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 Peak Performance Buoyancy Course $349

Would you like to be in more control of your buoyancy and positioning technique?

Having great buoyancy control and proper finning techniques not only gives you more confidence and control, it is a must if you dive more challenging dive sites and those with delicate bottom composition such as coral or silt.

Simple skills such as sending up a DSMB or using a camera or compass are made complicated if you are struggling to hold your position in the water.

Buoyancy control and great finning techniques are the fundamental skills you need when you embark on any course, particularly where you will be introduced to an overhead environment.

Would you like to be in more control of your buoyancy when you are diving and have a better finning technique?

What you will learn on this course

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to fine tune your buoyancy and learn finning techniques that will make a difference
  • Get introduced to rear inflation BCD's with integrated weight systems that allow a diver to get better trim with less effort
  • Weight check - not done it in a long time? No worries, we will show you how. Overweighted divers tend to have poor bouyancy/trim.
  • Descent techniques
  • Buoyancy control skills
  • Hover
  • Trim
  • Weight distribution
  • Ascent procedure
  • Safety stops and SMB deployment
  • Finning techniques
  • Buoyancy games
PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course


Dive Now Diver taking Photo

Cost: $349 | 2 days | 1 evening for Theory and Pool Session then 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.


    • A PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent

Before you start the course:

      • You must read the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy 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 so that you can fine tune your weight and buoyancy to your own gear but we do have equipment available in our school if required.

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