive incredibly challenging and with all the water movement visibility is also going to be poor. Even the sheltered Easterly facing bays, such as Oxwich Bay in Swansea are unlikely to afford you enough protection from the wind or swell.
So, you have a couple of options to get your Scuba Diving fix… You can come and join us at one of the inland dive sites in the area – such as Vobster Quay or Chepstow – which will remove the vast majority of the problematic conditions on the South Wales coast or, you can take advantage of some of the great deals to be had on holidays to some European destinations, such as Malta, Span or Cyprus.
We’re going to be in Chepstow this weekend with a number of students completing their PADI Open Water Diver course. They’ll be completing 4 open water dives over the weekend to a depth of 18m and upon successfully completing these dives they’ll be qualified to dive anywhere in the world up to that 18m depth.
They’ll also be able to take the next step in their Scuba Diving eduction and go onto the PADI Advanced Open Water which will improve the Scuba Diving skills and allow them to dive up to 30m in depths, meaning the vast majority of dive sites and wrecks will be available to them.
We wish them all the best of luck and look forward to welcoming them into the Ocean Quest Scuba Diving family.
CAUTIONS – Water temperatures are starting to drop now as the air temperature starts to decrease. You’ll need to think about your thermal protection both whilst in the water and after exiting as the strong winds will quickly chill you. With the swell and wind strength visibility will be a problem and must be taken into account when planning equipment and dive.
We’ve had some pretty unsettled weather here in South Wales these last few days, and that has affected conditions for diving, particularly the visibility. Whilst we may see conditions this weekend that are acceptable for scuba diving, with the recent weather conditions and tidal movement, you’ll likely find it difficult to see much and this will no doubt reduce the enjoyment of your dive, and more importantly, introduce safety hazards.
If you are adamant about a coastal dive, you may find some of the sheltered sites in West Wales, such as Martins Haven and St Brides Bay, your best bet, but our recommendation is to head to one of the nearby inland dive sites, such as The National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow or Vobster Quay in Sommerset.
No training this weekend, however next weekend we’re back at Hebron Hall in Cardiff taking our PADI Open Water Diver course and some refresher dives. We’ll also be running the open water section of the PADI Open Water Diver course down at The National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) sometime in August so our instructors will be making the most of this weekend off, either with some pleasure dives or some other outdoor activities.
CAUTIONS – As is always the case, throughout the year, in South Wales we’ll still need to take precautions with regards to thermal protection (wetsuits, drysuits, hoods, gloves). We’re seeing a spring tide this weekend so the rule of twelfths is absolutely vital when planning your dive times.
We could see acceptable conditions for Scuba Diving on the South Wales coast this weekend. Swell is set to be low and we have North / North East winds, which should keep the swell low. We have had some fairly unsettled conditions recently and are expecting some more heavy rain on Friday so visibility could be a problem.
For the best conditions head to the more sheltered bays, such as Stackpole Quay and Oxwich Bay and always remember the rule of twelfths, ensuring you dive on the incoming tide. Be aware of wind direction changing, Southerlies and Westerlies could lead to unacceptable conditions, and increasing swell size, particularly for a shore dive.
If you want to be confident of getting a dive in, the best option is to head inland. The National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow will offer diving less affected by the environmental conditions.
The instructors have been travelling all over the UK these last weeks, putting on PADI Open Water Diver courses for schools across the South East of England. This weekend they’re having a break from training but will be back next weekend taking students through the referral part of the PADI Open Water Diver qualification. We also have some Advanced Open Water course coming up in June.
CAUTIONS – We’re still going to need to take sensible precautions with regards to thermal protection as water temperatures are still going to be quite low. If you are planning to dive off the coast in South Wales, ensure you are aware of the changing conditions, making sure you know the conditions for both the beginning and the end of the dive.
Scuba Diving near Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and across South and West Wales: The temperature has slightly increased in the sea this week going up by 1 degree to 9 degrees. This is till very cold however, so thick wetsuits e.g. 7mm(preferably dry suits), gloves and hoods are a necessity if diving in Wales this week. the wind is still very high reaching 45mph however the swell has reduced and after Friday will drop below 3ft.
This weekend we will be taking a group to an inland sight in order for them to complete they’re PADI Open Water Qualification. The group have passed they’re theory test and learnt he required skills to pass in the pool the previous weekend. The waters will be very cold so we will be equipping them with 7mm suits along with hoods and gloves.
We have some individuals on the Rescue course this week which teaches the skills required to help others and ones self when in trouble in a diving situation. This qualification gives a detailed understanding of what could go wrong and what to do in this situation which is an extremely useful skill to have. We recommend this course to all divers as it will make you much safer while diving.
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