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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!
Not parallel imported and not brands you've never heard of! Everything we sell is backed up by us; NZ's longest running Dive Company, and by the approved importers, so you can always buy in confidence from us!
Dive Centre Ltd has been owned and run by the Kidd family since 1972. We have assembled an unmatched team of dive professionals whose sole focus is to make sure you choose the right equipment. We remain dedicated to ensuring you have the ultimate dive experience, offering the biggest range of services, the best advice on anything related to diving, and the largest selection of "quality" dive equipment in NZ.
Dive Centre Ltd recommends from top brands such as:
Aqualung, SeaQuest, Suunto, Technisub, Apeks, Apollo, Tusa, Pro Dive, Trident, Underwater Kinetics, Mares, Sea & Sea Digital Cameras, Intova Digital Cameras & Torches, Drysuits by Whites - Waterproof - Oceandry - Otter and Bare, Ikelite Camera Housings and Strobes, Trident Accessories, Roll Control Tank Racks, and many more!
We stand behind everything we sell and do, and we will not be beaten on price for the gear we sell! We are here 7 days per week to answer any and all questions about the gear you're thinking about buying, we are NZ's most trusted Dive Professionals, so phone us on 09 444 7698 or email us now, if we can help in any way, we are at your service.
6,000 sq ft of dive gear and service facilities, dedicated certified service technician who's only job is to maintian your equipment to the highest standards. Cylinder testing on-site for scuba, BA, CNG, and LPG cylinders. Don't buy cheap gear cheap, buy quality gear cheap! Don't buy gear you've never heard of - The best equipment doesn't cost more!
We will not stock the low end brands that other shops are willing to sell you, we will only sell "quality" equipment; that you can get serviced all over the world for years to come...
We have sold more Aqualung Regulators and BCD's & Suunto Computers, and than anyone else in NZ, we are "The Home of Aqualung & Suunto in New Zealand"!
Visit NZ's biggest store and see why Aqualung is the biggest brand on earth, and the longest running dive company in the world!
Aqualung introduced the world to Scuba diving more than 60 years ago and is the worldwide leader in SCUBA diving equipment. Under brands such as Apeks, Aqua Lung or SeaQuest, they manufacture quality and high performance regulators, buoyancy compensators (BCD's), dive computers, masks, fins, snorkels, wetsuits and many more products to make your diving adventure safe and memorable.
More people buy Aqualung around the world than any other brand.
When you purchase AquaLung products from an authorised dealer you are purchasing from trained professionals who are able to instruct you on the proper and safe use of that equipment. You will have the assurance of the Aqualung manufacturer's warranty together with the "Aqualung" guarantee of customer satisfaction".
Aqualung Regulators and Alternate Air Sources have the highest quality original service kits avilable; why is this important?
This means a much lower cost of ongoing servicing, because the original service kits we use are designed to last a long time! It is vital to get your gear "checked" every year, but you don't have to get a "full service" every year with Aqualung like you do with other brands!
If "Non Aqualung Dealers" talk badly about this type of Servicing, you can be assured it's because they can't offer you the same level of cost savings and peace of mind. Scuba equipment is Life-Support Equipment. Buy once, Buy right, and you will never regret it.
Suunto is the leading manufacturer of sports instruments for a variety of sports, including diving, skiing, hiking, sailing and golf. Their strategy is to focus on sports activities where advanced measurement technology, data processing, and specific algorithms can create significant benefits for active participants.
Suunto's mission is to be the world's most desired sports instrument brand.
Headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, Suunto has grown to be the world's leading manufacturer of diving instruments. Since the launch of the Suunto Vector in 1998, their wrist top computer category has steadily grown to be the most important product category today. They also provide a wide range of mechanical instruments - field compasses, precision instruments and marine compasses - these products have been the core of Suunto throughout their history. The success of the company is based on its high quality products and consistent dedication to research and development. The ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System is used in all operations.
In 1949, Ludovico Mares designed and manufactured his first masks and spearguns with one dream and purpose in mind: To share his unbridled passion for the sea and diving with the rest of the world. At its birth, Mares was just one small factory in Rapallo, but now, only 60 years later, the Italian based company dominates the scuba diving world, and is at the forefront of new and innovative dive technologies. Over the past six decades, Mares has come a long way, by achieving new goals, taking diving to new and extreme heights and depths. The
Mares name represents only the best in dive products.
Guided by this principle, Mares has become a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of state-of-the-art diving equipment, and continually sets new industry standards. The constant investment in innovation, the unceasing, patient research in the field of manufacturing materials and processes, combined with the expertise of our staff and a creative, professional approach grants Mares its leading position and makes our brand a synonym of quality, safety and reliability. The best of Mares is wrapped up in every product to
meet the needs of each single diver. Enjoy diving with advanced performance through superior technology: this is our mission.
Discover all that Mares has to offer: you will find a collection of new fantastic products where superior technology and emotion is at the core.
But this result wouldn't have been possible without our undisputed love for the sea, an all-encompassing vocation rooted in the history of our legendary founder that is felt powerfully by everyone at Mares. Although we manufacture our products using state-of-the-art machinery and use the most sophisticated electronic equipment, the core of our business and the spark that makes everything happen is still the same today as it was 60 years ago: Passion.
Come and discover the Mares world, all you need to do is...
Just add water.
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