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

Date – 16th October 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 –  The weather this week is cloudy at 12-15 Degrees. Expect a day of sunshine on Thursday and the possibility of rain on the weekend.  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 15 Degrees

WIND – Wind will be gentle to moderate consistently throughout the week picking up to 14mph and dropping to 3mph. Watch out for Northerly winds on Sunday. (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – Swell will reach highs of 7ft the next few days, Thursday onward will be a steady 2-4ft. From our recent storm this weekend, visibility is ultimately nil, the sea state is looking calm but for diving in our Southern coastline it is poor . For surfing it’s a different story. (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1 – 7foot

TIDES

Low5:11AM3.23m
High11:34AM7.91m
Low5:42PM3.36m
First Light7:06AM
Sunrise7:40AM
Sunset6:20PM
Last Light6:54PM

Visibility – 0 – 1 meters

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

Great sea conditions this week but thanks to storm Callum and big swell, entries and exits will be a challenge. Along with poor visibility dive conditions this week are poor. Therefore if you head to West Wales you might be in for a better chance. If not you could always head inland where you are almost guaranteed a dive.

October 27th/28th we are running the PADI Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver courses. Our next PADI Open Water Diver pool sessions to accompany the four open water dives will be held the first weekend of November att Hebron Hall in Dinas Powys in Cardiff, there are students from all over South Wales including Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bridgend and Porthcawl.

 

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

Date – 05th October 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 –  Mixed weather dry most of the week but heavy rain on Saturday morning also very strong winds Saturday and Wednesday.  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 15 Degrees

WIND – High winds coming in for Saturday and Wednesday predicted at the moment, upto 35mph on Saturday and 30mph on Wednesday. The rest of the week is also varied with gusting winds up to 20 mph.  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – Wind direction will pay a key part in the sea state as there may be Easterly winds on Saturday and low swell which will be good for for the sea state on the Southern and Western facing shorelines. Choppy stormy seas as winds change to westerlies in the week. (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1 – 11foot

TIDES

High3:29AM8.07m
Low9:43AM2.91m
High4:01PM8.43m
Low10:26PM2.49m
First Light6:48AM
Sunrise7:21AM
Sunset6:45PM
Last Light7:18PM

Visibility – 0 – 1 meters

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

Poor sea conditions through into next week, possibility of diveable conditions on Saturday as the wind is high but offshore and the swell is low, however visibility will be low as the swell and winds have been high.

We are running the PADI Open Water Diver course on Saturday at Hebron Hall in Dinas Powys in Cardiff, there are students from all over South Wales including Cardiff, swansea, Newport, Bridgend and Porthcawl.

 

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

Date – 21st September 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 –  Settled weather, sunshine and clouds with changable winds and little rain through week. wind picking up Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 16 Degrees

WIND – Definitely depends on the day Friday, Saturday looking lighter winds and picking up Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with winds up to 30 mph. Winds will be variable again on the day with high winds from the West and North West.  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – This again is a story of the day, light calm seas on Friday and Saturday and stormy seas when the wind turns Westerly into next week with bigger swell and choppier water conditions (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1 – 6foot

TIDES

Low2:12AM1.67m
High8:22AM9.41m
Low2:27PM1.78m
High8:39PM9.54m
First Light6:35AM
Sunrise7:08AM
Sunset7:03PM
Last Light7:36PM

Visibility – 0 – 1 meters

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

Again the scuba diving conditions are not looking good for the coastlines of South Wales, big swells and strong winds have dropped the visibility to a minimum. Entrance and exit conditions should be good on Saturday but winds are picking up on Sunday on wards. Really need to head inland for better conditions.

We have just completed the PADI Open water Diver course on  the weekend. all students did very well wit Harri, Nathaniel and Luke obtaining the PADI Junior Open Water Diver qualification. we are running the PADI Open water diver course on Saturday 6th October at Hebron Hall in Cardiff.

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 – 18th 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 – Over cast, cloudy, unsettled, windy, rain unpredictable generally over the next few days in the South Wales region (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 18 Degrees

WIND – Winds are fresh and high over the next few days up untill Wednesday, strong Westerlies so back to normal after periods of Easterlies ranging 12mph – 30 mph (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – Rough seas for the next few days with the high winds especially along the channel with the strong Westerlies  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 2 foot – 7 foot  Max

HIGH TIDE TODAY –
Low4:30AM1.62mHigh10:38AM9.04mLow4:44PM1.87mHigh10:57PM9.03m

Tide Location Port Talbot – 7.97mi away 

Visibility – 1 – 3 meters

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

Looks like the weather has changed and the good diving conditions have gone, strong Westerly winds and stormy conditions are effecting the visibility and entrance and exit safety on all sites across South Wales.

We have held the PADI Open water diver course with 6 students today, all have completed the first two Open Water dives and are now progressing to complete the final two tomorrow afternoon. We are also running the PADI Advanced Open Water diver and the PADI Rescue diver courses. The students will be receiving the full PADI Open Water diver qualification on successful completion of the fou dives

 

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.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli region

Date – 28th June 2018

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

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF105BZ , Porthcawl CF365DH, SwanseaSA20AY , Bridgend CF311BB, Southerndown CF320RN, 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 again this week with Easterly winds, temperatures between 15 degrees and 26 degrees (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 14 Degrees

WIND – Easterly and South Easterly winds over the next few days ranging from 8 – 25 mph.  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –  Calm to wind chop seas, high Easterly wind bring white horses and offshore chop (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1ft -2ft

HIGH TIDE TODAY –
Low1:03AM2.09m
High7:13AM8.76m
Low1:20PM2.1m
High7:32PM8.97m
First Light4:10AM
Sunrise4:58AM
Sunset9:38PM
Last Light10:27PM

Visibility – 2-5 meters

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

Great conditions again this week, definitely the best time all year form Scuba diving in South Wales, weather is sunny fine and warm, Sea temperatures are rising up to a comfortable 14 degrees, the wind is light and offshore and the best part the visibility is up to 8 meters in parts of the coast.

The perfect conditions to train to become a Scuba Diver in the UK with the PADI Open Water Diver certification allowing you to dive up to 18 meters globally. Also the PADI Open Water diver Advanced course will allow our divers up to 30 meters to get even more pleasure from the sea.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli region

DATE – 02nd March 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, Llanelli,

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

WEATHER – Atrocitious weather across the region, gale force winds, 3 foot snow, -10 degrees, blustry snow storms  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 7 Degrees

WIND – Easterly and very cold up to 40mph, dropping over the weekend and the next few days (www.windguru.cz/5693)

SEA STATE AND SWELL -Strong cold Easterly then Southerly winds and storms, sea will be rough in the mid channel but protected on Westerly facing beaches.  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1FT – 5FT

HIGH TIDE TODAY – HT6pm HEIGHT 9.5Meters.

VISABILITY 0 – 1 Meter

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

 

Well the conditions were bad last week but they have got even worse if that could be possible, gale force winds, 3-4 feet of snow, blizzards, ice you name it we have it across Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Llanelli, Stackpole we cant even get to the inland dive sites. So diving is definitely OFF everywhere accept for Egypt, South Africa, Caribbean etc.

We are still running the PADI diving programmes including the PADI Open Water Diver course, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and the PADI Divemaster course, theory based at the moment and then in the pool as soon as the conditions clear to get on to site.

We are also in the planning stages for South Africa and Spain trips, they will be running in August for Spain and January 2019 for South Africa so we shall keep you informed.

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.

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

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 and into next week Temp 2 – 10 degrees 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, getting weaker into the week but cold air coming from the North (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 drops into next week, swells are between 2 – 8 feet all week  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

HIGH TIDE – HT 4.32PM HEIGHT 8.7Meters

VISIBILITY – 0 – 2 METERS

SCUBA DIVING CONDITIONS REPORT SOUTH WALES, CARDIFF, SWANSEA, PORTHCAWL, LLANLLEI, STACK POLE 

The wind and subsequent swell have been large and consistent over the past few days and predicted for the next few days, the wind has been blowing strong and blustery again over the past few days and in all directions. This has made conditions unsuitable for diving across the region, even the usually protected beaches North facing in West Wales have seen strong Northerly winds. The best option is to head inland to the local dive training facilities, the water is getting colder so remember to wrap up extra warm.

We are still training the PADI Diver educational system throughout the winter ready for those holidays and the new season in 2018.  Students are undertaking the PADI Open Water Diver, the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and the PADI Rescue diver at the moment