Archive for the ‘Site Improvements’ Category
Some exciting news for the divers!
We have recently taken delivery and installed two brand new Bauer PE700 Compressors into a purpose-built room at the National Diving & Activity Centre gas room.
We’ve recently had 300 tonnes of road chippings delivered to the National Diving & Activity Centre.
These have been used to improve areas of the car park and the road down to the pontoons.
We have also re-painted the markers in the car park to help visitors park a bit more easily when visiting the National Diving & Activity Centre.
We are delighted to be working with The Royal Engineers and their dive teams. In particular the team from 29 EOD & S Group Support Unit Dive Team, based at Wimbish, who have kindly acquired a new attraction to be placed in the water at the NDAC in the form of an Armoured Warrior Tracked Vehicle.
We are excited to announce that the National Diving and Activity Centre has successfully gained a full planning consent from The Forest of Dean District Council for the erection of a three storey modular facilities building at our Tidenham site.
The consent will support NDAC’s future growth and continued investment into the business, create local employment and provides wider community support for the area as a whole.
Following feedback from our visiting divers, we have installed some brand new kitting-up benches to help you set up or place your scuba diving equipment between fills.
Complete with social distancing signage, the kitting-up benches have been placed near the Gas Room and are all ready for the NDAC reopening for divers on the 31st October.
We have also repainted the wooden benches in the seating area outside the shop and gas room. Please ensure you use the kitting up benches, rather than the seating areas, for placing equipment.
We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!
Sadly, as many of you will know, the Cromhall Quarry Diving Centre closed during 2020. It has been a real loss to the diving and open water swimming communities.
Simon and Maggie, who many of you will know from Cromhall Diving, kindly donated the National Diving & Activity Centre some of their items that we will be using as underwater diving attractions.
Simon visited us recently to hand over the items, and as a small token of our appreciation we plan to paint up the MK XV11 Sea Mine and name it after him.
The new items will be given a good home at the National Diving & Activity Centre. We hope they will provide interesting attractions to dive as a small legacy to the Cromhall centre, Simon and Maggie.
In the last few weeks we have taken delivery at the National Diving & Activity Centre of some new pontoon sections from Southampton.
The Wye Valley Greenway provides a sustainable way to explore the beautiful Lower Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
A fascinating video report by Forgotten Relics about the fabulous Tidenham Tunnel, constructed in the 1870s as part of a railway connecting Chepstow and Monmouth, but destined to become the second longest tunnel on the country’s cycle network when it reopens as part of the Wye Valley Greenway.
Work to reopen the 1,188-yard long Tidenham Tunnel has made considerable progress in 2020, with tarmac laid by a contractor at the start of September followed by a subsequent volunteer workcamp which saw lighting installed and recesses bricked-up to encourage bat use.
Dating from 1876, the structure is unusual in that it started out as two tunnels; the small, intervening gap was later arched over and backfilled.
It’s hoped to open the greenway – which will connect Chepstow to Tintern – in the spring of 2021.
Words and video by Forgotten Relics
Here is a sneak preview of the first 30 metres of rock stability netting that has been installed at the National Diving & Activity Centre over the last few days.
We will no longer be accepting cash payments and will only be accepting cashless payments throughout the NDAC.
Most of our activity bookings are taken via the website and the vast majority of onsite payments are cashless already.
We believe this will be convenient for our visitors, speed up transactions and reduce queueing at the site. Studies have shown that a cashless transaction takes on average 1-2 seconds process, compared to 6-7 seconds for cash.
The changeover to cashless payments will start from the date we re-open (following the Coronavirus lockdown).