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

Date – 05th July 2018

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

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF105BZ , Porthcawl CF365DH, Swansea SA20AY , 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, patches of rain sometimes haevy in parts, generally dry and sunny. 13 – 21 Degrees (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)


WIND – Wind is light again picking up possibly on Tuesday ranging between 2 and 15 knots so nothing drastic and changing West to North to South. (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –  Small swell and light winds again means calm seas for the most part, the only exeption may be Tuesday with the higher winds forecast.  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1ft -2ft Max


Visability – 1 – 5 meters

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

Conditions have remained quite good for the last few days, the only issue has been the slight swells and onshore winds in some regions across the South Wales area. The further west will have the better conditions especially from Stackpole Quay on to West Wales.

Conditions should be good for PADI Advanced Open water Divers who are experienced or have professional or competent guides with them. PADI Open Water Divers must stay to sheltered protected areas with full guidance for safety and protection.

Coastal areas must be evaluated especially for tides and weather conditions as always. We are also running the full PADI system of diver training throughout the year as we have been since 1998.


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

Date – 14th June 2018

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

LOCAL AREA – South Wales, Cardiff CF10 , Porthcawl CF36 , SwanseaSA1 , Bridgend, Southerndown, Ogmore by Sea, Llantwitt Major, Aberavon SA12, Stackpole Quay, Llanelli,

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

WEATHER –    Very changeable this week after a prolonged period of warm sunny weather the wind has picked up significantly especially on the South East coast, gale force winds on Thirsday and heavy rain on Saturday temperatures from 12-17 Degrees  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)


WIND –   Changeable strong winds through the week, especially Thursday and Saturday mostly South and South Westerlies coming along the channel 15 – 34 knots (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –   Rough seas for the next few days with the strong southerly and Westerly winds especially along the Cardiff Cf1, Swansea SA1, Porthcawl CF36 and Southerndown regions of the coast (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – Small swell and low waves 1 – 3 foot at best


First Light4:06AM
Last Light10:24PM

Visability – 0 – 1meters

Scuba Diving Conditions Report South Wales, Cardiff CF1, Porthcawl Cf36, Aberavon SA12, Swansea, Llanelli, Stackpole Quay

Over the past few weeks the weather and the wind has been amazing, beautiful sunny days and light offshore winds, unfortunately all that has changed today. High winds and big swells have blown out the Scuba Diving sites in Cardiff, Swansea, Porthcawl, Aberavon and up to Stackpole Quay. Visibility will be minimal and surf conditions will make entrances and exits treacherous.

We have recently completed the PADI Open Water Diver course and the PADI Open Water Advanced Diver course with students from Cardiff University. The students are now ready for their placements in the Nature reserve in the Medes Islands in Spain, a project we established 5 years ago and still going strong. So good look to all the students as they continue their Scuba diving careers.

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

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.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

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.

Scuba Diving Conditions Report for Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

Swell is set to be low on the South Wales coast this weekend and the northerly wind should help to keep it low. The tidal range is also good this weekend, with a high of approx. 8m and a low of around 3m we should have acceptable conditions for diving, particularly in the sheltered bays, such as Stackpole Quay will see the better conditions. Remember the rule of twelfths and look to dive on the incoming tide, which this weekend will be around 11:00 – 13:00.

You’ll still need to keep an eye on the visibility, which could be poor due to the water movement and unsettled conditions we’ve had in South Wales this last week but generally we expect the water course to be settled and safe.

Swell size, wind strength and wind direction are all set to change for the worse into the early part of next week meaning conditions could very well become unsafe, so it’s vital you track the swell, tidal conditions and wind before making any decision to dive, ensuring you are aware of the expected conditions at both the beginning and end of your planned dive(s).

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

A break in training this weekend after last weekends PADI Open Water course at Hebron Hall in Cardiff. With the conditions we’re expecting this weekend perhaps we’ll just head out for a pleasure dive somewhere along the South Wales coastline instead.

CAUTIONS – As always with UK diving at this time of year, you need to ensure you have the correct thermal protection, including Hoods, Gloves, Dry, or Semi-Dry, suit and base layers. Be sure to check local tidal times and conditions before making any dive.

Even though winter is now in full swing and the days are getting colder, here at ocean quest we are still running the PADI diving programme to all applicants. This is due to both the pool training sessions that we run as part of the PADI Open Water qualification, and the specialist equipment that we use when doing our open water dives to keep you (and us) warm. The pool session aims to teach you all the skills that is needed to dive in the open water, in a controlled pool environment. This enables you to be safe while learning the fundamental skills of diving. The theory test that follows the pool session aims to broaden your knowledge on the topic of diving. The theory covers many aspects of diving from details about the equipment, to biochemical effects that occur during diving. All this is aimed to give you a vast knowledge prior to the open water dives that occur over a weekend, which are assessed by dive masters. In these open water dives, the skills that were learned in the pool will be repeated in an open water environment in order to make sure these skills can be correctly transitioned from the warm pool environment, to the colder open water environment at different depths. The course is run in the South Wales area around Cardiff, Swansea and Newport and anyone from the age of 10 or above can learn these skills and get this amazing qualification.

Many people in the UK tend to only come to us to learn diving because they’re going on holiday and which to dive abroad. This is completely fine and we here at Ocean Quest do that often, for instance, were going to the Grenadines soon to dive at some sites there. However, there are also many dive sites in Britain itself. It may be colder, but that’s what the wet suits (or dry suits!) are for.

The UK is an island. We are completely surrounded by the sea, which provides us with a plethora of places to dive within a relativity short distance. An example of this would be Fishguard in north Wales, which is home to some wrecks raring to be explored. The style of diving known as wreck diving is looked at in the PADI Advanced Diver course we teach in Cardiff, which will help you acclimatize to the cold environment of British diving.

The Advanced Course builds upon the fundamental skills that are taught during the PADI Open Water Diver Course. The site we use to teach the course has many ares to explore, from a sunken jeep to sunken planes. The area is full of aquatic life of many shapes and sizes, even though it is done in a controlled environment. With the PADI Open Water qualification you will be taught the skills to dive anywhere in the world and the Advanced diver builds on this to reach deeper depths.

Where will diving take you?

The weather has been amazing for the last few weeks and so has the diving, this weekend we hosted Ben, Laura, Emily and Phil from Swansea and Cameron From Cardiff for their four PADI Open Water Qualifying dives to complete their PADI Open Water Diver Course. The students met at the dive site early in the morning to start the course, they were met by Dan and Jon their instructors for the day and started with a briefing on the site and the event for the next couple of days.

The students completed two dives on the Saturday and Two full dives on the Sunday for their Open water Course completion, the students performed exceptonally well and passed the course in true style, they are now certified to dive anywhere in the world upto 18 meters.

This weekend on the 2nd we have the start of another PADI Open Water Diver Course at Hebron Hall in Dinas Powys Cardiff, the course starts at 8am till 4pm where the students will be completing their scuba diving skills in the swimming pool. Students will be on the course from all over South Wales including Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bridgend and Porthcawl.



We are back in Hebron Hall in Cardiff on the 7th June running the PADI Open Water Diver Referral course, on the course this time we have Jude, Anthony, and Susan all from Cardiff and also Jonathan from Bridgend. They will be completeing the Theory and the swimming pool section of the course to hone their skills of Scuba Diving so they can move into the open water to complete their 4 Open Water qualifying dives. Once complete they will recieve the PADI Open Water Diver Full Diving Certification which allows them to dive 18 meters across the world. Their instructors will be Mal, Dan and Kathryn.

Also we qualified divers completing their refresher sessions to scratch up on thee skills they have previously been taught and introductory divers who have never dived before and starting out for the first time. The students are from all over South Wales including Cardiff, Swansea, Bridgend and Newport.

We will keep you updated with all the training and instruction that we are delivering over the year and give recognition to the students undertaking the courses.

When people learn to Scuba Dive they usually dream of diving in exotic places such as Egypt, South Africa, The Maldives, The Caribbean and indonesia. Fortunately we have managed to Scuba Dive all these places across the world over the past 20 years, are they are truly amazing.

We are also blessed to live on the South Wales coast next to the Atlantic Ocean and we are lucky enough to be able to dive in the sea’s around wales as much as possible. The coast extends from Bristol, Newport, Cardiff, Bridgend, Swansea all the way to pembrokeshire. It has an abundance of Sea life including porpoise, seals, dolphins, sharks, fish, soft coral, crabs, shellfish in fact you name it and we have it in the sea’s around wales.

We dive in Swansea on a regular basis in places such as limeslade bay, langland bay and Oxwich, the scenery is amazing, yes it can be cold and sometimes not the best visability but sometimes it can be spectacular with an abunance of Marine life and crystal clear and on our door step.

Conditions can sometimes be challenging so we do advise that people extend their levels from the PADI Open Water Diver qualification to the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Qualification or the equivalent from another system. We always say Scuba Diving is Quite Simple and any one can partake within reason, but our sea’s are challenging and therefore we must train to be prepared to Dive in our beautiful sea’s.


When starting out on the journey to learn to dive many people believe it will be stress full and very difficult to become an Open Water Diver wether certified with PADI International, British Sub Aqua Club, NAUI, CMAS, SSI, SSA, SDI or any other certifying body for Scuba Diving Instruction.

All the systems have one thing in common, they all teach people how to Scuba Dive and diving is pretty generic in its format, we put together our Scuba equipment, we put it on, we check it with our buddy, we get in the water, we float and check again, we descend under the water, we clear our ears and most importantly of all we obtain neutral buoyancy, this is the main concept of learning to scuba dive, neutral buoyancy is the art of stopping, controlling and levelling in the water to obtain the perfect position and depth for your dive. It is total weightlessness only felt by astronaughts flying through space.

Neutral Bouyancy initially is the main reason to dive, not the fish or the sea but the feeling of hanging and hovering with perfect neutral buoyancy is truly amazing, a feeling I still love to this day and I have been diving for 20 years. So really learning to dive and being an accomplished diver is about hanging, hoverering and chilling out underwater. Anyone can do this above the age of 10 years old, that is why diving is so amazing, it can be taken up at any time of life and will become the ultimate journey to follow.

Our next course of underwater astronaughts is being held in Hebron Hall in Cardiff on the 1st March, students will learn all the basis concepts of Scuba Diving befre going into the Open Water, but the main concept they will learn will be Neutral Buoyancy.