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 Tec 50 Course $999

The PADI Tec 50 course is the final stage of the PADI Tec Deep Course. 

As a Tec 50 Diver you will show that you have developed competency as a tec diver and have the skills to dive to a maximum of 50m. You know how to safely and successfully make extended, accelerated decompression stops using up to two stage bottle with TWO different EANx gases up to 100% O2.

It’s not easy to reach this level and earning your Tec 50 certification opens the door to deeper diving expeditions.


Successful candidates will not only be qualified to conduct decompression dives to a max depth of 50m, but more importantly, the course builds on skills learnt on the previous courses, so you will be comfortable using twins, but now will be managing TWO stage decompression gases.  You can then begin the PADI Tec65 - Trimix course

PADI Tec50

What you will learn on the course:

    • Physics
    • Physiology
    • Hyperoxic gas mixes for decompression
    • Nitrogen absorption and elimination
    • Psychological aspects
    • Decompression Options
    • Technical Equipment - twins
    • Stage cylinder rigging and labelling
    • Dive Tables v Computers
    • Dive planning
    • Surface support

In water skills include:

    • Buoyancy control
    • Handling TWO stage bottles with TWO decompression gases
    • Gas switching as part of a team
    • Problem solving
    • Rescue skills

Cost: $999 | 4 days | Excludes the trip 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.


  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • 100 or more logged dives
  • Nitrox qualification with a minimum of 20 dives using enriched air nitrox deeper than 18m
  • Deep Diver qualification with a minimum of 15 dives deeper than 30m
  • Tec 45
  • Current dive medical
  • We have found that candidates will get a lot more from their course if they have a strong foundation to start with. So having training and experience diving twin cylinders, plus the skill to back fin and hold their position in the water will aid them through this course and beyond.

About your Instructor

Simon has been an active technical diver since 2014. Since then, he has dived extensively in New Zealand and around the world. His Technical training was conducted in New Zealand by Tom Crisp and Andrew Simpson and his Tec Deep Instructor training by legendary wreck and technical diver Pete Mesley.

He has been lucky enough to dive some of the worlds best wrecks and reefs - Wrecks including the WWII wrecks of Truk Lagoon, SS Coolidge in Vanuatu, our own Mikhael Lermontov in Marlborough, plus ex HMNZ Waikato and Canterbury here in Northland Reefs including Komodo National Park, Great Barrier Reef, Red Sea, Maldives, plus our own Poor Knights and Fiordland and many more.

Course Schedule:

  • Classroom theory sessions 2 × 4 hours
  • Confined water pool sessions 1 × 3 hours
  • Open Water Dives – 8 dives, with 2 of these being deeper than 40m.  These are usually at the Poor Knights, these will incur a charter boat cost.

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

Required Equipment available for purchase or rent from Dive Now

    • Twin cylinders with Isolation Manifold
    • 2 x Stage cylinder
    • Wing and harness with suitable lift for diving conditions
    • Twin regulators with long hose configuration (DIN)
    • Stage regulator (ideally DIN)
    • 1x Mixed gas decompression dive computer
    • 1x Back up computer
    • Mask and Fins
    • Suitable exposure suit for depth and environment
    • 2 x DSMB and reels with appropriate for depth
    • 2 x cutting device
    • Wet notes
    • Primary light
    • Jon Line
    • Back up light
    • Back up mask

Future Opportunities
Once you complete the course, you will have plenty of opportunity to practice your skills on our regular dive trips.