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Sep 20

Great Barrier Trip

Yesterday was a fantastic window to take our new boat ‘Whakaari Express’ out to Great Barrier.

On board was 8 RAID Open Water students, all taking full advantage, and completing their course somewhere a bit different. We also had a couple of keen Cray hunters too…

Students setting up for the dive..

Students setting up for the dive..

The dive team getting ready to head down for their last dive..

The dive team getting ready to head down for their last dive..

A nice moody shot of our happy divers!! Look at that flat water...

A nice moody shot of our happy divers!! Look at that flat water…

Luckily we had lovely flat water and nice weather conditions, and only copping a little bit of rain on the way back in. All our students did exceptionally well, and it all came together on the last dive. Laken and Basti absolutely blew me away with how confident they looked with their buoyancy!!

RAID, buoyancy

Basti Tarr looking like a buoyancy rockstar!

Laken Rowley and Basti Tarr with a nice grin before they descend!

Laken Rowley and Basti Tarr with a nice grin before they descend!

Visibility wasn’t too bad, and we managed to see some really cool aquatic life you don’t see too often. One of the things I always seem to notice when I dive Great Barrier is how supersized everything is! Its like all the fish are on steroids..

A curious Octopus (My favorite underwater animal) had a little think about coming out to say hello...

A curious Octopus (My favorite underwater animal) had a little think about coming out to say hello…

Kina

Fairly large Kina!

Relaxed

Katie looking very relaxed and chilling out on the sand..

Overall diving from the new boat was very comfy and easy. Grant can poke her in to some very nice dive spots all over the Hauraki.

And at the very end of the day, we where lucky to be graced with the presence of gorgeous little seal pup..

Seal Pup

Andrew and Ryan Wensel swam over to say hello to a very chilled out Seal pup!

A happy skipper with his new boat

A happy skipper with his new boat

James McNeill and Laken Rowley hanging out...

James McNeill and Laken Rowley hanging out…

Cheeky divers Andrew and Ryan Wensel

Cheeky divers Andrew and Ryan Wensel

Big celebrations from the newly qualified RAID divers!!

Big celebrations from the newly qualified RAID divers!!

The day was a great success, and if you would like to join us on one of our trips, just check out our trip list for the next few months. We have some awesome destinations coming up, so get in touch..

http://kiwiscubadivers.co.nz/dive-trips

Look out for more posts coming soon..

Tony

 

 

 

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