About Us

island bay dive training scuba diving course wellington new zealandWelcome to Island Bay Divers, operating from the ‘White House’ located on the corner of Reef St and The Parade, Island Bay. We have been offering retail and servicing of dive equipment, running scuba diving courses and scuba charters longer than anyone else in Wellington.

Shop hours are 9am to 6pm seven days a week most of the year.  In winter the shop is open 5 days a week – closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

We are Wellington city’s most experienced dive store (established 1985) and provide the full range of dive services – scuba dive classes & training, dive trips , diving equipment retail  and equipment servicing.

island bay dive training scuba diving course wellingtonWe have Wellington’s largest air compressor giving the minimum wait for tank fills.

Hydrostatic & visual tank testing is normally completed within 24 hours of delivery. We have been servicing scuba regulators & gear for over 25 years. We give a 12 month guarantee on servicing done in house.

Island Bay is one of New Zealand’s top dive sites, and it is right in the middle of the capital city, Wellington. Island Bay’s rocky coastline, bordering the deep clear waters of Cook Strait, provides an extremely varied habitat for a wide variety of fish species.

The shop is less than a mile from the wreck site of F69 – the Frigate HMNZS Wellington – sunk off Wellington’s south coast in November 2005. The wreck has now broken into two sections, 50 m apart.

island bay dive training scuba diving course wellington new zealandIsland Bay is right in the middle of Wellington’s Taputeranga Marine Reserve. The reserve starts just inside Princess Bay and ends half way through the bay that is just past the quarry gates. Our dive school conducts most of it’s open water lessons in the reserve.

If 7/8ths of the Planet Earth is underwater, you haven’t seen the world until you’ve completed an open water dive course. Island Bay Divers can show you the way to safely and enjoyably explore the exciting, silent world at your feet.

island bay dive training scuba diving course wellington new zealandIsland Bay Divers has been owned and operated by Tim Walshe  for over 30 years, providing retail sales, equipment hire, equipment servicing, training classes & dive courses (Naui/ Padi & CMAS), trips, and organised dive activities.

We are Wellington’s most experienced dive store:

  • New Zealand’s only Pro Gold Centre
  • Wellington’s oldest PADI Facility; A Padi Dive Centre
  • Wellington’s only CMAS facility

All our sales staff are very experienced divers – most of them are Instructors.

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