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 Deep Diver Course $399*

The Lure of the deep!

Some divers will never go beyond the 18 metres of an Open Water diver and that's perfectly fine. But to other divers, there is that lure to go deeper. What is that I can see 10 - 20 metres below?

Looking up from the bottom of one of the many archways at the Poor Knights Islands offers us some magical views. Perhaps you are a qualified PADI Wreck Diver and have the desire to visit the propellor on the HMNZS Waikato wreck which sits in the mid 30s.

Our PADI Deep Diver course is not just about going deeper, it's about teaching you how to safely plan a deeper dive, choose the correct equipment and execute the dive.

The PADI Deep Diver course is one of the Pre-requisites for the PADI Tec 40/45/50 courses along with Enriched Air Diver and Rescue Diver courses. It is also recommended for PADI Dive Master Trainees, as you are required to do two out of the four dives from this specialty for the Dive Master course.

Some divers choose to do the PADI Deep Diver course for insurance purposes. They are Advanced Open Water divers going on an international trip and want that assurance that if in the unlikely event they exceed 30m and require assistance, their travel insurance will cover them.

Whatever your reason, it is a great course to participate in.

PADI Deep Diver Course


Dive Now Diver with SMB

Cost: $399 | 2 days (4 deep dives) | *Excludes charter costs to the Poor Knights Islands

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


  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • At least 18 years old

Before you start the course:

  • Before you start the course you must read the PADI Deep Diver 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 free of charge if necessary.

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