Labour Weekend 3 day Liveaboard

Mercury Island sunset sq

Mercury and Aldermen Islands 3 day Liveaboard. 25-27 October 2014

TaranuiThe boat we are using for our Labour weekend Liveaboard is Taranui. The boat is available to stay on board on Friday night and if everyone arrives on Friday eve they may depart that night depending on tides as they need to get out over the Tairua Bar. We can help out with arranging car pooling if needed. The boat will be moored at the Tairua wharf which is on Wharf Road in Tairua (talk about keep it simple huh!). The Taranui is a big red boat.

Rebreather diver enjoying the MercsThere is the opportunity to do up three daylight dives and one night dive on the Saturday & Sunday and then three day dives on the Monday. That is up to 11 dives over 3 days!! Phew! Divers can opt in or out of as many dives as they wish to do. If someone would rather lie in the sun on the deck and read magazines or a good book they can. Between dives there is around an hour and 20mins surface interval as your tanks are filled. Plenty of time to off gas, log dives, relax and have another meal.

Yellow-Black TriplefinThe trip includes all meals from Saturday breakfast until Monday lunch. If any one has any special dietary requirements or is a veggie let us know in advance so that they can be catered for. We limit the number of divers on board to a maximum of 7 so that there is plenty of space for all, both in and out of the water. There are 4 bunks in two cabins. It is recommended that you bring ear plugs if you are a light sleeper as there is usually a good chance of at least one snorer being on board. The boat is back at the Tairua wharf between 4 -5pm on Monday afternoon.

Octopus eyeThings to bring:
Dive gear including torches and two tanks
Sleeping bag or blanket (there are pillows on board but if you have a favorite lavender scented pillow that you cant sleep without then bring it along)
Water (the water onboard is drinkable but from the bore water on the mainland so can have an ‘unusual’ flavor)
Snacks (you are fed generously but some folk just can’t live without their treats)
Bottle of wine or a few beers for enjoying at the end of the days diving

modelling sessionFull gear hire is $200 for the 3 days (mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit, boots, BCD, Regs, and 2 tanks). Just 2 tanks for the trip are $80. The tanks are filled on board the boat and these are included in your trip costs.

This trip is aimed at the Intermediate to Experienced diver as there is the opportunity to do night, and deep diving.

$650 – includes up to 11 dives, accommodation onboard, all meals from Saturday breakfast to Monday lunch & air fills.

Images by Tom Crisp

Divers     Mercury Island sunset

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Learn to Dive with Global Dive

If you want to learn to scuba dive, the first step is to do a PADI Open Water Diver course.icon-cold-left
Within a few days, you can be enjoying the underwater world.

We run Open Water dive courses in central Auckland year round. Our courses are run in small groups over three weeks, giving plenty of time for you to become comfortable with diving concepts and to master the necessary skills as an Open Water Diver.

There are two course options to choose from:

Option 1 – Group PADI Open Water course

Training is conducted over a series of classroom and pool sessions, followed by your four open water dives (see our course timetable below).

It is important that as part of your training you dive in a variety of dive conditions. Once certified there are many options as to where you can dive.  This is why we conduct two of your open water dives in fresh water (in a local lake) and two in salt water (at a local marine reserve).

The price of this course is $549.

All of your scuba equipment is supplied, but you will need to supply your own snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins and boots). We have packages for mask, snorkel, fins and boots for students enrolled on this course or you can hire them for the duration of your course for just $50!

If you’re busy, or just prefer to study at your own pace, it is now also possible to do the theory part of your open water course online, and join us for the pool and open water dives.

For more information on eLearning – click here

Option 2 – Private PADI Open Water course

If you would prefer to do a private course with your own instructor we can put together a customised training programme to suit your schedule.

  1. Fully private course – private instruction with two of your open water dives conducted in a local lake and two at a local marine reserve  – NZ$1,299 for 1 person, NZ$749 each for 2-3 people, or NZ$649 each for 4 or more people. If you prefer we can also run this course off your own boat.
  2. A part private/part group course – private instruction for your theory and pool sessions and then group instruction for your open water dives. Note that in order to do this option the timing of your open water dives must coincide with our group dive course schedule – NZ$699 for 1-3 people, or NZ$599 for 4 or more people

On completion of your course you will graduate with an internationally recognised PADI Open Water Diver qualification that will enable you to dive the world over.

Before booking any learn to dive course, make sure you have the following questions (on our Frequently Asked Questions page), answered.

Not sure if a full-blown course is for you? Come down to the pool and try scuba with one of our instructors.

Stop putting it off – you know you want to do it!  

Contact us NOW!!!

Why learn to dive with Global Dive?

Open Water Course details

Theory sessions Auckland – Global Dive, 132 Beaumont Street, Westhaven
Pool sessions Auckland – Newmarket Olympic Pool
Dive location Lake Pupuke and Goat Island Marine Reserve
Note: dive locations may change if weather is not suitable
Course schedule Week 1:

  • Tuesday 6pm–9pm – Global Dive shop – Theory
  • Thursday 5.30pm-9.30pm – Newmarket Pools – pool

Week 2:

  • Tuesday 6pm-9pm – Global Dive shop – theory
  • Thursday 5.30pm-9.30pm – Newmarket Pools – pool

Week 3:

  • Tuesday 5.30pm–9.30pm – Newmarket Pools – pool
  • Thursday 6pm-9pm – Global Dive shop – theory
  • Saturday and Sunday – 9am-5pm– open water dives
Price $549
Discount off equipment if you buy a mask, snorkel, fin and boot set from Global Dive 15%. Other gear packages available for students enrolled on this course.
What’s included? Course price includes all your manuals, tuition, scuba unit, wetsuit, and certification fees.
What you need to supply Please bring with you:

  • Swimmers
  • Towel
  • Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins & boots)
  • Your completed diving medical
  • Transport – we can help with car pooling if you don’t have your own

Course timetable


Course start date Pool and Theory sessions Diving
30 September 2014 Tues 30 September – 6pm-9pm
Thurs 2 October – 6pm-9pm
Tues 7 October – 6pm-9pm
Thurs 9 October – 6pm-9pm
Tues 14 October – 6pm-9pm
Thurs 16 October – 6pm-9pm
Sat 18 and Sun 19 October – 9am–5pm
6 October 2014
School Holidays Course

Mon 6 October – 9am-5pm
Tues 7 October - 9am-5pm
Wed 8 October - 9am-5pm
Thurs 9 and Fri 10 October - 9am-5pm
21 October 2014 Tues 21 October – 6pm-9pm
Thurs 23 October – 6pm-9pm
Tues 28 October – 6pm-9pm
Thurs 30 October – 6pm-9pm
Tues 4 November – 6pm-9pm
Thurs 6 November – 6pm-9pm
Sat 8 and Sun 9 November – 9am–5pm
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15 November 2014 Sat 15 November 9am-5pm
Tues 18 November
Thurs 20 November 5.30pm-9.30pm
Sat 22 and Sun 23 November – 9am-5pm
29 November 2014 Sat 29 November 9am-5pm
Tues 2 December
Thurs 4 December 5.30pm-9.30pm
Sat 6 and Sun 7 December – 9am-5pm
13 December 2014 Sat 13 December 9am-5pm
Tues 16 December
Thurs 18 December 5.30pm-9.30pm
Sat 20 and Sun 21 December – 9am-5pm

Booking conditions

  1. To book on to a dive course we ask for a $150 deposit. We also need your contact details.
  2. Your deposit is non-refundable unless you fail your medical AND give us sufficient notice (see below).
  3. The balance of your course is due when you start your dive course.
  4. You must complete a dive medical statement before we can allow you to do your open water dives. This may indicate the need for you to complete a dive medical by a physician prior to any in water training. It does not need to be from a New Zealand based physician, but must be on the prescribed diving medical form – which can be downloaded by clicking here-  PADI Medical Statement.
  5. If after booking your dive course and paying your deposit you fail a dive medical (i.e. you are found to have a medical condition that will prevent you from diving) then we will happily provide you with a refund, but you must give us at least 48 hours notice prior to the scheduled start of your dive course and provide us with a copy of your physician’s medical statement. Once you start your dive course, or if you advise us less than 48 hours before the start of your dive course, we are unable to provide refunds for failed medicals or other reasons.
  6. If you miss a session or are late for your course you may need to do a catch-up session. Extra charges may apply.
  7. If after you have booked or started a course you need to change your course dates, please speak with us as early as possible so we can try and accommodate your request.

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