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Scuba Diving Conditions and Activities Report for Cardiff, Swansea, South and West Wales – I’m very sorry but there is not alot I can say, the diving is definitely a no go in the South Wales area. The swell is huge and so is the weather, high winds , big swell, stormy weather has all affected the conditions for the Scuba Diving across the coast of South Wales. Even West Wales areas have been affected with the adverse conditions. The only real espace would be in land at the sites in Chepstow, Vobster and Bristol. Conditions here will be quite good, the temperatures have been high therefore the water temperature has kept at a very high level for this time of year.
We will be heading inland to train out latest students on the PADI Open Water Diver Courses this weekend for the last time in 2015. Cathering, Jamie and Robert from Cardiff will be heading into the water to complete the Open Water Diver Course to allow them to dive on the expedition they ate attending to South Africa in 2016.
In the new year we are starting our new PADI Open Water Diver Courses and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Courses in 2016, the water is colder in January and February so the courses will be limited to fewer numbers to make sure that comfort and safety is key in the colder months.
Hopefully the weather will bring better conditions into 2016, but for now have a fantastic Christmas and above all keep diving and keep happy.
Scuba Diving Conditions for Cardiff, Swansea, South Wales and West Wales areas . In the words of the song “Oh my God I can’t Believe it” the weather is shocking. Storms, Rain, Gales, Swell everything bad for good diving conditions in South Wales and even over to West Wales. Its been a pretty bad year so far for diving in the region and this week really is the final nail in the coffin. I can’t see he visability getting any better for days if not weeks. We can only pray that September is a better month to Dive. I can’t even say that west wales will be any better as the storms are big constant and all over. Time to learn to surf I think.
Due to the bad weather and sea conditions we are going to be teaching the PADI Open Water Course inland again. This week we have Ian, Tom and Jeff form Cardiff, Rob and Daniel from Swansea all completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification which on completion will allow them to dive anywhere in the world up to 18 meters. They have completed there basic pool and theory skills and are now ready for the four Open Water Dives. There instructors will be Dan, Stewart and Paul.
On the 5th September we will be running the PADI Open Water Referral course in Hebron Hall on the outskirts of Cardiff, the course will be taught to students from all over the South Wales Region and on completion will be ready for the four Open Water Qualifying Dives.
Scuba Diving Conditions in Cardiff, Swansea, South Wales and West Wales for the up coming week as usual is looking varied across the region. The exposed tidal areas of Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales are not looking good at all. We have big winds and bigger Swell conditions to cope with and this is affecting the Scuba Diving conditions badly. The visibility is minimal and the undertows, rip currents and inshore currents will be very unpredictable for the next few days. All divers with the basic qualifications such as PADI Open Water Diver, BSAC Ocean Diver should not be in the water in these areas unless under supervision by and experienced qualified diver. PADI Rescue Diver and BSAC Sports Diver would be better suited to the conditions in the area at the moment.
The best option for diving over the next few days would be West Wales in the protected areas of Martins Haven, St Brides Bay in Pembrokeshire. They are far better protected from the wind and the swell conditions and will offer by far the safest and clearest conditions for all qualified divers.
We are teaching the PADI Open water Diver Course at the moment in Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales areas, the course will allow a diver to certify to be able to dive up to 18 meters anywhere in the world, our advice is always for the newly qualified diver to be under supervision so they be protected whilst learning the basics of there new diving experience.
Firstly we apologise for the late review, we have been away in L’Estartit in Spain on a Scuba Diving Research project, the Diving was amazing on the Medes Island Natural Park and we are presently running a team of research divers from Cardiff University studying and researching the marine and terrestrial environment in the Natural Park. The conditions out in Spain have been amazing with great visability, wonderfull marine life and stunning scenery.
Conditions in the local area have been varied especially with the good weather but high winds and big swell. In the area the swell and tide have a huge effect on the conditions and this week will really show this. The weather is amazing getting up to to 35 degrees in some parts, but there is also a big swell out on the channel which will affect all coastal areas especially in Cardiff and Swansea.
The best diving areas will be the most protected from the wind and the swell, these areas as always will be along the pembrokeshire coast especially Martins Haven and St Brides Bay. The Algae ploombs should be clearing and the visability should become alot clearer with the bays being protected from the swells, the water temperature is also looking alot better around the 14 degree mark.
So head for west wales for your diving but head along the south coast area for a surf and a sun bath.
We are teaching the PADI Open Water Diver Course in Hebron Hall in Dinas Powys in Cardiff this week, with people from all over the area, Swansea, Merthyr, Bridgend, Newport, even Tewkesbury. The course will take the full day and give the students the qualification to be able to dive anywhere in the world up to 18 meters.
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
I hope you are all having a fantastic christmass and you are getting ready for the New Year, we are certainly looking forward to the New Year at Quest. We are starting to run our Cardiff Scuba Diving Course’s as soon as the new year begins. We will be offereing the full range of programmes including the PADI Open Water Diver course, the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course and the PADI Rescue Diver Coures.
We are now getting prepared for the New Season with many new dive site to explore in countries ad destinations around the world, we are particulary interested in our diving trips to L’estartit in Spain. This site of the Medes islands is truly wonderful with an abundance of marine life and flora and fauna.
We will be taking students from all over South wales to the site in spain where they will be obtaining there qualifications, pleasure diving or research diving for the reserve site. We will be giving more information in the New Year.
Our Scuba diving in Cardiff is going from strength to strength, we have been running Scuda Diving in Cardiff for since 1998 and we have trained 1000’s of scuba divers to Dive from people from all over Cardiff. We offer Scuba Diving in Cardiff initially through theory and swimming pool sessions offering the PADI Open Water Diver Course’s and the BSAC instructional level course’s.
Since 1998 our Scuba Diving in Cardiff grown locally and worldwide, we have run the PADI Open Water Diver Course in Swansea, Porthcawl, Bridgend, Newport as well as all over the UK and worlwide. Most recently we have completed the PADI Open Water Diver Course with students from Cardiff, Swansea, Bridgend, Newport and Pontypridd.
The students have completed their Scuda Diving in Cardiff initially and then completed the four Open Water Dives to obtain the PADI Open Water Diver certification they will now be licenced to dive to 18 meters anywhere in the world.
Next year come and join us Scuba Diving in Cardiff and enjoy the pleasures of the beautiful seas and Oceans of the world.
Its nearly the end of the year and we have just completed our final Cardiff Scuba Diving Session. We had students from all over south Wales with us for the final Session including Cardiff, Swansea, Porthcawl, Bridgend and Newport.
The final Session was held in Hebron Hall in Dinas Powys in Cardiff on the 7th December and all the guys on the weekend passed with great skill and confidence. This weekend we are compleing the four PADI Open Water Dives with the completeing the diving course in Cardiff.
They are Jamie, Tom H, Tom D and Toby from Cardiff and Amy and Briony from pontpridd and Ian from Newport, there instructors will be Ray, Dan, Rose and Lee from our Scuba Diving Center in Cardiff. We will keep you upto date with how all the students get on with their PADI Open Water Diver Qualification.
We have a really big weekend with our Scuba Diving Course’s again this weekend, Liam, Kirsty, Rosie, Hannah, Ellie, Roshan and Richard will be with us from pontypridd and Cardiff completeing their PADI Open Water Diver Course which will allow them to Dive upto 18 meters anywhere in the world.
They have recently completed their PADI Open Water Referral course in Cardiff which has allowed them to complete the four Open Water Qualiyfying Scuba Dives. When the students have completed the course they will be ready to go Scuba Diving on their trip to Honduras in the New Year.
We also have Kirsty from Cardiff who is completeing her PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course as well on the weekend, she will be completing 5 Open Water Dives to obtain the Advanced Open Water Diver Course which will allow her to Dive to 30 meters anywhere in the world.
Their instructors will be Ray, Stuart, Lee, Phil and John, we will keep you infrmed on how they get on.
Variety is the spice of life, as they say. There are certain things that you know
are going to be fantastic but for some reason you’ve always kept putting
them off. Some people have their own ‘bucket list’ – a mental rundown of
experiences they would like to try while there’s still time, but getting round to
ticking the items off the list is often another story! Scuba diving often features
prominently on such lists. The possibility of exploring a whole new underwater
world; getting close up to sea creatures and moving freely over a completely
unfamiliar sub-aqua terrain. It’s certainly enticing. So what’s putting you off?
Scuba diving is easier, cheaper and more accessible than you think. If you’ve
always fancied having a go, there really is nothing to stopping you!
It’s time to dispel three of the most frequently-encountered myths that stop too many people taking the plunge, and here they are:
“Scuba-diving is only for abroad”
Wrong. Here in the UK, we’re blessed with countless locations for scuba
diving. After all wherever you are in the UK, you’re never more than a couple
hours drive away from the sea and most of us are a lot closer than that! The
range of sites is amazing and we have thousands of miles of coastline dotted
with reefs and shore beds of all different varieties. These locations are home
to a spectacular array of marine life – from native crustaceans, impressive
anemones and spectacular shoals of fish right through to seals, sea-otters,
whales and even sharks. Also, if wrecks are what attract you, our rich
maritime history ensures you’re spoilt for choice. South Wales is no exception
to this. Thanks to being on the doorstep of hundreds of miles of stunning
Heritage Coast, you can guarantee that the scuba Cardiff experience rivals
anything you’ll find abroad.
“You have to be super-fit to scuba dive”
Wrong. Scuba diving is a universal sport and is enjoyed by children as young
as ten right through to people who’ve been diving for 60 or more years! In
fact, it’s the ideal family activity and is a great way to keep fit. You can be
introduced gently to it as well to make sure that when you do take to the open
sea, you’ll be doing so with full back-up. Firstly, an instructor will make sure
you fully understand the theoretical side of things before getting the basic
technique right in a pool setting. Very quickly, you’ll find that scuba diving
becomes second nature and when you do venture into open water, you’ll be
able to do so with complete confidence.
“Scuba diving is expensive.”
Wrong. You don’t have to shell out on hundreds of pounds worth of kit in
order to learn how to scuba dive. For one thing, it’s possible to hire out
equipment at incredibly attractive rates. What you probably want to do first of
all is to try and get a feel for the sport and a scuba diving taster course
at Ocean Quest is the ideal way of doing that. Once you finally dive in, the
chances are that you’ll be hooked.
Try scuba diving for £15 and if you go on to book a diving course the £15 is taken off course price.
Get 10% off total price of course when 2 people book at the same time.
What are you waiting for? Give scuba diving a go and find out for yourself.
Ocean Quest is South Wales Premier PADI Dive Centre, established in 1998 across Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bridgend and South Wales. Ocean Quest is the longest running Scuba Diving Training facility in South Wales.
Ocean Quest has won numerous awards within the Scuba Diving and Watersports Industry including the prestigious PADI International Key Man Centre of the year award, the most prestigious acknowledgement awarded by PADI International
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