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Four new underwater attractions at NDAC dive site

Underwater Attractions at NDAC Dive Centre

It has been a very busy week at the National Diving & Activity Centre with the installation of four new underwater attractions.

We now have a new addition to Land Rover Lagoon, a Double Decker Bus, a Single Deck Bus and a 16 tonne Abbott Self Propelled Gun.

All the attractions are ready to dive now, so why not pop down and have a look yourself – with so many new attractions you might want to book a weekend with us in one of our Wooden Wigwams.

The Busses
The first bus is a traditional 56-seater single deck bus that weighs in at 6.5 tonnes and has been used in active service throughout Cardiff over the past 15 years. She has clocked up an impressive 500,000 km so I’m sure some of you may have even travelled on her at some stage!

The second vehicle is an impressive Double-deck bus; she seats around 60 to 80 passengers, It is around 10 meters in length, 4.5 meters high and her gross weight is around 12 tonnes.

We believe these underwater busses will not only provide a stable, safe and exciting training platform but also to act as a swim through attraction for the more confident divers amongst you. So whilst our students are conducting their skills and drills above you could be swimming through underneath them – You won’t even need a ticket!

The FV433 Field Artillery Abbot SPG
The Abbot Tank or ‘Self Propelled Gun’ built by Vickers was used by the British Army between 1965 and 1995 and is still in service with the Indian Army.

In its day the Abbot FV433 was able to swim across water due to having a flotation screen fixed around the hull, which would be raised to provide buoyancy. The action of the tracks was sufficient to drive it forward at about 3 knots. Each swimming Abbot would of been supported by a fully amphibious Stalwart Mk 2 High Mobility Load Carrier that carried additional ammunition.

This Abbot’s floating days are long over and it now is retiring happily at the NDAC quarry, reunited with it’s old friend the Stalwart ‘Stolly’.

Both buses are under 20 meters and the Abbot is sitting around 30 metres. The new landrover is situated around 10 metres.

None of this would of been possible without the help from the Corps of Royal Engineers and our thanks goes out to them.

The Corps of Royal Engineers are unique with all their "Sappers" being multi skilled soldiers, combat engineers and tradesmen working alongside all parts of the Army they play a vital role in the effectiveness of the British Army and the United Kingdom in both peacetime and on Opertations.

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Double Decker Bus


Royal Engineers

Abbot Tank


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