Covid-19 hit, then I turned my dream into a reality….

I’ve always loved the ocean, growing up snorkelling and exploring this magnificent underwater world that we are lucky to have such easy access to here in New Zealand. I’ve been diving since I was 15 where I did my Open Water course in The Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Since then, I’ve had the chance to […]

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 5 films every diver should watch….

Well, here at Dive HQ we have you covered here with 5 films related to diving that we feel every diver should watch at least once in their life

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 So hard to believe in just a few weeks I will be a qualified PADI Scuba Dive Instructor

A few months ago the thought of being immersed in water and breathing from a cylinder really wasn’t all that appealing too me if I’m being honest. But one day I decided to overcome my fears and start my diving adventure. Believe me when I say it was the best thing I’ve ever done and […]

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 What is the Foundation Course???

scuba diving in NZ

Here in New Zealand we have an incredible education system for students wanting to progress through diver training. If you have never been diving before then you will start with the foundation program that consists of 3 PADI programs: PADI Open Water Course PADI Advanced Open Water Course PADI Rescue Diver Course These 3 PADI […]

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 Being a student at Dive HQ Westhaven in Auckland.

  Thanks to Chanelle Drummond for her blog post about what it’s like to be a Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction student at the Academy of Diving, Dive HQ Westhaven.   Before starting my course as a dive instructor, funny enough I was afraid of swimming in the ocean. I hated the feeling of not […]

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 What’s the Difference between PADI Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver?

    If you did your PADI Opewater with Dive HQ Westhaven. You have probably heard your instructor mention the PADI Advanced Openwater Course  (AOW) Diver course. You may have even thought about enrolling in the course. But are you still wondering how the AOW course differs from the PADI Openwater Course (OWD) course, and what new things […]

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