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Every day, all year round. Departure time is around 8am, returning at around 5pm.
Our aim is to dive on one of the wrecks as the first dive of the day, preferably the Mikhail Lermontov, the second dive being at a marine reserve or reef. If the entire group want to dive the Mikhail Lermontov twice in one day then we will. Any which way we will be diving the outer sounds sites if possible.
The water visibility varies depending on season and sea conditions. During the summer months when plankton blooms are common, the visibility in the inner sounds can get down to 3 metres, in the outer sounds where we normally dive the normal visibility is 10 metres or more. In the early spring the visibility can get up to 30 metres. The Lermontov can be an exception to the rule with average visibility on the out side of the wreck around 5 metres.
Again the season plays a role here as well as the location. During the summer months the water temperature will peak at around 20 degrees, with it dropping to around 12 degrees during the coldest part of the winter. But with a good fitting 7mm wetsuit, booties and gloves, supplied by us if you wish, you will remain warm and toasty.
Not at all, Go Dive Marlborough supply modern and well maintained diving equipment, if you have your own then we encourage you to use it, prices vary depending on how much of your own equipment you use.
Your experience and the dive site gauge depth. Generally the Mikhail Lermontov dive is 32 metres at the deepest, other dives average 12 metres. Bottom time is controlled by your NDL’s, and air consumption, but generally the first dive if going deeper is a multi-level computer dive and lasts around 35 minutes, subsequent dives are around 40 to 50 minutes.
By all means, our PADI Wreck/Deep Diving Instructors guide all dives. If you have limited diving experience, then all is needed is a thorough briefing on deep wreck diving and away you go. These dives can even be credited to your Advanced qualification if you wish.
All dive tours are limited to 8 divers, with 6 divers per guide being the maximum in-water ratio.
Due to the distance we travel to get you to the best dive site (1.75 hours to the Mikhail Lermontov) we need to allow all day. Your day starts at just before 8am and finishes at around 5pm. You need to bring, any dive equipment you have with you, (we supply what you haven’t got), log book, C-card, bathing suit and towel, suncream, hat, windjacket and sturdy shoes for our optional bush walk and personal refreshments. We supply hot drinks and a filled roll with fruit for lunch.
No worries, we will pick you up at no extra cost from anywhere within Picton or Waikawa, as well as any lodge, Resort, Backpackers or B&B within the inner Queen Charlotte Sound.
By all means, there is plenty for non-divers to do and see during the day, like bush walks, snorkelling and swimming.
Our boat is fast to get you out to the dive sites quick. She has twin Volvo motors for safety, and twin hulls for stability and a forward cabin so you can get in from the cold. Also on board is a toilet and hot shower. She has plenty of deck space for gearing up and a big dive platform so access in and out of the water is a breeze.
Now you’re talking, on request we can supply Nitrox fills, and the facilities for other mixed gases. But give us some warning, as some gases need to be ordered in. We also can supply twin 105 cylinders with 300 bar DIN fittings, cameras, computers and Diver Propulsion Vehicles. If you want to do Tech dives, it is requested that you have the appropriate qualifications for the type of dive you plan and supply equipment not listed above.
Our scheduled dive tours are Eco Dives and we do not allow hunting and collecting or taking artefacts off the wrecks. We do however run scallop and crayfish dives for groups or individuals that would like to charter our boat.