IBD Dive Club

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Every Saturday morning divers meet at Island Bay Divers (corner Reef St & the Parade) to go for a group dive. This group is called ‘bubbleheads’.

Bubbleheads meet at the shop at 9am. Participation on the dive does not require an entrance fee, there is no annual club subscription, no monthly meetings, no elected club positions and no bureaucracy. It’s just there for certified divers who are looking for a dive on a regular basis. The only charge is for any equipment you hire. So it’s not a club as such, even though most people refer to it as the ‘club dive’. It’s just a voluntary group meeting to have a good time underwater at the best site of the day.

Bubblehead dives are designed to assist newly certified divers or new diving residents/ visitors to Wellington find out where the best sites are in the area.  We try to dive a different site each week. It’s a good way to find a suitable buddy, & it’s all at the lowest possible cost & inconvenience. These dives are not designed to be a refresher (you don’t want to have to spend your dive coping with fixing your buddy’s problems). If it’s a refresher they are after, they should check out the relevant section in our training pages https://www.ibdivers.co.nz/dive-training/ . Once they have done the refresh (or ‘reactivate’) they are very welcome to join bubbleheads on a dive.

Meeting at 9am every Saturday at the shop on the corner of Reef St & The Parade, a decision is made on the best site of the day, who wants to buddy up with who, and who needs transport to &  from the shop to the site & back. If you dont have transport to get to the shop at 9am ,  the Number 1 bus route (from J’ville through CBD to Is. Bay) ends 15 metres from the shop. Click on https://www.metlink.org.nz/timetables/ for bus timetables for Wellington.

All dives have a brief which will be given at the site by an instructor – listen in if you want to. A complete range of hire gear is available from the shop, you just need to carry your dive card to show you are a qualified diver.

If you want to see what conditions , visabilty etc is likely to be for the dive before hand go to our face book page for the conditions report for each day. In Summer a conditions post is listed every day. But in  winter there is no report for two days mid week,  as the shop is closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays (Winter Hours) . See the link at the top right hand side of this page to fb..

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 taken 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.

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 experienced diver can come on these dives, provided they have a dive certification and a torch (we sell or hire these if you need one) .

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Club divers enjoying coffee and biscuits after a dive at Princess Bay

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