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Turanga Underwater Centre is a PADI Dive Centre on Hewlett’s Road, Mount Maunganui and moving to its present location at 50 Cross Road, Sulphur Point, Tauranga, New Zealand in November 1999. The new company premises was purpose built providing a much larger showroom area, service bay and separate fill bay with direct access from the loading bay.A large heated salt water pool, changing rooms complete with hot showers,two classroms, boat parking and gear storage all under the same roof make for a large complex. Ample parking is available with room when towing your boat. The shop is located 200 metres from Tauranga’s largest boat ramp on the road to the Marina.

A large on site training room and deep training pool is housed in the same building. Accomodation in the form of a bunkroom, 4 single, 1 double couch in the main classroom. A full size kitchen with cooking facilities cater for the travelling diver and student also. All facilities available make for a relaxed and comfortable training environment.

Colin has been diving since 1981 and has obtained certification to PADI Master Instructor level thru the PADI training system. Colin is also a Emergency First Response Instructor, DAN O2 provider and Instructor of the MSA qualification “Master of a Small Dive Boat”. Training is done by Colin and other instructors on staff with a high level of experience ranging from Master Instructor, IDC Staff and MSDT’s. The location at Sulphur Point makes it conveniently placed to cover the Tauranga and Mount Maunganui areas, students and divers travel to attend both nationally and internationally.

Diving charters are organized by the TUC. Trips are available seven days, weather permitting, through out the year, and TUC strives to only offer dive trips from reputable operators.

Location

TUC is conveniently situated on the road to the main Marina.

Take the Wharf and Marina road (Mirrielees Rd) from the roundabout leading to the Harbour bridge, turn left to the Marina into Cross Rd and TUC is beside the railway line just before the boat ramps.

Dive Equipment

  • TUC stocks equipment from the following companies…
  • Sherwood – Top Dealer of the year 2001 – 2004
  • Aquanaut ( US Divers, Aqualung )
  • Seaquest Suunto DUI Sea & Sea
  • Apollo- Genesis
  • Tusa
  • Dive-Rite
  • Underwater Kinetics
  • Free Diving (Picasso, Immersion, Beuchat)

We carry a large range ex-stock so there are little delays for many items you may wish to purchase.

Dive Sites

Over 60 species of fish are known from the area. Common species in shallow, rocky areas include black angelfish, leatherjackets, hiwihiwi, marblefish, paketi, banded wrasse and red moki. Two spot demoiselles, sweep and blue maomao occur widely and red mullet or goatfish are common in sandy areas. Moray eels and stingrays are seen in parts and schools of koheru, kingfish, trevally and pink maomao often congregate near pinnacles and deeper water dropoffs. Subtropical species sometimes seen include Lord Howe coralfish, long finned boarfish, down toado and crimson cleanerfish.

Astrolabe Reef

This is an outstanding outlying reef with plentiful fish life.This reef structure just breaks the surface at low tide, roughly halfway between Motiti and Mayor Islands. It is renowned for pristine water (great photography), spectacular drop-offs to 37m or more and shallow plateaus alive with fish and the occasional seal. Known for its gullies, caves and swim-throughs, this dive site has everything.This is a stellar scenic experience with visibility from 6-30m.

Penguin Shoals

A Beautiful dive site with the top at 22 metres. This dive site is a small rock half way to Mayor Island. It tops out at 22 metres and drops off with vertical walls to about 60 Metres. Large numbers of Pelagic species can be seen at this site. A popular fishing spot for Kingi’s

Plate Island

This area offers a beautiful scenic dive and is home to many seals.

Karewa Island

This wildlife sanctuary 12km from Mt Maunganui offers good diving and snorkelling with visibility to 9m. The Taranaki shipwreck lies on the northern side of the island.

Motiti Island

This island is 23km offshore and offers good diving in sheltered bays with reefs from 5-22m deep. In common with other Bay of Plenty islands the crayfish (lobster), paua (abalone) and scallops can readily be found.

Mayor Island Marine Reserve

This area is 40km NE from Tauranga. Diverse underwater terrain. Pristine waters. Excellent marine life. Sea floor very interesting, with caves and dropoffs. Best areas – Western Bay, Cathedral Bay, Bait Pond, Crater Bay. Two popular reefs in the area are Tahua Reef and Twenty Fathom Reef.

The marine reserve was established in January 1993. It covers about three square nautical miles at the northern end of the island and extends from mean high water springs mark to one nautical mile offshore. The reserve includes about 5 kms of coastline from Tumutu Point east to Turanganui Point. Within the marine reserve a “mixed weed‘ zone occurs from low tide mark to depths of 6-9m. Rock girdles are the most common seaweeds, but a variety of other brown, red and green species also characterises the zone. Scattered amongst these weeds and beyond the depth limits of the zone there are often dense concentrations of sea urchins or kina. These graze on seaweeds and so reduce some areas to the appearance of bare rock. From about 3-30 metres, paddleweed kelp forms dense forests wherever rock bottoms are present. Beneath these canopies there may be other smaller algal species in addition to “bushy‘ or “encrusting‘ animals such as hydroids, bryozoans, sponges, ascidians, soft corals and anemones. Cup corals, extensive areas of lace coral and beds of black coral also occur in these deeper areas of water. Other subtidal animals include large black spiny sea urchins, chitons, snails and limpets, feather stars, brittle stars, starfish, sea cucumbers, rock lobsters and crabs.

Taioma Wreck Dive The Taioma

a name derived from two maori words, Tai – meaning water or tide, and Oma, meaning running with. The Taioma – “Running with the Tide”. A WW2 tug, she is sitting on the sand in 27 meters of water, on the SE side of Motiti Island.

Tank Fills

While you wait, or leave your tanks in our large storage area for collection on your way to the boat for your next trip.

NITROX panel on site. Fills to meet your requirements!!

Diver Training

Training is provided in association with the PADI developed training modules. Trained staff are available to provide courses from Snorkeling thru to IDC Staff Instructor.

TUC has the most qualified and experienced PADI Instructors in the BOP. TUC has..

  • Course Directors including DSAT Tec Deep
  • Master Instructor – 10 years
  • Master Scuba Diver Trainers
  • Openwater Scuba Instructors
  • JAPANESE INSTRUCTOR Yuji on staff
  • TDI Technical Instructors
  • Emergency First Response Instructors
  • DAN O2 Instructor
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer.
  • Specialty Instructor Trainer

We are able to teach 21 specialty courses including ENRICHED AIR,Cavern,Dive Propulsion Vehicle, Photography , Videography and more.

Recreational Courses

  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Advanced Openwater Diver
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Specialities
  • Master of a Small Dive Boat
  • PADI Dive Master
  • PADI Assistant Instructor
  • PADI Open Water Instructor
  • PADI Speciality Instructor
  • DSAT Tecnical Deep, Advanced Nitrox, Deco

Open Water Diver

COURSE PREREQUISITES Be a minimum of 10 years of age, and have a current diving medical.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
On receiving your kit containing:
-Release forms to fill out & sign
-Manual & RDP tables
-Medical forms (returned before sea dives)
-Knowledge review & RDP profiles
-PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOGRAPH
-Please fill out & return paper work

DIVING REQUIREMENTS

This program teaches you all the fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You will complete a number of theory sessions accompanied by the hands on training in the pool. Once you are competent and confident in the pool skills you will then take them out to the open water.

Your first two sea dives, which will be in shallow water in Pilot bay, should the weather be unsuitable a lake dive will be arranged. Your last two, and most enjoyable, dives will be at sea around either Motiti or Karewa, completed from the Pacific Runner, this is weather dependent. After completing the course your data is sent to Australia and after 7-10 days you will receive your PADI Open Water Certification card, which is recognized in 175 countries around the world. YOU ARE NOW A CERTIFIED DIVER – the vast ocean and all its magic and hidden treasures are yours for the seeking!

The recommended way to study is to read one module in your manual, and then do the knowledge review on the enclosed forms. If you have any problems please contact me on the above phone numbers. In our classroom, on Monday nights we will watch the current module on video and then go over your reviews with you and answer any queries. Wednesday nights you will be in the pool practicing your skills.

If required a last evening may be arranged to discuss the course, any problems you may still be having, and to sit the multi choice exam.

GEAR REQUIREMENTS
-It is recommended that you have your own snorkel, mask and fins
-In NZ waters boots are usually required with open heel fins
Wetsuits, Weight belts, BCDs, Regulators and Gauges are supplied as part of the course. If you have your own gear, PADI requires that you have an alternate air source for training, i.e two second stage regulators. A compass is also required.

Deposit of is required with enrollment and supply of a kit · PADI Certification including, Manual, RDP and log book ·
The cost of the course includes everything you will need, including all equipment, pool dives, 4 open water dives (including boat diving, weather permitting), classroom sessions and PADI certification. The only extra is for a dive medical which we can help organise. The medical is required before any in-water activities (including pool), therefore needs to be completed (by a doctor and yourself), returned to us on the first night. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or come in and visit.

We looking forward to sharing the Underwater World with you

Advanced Open Water Diver

COURSE PREREQUISITES Be a minimum of 12 years of age, and have a current diving medical.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
On receiving your kit containing:
-Release forms to fill out & sign
-Manual & RDP tables
-Medical forms (returned before sea dives)
-Knowledge review & RDP profiles
-PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOGRAPH
-Please fill out & return paper work

DIVING REQUIREMENTS
The course may be run in two ways:

  • Over two-three days where you arrive at the shop in the morning and go diving
  • Over a weekend where we do a trip on the Pacific Runner on one/two of the days, dependent on weather.

Your instructor, will be taking you on your underwater adventures. · The first dive that you will experience is the DEEP dive, where we take you beyond the depths that you have encountered in your open water training. The second dive is the NAVIGATION dive, where you navigate your way around a fun underwater skills course. The third, fourth and fifth dives are for you to choose, from the list below:

  • Night Dive o Naturalist Dive o Search and Recovery o Wreck Dive
  • Boat Dive o Buoyancy o Underwater Hunter

There are knowledge reviews in the manual that must be completed by the conclusion of this course. There is NO EXAM! On completion of the course requirements, our experienced instructor will send your completed data to Australia where it will be processed and within 2 weeks, you will be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver!

GEAR REQUIREMENTS
-It is recommended that you have your own snorkel, mask and fins
-In NZ waters boots are usually required with open heel fins Wetsuits, Weight belts, BCDs, Regulators and Gauges may be hired for the course. If you have your own gear, PADI requires that you have an alternate air source for training, i.e two second stage regulators. A compass is also required.

Rescue Diver

COURSE PREREQUISITES Be a minimum of 12 years of age, and have a current diving medical.You must also have 20 logged dives.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
-you must have already completed a PADI Advanced Open Water diver or equivalent certification and CPR Training.
On Receiving your kit, it contains
-Release forms to fill out and sign
-Medical form (must be returned before diving)
-PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOGRAPH REQUIRED
-Rescue Manual

DIVING REQUIREMENTS:

The PADI Rescue Diver course is an important and crucial step in expanding a diver’s knowledge and experience beyond a purely recreational level. Rescue divers learn to look beyond themselves to consider the safety and well-being of other divers. This is why the PADI Rescue Diver rating is a prerequisite for all PADI leadership training (Divemaster, Assistant Instructor and Open Water Instructor).

Rescue diver training readies you to help prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies using a variety of techniques. The course is designed to be demanding, though realistic in it’s conduct, content and approach. Although the nature and context in which rescue training may be used is serious, the course is fun and will help build diver confidence.

There are knowledge reviews in the manual that must be completed by the conclusion of this course. There is also an exam with a 75% pass mark to complete before certification.

Then on completion of all course requirements, our experienced instructor will send your completed data to Australia where it will be processed and within 2 weeks you will be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver.

GEAR REQUIREMENTS:
Standard scuba equipment. If you have any questions on the items required, please ask.

Dive Master

COURSE PREREQUISITES Be a minimum of 18 years of age, and have a current diving medical.You must have already completed a PADI Rescue diver or equivalent certification including CPR Training.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
– On Receiving your kit, which contains:

-Release forms to fill out and sign
-Medical form (must be returned before diving)
-PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOGRAPH REQUIRED
-Divemaster Manual

DIVING REQUIREMENTS:
The PADI Divemaster course may be run either on a part time basis over 6-8 weeks or as a full time course over 2-3 weeks. As a Divemaster you are obtaining the first professional level in Recreational diving and will gain experience in supervising students, Dive logistics, guiding certified divers and much more. You will also expand on your problem solving skills learnt on the Padi Rescue course and extend from accident management and prevention scenarios to supervisory situations with student divers and certified divers. At the Divemaster level, problem solving emphasises looking for many possible solutions under the circumstances and choosing the best of several.

As a PADI Divemaster you will have: Exemplary diving skills – The PADI Divemaster skills can be used as demonstrations for student divers, from the standard 18 skills you will gain a mark of no less than 3 out of 5 with a total of 63. Rescue Skills – The PADI Divemaster can prevent and manage accidents, and role model rescue skills for student divers. Professional level knowledge of dive theory – The PADI Divemaster knowledge development module consists of 12 topics including The role and characteristics of a PADI Divemaster, Supervising general diving activities for certified divers, assisting with student divers in training, physics, physiology, equipment, decompression theory and dive tables, Divemaster conducted programmes, Risk management, Business of diving and furthering your dive career.

Competence as a certified assist – PADI Divemasters know how to support instruction by handling logistical, supervisory and limited educational duties under an instructors supervision. Dive Management and supervision abilities – PADI Divemasters accept appropriate, limited responsibility for certified divers within the context of leading or managing diving activities. Watermanship skills – There are four exercises that evaluate stamina and water skills these are 400metre swim – 15min tread – 800metre snorkel – 100metre tired diver tow.

These skills are marked 1-5 you will be able to obtain a pass mark of 12 from the combined 4 skills.

As part of your PADI Divemaster course you will be working with one of our experienced Instructors and will have the opportunity to work with actual students in a real class situation.

By the end of your Divemaster course you must have 60 logged dives but you may start your course with 40 logged dives.

Once you have successfully completed all portions of the Divemaster course we will send an application into PADI and you will become a member of the PADI organisation.

As a member of PADI you will receive regular updates and the Undersea journal (PADI’s own publication) and access to the professional section of the PADI web Site for information on employment in over 5000 stores in 175 countries and access to Dive Insurance at affordable prices.

GEAR REQUIREMENTS:
-In addition to standard scuba equipment you may need various items of equipment depending on the dives
selected. If you have any questions on the items required for the selected dives, please ask.

Altitude Diver

Having completed your open water training, you now look forward to diving in different locations, including many altitude locations. During the altitude diving specialty course you will learn about the differences in diving at altitude and also the safety aspects of this exciting specialty. Also included in this course are two dives in fabulous lake Rotoma. Its clear water is the perfect place to put into practice what you have learned in the classroom. The PADI Altitude Diving Specialty Course is the starting point for diving in many exciting dive locations. You will be happy that you did this course.

COURSE OVERVIEW
PREREQUISITES
-Be a PADI open water diver or equivalent
-be a minimum of 12 years of age

CLASSROOM:
-Develop theoretical knowledge of altitude diving
-Enable you to plan and organise altitude dives safely.
-Improve your diving abilities and skills

COURSE DURATION:
-Two classroom sessions
-Two open water dives in lake Rotoma

DIVES:
During this course you will also participate in two altitude dives in fabulous lake Rotoma. This lake has clear water and interesting aquatic life, so it makes an awesome training site Equipment -In addition to standard dive gear, you will also need a copy of the altitude diving tables.

The PADI Altitude Diving specialty course is designed to introduce you to safe diving practices at altitude and also to teach you to plan safe dives at altitude.

Boat Diver

Having completed your open water training, you now look forward to furthering your education in diving, including learning about the boats we dive from. In the classroom you will learn about the characteristics of the vessels you will dive from. Then as part of this specialty, you will participate in two open water dives, where you will put what you have learned into practice. These dives could be aboard either Positive Dream, a 33 foot launch OR Pacific Runner, a 6 metre Maitland fast catamaran. These dives will be at one of the Bay of Plentys’ great diving locations. The PADI Boat Diving Specialty is one not to be missed. A fun filled specialty course awaits you.

COURSE OVERVIEW:
CLASSROOM –
-Theory lessons provide a working knowledge of dive boats & safety regulations.
-Two open water dives from our dive boats put skills into practice that you have learned in the classroom

PREREQUISITES:
-You must be over 12 years of age
-PADI Open Water diver or equivalent
-Have an up to date medical (within last 12 months)

COURSE DURATION:
-One theory session
-Two open water dives (May both be combined over one day)

DIVES:
-In this course you will participate in two training dives from either of our fantastic dive boats where you will be able to put the classroom lessons into practice Equipment- Standard diving gear.

The Boat diver Specialty course is designed to orientate divers in the use and the characteristics of the dive boats that they will use as divers. As well as the safety theory behind dive boat operation.

Deep Diver

During the PADI Deep Diver specialty you will learn about the differences in aquatic life at depth and also about diving to depths up to 39.5 metres. you will also enjoy four open water training dives, that may include trips to Mayor islands’ fabulous reefs or Motiti islands’ many interesting dive locations. You will be amazed by the differences in aquatic life as you descend. The PADI Deep Diver specialty course is an experience not to be missed.

COURSE OUTLINE:
PREREQUISITES:
-Must be PADI advanced open water or equivalent
-Must be over 15 years of age

COURSE DURATION:
-Two Classroom sessions
-Four open water dives over two days

CLASSROOM:
-Develop your theoretical knowledge of deep diving
-Enable you to plan, organise, and make dives to depths between 18 metres and 39.5 metres.

OPEN WATER
-You will participate in Four open water dives over two days at some of the Bay of Plentys’ top diving locations

Equipment- Standard diving gear.

The PADI Deep Diving specialty course is designed to introduce you to diving to greater depths than open water diver courses allow you to go.

Diver Propulsion Vehicle

The PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle specialty course. Now that you have completed your water training, you now look for ways to move around under water with less effort. One way of doing this is by using diver propulsion vehicles. In this specialty you will learn a lot and it is a lot of fun.

COURSE OUTLINE:
PREREQUISITES:
– You must hold a PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent
– You must also be a minimum of 12 years of age

DURATION:
-One Classroom session
-Two Open water sessions
All three are done on the same day

CLASSROOM:
-Demonstrate a practical knowledge and planning procedures that make DPV diving fun
-Plan and organise dives to use DPV in open water
-Identify the hazards of DPV diving and the procedures to minimise them.

DIVES:
-You will participate in two open water dives where you will use diver propulsion vehicles as you have learned in the classroom. Equipment- You must have access to a DPV for this course

The PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty course is designed so that you can learn to safely use the vehicles underwater so you can move around the under water environment with less effort.

Drift Diver

Having completed your open water training, you now look forward to furthering your diving experiences. The PADI Drift diving specialty course is heaps of fun. You will learn about safety practices in drift diving before you do the two awesome dives down the Waikato river where you will be amazed at the excitement in these dives. The PADI Drift Diving Specialty course is an exciting experience, one you definitely don’t want to miss.

COURSE OVERVIEW:
PREREQUISITES:
-You must be 12 years of age or older
-You must have completed the PADI open water diver or equivalent

COURSE DURATION:
-One classroom session
-Two drift dives over one day

CLASSROOM:
-Develop your practical knowledge of drift diving
-To enable you to plan, organise, and make drift dives using safe diving practices

DIVES
-You will participate in two exciting drift dives down the Waikato river where you will be amazed at the scenery as it goes whizzing past. You will put into practice what you have learned in the classroom.
Equipment- Standard diving gear.

The PADI Drift Diving Specialty program is designed to introduce you to the action and thrills of drift diving by teaching you and then putting into practice safe drift diving practices.

Drysuit Diver

As a continuation of your open water diver experience, you now look forward to furthering your experiences in diving. During this course you will learn about the use and maintenance of drysuits as well as accompanying one of our experienced instructors on a pool dive, where you will put what you have learned into practice. The PADI drysuit Diver specialty course is a great way to increase your comfort in the underwater environment.

COURSE OVERVIEW:
PREREQUISITES:
-You must be 12 years of age or older
-Must have a PADI open water diver or equivalent rating

COURSE DURATION:
-One classroom session
-One pool session
-Two open water training sessions

CLASSROOM:
-Develop knowledge of drysuits
-Develop your ability to perform drysuit skills
-Enable you to plan, organise and conduct dives using a drysuit

DIVES
-Two dives in one of the Bays’ many top diving locations
-One pool dive to practice skills
Equipment- In addition to standard equipment you will also be required to have a drysuit.

The PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty course is designed to introduce you to diving in a drysuit so that you may continue your diving adventures in more comfort than before.

Enriched Air

After completing your open water course you may now be looking for ways to increase your time spent in the under water environment, Enriched Air is one way of doing this.

COURSE OVERVIEW:
PREREQUISITES:
-Must be 15 years of age or older
-Must hold a PADI Advanced Open Water diver certification or equivalent or have proof of at least 10 logged dives beyond training dives in an entry level certification

DURATION:
– One classroom session
– Two open water training dives
The course runs over two days

CLASSROOM
-You will learn the fundamentals of enriched air diving
-Learn the physics and physiology of diving on enriched air
-You will sit a twenty question written exam on what you have learned in the classroom

DIVES:
-You will participate in two open water dives that will be conducted at one of the Bay of Plentys’ top diving locations where you will put into practice what you have learned in the classroom.

Equipment-In addition to standard equipment you must have copies of the enriched air
tables.

The PADI Enriched Air Specialty course is designed to teach you how to safely dive with enriched air, which means you can increase your bottom time on dives, so that you can enjoy staying longer in the under water environment.

Multilevel Diver

Having completed your open water training, you now look forward to furthering your experiences in the underwater environment. The Multilevel diver specialty course gives you the edge over other divers, allowing longer time under the water. You will learn about the logistics and safety of multilevel diving. Also included in this course are two open water dives at one of the Bay so Plentys’ top diving locations, where you will put into practice your newly acquired skills. The PADI Multilevel Diver Specialty Course is an experience not to be missed.

COURSE OVERVIEW:
PREREQUISITES:
-Must have a PADI open water certification or equivalent
-Must be 12 years or older

COURSE DURATION:
-Two classroom sessions
-Two open water sessions
-Both over two days

CLASSROOM:
-Develop your knowledge of theories behind dive tables, computers, and multilevel diving
-Enable you to plan, organise and make safe Multi-level dives
-Teach you the recommendations for flying after diving

DIVES
-Two dives at one of the Bay of Plentys’ top diving locations, where you will put what you have learned into practice.

Equipment- In addition to standard equipment you will also be required to possess a PADI Wheel version of the RDP

The PADI Multi Level Diver Specialty Course is designed to teach you the theories behind multilevel diving, so that you may safely make longer visits into the under water environment.

Underwater Naturalist

Having completed your open water training, you now look forward to learning more about the under water environment and the aquatic life that lives there. The PADI Under Water Naturalist specialty is a great way to increase your knowledge about the under water environment.

COURSE OVERVIEW:
PREREQUISITES:
– You must be 12 years of age or older
-You must hold a PADI open water certification or equivalent

DURATION:
-One class room session
-Two open water dives
These will be done over one day

CLASSROOM
-Develop your knowledge and familiarity with aquatic plants & animals
-Dispel myths about potentially dangerous aquatic life
-Develop your knowledge of safely interacting with aquatic life

DIVES
-The two open water dives in this course will be conducted at one of the Bay of Plentys’ many top diving locations, where you will be able to identify the aquatic life that you encounter.

Equipment-In addition to standard diving equipment you will need a slate and a copy of the submersible fish identification table.

The PADI Under Water Naturalist specialty course is designed to help you develop a greater understanding and become more familiar with the aquatic life that we encounter during our under water adventures. environment.

Underwater Navigator

Having completed your open water course, you may now look forward to doing this specialty course to give yourself an edge in finding your way around in the under water environment. During this course you will learn how to navigate properly and easily under water. Also included in the course are three training dives where you will be able to put the skills that you learned in the classroom, into practice in open water. You will be amazed at how easy navigation can be. The PADI Under water Navigator specialty course is a practical and fun course. You will be very happy that you did this course.

COURSE OVERVIEW:
PREREQUISITES:
-Have a PADI open water diver or equivalent rating v -Be at least 12 years old

COURSE DURATION:
-Two classroom sessions
-Three open water dives over two days

CLASSROOM:
-Develop a practical knowledge of underwater navigation
-Enable you to plan, organise, and make dives using natural and compass navigation

DIVES:
-During this course you will also participate in two open water dives, where you will be able to put what you have learned in the classroom into practice at one of the Bay of Plenteous many top diving locations.

Equipment- In addition to standard equipment you will be required to have a submersible compass on dives.

The PADI Under Water Navigator course is designed to give you a greater working
knowledge of finding your way around under water.

Night Diver

This course is designed so that you can continue your diving adventure after dark. To complete this course you must be over 12 years of age & be a PADI open water diver or equivalent. In this course you will learn about equipment used in night diving and what aquatic life is active after dark. You will also participate in three open water dives that will introduce you to the under water world after dark at an exciting location. The PADI Night Diver speciality course is full of excitement and new experiences, you’ll be glad you did this speciality course.

COURSE OVERVIEW:
PREREQUISITES:
-Must be a PADI open water diver or equivalent.
-Must be at least 12 years old

COURSE DURATION:
-Two Classroom sessions
-Three open water dives over two nights

CLASSROOM:
-Develop a practical knowledge of night diving
-Enable you to organise and safely conduct night dives

OPEN WATER
-Three open water training dives at one of the Bay of Plenty’s many top diving locations.

Equipment- On the night dives you will also be required in addition to standard diving gear, a primary torch, a backup torch and a chemical marker light.

The PADI Night Diver specialty Course is designed to introduce you to the exciting world of diving after dark and become familiar with the equipment that will be used in the night diving situations.

Peak Perfomance Boyancy

In a continuation of your open water training, you now look forward to continuing your education in diving. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty course gives you an edge over other divers in buoyancy control.

COURSE OUTLINE:
PREREQUISITES:
– Must be 12 Years of age or older
– Must hold a PADI Open Water Certification or equivalent

DURATION:
– One classroom session
– Two open water training dives
These will be done over two days

CLASSROOM:
– Learn fundamentals of Peak Performance Buoyancy
– Use PADI basic weighting guidelines

DIVES:
– You will participate in two confined water dives
– Also included are Two open water dives at one of the Bay of Plentys’ many top diving locations
– You will learn to polish buoyancy beyond open water diver level

The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course is designed to help you master your buoyancy, so that you can increase your comfort in the under water environment and move with less effort and enjoy your dives.
Equipment-Standard diving equipment

Underwater Photography

This course is something you can add to your experiences as an open water diver. You will learn the principles behind taking a good under water photograph as well as equipment and maintenance. Also included in this course are two open water dives where you can put class skills into practice. You will enjoy being able to take home souvenirs of dives without damaging aquatic life. The PADI Under Water Photographer course is an exciting experience you will be happy you did this course when your photographs are developed.

COURSE OVERVIEW:
PREREQUISITES:
-Must be a PADI Open water diver or equivalent.
-Must be at least 12 years of age

CLASSROOM:
– You will learn about various types of cameras & their operation v -Maintenance of cameras
-How to use cameras

COURSE DURATION:
-One classroom session
-Two open water dives

DIVES:
-During this course you will also participate in two open water dives where you will be able to put what you have learned in the classroom into practice at one of the Bay of Plentys’ top diving locations.
Equipment-In addition to standard equipment you must have access to an underwater camera

The PADI Underwater photographer specialty is designed to introduce you to taking photographs underwater. It also introduces you to different equipment and the maintenance of the equipment.

Project Aware

As a continuation of your open water training experiences, you may now look forward to furthering your education in diving. Something that you may be looking for is to learn about the aquatic life and ways to protect it from damage.

COURSE OVERVIEW:
PREREQUISITES:
-You must be over 12 years of age
-You must hold a PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent

DURATION:
-One classroom session
-Two open water dives

CLASSROOM:
– You will learn the theory behind the Project AWARE course
-You will learn about aquatic life and how to protect it

DIVES:
-During this course you will participate in two open water dives where you will be able to put what you have learned in the classroom into practice in the open water environment. These dives will be at one of the Bay of Plentys’ many top diving locations.

Equipment- Standard diving gear.

The PADI Project aware specialty is designed so that you as a diver can learn more about the under water environment that you visit. It also increases your understanding of the aquatic life that lives in the areas that you will dive and how to protect the areas that we dive from damage.

Search and Recovery

To participate in this course you must have already completed a PADI advanced open water course or a Navigation specialty or equivalent and must be at least 12 years of age.This course is designed to show you the principles of search and recovery. You will also learn why and what you should recover as a diver. You will also participate in four open water training dives for various items and use acquired equipment knowledge to raise them to the surface. The PADI Search and Recovery specialty course is a practical and exciting course. You will be happy that you did this course.

COURSE OVERVIEW:
PREREQUISITES:
-Must have completed a PADI advanced open water or equivalent
-OR have completed an open water with a navigation specialty
-Be over 15 years of age

COURSE DURATION:
-Two classroom sessions
-Four dives over two days

CLASSROOM
-Develop a practical knowledge of search and recovery
-Learn to plan, organise, and make search and recovery dives

DIVES
You will participate in four open water dives which will allow you to put your classroom lessons into practice.

Equipment- Standard diving gear.

The PADI Search & Recovery diver specialty course is designed to introduce you to the theory and practical steps behind search and recovery diving.

Underwater Videography

As a continuation of your open water training, you can now look forward to increasing your experiences and knowledge in diving and the underwater environment. The PADI Under Water Videographer specialty course is a fun and interesting course, you will be happy you did this one.

COURSE OVERVIEW
PREREQUISITES:
-Must be 12 years of age or older
-Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Equivalent

DURATION:
-One classroom session
-Two open water sessions
Both over one day

CLASSROOM:
-You will learn about the principles behind videography
-You will learn how to make safe dives while using an under water video camera
-You will also learn the basic principles of maintaining an under water video camera

DIVES
-You will participate in two open water dives at one of the Bay of Plentys’ top diving locations, where you will put into practice what you have learned in the classroom. v Equipment-You must also have, in addition to standard diving equipment, access to an underwater video camera.

The PADI Under Water Videographer specialty course is designed so that you can learn about filming under water, so you can take home souvenirs of your dives without damaging delicate aquatic life.

Wreck Diver

Having completed your Advanced certification, you must also be 15 years of age or older to participate in this course. This course teaches you the principles and safety outlines regarding wreck diving. Also you will be participating in four training dives over two days, that may include dives on the fabulous wrecks of the Taioma and the Taupo, where you will be amazed by the new things you will experience. The PADI Wreck Diving Specialty course is one not to be missed. You will enjoy the excitement of wreck diving.

COURSE OVERVIEW:
PREREQUISITES:
-Must have PADI Advanced Open water or equivalent
-Must be at least 15 years of age

CLASSROOM:
-Learn about planning wreck dives
-Learn about potential hazards in the wreck diving environment and how to avoid them

COURSE DURATION:
-Two classroom sessions
-Four open water dives

DIVES:
-In this course you will participate in four wreck dives over two days. They will be on either of the two fabulous wrecks, the Taioma or the Taupo, where you will be able to put into practice what you have learned in the classroom .
Equipment- In addition to standard equipment you will also be required to have a guideline for work inside the wrecks

The PADI Wreck diving Specialty is designed to introduce you to the adventure of wreck diving, in a safe way so that you can carry on and continue wreck diving after you have finished the course.

Ice Diver

Why PADI Ice Diver?

Looking for extreme diving? You’ve found it.

The PADI Ice Diver Specialty certification allows you to test the limits of fun. What do I need to start? PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization) Minimum age: 18 years old

What will I do?

You’ll learn ice diving planning, organization, techniques and potential problems as well as site selection, preparation, special equipment and safety diver procedures. You’ll then put this all into practice when you ice dive within the light zone (within 40 meters/130 feet total distance from the surface, including vertical and horizontal). How long will it take? Recommended Course Hours: 12 Minimum Open Water Training: three dives over two days Where can I go from here? Your Specialty course may count as one of five Specialtycertifications required for your Master Scuba Diver certification. Join the thrill seekers who find their adventure of a lifetime under the ice.

Cavern Diver

Why PADI Cavern Diver?

If you dive within the light zone of a cave, the area near the cave entrance where natural light is always visibly, you’re cavern diving. If you want to explore secrets hidden in caverns around the world you’ll need your PADI Cavern Diver certification.

What do I need to start?

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification Minimum age: 18 years old What will I do? During your first open water dive you’ll practice line handling, reel use and emergency procedures without entering a cavern. But, for your next three dives, you’re headed into the cavern, staying within the light zone and 40 metres/130 feet total distance of the surface. You’ll also cover the following: Planning, organization, techniques, problems and hazards of cavern diving. Special equipment use, such as lights, guidelines, reels and redundant breathing systems. Proper body position, buoyancy control, air management and emergency procedures. Cavern diving hazards such as silting, line problems, disorientation and emergencies.

How long will it take?

Recommended Course Hours: 24 Minimum Open Water Training: four dives over two days

Where can I go from here? You can apply this Specialty course towards your Master Scuba Diver rating.

* This is not a cave diving course and does not result in a cave diving certification. It does prepare you to enter a cave diving program.

 

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