Congratulations to our February Diploma of Professional Scuba Instruction students for achieving their Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction and National Certificate in Medic First Aid Instruction. We are so proud of you all and wish you the very best in your careers! Now go see amazing things, meet amazing people and do amazing things - we can't wait to here all about it!... Continue reading
Chris Zinsli is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, he holds a Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction.
Imagine trying to take an epic photo of that Mantis Shrimp carefully poking its head out of its hole at Weller’s Rock... you frame it up perfectly but as you’re concentrating on taking the picture you start dropping towards your subject, eventually coming to rest on the sediment kicking up a cloud of silt and frightening your favourite Stomatopod subject back into its lair.... Continue reading
Chasing rainbows on the drive over towards our Southernmost Fiord was almost as distracting as the thought of eating delicious succulent crayfish for the next week. I awoke early and threw my gear into my wagon and set off with an energy drink in hand to a hidden little place called Tuatapere where a whirlybird was going to collect me and fly me over some hills to land on a boat. Sounds awesome huh?... Continue reading
A few Dive Otago Club members have recently dived the legendary Mokoia and I believe it would be prudent to pass on their observations of the sunken hulk itself. To catch our readers up to speed, the Aramoana Mole is the final resting place of several 100 metre long Iron and Wooden beamed steamships, each with a history that is steeped in the World Wars as troop ships, and were also used as passenger transport ships through the Pacific. The wrecks, when no longer required, were scuttled on the harbour side of Mole and now serve a great and necessary ‘Duality’. The first is way they hinder the effects of most erosion from the Mole structure itself by acting as giant wave energy absorbers, and they also serve as a fantastic training site for our up and coming SCUBA enthusiasts based in our local area.... Continue reading
A HUGE Congratulations to our August Diploma of Professional Scuba Instruction students for achieving their qualification at the end of an awesome year here at Dive Otago. A few nights ago we hosted their graduation ceremony where some of their tutors shared with the students’ friends and families a hilarious handful of stories and a few crazy photos all illustrating and highlighting the epic journey these guys (and gal) have had in the last year with us. We are sure that those who choose to head down the Scuba Instruction path are very well prepared to deal with one of the most exciting and fulfilling jobs one could hope for in their lifetime and Dive Otago wishes them the best of luck on their next adventure.... Continue reading