• Dive Courses & Diving Trips

  • As a PADI Five Star Dive Center, we provide the full range of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) scuba diving education programs, equipment selection and experience opportunities, while encouraging aquatic environmental responsibility.

    All PADI courses are catered for and customized to suit your needs. Day or evening classes are held depending on your preference.

    All classes are conducted with no more than six students per course. This enables our instructors to provide a more personalized diving experience. One-on-one instruction will be provided upon request.

    We pride ourselves that all our students complete our courses as fully competent students. Over the years we have found that some students require a little more class time or pool time or even sea time. Within reason this is not a problem and this extra tuition will be given free of charge to ensure you complete your course as a confident and knowledgeable diver. You will not be signed off until your instructor is fully comfortable with your ability.

    Foreign Language materials are available for most PADI courses. So, if English is not your first language then please ask our staff for the manual of your choice.

    Scroll down past the flowchart or use the side menu to see more info about our most popular diver courses as well as any upcoming diving trips.

  • NOTE: prices quoted here are in NZD and include GST

  • Freediver
  • PADI Freediver Course: $525

  • Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you.

    This course is targeted towards anyone and everyone snorkeling in New Zealand waters from novice to experienced, amateur spear fisherman to commercial paua or kina divers.

    Shallow water blackout and drowning is an increasing problem to untrained snorkelers and spear fisherman in New Zealand. Completing the PADI Freediver course will give you experience in shallow water blackout, revival in water resuscitation and allow you to learn about your body's own personal urges to breath and what they mean to you.

    Taking the PADI Freediver course is your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves.

    Visit PADI for a full description of this course.

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  • Requirements

    No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.

  • Freediver Gear

    • dive mask
    • snorkel
    • dive fins
    • wetsuit
    • weight belt
  • Open Water Diver
  • PADI Open Water Diver Course: $750

  • If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

    Learn to dive in the beautiful sheltered bays of the inner Queen Charlotte sounds. Your training dive sites can include fish reserves, ship wrecks and reefs. Learning to dive in this environment will give you the confidence to continue diving in temperate and tropical waters all around the world.

    Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course.

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  • Requirements

    No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

  • Scuba Gear Needed

    • dive mask
    • snorkel
    • dive fins
    • dive regulator
    • buoyancy control device (BCD)
    • dive tank
  • ADV Open Water Diver
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course: $750

  • You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification.

    The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

    One of the dives you can choose is diving against debris and take part in cleaning up our delicate Marlborough sounds under water environment - this is a very rewarding and satisfying skill that you can include into all your future dives.

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  • Requirements

    Prior experience with scuba diving IS required.

  • Scuba Gear Needed

    • dive mask
    • snorkel
    • dive fins
    • dive regulator
    • buoyancy control device (BCD)
    • dive tank
    • dive compass
    • dive knife
  • Rescue Diver
  • PADI Rescue Diver Course: $750

  • You learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed.

    During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

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  • Requirements

    • At least 12 years old.
    • adequate swimming skills
    • good physical health - please download and complete the PADI Scuba Diver Medical Form
    • completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive
    • have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months
  • Scuba Gear Needed

    • dive mask
    • snorkel
    • dive fins
    • dive regulator
    • buoyancy control device (BCD)
    • dive tank
    • dive compass
    • dive knife
    • wetsuit
    • weight belt
  • SCUBA Refresher
  • SCUBA Refresher Session: $90 or $150

  • Are you a certified diver but you haven’t been diving for some time?

    Then before you jump back into the ocean, we strongly urge you to partake in one of our Scuba Review pool sessions. This course is designed for you to refresh your diving skills and to give you more confidence to undertake an ocean dive.

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  • Session Overview

    Your instructor will cover the following:

    • Equipment assembly
    • Pre-dive safety checks
    • Your buoyancy
    • Out of air procedures
    • Inform you of any recent changes ensuring diver safety

    Once you have completed this review you will be “good to go”, however it is vitally important that you advise your dive buddy that this is your first dive for some time.

  • Requirements

    Prior experience with scuba diving IS required.

  • Scuba Gear Needed

    • dive mask
    • snorkel
    • dive fins
    • dive regulator
    • buoyancy control device (BCD)
    • dive tank
    • dive compass
    • dive knife
  • Aquaculture Diver
  • Commercial Aquaculture Diver Course

  • Do you have staff or employees that scuba dive in the work place?
    Are you interested in gaining employment within the Aquaculture industry?

    Marlborough has a large aquaculture industry and scuba divers working within it must have a certificate of competency from Work Safe to legally dive in the work place. This course has been designed to meet this need.

    We offer this training in conjunction with the PADI training system whilst at the same time being assessed against Unit Standards as required by NZQA.

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  • Dive Sites
  • Dive Training Sites

  • Aluminium Boat In Marlborough Sounds With Blenheim Dive Centre
    Aluminium Boat In Queen Charlotte Sounds With Blenheim Dive Centre
    Scuba Diving Off Boat In Marlborough Sounds With Blenheim Dive Centre
    Diving In Queen Charlotte Sounds With Blenheim Dive Centre
  • There are a number of dive training sites within the Queen Charlotte Sounds area that we use:

    • Blackwood Bay - boat dive, scenic reef dive.
    • Double Cove - boat dive, also the location of the Koi shipwreck (a 30m passenger ferry).
    • Double Cove - boat dive, Fish reserve dive with huge Blue Cod.
    • Karaka Point - boat dive, also the location of the Vara shipwreck (a 12m launch).
    • Kumatoto Bay - boat dive, freediving depth training location.
    • Waikawa Marina break wall western side, shore dive, great entry level dive.
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Dive Equipment Rental Rates

    Number of Days1234567
    Wetsuit$20$30$40$50$60$70$80
    Regulator$25$38$50$63$75$88$100
    BCD$15$23$30$38$45$53$60
    Weight belt$10$15$20$25$30$35$40
    Cylinder with air$18$26$34$42$50$58$66
    Mask,fins,snorkel,boots$30$45$60$75$90$105$120
    Gloves$10$15$20$25$30$35$40
    TOTAL$128$192$254$318$380$444$506
    PACKAGE DEALS
    SCUBA Package$110$150$190$230270$310$350
    Snorkelling Package$55$65$75$85$95$105$155
  • Next Dive Trip
  • Upcoming Trip: Dive Tonga 2017

  • With the help of our friends at Dive Fish Snow Holidays, we organise one or more scuba diving trips each year. See the PDF below for details about our next trip.

  • NOTE: prices quoted here are in NZD and include GST