GUE Recreational Diver 1

At Dive Whakatane, our passion is introducing people to the underwater world, the beauty it contains and leaving students with a newfound sense of place in their world. Our Bay of Plenty waters are home to a dazzling array of marine life from nudibranchs to southern right whales and historic/recent shipwrecks such as the SS Taupo and Seafire. Maybe you are interested in photography or science and conservation. Whatever your reason for going underwater, our GUE recreational diver 1 class is the perfect introduction to diving.

Developed by explorers, the equipment used and the skill set taught is highly effective at providing stability through refining buoyancy and propulsion techniques. The team approach to learning and diving enhances both safety and fun. The class also certifies you to use Nitrox, a diving gas with an increased oxygen content that can be used to extend your time underwater or reduce your decompression obligation.

With a mixture of classroom lectures, practical sessions on land and multiple dives, the class provides a comprehensive introduction to diving. We believe that it is quite simply the best introductory dive class available and gives the student a significant advantage when starting out.

Contact us to arrange a chat with one of our instructors to learn more about why this is the right class for you.

What happens after my class ?

At Dive Whakatane, we are dedicated to getting you out diving. All students at Dive Whakatane have access to local boat / shore diving and a network of like minded divers who want to head underwater and explore. Our boat "Deep Spirit" makes it easy and affordable to arrange trips and all students have access to equipment hire at reduced rates.

There are also opportunities to join in with Project Baseline - our conservation programme which documents and monitors our local dive sites. Learn more here.


Course information

Cost             :     $1195 with equipment rental

Duration      :     Minimum of 6 days

Max ratio     :     4 students to 1 instructor

Equipment   :    Standard GUE equipment configuration. Contact us for details.

Pre-requisite :    Non smoker