Nov 29

New Hollis dive gear in store !

We have just received our shipment of Hollis dive gear with a number of new products for the season. The Hollis Katana sidemount BCD supersedesĀ  the SMS50 as the dedicated sidemount harness and bladder in the Hollis range. With greater lift it and spinal weight system being the main improvements. Sitting alongside the Katana in …

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Aug 14

Fiji Dive Trip

We escaped the NZ Winter and made our annual trip to dive Fiji. The diving was up to it usual high standard with loads of colorful fish and soft corals. The highlights being a leopard shark, turtle, sea snake and the schools of anthias swarming over the reefs. Some of the group stayed on to …

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Jul 29

SSI XR Nitrox and Advanced Wreck Instructor Course

Congratulations to Sam, James and Henry on completing their SSI XR Nitrox and Advanced Wreck Instructor Course. Also, PG for completing his diver level certifications. After a full day in the pool we headed up to Tutukaka with our twinsets for 2 days diving on the Waikato Wreck. We hoped to make it to the …

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Jul 24

Open Water Course at the Outpost

Congratulations to our new open water divers. Instructors, Aura and Tim, were on board to complete the final 2 dives of the Open Water course at the Outpost, Leigh. A big thanks to GrantĀ  for helping and being my dive buddy for a sneaky dive during the surface interval.

Jul 13

Sidemount Course

We spent yesterday in the pool putting Nick, Doyle, Thomas and Mike through the paces during the confined water training session of their Sidemount course. This is the first step working towards their Sidemount Instructor ratings. Sidemount diving originated from cave diving, where divers often needed to squeeze through small spaces and for carrying multiple …

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Jul 13

Diving the Solomon Islands aboard MV Bilikiki

We just returned from a fantastic dive trip aboard the MV Bilikiki, based out of Honiara in the Solomon Islands. A great break from the NZ winter to enjoy amazing diving in 28 degree celcius waters. It was my first time returning after 10 years, when I used to work aboard the Bilikiki, and I …

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Jun 19

Learning to Dive at Tiri Tiri Matangi

Congratulations to another 8 divers who successfully completed their Raid 20 Openwater Course. Thanks to Blair for assisting on the dives. We encountered schools of yellow stripped mullet, snapper and an eagle ray. Looking forward to seeing some of you guys on the upcoming Advanced Course in the Bay of Islands in July, or Fiji …

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May 29

Learning to Dive at Mathesons Bay

A huge congratulations to all or students completing their RAID Open Water 20 dive course today at Mathesons Bay. A big thanks to Martin for divemastering and helping the dives run smoothly. The weather forecast was grim with 30 knot winds and 1.5m swells brewing, however, Mathesons Bay was sheltered from the westerlies and turned …

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May 28

Rainbow Warrior and Cavalli Islands

Our 2016 Diploma in Professional Scuba Diving Instruction students experienced their first wreck dive on the Rainbow Warrior this month. Followed by some stunning dives on the nearby Cavalli Island reefs. A big thanks to Carlos, a Whangaroa local, for showing us a couple of great new dive sites. We are ENROLLING NOW for our …

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May 22

Dolphins and Seals at the Poor Knights

A great 4 days diving at the Poor knights. Our tertiary instructor candidates made were escorted to the Poor Knights by a huge pod of 100s of Spinner Dolphins. Over the weekend we made it to Sugarloaf and the Pinnacles dives sites, 2 of our favourites, and were lucky enough to be in the water …

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