The shop’s dive club is called Island Bay Bubbleheads.
The annual membership fee is $40.00. This is valid up until end of October of the year that you join. Membership of the club entitles you to hire gear on club dives at 25% off the normal rates on Saturday club dives and 50% off these rates on Thursday club dives (you’ll probably recover the cost of your membership on the savings for hire on your first dive); plus specials, free master diver module training on Wednesday nights etc. Members will also receive a weekly newsletter advising them of gear on weekly special, activities & trips etc. coming up.
If you want to see what conditions , visabilty etc is likely to be for the dive go to our facebook page for the conditions report for today. See the link at the bottom right hand side of this page.
Shore dives are held every Saturday morning & start at the shop at 9am. Depending on how many people are coming we usually get underway soon after 9:30pm. It is a good idea to ring in on the Friday prior to your dive to book equipment. Dives can involve over 30 people at the peak of the season. Each Saturday club dive costs $5.00 which pays for tea & coffee plus biscuits provided on the beach at the end of the dive, plus a contribution to the cost of the oxygen set & first aid kit carried on each outing.
We try to dive a different site each week (so membership is a good way to learn where all the good dive sites are around Wellington). An Instructor chooses the best site of the day. A full brief is given at the dive site. You can choose your own buddy or we will buddy you up with an experienced person.
The Saturday dives focus on you organising your dives plus (if this is your interest) techniques on how to catch crayfish & scallops. On the way you’ll also find out where paua live. NB crayfish & scallops can be harvested on scuba but paua can only be taken on snorkel without scuba. We’ll try to take you to a different site each week (weather permitting). Some of these dives will be by 4WD. So if you have a 4WD bring it along & we’ll show you some good places off road & some amazing scenery only 30 minutes from the CBD.
During Daylight saving there are club dives as well on Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm. Thursday dives are master diver dives teaching you techniques such as searches & light salvage, navigation, rescue, buoyancy skills etc. These dives count toward your advanced course dives.
If you want to gain a specialty certification in any of these activities, these dives also count toward the four dives in each specialty required to achieve your specialty certification. If you achieve 5 specialties and have advanced & rescue diver ratings you can be certified as a Master Scuba Diver. Under 2% of all divers worldwide have this rating.
NIGHT DIVES (Winter)
These are weather dependent and (if conditions are suitable ) are run through Winter. The night of the dive will be advised on the Facebook page. Any club member can come on these dives, provided they have a dive certification and a torch (we sell or hire these if you need one) .