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 Advanced Open Water $699

The Next Step in Diving

Diving like any pastime requires practice to perfect existing skills and to learn new ones. This is where the PADI Advanced Open Water Course comes in. Most people assume that the PADI Advanced Open Water Course is for 'advanced' divers due to it's slightly misleading name.  

What the course is really about is growing an Open Water diver's skill base through five fun filled open water dives and through the PADI reading material and Knowledge Reviews. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives.

The dives that can be conducted on the our course are:

  • Deep Dive (to maximum of 30m) Mandatory
  • Underwater Navigation Mandatory
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy (recommended if you haven't completed Peak Performance Buoyancy course)
  • Night Dive
  • Wreck Dive
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Search and Recovery
  • Underwater Photography/Videography
  • Fish ID
  • Dry Suit (pool orientation is required for this)

Each dive is actually Dive One from a PADI Specialty course, so the skills that are taught are a taster of the skills that can be learned on the full specialty courses that are available with us at Dive Now Whangarei.

By taking part in this course you will not only gain confidence in your diving ability, but gain the freedom to take part in a wider variety of fun dives.

This course emphasises student involvement in all aspects of dive planning and gives them the ability to safely plan the dives independently once the course is finished.

If you are unsure about what interests to follow in diving or just want to improve your skills, then this is the course for you.

Cost: $699 | 2 days | Includes a trip to the Poor Knights

Cost includes all PADI training, certification and study materials. Any specialist equipment will be provided for the duration of the course.

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Openwater Diver or equivalent
  • Recent diving experience or a recent refresher session in our pool

Before you start the course:

  • Before you start the course you must read the PADI Advanced Open Water manual and complete the Knowledge Reviews.  You'll be pleased to know that there is no Final Exam on this course.
  • You have to fill out a medical questionnaire to check whether you are fit to dive.
  • Ideally you'll train using your own equipment, but all equipment can be provided if necessary.

Transportation is not provided by Dive Now Whangarei, but we do our best to help organise car pooling to the dive sites.