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5/20 Constellation Drive,
(Entrance on Ascension Place)
Ph: +64 9 444 7698
Maximum of 6 rock lobster (both species combined) on any one day.
Except Te Arai Point, Auckland to Cape Runaway where a total of 3 spiny rock lobsters can be taken, and the remainder (up to 6 in total) can be packhorse rock lobster. If no spiny rock lobsters are taken at the same time, 6 packhorse lobsters can be taken.
Measure the tail width in a straight line between the tips of the two large (primary) spines on the second segment of the tail. If you are unsure of the sex, use the 60mm measurement.
Measure the tail length along the underside in a straight line from the rear of the calcified bar on the first segment to the tip of the middle fan of the tail. Must have a tail length of at least 216mm (male and female).
There are rules and protections for gathering rock lobster/crayfish that cover: protected types, gathering methods, pot construction and use.
From Te Arai Point, Auckland to Cape Runaway telson clipping is required for all recreationally harvested spiny rock lobsters. The last third of the telson (central part of the tail fan) must be cut off so that it is noticeably shorter than the other sections of the tail fan. This must be done to all legal spiny rock lobsters as soon as they are taken.
Labelled diagram of a telson-clipped lobster [PDF, 551 KB]
Do not telson clip any packhorse rock lobsters.
In an equipment intensive sport such as this, it is important to have your gear routinely inspected. Small equipment failures can result in large problems! At Dive Centre we specialise in Certified Repair for all brands. We are a wholesale repair facility - that means we not only service our customers equipment - but provide this service for other stores all over New Zealand as well; using fully qualified and highly trained technicians.
By investing in our facilities and staff, and by making the commitment to do all aspects of equipment maintainence, testing and repairing on-site, we control every stage of the process, so we can ensure only the latest equipment and techniques are used to maintain your scuba equipment.
Don't let a malfunction leave you high and dry on your next dive trip. Let us maintain your equpiment properly, so you can get in the water every time!
We also have the most advanced Dive Computer Battery Change and Service Facilities in New Zealand! We service all brands of dive computer including Suunto Watch repairs and battery changes as well as Big Display Suunto battery changes.
We also do battery changes and repairs on mechanical dive watches.
With the release of AS/NZS2299.1:2015 there are now requirements for Occupational Divers in regards to air pressure and depth gauge accuracy testing and regulator hose testing.
We are now able to offer full testing of SPG's, Mechanical Depth Gauges, Computers and hoses to this new standard.
All Occupational/Commercial divers are required by this standard to have the accuracy of these items tested at least every 12 months or in the case of heavy or rough use every six months.
Please contact Malcolm Kidd on 094447698 for more details.
Not all Air fill stations are built the same! With Dive Centre Air, you are guaranteed to have air that far exceeds New Zealand and International Standards. For those of you in the know, we deliver "Grade E" air quality. Not many other Air Fill facilities in New Zealand can make this statement.
How do we achieve this exceptionally clean air? Again by investing in the best! On 1st June 2007 we installed a brand new Bauer Verticus 5 V180-15-5 Super Silent compressor. This compressor is computer controlled and even samples the air and will automatically shut down if air quality exceeds NZ standards! Now that's piece of mind for you and us. We also have an exceptionally large filter system, more than 5x the size of "normal dive stores" compressors. We have our Air tested every three months for Air Quality ensuring that our system is giving you the cleanest air possible. As of December 2015 a new standard AS/NZS 2299.1:2015 came in which reduced the amount of moisture allowable in scuba breathing air. You'll be happy to know that we are well below this new standard without having to do anything to our system! Being serious about air quality, we also only use the experts at High Pressure Equipment, to service our air quality systems.
We also have massive storage banks that can be used to fill up to 15-20 cylinders without starting up our compressor. This means we can fill while-you-wait 7 days per week, no matter what! We do this by utilising a "Haskel Pump". This expensive piece of equipment is an air driven pump that uses air from storage to pump the air into your cylinder. This allows us to fill cylinders even during a power cut!
Ultimate convienience and reliability for you when you are in a hurry to get out on the water.
Imagine all the benefits of diving Enriched Air, without any of the hassles of dedicated cylinders or O2 cleaning!
A lot of people diving Enriched Air use it to dive safer, not as a technical dive as most people think!
How does Enricher Air (Nitrox) benefit a typical kiwi diver like yourself? If you do a dive to 18 metres, and spend 50 minutes of the 56 minute maximum, you are fairly close to the limits. But if you use 40% Enriched Air and do the same dive, you will have used only 50 minutes of a 125 minute maximum! Other benefits of Enriched Air, are that you can spend longer at depth than on air, or minimise surface intervals and you feel much less tired after a day's diving.
Usually cylinders have to be specially cleaned for Enriched Air, but thanks to Dive Centres new advanced "De-Nitrogenated Air Nitrox" filling system this is no longer required! Just a simple inspection, some new stickers and your cylinders are ready. Your Regulator, BCD, and the rest of your equipment does not have to be specially cleaned or altered!
We have a Bauer K14 10 cfm (cubic foot per minute) compressor that is not only a back up to our main compressor but runs our Dnax Membrane Enriched Air fill Station as well.
We take the already Super-Clean air from our storage, and feed this through three more filters before it goes into your cylinder via the Membrane! (This is very clean air!)
A Membrane is basically a type of filter, its real name is a Permeable Membrane which means it separates the Nitrogen and Oxygen, at a molecular level, from our storage air. All we have to do is turn a dial, and it separates more Nitrogen off, so we end up with a higher level of Oxygen going to our Enriched Air Compressor. Because the Enriched Air is going into the compressor and cylinder at 40% or below, the cylinders don't have to be O2 clean. This is far more convienient for you, because it means you can choose to dive on Enriched Air one day, and normal Air the next, no dedicated cylinders! Unlike older systems that put 100% Oxygen into the cylinder and "Top-up" with normal air, to hopefully end up at the % you wish.
We test cylinders in-house!
We do not have to send cylinders out to have them tested like other smaller stores on the North Shore. This means faster turn around times and you can talk to the certified experts if you have any questions!
But again, not all cylinder test stations are the same either!
We are an IANZ Cylinder Testing Laboratory adhering to ISO 9002 standards, which is the most advanced cylinder testing system in New Zealand. We are authorised to test Scuba and BA cylinders, Domestic LPG Cylinders, Primus LPG Cylinders, Industrial Gas Cylinders, Automotive LPG Cylinders & Automotive CNG Cylinders and even large Air Storage Cylinders for other dive stores as well!
Scuba Cylinders require testing every single year! A visual inspection in the first year, and a Hydrostatic Test the following year. And the test alternates each year after that. If it's been more than 2 years since any test was performed; it just has to be Hydrostatically tested.
LPG Cylinders are required to be tested every 10 years, don't swap your perfectly good cylinder as you will probably have to change all the regulators on your LPG Appliances as well!
Don't throw away your perfectly good cylinder and buy a new one. Save money and the environment - Go Green & Recycle - Test your LPG cylinder instead!
Automotive LPG Cylinders are tested every 10 years like their smaller domestic counterparts.
Automotive CNG Cylinders are tested every 5 years.
It doesn't matter if your Scuba cylinders just need their yearly test, your LPG Cylinder needs its 10 year test, or even just a valve repair, we are the cylinder experts!