Grant

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Name: Grant
Date registered: September 1, 2015

Latest posts

  1. SSI Freediving – Level 1 — October 19, 2021
  2. Sea Horse – Hippocampus abdominalis — October 7, 2021
  3. Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) — September 27, 2021
  4. Red Moki – Chirodactylus spectabilis — September 22, 2021
  5. OceanReef Integrated Dive Mask (IDM) — September 14, 2021

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Oct 19

SSI Freediving – Level 1

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Like most people in New Zealand, I grew up in and around the water. I started freediving at a young age however, I had no training. I qualified on an SSI Level One course to enhance my ability and learn the proper techniques and safety in the water.   The course taught me the safety of freediving and how to respond to and help your buddy in …

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Oct 07

Sea Horse – Hippocampus abdominalis

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Diving at night is one of the most eye-opening experiences a diver can have. Seeing the change in environment is a breath-taking experience with a completely different marine life. Behavioral along with color change, and importantly, the usually impossibly shy creatures come out to play. The Potbellied Sea Horse is one of those mysterious ninjas, after more than 40 …

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Sep 27

Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV)

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“It’s all about the ride” as they say, and a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (or Scooter) is the underwater equivalent of flight. James Bond, Mike Nelson (of the Legendary ‘Sea Hunt’ fame) … and me. We all love these things. Neutrally buoyant in-water, and powerful enough to haul my middle-aged spread and all the paraphernalia I …

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Sep 22

Red Moki – Chirodactylus spectabilis

Red Moki - Imagery from Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

One of the more common fish we see on our local dives is Red Moki. If you are diving in north New Zealand, most divers would be unlucky to not find one, however many don’t know they are one of the more interesting fish we have.  These fish aren’t usually afraid of divers and will …

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Sep 14

OceanReef Integrated Dive Mask (IDM)

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Once the reserve of only Professional or Military divers, OceanReef has now delivered to the Recreational community a line of full face masks or ‘Integrated Dive Masks’ with all the options and performance expected with an off the shelf product. It has been many a year since I’d strapped my head into a bucket in …

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Sep 09

Eagle and Sting Rays

Sting Rays & Eagle Rays are some of the more common creatures we see on our local dives. There is also a common cause of confusion when determining the differences between the two. It is not uncommon for divers and swimmers alike to have an undeserved fear of these amazing rays.  Both Stingrays and Eagle Rays behave similarly, they both …

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Feb 08

Hovering

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The Hover, as opposed to neutral buoyancy (because we’re all tired of talking about that – right?) Ok – they are in effect the same. Ever seen a student (or certified diver) compensate for poor buoyancy by peddling their fins … of course you have. There’s a HUGE percentage of the recreational diving community that …

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Jan 27

Diving the Aldermans

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We gathered at the wharf road boat ramp in the quaint town of Tairua. A plaque nearby outlined the small towns demise upon the collapse of the logging industry in the early 20th century. The town has done remarkably well since then and a near new boat ramp takes us down the river mouth to the …

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Sep 21

New Dive Boat – Woohooo!

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We are thrilled to announce that our new dive boat Hauraki Express is now taking booking for dive trips – she is a beauty! Hauraki Express Built from scratch, this BRAND NEW 8.3m RIB has been purpose built with the Scuba Diver at the heart of the design. Centre seating for 10 Divers Plenty of space under the bench for …

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Dec 14

Wetsuit Clearance Sale !

We have received a large shipment of WET SUITS priced to clear: Shortie and steamer wet suits for adults and kids from $39 – 40% off. Two piece 5mm spearfishing/freediving wet suits at $299 – 40% off. One piece 5mm suits at $175 combined with 5mm front zipped jacket for $250 or 7mm hooded jacket …

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