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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!
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Not parallel imported and not brands you've never heard of! Everything we sell is backed up by us; NZ's longest running Dive Company, and by the approved importers, so you can always buy in confidence from us!
Dive Centre Ltd has been owned and run by the Kidd family since 1972. We have assembled an unmatched team of dive professionals whose sole focus is to make sure you choose the right equipment. We remain dedicated to ensuring you have the ultimate dive experience, offering the biggest range of services, the best advice on anything related to diving, and the largest selection of "quality" dive equipment in NZ.
Dive Centre Ltd recommends from top brands such as:
Aqualung, SeaQuest, Suunto, Technisub, Apeks, Apollo, Tusa, Pro Dive, Trident, Underwater Kinetics, Mares, Sea & Sea Digital Cameras, Intova Digital Cameras & Torches, Drysuits by Whites - Waterproof - Oceandry - Otter and Bare, Ikelite Camera Housings and Strobes, Trident Accessories, Roll Control Tank Racks, and many more!
We stand behind everything we sell and do, and we will not be beaten on price for the gear we sell! We are here 7 days per week to answer any and all questions about the gear you're thinking about buying, we are NZ's most trusted Dive Professionals, so phone us on 09 444 7698 or email us now, if we can help in any way, we are at your service.
6,000 sq ft of dive gear and service facilities, dedicated certified service technician who's only job is to maintian your equipment to the highest standards. Cylinder testing on-site for scuba, BA, CNG, and LPG cylinders. Don't buy cheap gear cheap, buy quality gear cheap! Don't buy gear you've never heard of - The best equipment doesn't cost more!
We will not stock the low end brands that other shops are willing to sell you, we will only sell "quality" equipment; that you can get serviced all over the world for years to come...
We have sold more Aqualung Regulators and BCD's & Suunto Computers, and than anyone else in NZ, we are "The Home of Aqualung & Suunto in New Zealand"!
Visit NZ's biggest store and see why Aqualung is the biggest brand on earth, and the longest running dive company in the world!
Aqualung introduced the world to Scuba diving more than 60 years ago and is the worldwide leader in SCUBA diving equipment. Under brands such as Apeks, Aqua Lung or SeaQuest, they manufacture quality and high performance regulators, buoyancy compensators (BCD's), dive computers, masks, fins, snorkels, wetsuits and many more products to make your diving adventure safe and memorable.
More people buy Aqualung around the world than any other brand.
When you purchase AquaLung products from an authorised dealer you are purchasing from trained professionals who are able to instruct you on the proper and safe use of that equipment. You will have the assurance of the Aqualung manufacturer's warranty together with the "Aqualung" guarantee of customer satisfaction".
Aqualung Regulators and Alternate Air Sources have the highest quality original service kits avilable; why is this important?
This means a much lower cost of ongoing servicing, because the original service kits we use are designed to last a long time! It is vital to get your gear "checked" every year, but you don't have to get a "full service" every year with Aqualung like you do with other brands!
If "Non Aqualung Dealers" talk badly about this type of Servicing, you can be assured it's because they can't offer you the same level of cost savings and peace of mind. Scuba equipment is Life-Support Equipment. Buy once, Buy right, and you will never regret it.
Suunto is the leading manufacturer of sports instruments for a variety of sports, including diving, skiing, hiking, sailing and golf. Their strategy is to focus on sports activities where advanced measurement technology, data processing, and specific algorithms can create significant benefits for active participants.
Suunto's mission is to be the world's most desired sports instrument brand.
Headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, Suunto has grown to be the world's leading manufacturer of diving instruments. Since the launch of the Suunto Vector in 1998, their wrist top computer category has steadily grown to be the most important product category today. They also provide a wide range of mechanical instruments - field compasses, precision instruments and marine compasses - these products have been the core of Suunto throughout their history. The success of the company is based on its high quality products and consistent dedication to research and development. The ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System is used in all operations.
In 1949, Ludovico Mares designed and manufactured his first masks and spearguns with one dream and purpose in mind: To share his unbridled passion for the sea and diving with the rest of the world. At its birth, Mares was just one small factory in Rapallo, but now, only 60 years later, the Italian based company dominates the scuba diving world, and is at the forefront of new and innovative dive technologies. Over the past six decades, Mares has come a long way, by achieving new goals, taking diving to new and extreme heights and depths. The
Mares name represents only the best in dive products.
Guided by this principle, Mares has become a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of state-of-the-art diving equipment, and continually sets new industry standards. The constant investment in innovation, the unceasing, patient research in the field of manufacturing materials and processes, combined with the expertise of our staff and a creative, professional approach grants Mares its leading position and makes our brand a synonym of quality, safety and reliability. The best of Mares is wrapped up in every product to
meet the needs of each single diver. Enjoy diving with advanced performance through superior technology: this is our mission.
Discover all that Mares has to offer: you will find a collection of new fantastic products where superior technology and emotion is at the core.
But this result wouldn't have been possible without our undisputed love for the sea, an all-encompassing vocation rooted in the history of our legendary founder that is felt powerfully by everyone at Mares. Although we manufacture our products using state-of-the-art machinery and use the most sophisticated electronic equipment, the core of our business and the spark that makes everything happen is still the same today as it was 60 years ago: Passion.
Come and discover the Mares world, all you need to do is...
Just add water.
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