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Diving in NZ

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Dive directory

Search the Directory for dive clubs, shops, and tour operators in New Zealand.

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Check the rules before you go! Each area of New Zealand can have different rules and regulations for the marine species we catch. All divers who hunt and gather seafood should keep themselves up to date with the latest rules. Help preserve our fish and shellfish stocks  by adopting sustainable fishing and gathering practices – …

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Dive beginning - Brian Mackie

Learn to dive

Recreational scuba diving does not have a centralized certifying or regulatory agency, and is mostly self-regulated. There are, however, several large diving organizations that train and certify divers and dive instructors, and many diving related sales and rental outlets require proof of diver certification from one of these organizations prior to selling or renting certain …

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Cameron looks at a large finger sponge on Danger Rock, Bland Bay.
Photo by Alison Perkins.

Scuba diving equipment

Water normally contains dissolved oxygen from which fish and other aquatic animals extract all their required oxygen as the water flows past their gills. Sadly, humans lack gills and do not otherwise have the capacity to breathe underwater unaided by external devices. This is where SCUBA equipment comes in.   SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing …

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Diving helmet

History of scuba diving

The history of scuba diving can be traced back to 1825, when William James developed a compressed air container that fit around a diver’s waist. James developed the design, but no record was made of him using the device. The first recorded dive using a self-contained breathing apparatus was done by Charles Condert. Condert designed …

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