Author Dive Zone Whitianga

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.

Diving in Vava’u ticked lots of boxes for those of us who love to escape a soggy NZ winter.  Warm sea temps – 25 degrees, clear blue water, beautiful underwater structures and plentiful coral and fish life.  Add to that, with it being whale season, abundant Humpback whales.  From individuals, mother/calf/escort groups, to heat runs all making for some very special moments for us to take home the memories of and savour for months to come. Diving with Tongan Dive Expeditions proved to be a really enjoyable experience with our lead dive guide being two of our former students –…

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Why we love having a Dive Buddy around, and 5 things you can do to become a better dive buddy. #1 – Adding to peer pressure You might find yourself diving with someone who has less experience than you do, or perhaps they’ve not been in the water as recently. Maybe they are just a little less confident as a diver. Whatever the reason, if your dive buddy doesn’t feel happy with a particular dive plan, then don’t push them into doing it. Even if you feel pressure yourself from the rest of the dive group, remember that diving is not…

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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…

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DIVE ZONE WHITIANGA – DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL SCUBA INSTRUCTION Open up a world of job opportunities when you become a qualified PADI Dive Instructor Dive Zone Whitianga has seen many students graduate from their diving programme and go on to have some pretty cool jobs. There are certain things that make Dive Zone Whitianga stand out from other training facilities.  Here’s why these things are important to your diving qualifications… We own our own boat and we’re out on the water all year round. Our boat SCUBA DOO carries 10 divers and crew comfortably. It has two custom-built entry/exit platform…

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If you had told me in 2009 when I was getting my Open Water that one day, I would train to be a PADI Dive Master, I wouldn’t have believed it! I started diving as a teacher on a school camp, and I really didn’t think it would be something I’d continue with.  As an older (30+) female with a young family and a full time job, it seemed like a pretty selfish and expensive recreational activity (despite me loving the whole experience!) But as the years, and camps, and diving with teenage boys continued, it became increasingly obvious that…

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