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… Luckily we had lovely flat water and nice weather …

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Sep 08

Rainbow Warrior and Cavalli Islands

To make life easy launching the boat off a decent ramp, we headed up to Whangaroa for 3 days to dive the Rainbow Warrior and Cavalli Islands. The Whangaroa inlet is a stunning location and only a short 20 minute run out to the Cavalli Islands. The visability was excellent at 12m+ and we knocked …

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Sep 01

NEW RAID Freediving Courses !

Over the winter our staff member, Tony Graimes, travelled to the Philippines to successfully complete his RAID Freediving Instructor course.     Already a RAID Scuba Instructor, Tony is now qualified to take RAID Freediving courses based out of our Dive Center in Silverdale. This is what Tony had to say about the experience: “I …

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Aug 27

Canterbury and Waikato Wreck Trip

3 days and 6 wreck dives completed ! Congratulations to all the students on our Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction who completed  6 dives which will credit towards their Specialty Wreck Instructor qualification. We headed up to Pahia for 2 days to make 4 dives on the Canterbury Wreck, and finished up with 2 dives …

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Aug 20

NEW Dive Boat – Whakaari Express

We are pleased to announce that our new 8.5m dive boat, Whakaari Express, recently passed it’s survey for 12 divers and 2 crew. “Whakaari” is the Moari name for “White Island”, as this boat was originally set up to take sightseers out to White Island from Whakatane…so it is very strongly built and travels comfortably …

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Aug 16

Another Awesome Fiji Trip !

Another awesome trip to Fiji and I would have to say one of our best to date. The icing on the cake was having 3 hump back whales breaching out of the water in front of us between dives…closely followed by dolphin and turtle encounters…and the usual pristine corals and abundance of fish life found …

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Jul 20

Friday Afternoon Spearfishing Army Bay

A few weeks ago, I decided to shoot out to the end of the Peninsula for a little bit of a splash around in the shallows. I was armed with my new Seac Combat 95 Speargun, so I was expecting maybe to see something worth keeping! Amazed to find a good few Snapper and provide …

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Nov 18

Rebreather Try Dives

Members of the Water Junkie Dive Club turned up at Stanmore Bay Leisure Center to try out some of the latest diving technology…the newly released Hollis Explorer and Poseidon Se7en rebreathers. These units are specifically designed for recreational divers making them safe and easy to use, but giving you all the benefits that rebreathers have …

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Oct 21

Poseidon Se7en Rebreather Courses

A big congratulations to Ian Cooper from New Plymouth on completing his Poseidon Se7en rebreather course. It was a pleasure working with you to tick off rebreather diving from your bucket list…when your shiny new unit arrives shortly I look forward to joining you on your boat to explore those secret pinnacles off the west …

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Sep 23

Dive Club Meeting – September 2014

A big thanks to Alex Stammers for presenting a slide show of local Hibiscus Coast dive sites and sharing some of your photography tips. We were all astounded by the subjects and colour found on our doorstep at our local dive sites. We’re looking forward to having you back some time to view your Poor …

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