Category Archives: Trips

Spring Roundup

Thank god the winter is behind us and we have the entire summer to look forward to, going by the weather in recent times and the forecast it is stacking up to be another stunning summer like last year.

Go Dive has a heap happening this year with a few very exciting developments in the pipe line which will be off great benefit to those of you diving the Lermontov with us. More about those though as they happen.

 

Unfortunately Brent Jnr has left us for greener pastures, however I have just secured the services of another very experienced technical diver, who has a lot of overseas cave and wreck diving experience and is a trimix instructor.

For those of you keen on a weekend diving the Lerm I have a one weekend special for club members running for $285.00. That’s $285.00 for two days diving with accommodation and meals. There are limited spots so give me a call if you are keen, remember this is clear water time on the Lerm, so you might be lucky. If you aren’t a club member the one off member fee is $75.00 so still a cheap weekend diving.

I look froward to catching up with you sometime in the near future

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TecFestnz 2016

#TecFestnz in Taupo over the weekend of May 6th and 7th was a huge success with 120 people enjoying fantastic weather, great company and speakers as well as trying out numerous new kit.

Beach diving TecFestnz 2016

Beach diving TecFestnz 2016

A huge thank you to all the sponsors, supporters, exhibitors and guests that attended, TecFestnz is now recognized as the premier dive show in New Zealand and will become a biannual event with a smaller, more informal TecCamp being held in Taupo on alternate years. Keep your eyes peeled for 017 and 018 dates for these events.

 

See you next year if not before

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Advanced Wreck

Congratulations to our recent # TDI Advanced Wreck students, Ronald Mundell, David Bristol, Geoff Miller and Craig Brady. The guys found the course challenging but rewarding, and one of the best courses they have completed as a diver. With 6 penetration dives, all including some advanced skills, like entering and exiting the #Lermontov through restricted entry exit points, swimming for a distance of 50 + metres inside the wreck while following their previously laid line, all while blindfolded and sharing air from another team member. That requires some good buoyancy skills, and confidence and trust with other team members. Well done guys.

Advanced Wreck group

Advanced Wreck group

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Santo Dive Trip

Crikey its cold, that was how I felt when stepping off the plan in Christchurch this Monday to be meet by snow and sleet. We had just returned from 7 days diving in Santo which makes up the Vanuatu group of islands.

Aore Bungalow. Notice the resident Dugong on the porch

Aore Bungalow. Notice the resident Dugong on the porch

During the war 50,000 American and allied troops were stationed in Santo, which was staging post to the war efforts in the Solomon Islands, the island had 3 bomber strips, a fighter strip and the Kiwis had a a Catalina base on the Island, bombing runs were launched from Santo to Guadalcanal and troops were stationed here before being shipped to the Solomons.

As a result of all this war activity there were obvious casualties to both shipping and aircraft. The most famous of course being the President Coolidge that struck a friendly mine and sunk in 20 to 70 metres of water. The Coolidge would have to be the most dived wreck in the South Pacific and is off similar size to our own Mikhail Lermontov, being close to the beach it traditionally only dived as a shore dive, with the majority of companies offering guided shore dives.

Clown Fish entertain me during decompression after a deep dive on the Coolidge

Clown Fish entertain me during decompression after a deep dive on the Coolidge

I dived the Coolidge in 1983 and have always wanted to revisit Santo to explore other sites that I knew existed, but couldn’t access due the lack of suitable boats and operators. That is when I heard off an operator based in Aore which is an island within a stones throw of Santo, that had just recently set up shop and was offering all inclusive boat dives from there brand new 8m stabi-craft. I quickly put together a group to travel to Santo to explore and enjoy some warm water winter diving.

Six of us arrived at Aore Adventure Sports and we quickly settled into our self contained bungalow with private beach. Over the following 5 days we dived 4 different ship wrecks, 1 dive bomber and Million Dollar Point, with dives ranging from 14 meters to 60 meters. Quite clearly some of these dives were deep and safety was our priority, with Paul and Lyndel being ex Aussie dive operators, safety equipment including O2, and an AED were carried on every dive, the only operator in Santo to do so. Alfred our guide, with 13000 plus dives on the Coolidge alone was fantastic in showing us around the wrecks.

Kitting up for the first days diving. From then on the boys take care of all kit cleaning and loading etc.

Kitting up for the first days diving. From then on the boys take care of all kit cleaning and loading etc.

Overall we had an excellent 5 days of incident free diving, topped off with an off-gassing day to Champagne beach, Oyster Island and the Blue Holes, while enjoying a few deco tubes before we headed home.

At an all inclusive price of around $2700.00 ex Christchurch, diving with Aore Sports in Santo would have to be an all round top diving destination, at great value for money, Go Dive will definitely be returning again next year. We will only take small groups of 6 so enjoyment is optimized. Make contact with me if you are keen.

safe diving

Brent 😛

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Cray & Scallop Weekend

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

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.

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