Spring, Scallops & Knowing your Limits


After a long and wet winter, spring is officially here, and this means scallops! The 2016 Scallop season is now open as at 1st September 2016. Before you head out to collect your fill, there are a few key things to remember:

Has your gear been serviced in the last year?

Are your Dive tanks in test?

The key factor to keep you out of trouble: KNOW YOUR LIMITS.

The daily quota for individuals collecting Scallops is 20 per day but if diving from a boat up to two extra quotas may be taken for safety/boat people. If you gear is in need of a service, drop in to Dive Zone and our qualified service technician will look after all your needs. Typically gear should be serviced annually with tanks requiring a test every 2 years for a Hydrostatic test and 1 year for a visual test.

In regards to diving conditions of late, we have good reports of 10m+ visibility. They also managed to bring home a few fat scallops – which hopefully signals a good season ahead!  The Water temperature is on the rise with 15-16 degrees recorded so far. For all those crayfish lovers, the reports are few and far between with a lot still in Berry but there is still the odd catch out there.

From all of us here at Dive Zone, have a great September and we hope to see you at the Scallopfest.

Learn more about Dive Zone at: http://www.divezone.co.nz/




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Dive Zone Whitianga is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre and has achieved Outdoors Mark Adventure Activity Certification. We offer a comprehensive range of recreational and professional scuba dive programmes. Whitianga is on the eastern seaboard of the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula and is only 2 - 21/2 hours’ drive from either Auckland, Hamilton or Tauranga. Whitianga sits within Mercury Bay and is a favorite holiday destination for many New Zealanders and International Visitors.  One visit and you'll see why.

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