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It might be a wreck, a giant fan coral or unique terrain that tempts you over 18m. There's something exciting and challenging about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Whatever your motivation you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres.
Boaties don't always recognise when divers are in the area and currents can carry you further than expected. Launching a delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB) before you surface can alert others to your location in advance of your ascent.
Do you want to make a difference on every dive but are not sure where to begin? By taking the PADI AWARE Foundation Specialty you'll learn to plan and complete marine debris surveys under the guidance of a PADI Professional and help keep your local dive sites healthier by removing marine debris.
Want to stay warm and extend your scuba diving season? Then dive dry. A Drysuit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in New Zealand's temperate waters. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to dive more places, enjoy night dives and multiday diving trips.
Learn why oxygen is beneficial in an emergency and practice with different delivery systems. Becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider lets you breathe easy knowing that you can recognise scuba diving illnesses treatable with emergency oxygen, and are prepared to offer aid.
Enriched air, also known as nitrox or EANx, contains less nitrogen than regular air. Breathing less nitrogen means you can enjoy longer dives and shorter surface intervals.
Analyse your cylinder, identify potential hazards, then plan & conduct 2 dives with up to 40% Nitrox
Take the Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you'll see new things, even on the most familiar scuba diving sites. Why? Because when you know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you notice behaviors and see creatures you may have previously missed. Learn more about the local ecosystem and take a closer look on your next scuba diving adventure.
The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. Although you've been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. If you've wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up for the Night Diver Specialty course.
It happens: People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving. If you've ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success.
Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You've seen them underwater, they glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by instinct. Learn the tips, tricks and techniques required so that you can achieve this too.
Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you're going. We all know New Zealand has some challenging visibility at times. Our Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.
Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed.