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  • Wellington Divemaster course GOPRO

    PADI Divemaster course, what are your options?

    Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI […]

  • Dive Mask Wellington dive shop scuba and freediving gear

    Selecting a mask – Fit Part 2.

    In our previous blog we discussed Purge and Non-Purge rubber and silicon masks and masks with one or two lenses. Now let us look at fitting a mask for Scuba or snorkel diving. Generally price indicates the quality of the mask. Most silicon masks are more expensive than rubber. Similarly more expensive silicon masks fit […]

  • Wellington Dive Mask silicone tempered glass quality

    Selecting a Mask – Part 1.

    Scuba and snorkelling masks, sometimes called half masks (as against a full-face mask) have either a single or a double lens to look through. The glass is tempered glass able to stand the pressure of diving without shattering. The lenses are held by either a hard plastic frame or they may be frameless in which […]

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    Learning to dive, what is involved?

    Taking the PADI Open Water Diver course is one of the most exciting and thrilling part’s of being a SCUBA diver.  From the slight nervous feeling the first time you breath underwater to swimming around weightlessly.  Seeing living, swimming real marine life in it’s natural habitat first hand is nothing short of ore inspiring.  New […]

  • Wellington SCUBA Diving Courses Eco Specialty Package

    5 Specialty Ratings for the “Eco” diver.

    Looking to get your PADI Master SCUBA Diver rating on a budget with an eye on the environment? All scuba divers learn about the Master SCUBA Diver rating as they progress through the dive course; when learning to scuba dive and in continuing education courses like Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver.  At NZ Sea […]

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    Rescue Diver course – 6th and 7th of October

    Are you ready to do your PADI Rescue Diver certification? Coming up the 6th and 7th of October we have the all famous PADI Rescue Divers course.  You will hear from many people that this is the best dive course you will ever take… CHALLENGING  and  REWARDING These words probably best describe the PADI Rescue Diver […]

  • Wellington Dive Cylinders Choosing a Dive tank

    Choosing a Dive Cylinder

    Aluminium or Steel?  What size?  Brand? These are common questions when looking at purchasing dive tanks.  Rest assured there are some simple answers to get you started.  There are some simple considerations to understand.  We outline some of the differences below while remembering nothing is better than speaking to a dive professional at NZ Sea […]

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    Do I need a Dive Computer and what type?

    Y.E.S. You Especially Should have a dive computer. Jokes aside, the answer is obvious.  What we would like to do is highlight some of the reasons why we are so confident in our recommendation. Compared to using dive tables and guessing water temperatures, moderating no-deco limits and even air consumption options.  These are complex equations […]

  • Wellington SCUBA Diving Adventures

    5 Specialty ratings for ADVENTURE!!!

    Dive to greater depths, explore underwater Shipwrecks, dive colder waters, use Nitrox and Navigate difficult dive destinations… Given our Temperate climate, let’s start with Dry suit diving!  Diving a Dry suit can make even the coldest climate seem tropical but we’ll come back to that.  Diving a dry suit is fun too.  Just like the […]

  • Wellington Teric Dive Computer name meaning

    It’s all in a name

    When the new Shearwater Teric was unveiled, I was bemused. Why had Shearwater turned their backs on a tradition of naming wrist dive computers with names beginning with the letter ‘P’. We have Predator, Petrel, Perdix. What was different about the Teric, in fact what did Teric mean. I immediately went on line and found […]

  • Wellington dive computer shearwater teric

    The Shearwater TERIC has taken off!!!

    This fantastic watch style dive computer has the following: Modes – Free Diving, Watch, OC Rec, OC Tec, CC/BO, Gauge. Air integrated – capable of reading two transmitters. Functions – Alarms, stop watch, BlueTooth LE, charging dock, digi compass, case. We just received a very excited email from Andrew who is the NZ Agent for […]

  • Wellington PADI Rescue Diver course

    Why PADI Advanced Open Water & Rescue Diver?

    You take the PADI Open Water Diver course to learn to SCUBA dive, so where do the Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver courses come in?  The truth is they’re all part of the learning process.  Taking dive courses after Open Water Diver helps turn you into a competent SCUBA Diver.  Yes once you have […]

  • Wellington Dive Club - Mikhail Lermontov Dive Trip wreck diving nz scuba diving

    Mikhail Lermontov Trip – 2018

    On February 16, 1986, Mikhail Lermontov was cruising in New Zealand for the CTC cruise company. On that day she left Picton for the Marlborough Sounds, carrying mostly elderly Australian passengers, under the charge of The Picton pilot, Captain Don Jamieson. His presence, and his knowledge of the area, should have assured the safety of […]

  • Wellington Dive Gear Choosing a BCD

    Choosing the right BCD.

    BCD selection can be confusing, even for the most experienced divers.  Words like integrated, rear inflator, non-integrated, modular, shoulder dump, quick release, harness and wing can sound sophisticated beyond comprehension.  In this article we will shed some light on these options and how they affect your diving.  Don’t forget for a full equipment run-down and […]

  • Wellington SCUBA Diving courses Temperate Water Diver

    Which 5 Specialty courses are good for Temperate Water Diving?

    Temperate water diving offers some different challenges to tropical or summer diving in the Wellington region.  When Divers master the essentials they can enjoy a greater range of dive sites and even improved visibility!  Plus who doesn’t want to dive all year round anyway? Peak Performance Buoyancy Prerequisite: Open Water Diver or equivalent Having good buoyancy […]

  • SCUBA diving Myths, NZ Wellington PADI dive courses

    Mythical secret’s of how we develop as divers.

    After an Open Water Diver course you can sometimes be left feeling like there was something missing or maybe it was not complete.  You’re looking at taking the next step they keep telling you to do but are not sure or even feeling prepared.  For starters your Dive Instructor seemed to have it all so […]

  • Aquarium divers scuba diving courses and trips wellington based scuba diving

    Napier Trip

    Escape for a fun weekend exploring the highlights of Napier.  As scuba divers we naturally seek out novel experiences and diving in the Napier Oceanarium is nothing short of this.  Concerned about diving with sharks and rays?  No problem, ease your fears with marine life that is so used to divers you’ll feel right at […]

  • Wellington Dive Gear and courses

    Future Proofing your Dive Purchases

    It is hard when you start diving to imagine where you are going with this exciting activity. Some divers can’t see past the desire to catch a crayfish. If this is all you intend to do, stop reading this blog, you don’t have the imagination to really enjoy diving. First try and decide what you […]

  • NZ Dive Trip, Scuba diving Wellington

    Northland Dive Trip – 8th to 11th of June

    Get yourself away for a 4 day dive trip this June to NZ’s iconic Bay of Islands – HMNZS Canterbury.  Enjoy real down to earth New Zealand hospitality and diving at it’s best. Nearby and often visited during the trip are the Rainbow Warrior Shipwreck and even a visit to the Poor Knights islands can […]

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    Getting out Scuba Diving in Wellington once certified.

    All too often the going mantra is how to get some practice is after your PADI Open Water Diver course.  You’ve done all the skills’, completed the study and been scuba diving during your course but how to get there now?  It could be time pressures or finding a dive buddy, maybe you’re still a […]