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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 – 20th 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 , 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 – Again warm and sunny for the next few days with no rain predicted or strong winds (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 17 Degrees

WIND – Again wind is light with no significant winds for the next few days, may pick up in parts to 15 mph generally low at 2 mph. (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL – Flat again, really no waves this week.  (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1ft -2ft Max

HIGH TIDE 19th July 2018 –
Low5:47AM 2.08m
High11:57AM 8.49m
Low6:04PM 2.36m

Visability – 1 – 5 meters

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

The Weather has stayed constantly dry for weeks now and the wind quite low, only gusting up to 20 mph on occasions, there is a possibility of rain and wind through the region. There has also been a few days of swell affecting the visibility on the South Wales coastline.

Generally conditions are pretty good still with clear areas from Swansea to West Wales, really need to work with the tides especially in certain bays in Swansea and the South Wales region.

We have our usual full programme of PADI Open Water Diver courses available and PADI courses from Open Water Diver to Divemaster.

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

Date – 22nd 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 Sunny and high temperatures for the next few days, winds are light up to Wednesday, dry and clear (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80)

WATER TEMPERATURE – 14 Degrees

WIND – Lite winds for the next few days only picking up around Wednesday next week, lowest 2 and highest 20 on Wednesday and Thursday (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SEA STATE AND SWELL –  Calm Seas, light swells, changing possibly on Wednesday to local chop and whipped up surface (https://magicseaweed.com/Southerndown-Surf-Report/4321/)

SWELL – 1ft

 HIGH TIDE TODAY –
High2:00AM8.24m
Low8:27AM2.6m
High2:41PM8.04m
Low8:52PM2.74m
First Light4:06AM
Sunrise4:55AM
Sunset9:39PM
Last Light10:27PM

 

Visibility – 2-5 meters

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

Conditions are looking very good for the next few days, light winds, calm seas, afternoon tides, little swell so the perfect conditions for scuba diving in the South Wales region. All sites close to Cardiff, Swansea, Llanelli and Stackpole Quay should be working well, maybe changing on Wednesday when the winds start picking up.

This is the time to use the PADI Open Water Diver qualification to sample sea diving at its best in the UK. For those more adventureous then the PADI Advanced Open Water course may be more suitable.

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.

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

Scuba Diving in South Wales is off this weekend unless you are heading to an inland site. We’re expecting huge swell (possibly reaching 10ft+), making any entry / exit very difficult and visibility will be effected too. Although wind strength will be reasonably gentle with the size of the swell and temperatures our advice is stay out of the sea.

Temperatures are higher here in South Wales than they have been over the last couple of weeks, so if you have the correct thermal protection you can always head to one of the inland sites in the area. Although temperatures are higher, they are still cold so, dry suits, hoods, gloves are all required as well as warm, layered clothes for before and after the dives.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

Last weekend saw our Christmas Jumper charity dives in Cardiff, which was great fun! We introduced a number of young children to the delights of Scuba Diving and raised some money for Save the Children too. We though that was our last diving event of the year, but it looks like we’ve go one more day of introducing people to Scuba Diving as we look to run a private taster session for the residents of a lakeside estate.

After that, it’s fully focused on our Dive Trip to South Africa. Our instructors and some previous students will be heading at to a number of locations all gearing up for the pinnacle; diving with sharks in their natural habitat.

Courses will be back up an running in February, so if you’re thinking of starting or continuing you diving adventures, book your PADI Advanced Open WaterPADI Advanced Open Water or PADI Rescue Diver with us today

 

CAUTIONS – Temperature! Thermal protection is absolutely vital, proper dive planning is critical and properly maintained equipment key. With swell size, you need to really think about how you can enter and exit the water safely and weather you’ll have the required visibility. Stay warm and stay safe!

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

We’ve had some lovely weather across South Wales this week and this is good news for visibility. We are expecting conditions to become much tougher this weekend, particularly on the South Coast as swell and wind both pick up gradually across the weekend, Sunday afternoon will see 30+ knot gusts and 6ft – 9ft swell. If you can get down for Friday, you may find acceptable conditions across all of the dive sites, including Limeslade Bay or Oxwich Bay. The usual dive sites in West Wales will also be an option, such as Martins Haven and St Brides Bay, again particularly on Friday.

Whilst conditions may be acceptable early on Saturday morning, particularly further west, you may find the tides aren’t going to play the game and with changeable conditions expected, you will be better heading to any of the inland dive sites in the South Wales area, such as Chepstow or Vobster Quay in Somerset.

Scuba Diving Training in Cardiff, Swansea & South Wales

We usually run our PADI Open Water Diver pool sessions on the first Saturday of each month, however there is a change of plan this month. A number of or instructors are out in L’Estartit, Spain on one of our infamous Dive Expeditions. This means our PADI Open Water Diver confined water sessions will be taking place next weekend, where we’ll be starting the next batch of students on their underwater adventures.

CAUTIONS – It’s summer and we’ve had some beautiful weather in South Wales sea temperatures will still only be around the 12 degree mark, so we’ll need to take precautions with regards to thermal protection (wetsuits, drysuits, hoods, gloves).

Scuba Diving Conditions report for Cardiff, Swansea and South Wales area – In all my days I don’t think I can remember a winter like this one. We have had summer temperatures, floods, gales force winds, huge swells, freezing temperatures, warmer waters and this was only this week.

The conditions really are crazy at the moment and one thing is for sure, were not dining in the local area at the moment, the conditions are terrible. The swell this week on the coast has been huge, up to 15 foot waves with gale force winds hammering the South Wales coastline.

I would say the best option would be to fly off to Egypt to get some quality diving or even complete the PADI Open Water Diver course but that’s not an option now, not with the troubles in the middle East at the moment. The only thing to do is to dive inland at one of the recognised diving facilities such as Chepstow or Vobster Quay. At least you can get a dive in here and the may even have good visibility.

Were heading off inland to teach the PADI Rescue Diver course on the weekend with Jess, James and Hector from Cardiff University and Dave from Swansea. The course has already been held in the swimming pool at Hebron Hall in Cardiff and at Cardiff University for the 1st Aid, were now completing the Open Water section of the course for the students to obtain there qualification.

 

Scuba Diving Conditions and Activities Report for Cardiff, Swansea, South and West Wales  – Well its been more of the same really, high winds, big swells, terrential rains, mild weather it really has been a strange one this year in total. The coast has been affected the worse with the shore lines being battered by high seas and storms making the diving very volatile. There has hardly been a break in the conditions, therefore the visibility has been bad as well as the state of the seas. South Wales has really been affected around the Cardiff and Swansea areas, with little to no diving available at this time of year

As always West Wales has been more protected from these conditions but still has been affected areas such as St Brides Bay, Abercastle, Martins Haven have all been the best options as they are North facing and far more protected than the exposed coastlines of South wales. I would say the best option over the next few days is to go for a run and work off that Christmas Excess ready for the new diving season, or stay in the pub and talk about tales of diving on the high seas of the UK.

We are back in the water instructing the PADI Open Water Diver course for students in Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and accross South Wales on the 6th February at Hebron Hall Christian Centre in Dinas Powys close to Cardiff City Centre. The next Open Water dates should be in March 2016, we will be releasing dates early into next year. We will also be realeasing dates for the PADI Advanced and Rescue Course’s. So we hope you all have a fantastic New Year and look forward to diving with you all in 2016.

 

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 . 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.