Freedive, SCUBA and Spearfishing, we have it covered at

DIVE NOW, Whangarei's largest dedicated dive store. 


We are proud to be one of New Zealand's premier dive training, retail and servicing facilities.  Learning to dive with us means instruction and equipment of the highest standard.  All of our servicing of regulators, BCD's and cylinders is completed on-site.

We love being underwater ... if we are not in the shop, we are probably diving, either training divers or having fun taking photos, making videos, collecting seafood or just happy being wet exploring a reef or a wreck.

With our on-site pool, with full changing facilities, not only is your comfort and convenience assured when you are training with us, if you are shopping you can try out new equipment before you commit to buying.  Our staff and instructors have an extensive knowledge of diving, the marine environment and, of course, diver safety.

In store we stock what we believe to be the best freedive and scuba equipment available by some of the biggest and most-trusted brands - Apeks, Aqualung, Beuchat, Fourth Element, Light & Motion, Mares, OMS, Rob Allen, Scubapro and Shearwater. We have access to many more brands, so if there's something specific you want, just ask us.

Situated in Whangarei, Northland, where we are lucky enough to have a healthy harbour and stunning coastline on our door step.   We are 30 minutes' drive from Tutukaka, the gateway to the beautiful Poor Knights Islands - rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of the world's top ten diving destinations - while 60 minutes' drive will have you in the Bay of Islands, known for its undeveloped beaches and game fishing.  We are proud to offer you the opportunity to discover what we have made a part of our lives!

Dive Now is owned by local girl Jamie-Lee, who is a born and bred Whangarei Girl, (Whangarei Girls High) and Simon from London, UK who has always had the travel bug and finally made it to New Zealand in 2011.  Since then almost every second weekend has been spent in Whangarei either with family or diving the Poor Knights, Bay of Islands and other local Northland dive spots.  In March 2018, the oppertunity to take over and improve Whangarei's oldest dedicated dive store came up.  Since then we have been dedicated to making it into the one stop shop for dive.

PAdi Open Water Course $699

Why choose Dive Now to start your Underwater Adventure?

  • Professional & fun dive team
  • Max 6 students per instructor
  • All dive gear included
  • High quality SCUBA equipment for training
  • Neutral buoyancy training, no kneeling on the bottom nonsense
  • 2 dives at the Poor Knights
  • Location in central Whangarei with on-site training pool
  • Dry Suit option

standard course schedule

Home study (8 -10 hours)

Open Water Diver Course eLearning (Theory).  11 and 12 year olds still to use paper manual, will need an extra theory session with instructor.

Monday night 5.30PM - 10.00 PM

Theory re-enforcement and introduction to the equipment.  Swim test and snorkelling
Wednesday night 5.30PM - 10.00 PM First Pool Session on SCUBA.  Skills circuit
Monday night 5.30PM - 10.00 PM Second Pool Session on SCUBA, more skills and gaining confidence
Saturday, Times to be confirmed Two Open Water ocean dives, (lake, if the sea conditions are unfavorable).  Times will vary depending on tides and the dive site.  Usually a 6 hour day.
Sunday 7.00AM - 5.30 PM Two Open Water dives at the famous Poor Knights islands, (valued at $190). 
If at any time you are uncomfortable or feel you need any extra time, we are happy to provide this. We pride ourselves in producing high quality divers who have the confidence and skills to go diving safely with their buddy!!

Before you start the course

  • You must fill out a medical questionnaire to check whether you are fit to dive
  • You have to complete the theory course.  This takes about 10 hours for the online theory (eLearning).  
  • You need to be able to swim 200 metres continuos in our pool
  • You need to be able to float or tread water for 10 minutes in our pool
  • A minimum age of 10 years applies.  
  • Every student under 18 needs to have a parent or a guardian sign a consent form

Students younger than 15 years of age will attain a Junior Open Water Scuba Diver certification which has some restrictions.    (10 and 11 year olds can only dive with a dive professional, parent or guardian with a dive certification to a maximum of 12 metres).

Group bookings, private courses or pick your own dates?

If you have a group of 3 or more, you can pick your own dates for the course without paying anything extra! Or if you would like a private course for yourself and your partner or just for you, that’s possible as well! For all group, school and private course bookings, please contact us to discuss details and pricing! Private courses are a lot more affordable than you might think!

What to expect once you book your course

We will send you an information pack with everything you need to know for the course. We will also send you out information regarding your PADI eLearning login and registration.

It is important that you complete the medical form and get clearance from your doctor if you answered "YES" to any of the forms before redeeming your PADI code as this is non refundable.

Leave yourself enough time to complete the PADI eLearning prior to the course start date.

And of course if you have any questions then we are only a phone call or email away and always happy to help.  Contact us on 09 438 1075 or 0800 DIVE NZ or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..