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Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Llanelli , Camarthen regions

Date – 25th August 2018

ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Sub Aqua, Scuba, Free Diving, Snorkelling

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF105BZ , Porthcawl CF365DH , Swansea SA20AY , Bridgend CF311BB , Southerndown CF320RN , Newport NP202UW ,Ogmore by Sea CF320PH , Llantwitt Major , Oxwich Bay SA31LS , Aberavon SA12 6QP , Stackpole Quay SA715DZ , Llanelli SA154SG .

SITE LOCATION – Sker Beach, Limeslade Bay, langland Bay, Oxwich Bay, Stackpole Quay

WEATHER – Colder than usual for this time of year 11 – 17 degrees, cloudy all week with heavy rain on Sunday. Strong winds on Sunday. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 18 Degrees

WIND – Variable winds this week with gale force expected on Sunday 26th August along the South Wales region, other days are medium winds and calm on Tuesday and Thursday (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – Relatively calm sea’s especially Tuesday and Thursday, very rough sea’s on Sunday into Monday with  the gale force winds heading in. Winds are mainly Southerlies with strong winds turning Westerly.   (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 2 foot – 7 foot  Max

HIGH TIDE TODAY –
Low12:25AM2.31m
High6:37AM8.67m
Low12:41PM2.26m
High6:54PM9m
First Light5:39AM
Sunrise6:15AM
Sunset8:18PM
Last Light8:54PM

Tide Location Port Talbot – 7.97mi away 

Visibility – 1 – 2 meters

Scuba Diving Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Porthcawl, Port talbot, Stcakpole Quay

Definate change in the conditions over the last couple of weeks, from warm and sunny we have had cold and stormy. August definitely is a mixed bag of weather now. Big winds and stormy seas have affected the Scuba Diving in all areas across South Wales, best option if to head inland to the protected sites. My be lucky and get a dive in on the West Wales coast.

Last weekend we completed the PADI Open Water Diver course with Natalie, Hayley, Gavin, Mike and Nia. All passed there full Open Water diver qualification and are now set to prepare for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver qualification.

This is the diving season for us now, warm waters and calmer seas in the months of September, October and November. We are then off on our epic trip to South Africa and Mozambique to see our wonderful sharks and creatures. We will keep you full informed.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Llanelli , Camarthen regions

Date – 03rd August 2018

ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Sub Aqua, Scuba, Free Diving, Snorkelling

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF105BZ , Porthcawl CF365DH , Swansea SA20AY , Bridgend CF311BB , Southerndown CF320RN , Newport NP202UW ,Ogmore by Sea CF320PH , Llantwitt Major , Oxwich Bay SA31LS , Aberavon SA12 6QP , Stackpole Quay SA715DZ , Llanelli SA154SG .

SITE LOCATION – Sker Beach, Limeslade Bay, langland Bay, Oxwich Bay, Stackpole Quay

WEATHER – Warm and sunny for the next few days but winds are picking up from Tuesday next week. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 17 Degrees

WIND – Varied this week with lighter winds over the next couple of days and then picking up from Tuesday onwards 5mph – 25mph (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – There is swell around at the moment up to 3 foot, this will decrease over the next few days but the sea will get choppy with the incoming stronger winds  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1ft -3ft Max

Low4:45AM2.37m
High10:58AM8.37m
Low4:58PM2.57m
High11:20PM8.45m
First Light5:00AM
Sunrise5:40AM
Sunset9:01PM
Last Light9:42PM

Visability – 1 – 3 meters

Scuba Diving Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Porthcawl, Port talbot, Stcakpole Quay

The weather is looking good but the problem is the wind and the swell, there has been a lot of swell around over the last few days and with the wind this has affected all the areas for safety and visibility. Most areas across the region will now have limited visibility and hard conditions with the surge and swell

We are back in the pool again on Saturday 11th August with the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver course run on a day long session. Students will be with us from all over the country to complete the PADI Open Water Diver Referral course.

DATE – 17th February 2018

ACTIVITIES – Scuba Diving, Sub Aqua, Scuba, 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 – Dry conditions pretty much through out the week accept for Sunday when the rain comes in again, winds are blustery up to 30 mph generally in a Westerly and South Westerly direction, dropping by the end of the week.  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 7 Degrees

WIND – Wind is variable again predominantly South Westerly and gusting upto 30 mph in stages, will be dropping off on Friday (www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL -Strong winds again making variable rough conditions for the next few days but also brininging in good well conditions and with the dropping of the winds could get pretty epic surf into next week.  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 2FT – 6FT

HIGH TIDE TODAY – HT6.59pm HEIGHT 9.1Meters.

VISABILITY 0 – 1 Meter

Scuba Diving Conditions Report South Wales, Cardiff, Porthcawl, Aberavon, Swansea, Llanelli, Stackpole Quay

As you may have gathered the winter season does not provide the best conditions for scuba diving in the South Wales region especially around Newport, Cardiff, Swansea and Tenby areas, the winds are high, gusty and variable, swells and surf are consistantly bigger, weather is colder and visibility hard to come by. This week is no exception the swell is high, the winds are big, the visibility is low and big tides.

However there is always the back up of the inland sites to dive in and also trips abroad especially winter destinations such as Egypt, South Africa, Caribbean. As always we are training people through the PADI system for there PADI Open Water Diver Course, the PADI Open Water Referral diver course and all other courses in the system. Ten students have just been trained up to the Referral system and preparing for their Open Water qualifying dives.

Scuba Diving Conditions for Cardiff, Swansea, South Wales and West Wales areas . Well the weather seems to have turned a corner from absolutely terrible, wind, rain, swell to not as terrible. The wind, swell and rain have all died down and things are calming down on the coastal areas. This could mean the areas around South Wales might start to clear giving better visibility and diving conditions. At the moment the conditions are still poor on the South Wales coast close to Swansea and Cardiff and are as usual looking more favourable in West Wales including Dale, Martins Haven and St Brides Bay. We may see better conditions at stackpole Quay lose to Tenby over the coming week. If the swell and the wind stay down the diving could be good in these areas.

This weekend we are teaching the PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course at Hebron Hall on the outskirts of Cardiff, David, Stuart, Sally and Huw are all completing the course travelling from Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and West Wales. The group will also be completeing their four Open Water Qualifying Dives on the 12th and 13th September in a local diving location.

After completeing the PADI open Water Diver Course the students will be able to dive anywhere in the world upto 18 meters. After this level they will be able to move onto the PADI Advanced Open Water Course.

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.