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It was also an amazing year for diving and our return trip to the Galapagos Islands was even better than our previous trip in 2014!
Let me paint a picture – we’re sitting on the liveaboard boat at Darwin Island – over 165 nautical miles north of Galapagos’ main islands, we've crossed the equator overnight and just arrived that morning…
We look out towards Darwin Arch less than 1km away, just down the coast we can see a mother Humpback Whale teaching its baby to slap its tail on the surface, around the boat we count 6 turtles relaxing on the surface, 7 Silky sharks are swimming under the boat, then suddenly a school of Mobula Rays are jumping into the air as they swim past, and the biggest school of dolphin any of us has even seen is in the distance leaping and playing as only they can… this isn’t over the morning – this is all at the same time! To say we were excited to get in the water was the biggest understatement you can imagine… we were all buzzing to get under Darwin Arch!
Heading out towards the arch on one of the two inflatables – our boat driver suddenly yells out “Whale Shark right below us... get ready to go” heart racing gear in place camera in hand, “3, 2, 1, go as the inflatable slows down ahead of the whale shark – we backward roll in – I'm lucky – I'm at the front of the RIB and manage to swim ahead and slowly let her catch up to me and we’re only 3m below the surface! I angle to be above her and swim to get into the pressure wave above her head… always mindful of never touching – and manoeuvring so I'm in the sweet spot. I don’t have to fin as hard – I'm being pulled along with her – it feels amazing, I quickly look back and a couple of divers are still swimming trying to keep up – the others have peeled off towards the arch.
She angles down and takes me on a 9-minute swim to 30m – several Giant Trevally come and join me above her head… they don’t stay long as almost unbelievably she swims through a school of hammerhead sharks!Truly one of the most epic moments I've had underwater in my 36 years of diving! She turns – I'm trying to remember to take pictures but I don’t want to waste this experience looking through the lens… she starts to ascend – too quickly for me to safely stay with her… so I peel off to the side – making sure the Go Pro on top of my camera captures her disappearing up into the blue shallows around the arch… she’s gone – I turn to high five the others (if they're still there) and a second whale shark is 4m away swimming straight towards me! I move up above and out of the way and let her pass underneath me and I swim on her back for the next couple of minutes and realise just how lucky I've been on my first dive at Darwin Arch – and that was just the first 15 minutes!
Over the seven days we’re on board Galapagos Aggressor we swim with hundreds of Hammerheads, Turtles, and many more Whale Sharks – not to mention the Seals, Sealions, Marine Iguana, Sunfish, huge schools of Barracuda – this really is scuba diving heaven… We climb an extinct volcano and get incredible pictures of the wild landscape, we visit the giant tortoises and tour around finding penguins. We eat great food, drinks, and have some late nights playing our new favourite dice game “Zilch” (thanks Willie). This made for another epic trip at what we believe is the greatest big fish dive in the world – Darwin Arch - Galapagos… And yes, we've booked the Galapagos Aggressor for August 2021! Contact Malcolm on 09 444 7698 to book your spot(s)!
We are proud to announce that we received the PADI "Outstanding Contribution to Diver Training" award for New Zealand for 2018! Presented this week by PADI Asia Pacific's Territory Director Thomas Knedlik, it is gratifying that our teams hard work is being recognised once again by PADI and appreciated by you our customers!
We know how lucky we are to introduce people to the underwater world, we love what we do, and to be recognised as the industry leaders once again is a testament to how the team do their job and share their passion for diving; so thanks to them, and of course thanks to you for choosing us to get you into this amazing world!
We were very proud in 2016 to receive the shop award from PADI Asia Pacific in recognition of "Outstanding Contribution to the Diving Industry".
Jen Clent PADI Regional Manager for New Zealand presents the award to Malcolm Kidd - MD Dive Centre Ltd.
At the same time Jen also presented Matt Shortall, Dive Centre's long serving Instructor with the "Outstanding Contribution to Diver Training Award" due to his consistent excellent work and issuing almost 200 certifications last year!
Jen Clent PADI Regional Manager for New Zealand presents the award to Matthew Shortall - Dive Centre Ltd Master Instructor.
We also became New Zealand's first PADI Tec Rec Training Centre! Offering a wide range of Technical, Deep, Mixed Gas and Solo Dive courses - Phone Matt Shortall for more info on 09 444 7698 now!
Go deeper and longer than you ever have before!
New Zealand has more divers per head of population than any other country in the world, and this great sport is still increasing in popularity. With so much coastline and so many beautiful diving spots (for U/W Photography, just looking or hunting!), it's no wonder that so many New Zealanders are getting into diving! We hope this information answers any questions you have - if not, please call us on (09) 444 7698 or email us now - we are here to help!
Getting into diving has never been easier or more fun than with Dive Centre and our Open Water Dive Course!
You will complete 5 pool and theory sessions with us, and this will make you comfortable, confident, and ready to complete your four open water dives in the sea at the end of your course!
Once your pool dives have been completed (in a huge indoor 28C heated pool here on the North Shore), you will head north to Goat Island Marine Reserve where there's fantastic safe diving with heaps of fish and huge crays like nowhere else in NZ! A marine reserve since 1975 (NZ's first!), this is a fantastic place for your first four open water dives.
You will do "at least" four dives in the sea with us, but if you need more experience before being certified, you are able to complete as many dives as it takes for us, and for you to be happy in the water; all at no extra cost! We promise to make sure you are comfortable underwater, then as a confident certified Open Water Diver, you can come diving with us whenever you want!
We not only have the best Instructors and equipment, but the biggest shop in New Zealand as well!
Many other dive companies try and rush you through your course as fast as they can, and run the course the cheapest way they can! This will never happen with us! We will make this commitment to you, "We will spend as much time with you as it takes to make you comfortable underwater!"
If your schedule is especially busy, executive private courses can be scheduled around you!
The price for our course is $599pp, whether you choose a daytime, weekend or evening course. For groups of three or more, we provide a reduced rate of $550pp.
The most popular way to book onto our course however is to purchase one of our "Personal Dive Equipment" systems; when you purchase one of these, you get the course for free! (See details below).
If you want to stay "really" warm you can learn to dive without even getting wet - just upgrade into one of our warm snuggly Drysuits! (only $100 for all pool and ocean dives!)
However, if you already own Mask, Fins, Snorkel & Boots, want to buy new personal snorkelling gear (from top-of-the-line at around $550 - down to a complete set for only $179!), or if you prefer to hire this gear for the whole course it's only $100 - we cover all the options!
If you're planning an overseas holiday then you can choose to do the Referral Open Water program for only $350pp and then complete your four open water dives at any PADI resort in the world! If you have started the course overseas, and want to finish your four openwater dives here, it costs NZD$350 each including certification and equipment hire!
We will teach children from 12 years old as long as they can fit our smallest wetsuits to keep them warm! Due to PADI standards 10 & 11 year olds will have to be taught on a private course or complete a Referal Course so they can do their dives in the ocean on a family tropical holiday.
If you would prefer a privately scheduled one-on-one course, the cost is $1500 - or $1200pp for two or more.
If you want to start right now, you can sign up for PADI eLearning! It is more expensive to do it this way, but you can finish all the theory sessions online before you come to us for your pool and sea dives! This costs AUD$140 that you pay to PADI directly online but we reduce your course costs by $100 if you sign up to elearning.
If you want to start learning to dive right now, click the image below to register and start your course right now!
Every person gets their own Open Water Crew Pack, which includes the Open Water Manual, full PADI Open Water DVD set (most shops don't include this, and if they do, they make you give it back!), Dive Log Book and lots of other information. If you choose the new Open Water Touch App for your iPad you just come and book onto the course in the shop as usual and we will tell you how to download the App once you've booked on. If you choose eLearning you don't need to pick up a crew pack, it's all online waiting for you to start right now! (But you still need to book onto the course dates you want with us)!
We also supply your one-piece semi dry wetsuit, regulator (with dive computer), buoyancy compensation device (BCD), cylinders, and pocket weight-belt for all pool and sea dives during your course.
You can also dive in comfort all year round with our "Dive Dry" option and use a drysuit for your course for only $100!
Also included are the boat fees for our 6 metre inflatable boats for your two days' diving in the sea up on the Leigh Coast/Goat Island Marine Reserve! Remember - we will NEVER EVER force you to dive in Lake Pupuke! YUCK!!
Once you have completed your training, you will receive a Dive Centre Graduation Pack including your PADI International Certification Card and wall certificate. You will also receive special discounts on hire gear for the first 12 months but also because you are a "Dive Centre Diver", we will give you a minimum 10% discount for life off RRP! Whenever you need anything, no matter how big or small, you will get at least 10% off all your equipment purchases!
All you need to bring is your togs, towel, and your personal snorkelling equipment (mask, fins, snorkel, and boots) and a completed Dive Centre Ltd_Medical_Form.
Everyone doing a dive course needs to complete a medical questionaire and we recommend doing that before booking onto the course!
If the answer to any question is yes, then you have to get it signed off by a Doctor. (If if the answer to all questions is 'No", you don't need to go to the Doctor at all - You can just sign the completed form and hand it in to us at the start of your course). If you need to, you can go to your normal family Doctor, but if you have any issues like a history of Asthma, Heart Condition, Insulin dependent diabetes, major ear or sinus problems, you should go to a Doctor with "training in fitness for diving medical assessments".
There is a list of Diving Doctors on the "Introduction page".
For comfort and hygiene reasons, most people prefer to use their own equipment. If you would like the piece-of mind and comfort of your own gear, we can help. Because we are family owned and NZ's largest dive equipment retailer, we only offer equipment you can trust!
Just ask about our special packages, check out the amazing PDE specials below - or you can hire mask, snorkel, fins and boots for $100 if you prefer.
You will need to show that you can tread water for ten minutes and swim 200 metres in the pool.
With Weekend, Evening, and Daytime options, we start several courses every month! Our full schedule is available here and if none of them suit, you can mix and match parts of the course as well! If none suit, please give us a call to organise a one-on-one private course.
Our experienced team are dedicated to ensuring you have the ultimate scuba experience. We are the longest running diving company & the most trusted dive professionals in New Zealand, and we make sure you have fun while learning to dive.
Once you've finished your course we offer dive trips up to 7 days per week so you can get out and discover all that our underwater world has to offer.
You only learn to dive once, so come and see why we have introduced more people to diving than any other company in New Zealand.
Come Alive - Learn to Dive... with Dive Centre!
or just call us on (09) 444 7698 or email us now
Dive Centre and Aqualung are making it even easier for you to get into this great sport.
Just buy one of these Personal Dive Equipment (P.D.E.) systems and Aqualung will pay for your course! That's right, purchase either of these systems, and you can choose which ever course you want to do from our normal schedule. This is not a different type of course, a cut down version, or a special set of dates, you just get to buy all this equipment and NZ's most popular dive course for one amazing low price!
Phone us on (09) 444 7698 or email us now and get into diving... EASILY!
Aqualung SolaFX 8/7mm Hyperstretch Semi Dry One-piece Wetsuit with built in hood, Aqualung Aleutian Kevlar Gloves, Echo 5mm Boots, Aqualung Express Fins, Aqualung Look 2 Mask & Aquilion Snorkel
Aqualung Aquaflex 7mm One-piece, Aqualung 5mm Semi Dry Hood, Aqualung Kai Amara Gloves, Echo 5mm Boots, Aqualung Caravelle Fins, Aqualung Look 2 Mask & Aquilion Snorkel
Robert & Sarah 30th May 2016:
Hi, I just thought that it was worth sending a quick email to compliment you on your Facilities and range of product, but more so on your Staff.
Matt is extremely knowledgeable, and has the patience that I would be proud to have.
Jake, again is knowledgeable and gives exceptional advice.
But the main reason for this email is to compliment you on Suzie, Suzie was the first of your staff that we met, she was extremely customer focused and had our best interests in mind from then on. Suzie was exceptional though out our PADI basic course.
To be able to go on our Advanced Course, with Suzie as one of the instructors would be a god send. Suzie was extremely attentive towards Sarah, as she did have buoyancy issues and for this we thank her.
We initially chose “Dive Centre”, as it seemed the most professional of all of the Dive companies that we had looked at, and the cost of personal safety was a major player in our decision process. I am glad that both Sarah and I made the right choice, with choosing “Dive Centre”.
Thank you for the opportunities that your company and staff have allowed us to take in the future.
Regards Robert and Sarah
4th October 2016
Hi Margaret & Malcolm
I hope you are both well. I wanted to quickly take some time out to send you an email regarding a couple of experiences my husband and I have had with your store.
The first being with Malcolm, such a great guy and so friendly. He helped get Jeremy my husbands gear serviced and then he helped me with getting sorted for the course. I was so nervous when I decided to do the course and Malcolm put me at ease. Very helpful on my initial encounter and spoke a lot about his favorite spots to dive. Thanks you really inspired me.
Then D-DAY approached on Sat 1OCT and I was nervous as hell. My husband already certified was so happy I was ticked off by the Dr. it only took 4 years to get to this point. So this was a BIG deal. So in I walked and I as hoping that I would get a great instructor one I would be able to connect with and be able to trust.
Well I was just over the moon. Jake was just awesome! I had a moment in the pool when we were descending for the 1st time and I started to panic. He kept me calm and helped me through it. It was then that I knew I could trust him and I knew then that I would be diving for the rest of my life till my health/age would allow.
You don't get to chose your instructor/s so I was very very happy to have Jake as my instructor.
I wanted to also mention Stu was really cool and helped me out heaps. He would always say how well I did something when we came back to the surface. So that was reassuring.
It was fantastic to have 2 people there I could trust on my 1st day learning to dive.
When it came to day 2 of the course I was still so very nervous I guess because I don't want to fail at something I had been working so hard to even just attempt. So when I passed the exam and then did the 3rd pool session it was great to know I had someone there I could trust.
The last thing I wanted to mention which I also found faultless was when I suggested to Jake I would like to do my ocean dives in my own gear he was very helpful and worked with my husband and I to get me geared up with the correct equipment to meet my individual needs. My husband too had all his gear serviced with you recently and was very happy. Matt actually helped him and also gave us great customer service.
So overall I'm very happy and a very satisfied customer!
You guys are doing amazing and I can't fault your service and the delivery of just being AMAZEBALZ.
So thanks from both myself and my husband!
Weekend Courses: Theory Saturday/Sunday (Pool/Theory) 9:00am till approx. 3-4:00pm - Open Water Dives Saturday/Sunday (Two Sea dives each day) 7:00am till approx 3-4:00pm
W-4-19 - Sat 13, Sun 14 (9am-4pm) Sat 27, Sun 28 (7am-4pm)
W-5-19 - Sat 4, Sun 5 (9am-4pm) Sat 11, Sun 12 (7am-4pm)
W-6-19 - Sat 8, Sun 9 (9am-4pm) Sat 15, Sun 16 (7am-4pm)
W-7-19 - Sat 20, Sun 21 (9am-4pm) Sat 27, Sun 28 (7am-4pm)
W-10-19 - Sat 12, Sun 13 (9am-4pm) Sat 19, Sun 20 (7am-4pm)
W-11a-19 - Sat 2, Sun 3 (9am-4pm) Sat 9, Sun 10 (7am-4pm)
W-11B-19 - Sat 16, Sun 17 (9am-4pm) Sat 23, Sun 24 (7am-4pm)
Daytime Courses: Monday & Tuesday (Pool/Theory) 9:00am till approx. 3-4:00pm - Wednesday & Thursday (Two Sea dives each day) 7:00am till approx. 3-4:00pm
D-4-19 - Mon 15, Tues 16, (9am-4pm) Wed 17, Thurs 18 (7am-4pm)
D-5-19 - Mon 13, Tues 14, (9am-4pm) Wed 15, Thurs 16 (7am-4pm)
D-6-19 - Mon 10, Tues 11, (9am-4pm) Wed 12, Thurs 13 (7am-4pm)
D-7-19 - Mon 8, Tues 9, (9am-4pm) Wed 10, Thurs 11 (7am-4pm)
D-10-19 - Mon 30 Sep, Tues 1 (9am-4pm) Wed 2, Thurs 3 (7am-4pm)
D-11-19 - Mon 18, Tues 19 (9am-4pm) Wed 20, Thurs 21 (7am-4pm)
While every effort is made to ensure all information is correct, details are subject to change without notice.
Please phone us on (09) 444 7698, or email us now, for availablility and confirmation of course dates.
We are NZ's longest running dive store, since 1972 we have been training divers and now train more than anyone else in New Zealand; we are NZ's most trusted dive professionals. We are dedicated to ensuring you have the ultimate scuba experience. Come and see why our course is so popular.
You only learn to dive once - Come alive - learn to dive... with Dive Centre!