Category Archive: General

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)

Picture by Uli Kunz - www.kunzgalerie.de

“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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Aug 14

Atomic Blade Fins

If you want a pair of fins that do everything, look no further than the Atomic Blade fins. These fins come in a plethora of colors for those who like to ‘match it up’. They also have standard Atomic Fin straps, although these can be upgraded to Atomic’s quick release stainless steel spring strap. The fins themselves …

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Aug 02

Oceanic VEO 4.0 Console

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The Oceanic Veo 4.0 is an easy to use entry level wrist or console mounted computer. The Veo 4.0 is sleek and yet still packed with features. The Veo 4.0 features Bluetooth Technology to connect any mobile device to your DiverLog+ app so that you can track, manage and share all of your dive data. …

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Mar 22

Shop opening hours and dive trips this Easter Weekend.

This Easter Long week these are our shop opening hours, so if you need any gear for the weekend make sure to come see us on Thursday. Still got spaces on our trips to Sail Rock and the Mokohinaus on Saturday and Sunday, if you keen give us a call on 094269834. Enjoy the weekend and …

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Oct 25

Waikato River Dive Against Debris

So, we have just completed our Dive Against Debris in the upper reaches of the Waikato River between Cheery Island and Reids Farm in Taupo. This has to be one of the most beautiful areas of New Zealand with the town wrapped around  the northern part of the spectacular Lake Taupo and the snow covered …

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