With the opening of the Scallop season next month we will be holding our annual scallop and cray weekend on the 18/19th of July.
Brent Jnr with catch of the day
Plan is to all meet at the shop in Picton at mid day Saturday and head out for two scallop dives and then Sunday morning to Port Underwood if the weather allows.
Contact Brent Snr if you are keen.
This last weekend we decided to do something a bit different, so I chartered a vessel and we hit a few wrecks we don’t normally dive on our regular tours.
Five divers from Dive Wellington, lead by Chris Clarke come over on the Friday ferry and 6 from our own Go Dive club headed out Saturday morning to dive the Rangitoto on Cape Jackson. The Rangitoto a steel steamer sunk in 1873 just inside Cape Jackson, although broken up now it is a fantastic dive with an abundance of fish life. That night we steamed back into Furneaux Lodge where we enjoyed a hot meal, warm fire and cold beer, shot a bit of pool and watched the Crusaders down the Blues.
Some of the wreck weekend crew
Early Sunday we steamed back out to Cape Jackson in ideal conditions and dived the Lastingham which is on the Port Gore side, the Lastingham is a steel sailing ship and sunk in 1884 with the loss of 18 lives. Again it is broken up but covers a large area and offers some nice swim thru’s and fish life.
Thanks to everyone who joined the trip and congratulations to Craig and Geoff on completion of their wreck course and Matt on his Side-mount, all with Chris.
I hope to run a few more of these trips over the summer months, keep an eye on the Go Dive event calendar if you’re keen on joining in.
safe diving Brent 😛
Apeks are currently running a special on some model regulators, including the DS4, XTX20, XTX50, XTX100 and XTX200. In some cases these are available at nearly half the normal retail price, for instance an XTX100 is going for $775.00. Available in yoke or DIN. Prices while stocks last, if you are after a quality reg then now’s the time to buy.
Safe diving Brent 🙄
In late July I am putting together a non commercial dive trip to Doubtful Sound in Fiordland.
I have dived Fiordland many times and it would have to be amongst my all time favorite dive locations. The scenery is absolutely awesome, the wall diving jaw dropping and the eco systems unique.
Wall dive in Doubtful Sound Fiordland
The purpose of the trip is to explore new dive sites and for a bit of R & R after a hectic summer season. Typically Fiordland trips can be relatively expensive, running out at $500.00 plus a day, mainly due to the remoteness of the location which makes it a challenging area for charter boats to operate in. However as this trip is non commercial, the costs will be shared between a small group of 5 divers and I expect them to be under $280.00 a day for a 5 day dive trip, inclusive of accommodation, food, transport into Fiordland, boat fuel, diving and air.
We will be shore based, with some of the evenings possibly spent in DOC huts, it won’t be a 5 Star but it will be an adventure. If you think you are up for it contact me for more info, currently there are 3 spaces available.
Due to a group cancellation Go Dive is offering a special price deal to club members for this ANZAC weekend on a trip to the Lermontov Wreck. Normal three day rate to club members is $650.00 for this long weekend only the rate has come down to $400.00. Including accommodation, meals and diving. If you are not a club member the cost of joining is only $75.00 so still a good deal.
There will also be the opportunity to complete your TDI Advanced Wreck Course over the weekend for an extra $400.00 inclusive of manual and equipment rental.
Call Brent for details on 0800 GODIVE