Generally Scuba Diving conditions in South Wales are pretty good this weekend, except for the obvious elephant in the room; the freezing temperatures. The sea is looking calm, with virtually no swell expected, wind is reasonably strong but in an Easterly direction so you will be afforded some protection for the South Wales landscape and we have had a good few days of settled conditions, so you should even get acceptable visibility.
All that being said, it is cold, really, really cold. So, if you are going to venture out of a Scuba Diving trip you will need to ensure all of your equipment is in perfect condition, be extra cautious in any dive as the cold can affect your air consumption and nitrogen absorption and ensure you have access to back up equipment, which you should anyway diving with a buddy. Thermal protection is absolutely vital; hoods, gloves, dry suits and lots of layers underneath are all going to be required. You also need to think about your thermal protection for before and after the dive.
Whether you dive the South Wales coast or choose to dive an inland site, you are all going to be coming up against the same challenge, temperature, so plan properly and most of all, stay safe
We're all excited for our Christmas Jumper try dive this Saturday at Hebron Hall in Cardiff. We've got a number of children coming along to get their first experience of diving and it's completely appropriate we have so many children as all of the funds we raise will be donated to the Save the Children charity. You're welcome to come along and support us, between 08:00 and 12:00, or simply send in a donation if you wish.
This is our last diving event of the year. Our instructors and some of our students are heading out to South Africa on 4th January 2017 on one of our unbeatable diving trips. They'll be doing a number of dives in a few locations, with the pinnacle being diving with the ultimate; Sharks!
We'll be back in February with the PADI Advanced Open Water, PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Rescue Diver courses, so if you want to make 2017 the year you learn to dive or get back into diving, get in touch and book your course today
CAUTIONS – Temperature! Thermal protection is absolutely vital, proper dive planning is critical and properly maintained equipment key. Stay warm and stay safe!