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 DrySuit Course $300

Stay warm and dry all year round

Do you feel the cold or want to dive in New Zealand all year around and not just the summer? Perhaps you are a photographer or even a dive professional looking after students and you don't move very far underwater. Well you will not be creating much heat through physical exercise. Whatever the reason, there's no benefit to getting cold whilst diving. In fact, it's actually a predisposing factor for decompression sickness.

The PADI Dry Suit course is taught here at Dive Now Whangarei by instructors who dive all year in New Zealand in Dry Suits.

The course involves a little bit of theory from the PADI Dry Suit Dive manual and then the rest is all practical. We will introduce you to the different types of dry suits available and the pros & cons of each. We have access to world leading brands such as DUI, Fourth Element, Santi and Scubapro so have the experience to advise you when it comes to choosing the right suit for you and your diving.

Once we have sized you up for a suit to train in and the appropriate undergarments from our school, we will spend time in our pool learning how to control the suit. Once you have mastered the suit in our pool, we can head to the Open Water for two dives to complete your PADI Dry Suit training.

PADI Dry Suit Course


PADI Dry Suit Course

What you will learn on the course:

  • Putting on and taking off your dry suit with minimal assistance
  • Mastering buoyancy control using your dry suit
  • Dive safety procedures when using a dry suit

Cost: $300 | 1 day Theory and Pool session | 2 Open Water Dives

Cost includes all PADI training, certification and study materials. Any specialist equipment will be provided for the duration of the course.  The cost does not include the Charter cost for the 2 Open Water Dives.


  • PADI Openwater Diver or equivalent

Before you start the course:

  • Before you start the course you must read the PADI Drysuit Dive 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 we do have drysuits available in our school for rent if you require.

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