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

ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Sub Aqua, 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 – Rain and strong blustery wind over the next few days, week unsettled with varied wind, rain and temperatures Temp 1 – 12 degrees degrees (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)


WIND – Strong blustery and changeable winds throughout most of the week and into weekend ( Strong www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – Winds are strong and blustery from all directions and swell is big and stormy for most days 6 – 22ft swells  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

HIGH TIDE – HT 6.30PM HEIGHT 9.67Meters



The weather at the moment is very unpredictable, in fact the only thing we can predict is that there will be no suitable Scuba diving conditions along the South Wales Coast, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, llanelli, Stackpole for the next few days due to stroms, sea state, visibility. The best option would be to head inland to protected dive facilities.

The start of a new year brings the start of our new PADI Open Water Diver programme, we are running the PADI Open Water diver course across the region with dates starting from today and through the rest of the year, conditions will not interrupt as we use theory, swimming pools and inland lakes for our initial diver training.

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.

Were making good of the conditions while the water is still warm and on the weekend of the 30th/31st August we have a huge weekend in store for a novice and trained divers.

We are firstly completing the PADI Open Water Diver Course with Simone, Gavin, Nia and Sara from Cardiff. Paul from Swansea and Neil  from Newport, the have all completed the PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course in Hebron Hall in Cardiff and are now ready for the Open Water Qualifying Dives. There instructors will be Dan and Ray for the weekend.

We also have the PADI Advanced Open Water diver course on the same weekend with Sam from Swansea, Phil from Llanelli, Luke from Cardiff and Jarrod from Cardiff, they have completed the PADI Open Water Diver Course and are now progressing to the next Scuba Diving level. There instructors are Lee and Stewart for the weekend and the 5 Scuba Dives.