Poor Knights Trip Nov’17

The shops’ club (Is. Bay Bubbleheads) trip for 2017 is to The Poor Knights this year. It’s from 3-6 of November. They’ll also dive the ‘Waikato’. It’s from 3-6th of November. Trip was organised by Peter Hodge. No decision yet on the trip’s location for 2018, but the shop will be running a trip to […]

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Crayfish Winter Moult

If you are taking crayfish  you need to check they are not soft. The females are molting soon. If you are not sure how to tell the sex of a crayfish, click on https://www.mpi.govt.nz/travel-and-recreation/fishing/fishing-rules/central-area-fishing-rules/ Once the females have moulted they will mate & move into egg phase. It is illegal to take female crayfish when […]

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$1,000.00 free equipment hire!

That’s what you get when you learn to dive with Island Bay Divers. Because we offer an optional extra eight dives on top of the four required for the Padi open water course. Four of these extra dives are specialty dives – each of two hours duration teaching you techniques in navigation, search & recovery, […]

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One third off mid week hire for Summer

This sport is solar powered. As we get closer to Xmas the weather starts to heat up. More sunshine means people do more dives. To help you power up for diving, we are now offering (during the daylight saving period through Summer) one third off our normal hire rates for any equipment taken between 3pm […]

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Winter Shop Hours

WINTER HOURS The shop is now on winter hours – open 5 days a week 9am to 6pm – closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays & open every other day of the week.. Winter hours run until early November’16 when we return to summer hours & open 7 days a week. It was a great summer & […]

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White Island Trip March’16

About 50km off the East Coast of the Bay of Plenty, a mountain comes straight up from the 1,600m seafloor. This pinnacle breaks the surface to form a circular island (about 2km in diameter) whose peak is about the same altitude as lake Taupo. Like the Poor Knights (because it is so far away from […]

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Male Cray in soft shell moult stage now

If you are catching crayfish at the moment you need to check they are not in soft shell.  Along the South Coast for the next couple of weeks,  male crayfish are shedding their old shell as they grow bigger. It is illegal to take a crayfish when it is in ‘soft shell phase’. If you […]

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Next Learn to Dive Course

The next learn to dive (‘Open Water’) course starts 11/11. Four nights for pool work at the Kilbernie Aquatic Centre – Wellington’s deepest pool. Two Sundays for the sea dives and the option of another extra eight dives after that if you want. The academics are completed by e-learning (choose either PC or tablet format), […]

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Brad’s breakfast

What gets people out of bed & to the shop by 9am on Saturday mornings for the shore dive? Baker Brad’s biscuits. Photo shows a brave departure last week – the brad-gateau log biscuit.First ya see, then ya don’t : )

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20 year service award.

Island Bay Divers has received a 20 years Dive Center service award from Padi. We have been a PADI training facility for 27 years and a PADI Dive Centre for most of this time. Longer by far than any other facility in Wellington.

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