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Vobster or Chepstow

Discussion in 'British Isles' started by Chris Richardson, Mar 15, 2020.

  1. Chris Richardson

    Chris Richardson Registered

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Reading, UK
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    Hi guys

    As a Berkshire (UK) resident both Vobster and Chepstow are similarly easy to get to and pretty much the same distance. From a purely diving perspective (things to see underwater, depth of lake/quarry, facilities, price, etc) is any one dive centre better than the other? I've dived @ Chepstow already but haven't been to Vobster yet and as such am querying whether there's much difference between the two places. I not interested in jetskiing, zip lines, or any above-surface activities apart from getting something to eat between dives, changing, parking, cylinder refills, etc, just purely the diving aspect of things. I'd love to hear your opinions and recommendations. Cheers
     
  2. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

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    Last time I was at the bottem of Day House quarry (now the NDC at Chapstow) I was hauling 25 tonne of stone out.
     
  3. Chris Richardson

    Chris Richardson Registered

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Reading, UK
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    Ha ha! Well I'm doing my PADI Deep Diving certification in a few few weeks up @ NDAC: you didn't perchance leave a Caterpillar or Komatsu dozer down there @ 40m that l might be able to find.......?
     
  4. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Narnia
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    I'm a big fan of Vobster. Very friendly, well organised and easily accessible waterside from the carpark. Good underwater POI, depths range from 6 to 32m and viz is usually 5m+ (better if you go deeper and during the week when less students about). All the usual facilities.

    If I want depth I tend to go to NDAC, but anything less than 30m it's Vobster if I'm diving inland.
     
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  5. jaseUK666

    jaseUK666 Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: UK
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    Vobster is alright if you get in the bottom car park. If you don't, it's a massive PITA. Not been in years, so unsure how access to the bottom car park is organised these days. Last time I went, it was all schools with their student's kit strewn all over the kitting up benches.
     
  6. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Banned ScubaBoard Supporter

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    And...if your timing is right...and with the help of a little prior planning...you can stop by Vobster Marine...and take a RED BARE for a test flight...

    W.M...
     
  7. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

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    From today’s announcement from the PM you want be going diving for a few months. A ban has been placed on all social meetings, of any size.

    Can the inland dive sites survive until the ban is lifted, around August time.
     
  8. Pedro Burrito

    Pedro Burrito Moderator Staff Member

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  9. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Narnia
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    :thumb:. Already had a couple of try dives on the Red Bare. Lovely piece of kit, despite my lack of CCR skills!
     
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  10. BlueTrin

    BlueTrin ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: London
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    I second that: the staff at Vobster is incredibly friendly and funny.

    The NDAC has better depth but it can be a bit of a pain to use the shuttle if you need a refill.

    They are both very nice places to train and you should probably go to both :).

    Unfortunately I live in London, so they are both a bit far away for me. I have been to the NDAC for a single day, that was maybe 7 hours of driving in a day ...
     

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