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We were very proud to recently receive the shop award from PADI Asia Pacific in recognition of "Outstanding Contribution to the Diving Industry".
Jen Clent PADI Regional Manager for New Zealand presents the award to Malcolm Kidd - MD Dive Centre Ltd.
At the same time Jen also presented Matt Shortall, Dive Centre's long serving Instructor with the "Outstanding Contribution to Diver Training Award" due to his consistent excellent work and issuing almost 200 certifications last year!
Jen Clent PADI Regional Manager for New Zealand presents the award to Matthew Shortall - Dive Centre Ltd Master Instructor.
We also became New Zealand's first PADI Tec Rec Training Centre! Offering a wide range of Technical, Deep, Mixed Gas and Solo Dive courses - Phone Matt Shortall for more info on 09 444 7698 now!
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Read the trip report below!
Galapagos Trip Report: Once in a Lifetime Dive Trip!
Text & Images by Malcolm & Barbara Kidd
The two days flying and sitting around airports with barely any sleep are forgotten...
The earthquake we experienced in the Santiago Airport is but a distant memory…
The 17 hour crossing on our liveaboard dive boat from the main island to get here is not even in my mind...
I’m sitting just 14m underwater on a shelf on the southern side of Wolf Island in the Galapagos looking at something I’ve waited my whole life to see... schooling Hammerheads... not just a few... hundreds!
Apart from the hundreds of Hammerhead’s parading in front of us, there are curious Galapagos sharks (looking more intimidating than the hammerheads), schools of the biggest eagle rays we’ve ever seen circling so close we could touch them, cruising turtles, and so many fish that they photo bomb the photos we’re trying to take of the sharks. This really is a diver’s dream and enough to make even decades-experienced divers beam with joy and wax lyrical about all they saw once back on board the boat.I eventually stop taking pictures on my new camera system, stop shooting video through the GoPro attached on top, and I just let myself take it all in... I’m underwater in the Galapagos Islands and they’re here! It was the start of an amazing 8 days of diving and land tours that we’d planned for almost two years and saved for just as long.
Galapagos isn’t easy – it’s one of the hardest dive sights to get to, and the conditions are not perfect flat calm diving like your normal tropical destinations. But all that is forgotten when you hit the water – and for a kiwi diver it feels familiar and even looks similar to many Hauraki Gulf Islands both above and below the water (apart from the inhabitants!)
The reason it’s such good diving is that there are seven different oceanic currents that hit the Galapagos, but the main one is the largest upwelling system in the world, called the “Humboldt” cold water current. This is the most productive on earth with almost 20% of all fish caught on the planet bathed by its flow! This, combined with warm tropical currents, is why there’s so much life here and why we have to be prepared for temperature ranges of 14 – 25 degrees underwater!
We visit an island to see Land Iguana’s and are amazed at how close we can get without startling them – great pictures are almost embarrassingly easy! Sea Lions lie ignoring you on the sand while you take pictures of “Blue Footed Boobies” (yes, that is their real name!) performing mating rituals and making nests and tending to eggs while Frigate birds with huge red waddles try and attract mates in front of beaming people glued to their cameras! We look out to sea and watch acres of dolphin leap and play in the water surrounding the island – this place is just so full of life you don’t know where to look or point the camera!
Then we’re back to the main boat to travel another 6-7 hours north to Darwin Island and more importantly Darwin’s Arch. For me, this is the focus of the trip – it can make or break the whole two weeks if they’re not there!
I shouldn’t have worried... 4 minutes into the first dive – the guide suddenly frantically signals and points before disappearing as fast as he can into the blue. We follow, kicking as fast as we can – all scared we won’t see her... But there she is – a 15m pregnant Whale Shark – she’s huge (even for a Whale Shark!). And we get closer than I thought we would – I get so close I’m being pulled along in her slipstream, and I can slow my kicking right down and glide with her like I’m a remora. One of the coolest moments I’ve ever had underwater!
I look to my buddies and they’re all having a blast, I look to the huge schools of big eye Trevalley, the Hammerhead and Galapagos Sharks in the distance, the Turtle posing for pictures, and the millions of other fish that surround us all at once and think... This is what diving is all about!
We end up seeing a total of 14 Whale Sharks during our dives at Darwin’s Arch and on the last dive – like most trip organisers before me – I have a quiet sigh of relief that it’s all been so amazing... then I turn back to my camera before I miss the next shot. You can never have too many Whale Shark pictures!
We're back from the Galapagos Islands now and it was the best dive trip we've ever done! There is something we got wrong though... “Once in a Lifetime” isn’t correct - we are so going back!
Dive into the adventure of a lifetime and begin one of Dive Centre's Open Water programs today! Our specially designed program will allow you to learn at your own pace in the comfort of our state of the art facilities. You could even get your course paid for by someone else! Click Open Water for more details!
If you have never tried Scuba, and aren't sure it's for you, try it out with our Discover Scuba Program for only $50, or if you are ready to jump right in and become a certified diver, allow us to introduce you to the underwater world with our huge range of class schedules in New Zealands favourite Open Water Dive Course. If you're going to the tropics, you can complete all the Pool & Theory Sessions here with us, and finish your course overseas with our Referral Open Water Program. Or, if you are looking at getting back into diving after a long time, you can recapture confidence by jumping on one of our Refresher Pool Sessions. You and your family will also enjoy our Snorkelling Program, designed to enhance your underwater experience by teaching you snorkelling techniques and skills.
If you're already a diver, you can continue the adventure with the Dive Centre "Advanced Course" up to the most recommended course you can do, the Rescue & EFR Course and beyond to Divemaster & Instructor Courses (PADI IDC Auckland).
Since 1972 we have been introducing people to the underwater world, we introduce more people to diving than any other company in New Zealand, we supply all the Scuba Gear when you learn to dive, and we are a PADI Instructor Development Centre; which means we run Dive Courses from beginners, right up to training Instructors for jobs all around the world!
There can be only one best, longest running, and most professional dive store in New Zealand - we just happen to be all three.
Everyone doing a dive course needs to complete a medical questionaire, and if you answer yes to any question, then you have to get it signed off by a Doctor. (If you answer 'No" to all questions, you don't need to go to the Doctor at all). If you have to, you can go to your normal family Doctor, but if you have any major issues like a history of Asthma, Heart Condition, Insulin dependent diabetes, major ear or sinus problems, you should go to a Doctor with "training in fitness for diving medical assessments". (See the list below).
The medical is scuba diving specific and must be completed not more than 12 months before starting your course.
The form that is used is available from our main store, or you can download it here in pdf format. Dive Centre Ltd_Medical_Form (137K)
It is recommended that you complete the medical questionaire before booking onto the course. (Just in case!)
If you have to go to the Doctor, the cost should be the standard consultation fee only (around $60) so check when you make the booking as some Doctors charge up to $120.
If for any reason you fail the Medical, you will be refunded any course fees paid to us, as long as your PADI crew pack is undamaged, complete and you haven't written in the manual.
Naval Hospital Devonport - 445 5922
Courtenay T C Kenny North Shore Hospital P O Box 32038 Devonport 09 445 4411
Richard Selkon Westgate Medical Centre Fernhill Drive Massey 09 833 3134
Andrew Tyson 8 Calliope Rd Devonport 09 4450049
Mark Watts 63 Shaw Road Oratia 09 8139221
Andrew Woollons Westgate Medical Centre Fernhill Drive Massey 09 833 3134
Prakash Appanna Royal Oak Medical Centre 691 Manukau Road Royal Oak 09 625 9221
Kate Baddock Kawau Bay Health Alnwick Street Warkworth 09 425 1199
Henere R Broughton New Lynn Family Health Cente 3075 Great North Road New Lynn 09 8272200
John C Caldwell Ratanui Medical Centre 77 Lincoln Road Henderson 09 837 0740
Pierre Chemaly c/o Quaymed Accident and Medical 68 Beach Road Parnell 09 919 2555
Lyn Graham 2/63 Ngapuhi Rd Remuera 09 522 2397
Bruce S Greenfield Crawford House Medical Centre 4 Picton Street Howick 09 5380083
Jim Kriechbaum Mt Wellington Family Health Centre P O Box 62 047 Mount Wellington 09 570 2999
Alistair Leggat West Vew Medical Centre 5 Glendale Rd Glen Eden 09 818 7111
Jon Nelson P O Box 28-842 Remuera 09 524 6504
Sheryl Howarth Browns Bay Family Doctor 65 Clyde Rd, Browns Bay 09 479 4834
Charles P Sanders The Doctors 19 Delta Avenue New Lynn 09 827 7810 / 09 489 7142
We have introduced more people to scuba diving than any other company in New Zealand.
Our experience, facilities, and commitment to the highest quality diver training possible, are your guarantee of safety, fun, and professionalism.
We have been voted by PADI Asia Pacific for two years in a row, to have the highest quality courses in New Zealand! Don't take our word for it, here is an article written by PADI for the Australasian Dive Log Magazine...
Ian Cumming - PADI Asia Pacific, Malcolm Kidd - Dive Centre, Nick Anson - Dive Centre
Since 1972, Dive Centre Ltd, under the guidence of the Kidd family, has been serving the diving community in Auckland and today is New Zealand's longest running dive shop with a reputation that is unequaled.
Established in 1972 and updated to a PADI Dive Centre in 1987, Dive Centre Ltd became PADI 5-star members in April 1989 and today operates as a PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Centre. Their business focus is on the new diver and diver education and as such, present the highest quality instruction with the highest quality materials available. They firmly believe you get what you pay for in a dive course and offer all relevant materials as part of any PADI Dive Course.
In addition to diver education, Dive Centre Ltd offer an enormous range of services from the biggest purpose-built diver training pool in NZ, the largest selection of top brand dive equipment, servicing equipment and cylinder testing to dive trips and the best advice on anything related to diving.
On his latest visit to the store, PADI Asia Pacific Regional Manager, Ian Cumming presented Malcolm Kidd, Dive Centre Ltd Owner/Manager and Nick Anson, Training Manager with PADI's award for Outstanding Commitment to the PADI System of Diver Education.
Ian commented at the presentation, "Dive Centre Ltd's excellent service and quality in all products and courses they offer has kept them at the forefront of diving and the dive industry. There is little doubt they set the benchmark in the recreational scuba industry in New Zealand."
PADI extends congratulations to everyone at Dive Centre Ltd for their continued hard work and long-standing achievements.
Dive Centre Ltd runs courses from Open Water through to Instructor and beyond! You take your first step into the underwater world by completing the PADI Open Water Course. This enables you to go diving, hire gear and get out on charter boats anywhere in the world!
Once qualified to this level, the world of specialty courses is available to you - offering you the chance to learn a lot more about diving with enriched air (or safe air), wreck diving, deep diving, night diving, digital underwater photography - to name only a few!
As you will see, your next step is the Advanced Open Water Weekend; this gives you a great weekend away, and is designed to continue straight on from your openwater course where you learn five new types of diving! (Wreck dive, Navigation Dive, Night Dive, Deep Dive, and U/W Naturalist Dive).
Our Rescue & E.F.R. programs are designed to give you confidence to look after other divers, both in and out of the water, and in a wide variety of situations.
If you're interested in starting a career in diving, either full or part time, completing the Divemaster course is your first step in the list of professional courses. Working closely with an Instructor, you will expand your diving theory and knowledge, and bring your diving skills to the same level as those that instruct.
Your next step toward a dive career is the highly rewarding PADI Open Water Instructor Course. The Dive Centre IDC makes learning easy through instructional system design and cutting edge teaching media. The IDC, with its modern educational principals and manageable, positive learning structure, is more effective and efficient. The IDC is split up into two sections, the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor program. This lets you split the program into two sections if you wish, however most will complete both sections at the same time. Becoming a PADI Instructor is the most rewarding and fun way to become part of the dive industry. Whether it is in New Zealand or around the world, this qualification enables you to introduce people from all over the world to the sport that you love so much.
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), is the largest scuba training organisation in the world, certifying the vast majority of all divers worldwide (about 1 million per year)! PADI develops scuba programs and diver training products that are second to none, and monitors scuba training conducted by more than 130,000 PADI members worldwide and 5500 Retailer and Resort members. PADI also maintains various support services for dive professionals in more than 183 countries and territories.