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Dive Holiday Spotlight - Okinawa, Japan

Written by Josie Crawshaw on June 8th, 2017.      0 comments


Far below Japan lies a chain of semi-tropical islands, Okinawa and the Southwest Islands. A tropical paradise only a quick 2-3 hour flight from the main airports within Japan (Tokyo, Osaka)...

Sealife DC2000 - First Look

Written by Jack Preston on May 8th, 2017.      0 comments


Jack JPPhoto - Everything Animal tries out his new Sealife DC2000 Camera.

When is a Freediving Suit Not a Freediving Suit?

Written by Matt Lind on March 12th, 2017.      0 comments


“When is a Freediving Suit Not a Freediving Suit?”
- Well, when you’re not Freediving in it of course! 

There are very few eureka moments when it comes to new dive gear, the moments when you try a new piece of kit for the first time and immediately wonder how you’ve gone on so long without it.  Using a Freediving suit for the first time is almost always one of those moments...

Choosing a Regulator

Written by Hayden Salmons on February 12th, 2017.      0 comments


Your regulator is a vital piece of gear and choosing the right one for you can be confusing. The goal of all regulators is the same: to deliver air on demand at ambient pressure. Comfort with a scuba regulator depends on how you breathe - and everyone’s different....

The Kiwi Cray Hunter's Glove of Choice - Atlantis G10

Written by Matt Lind on February 8th, 2017.      0 comments


One of the most crucial bits of gear for keeping yourself comfortable in the water is a good pair of gloves.  The right pair will keep your hands warm and protected from the variety of sharp things that’ll cut soft, wet fingers in the water. Being as how we’re kiwis though, there’s really only one sharp thing in the water we care about. The crayfish...

Pet Hate: "Danglies"

Written by Matt Lind on January 12th, 2017.      0 comments


One of my great pet hates is ‘danglies’.  These are the unsecured bits of kit that “dangle” off a diver like octis, lights or gauge consoles.  There is just something about an untethered octi or gauge console dragging behind a diver that offends me and gets my OCD screaming!  And it’s not just my sense of aesthetics that are upset either, danglies cause a bunch of problems....
Topics: Scuba Diving

Choosing an Octopus

Written by Hayden Salmons on August 12th, 2016.      0 comments


Your octi is a vital piece of gear and choosing the right one for you is important. The goal of all alternate air supplies is the same: to provide a second chance air supply if your regulator or your buddy's fails during a dive. Octis then deliver air on demand at ambient pressure, but are usually set to reduce...

Keeping The Passion Alive

Written by Hayden Salmons on July 12th, 2016.      0 comments


Splash's Tech Guru, Hayden, shares his journey from Novice to Instructor to Tech-diver to Spearo...

What Lives Under That Wharf?

Written by Steve Hathaway on April 9th, 2014.      0 comments


I was pretty excited when I got a call about doing some underwater filming for the Port of Tauranga, documenting marine life in the harbour and around their wharves. Sure, this doesn’t sound like a glamorous job, especially because the harbour clarity was still recovering after a record 12-hour rainfall, but I was convinced I was going to find some incredible life in one of New Zealand’s busiest shipping ports....

Diving with Orca

Written by Steve Hathaway on December 12th, 2013.      0 comments


Something that fires me up more than anything is spending time in the water with large animals. So when Dr Ingrid Visser (NZ’s Orca researcher) asked me three years ago to film orca underwater for her research, this was something that I had only ever dreamed of doing!

Diving at Karikari

Written by Steve Hathaway on November 12th, 2013.      0 comments


Karikari Peninsula is a place of stark contrasts. Visiting for the first time, you are immediately faced with desolate, arid-looking countryside that obviously has great extremes in its weather. Bearing the brunt of cyclonic tropical storms and long dry summers, life on land is tough. Yet this harsh landscape offers no hint of the lush contrast that lies in the surrounding turquoise ocean...

Arch Diving

Written by Steve Hathaway on February 12th, 2013.      0 comments


There is something about diving arches that really gets my blood going. In one short dive you could easily see more life in one tiny area than if you combined a dozen dives in other locations! Recently I watched an episode of Robson Green’s Extreme Fishing show. He was about to jump in and have a spearfish. The backdrop showed a group of islands, one of which had an arch running through the middle of it. Without any knowledge of the area, my immediate thought was that, if that were me, I’d visit the arch first, as it looked the most likely place to get a feed...

Summer Diving and Safety Tips

Written by Steve Hathaway on January 12th, 2013.      0 comments


Ahh, summer is here again – my favourite time of the year. The wet winter that seemed to go on forever is but a distant memory, the stress of December and long hours at work are now behind us, and the weather is playing the game, right on cue. This is the time of the year that most Kiwis look forward to. Long days on the water, followed by evenings around the BBQ eating the day’s catch with family and friends. Life doesn’t get much better than this...

Diving The Poor Knights

Written by Steve Hathaway on May 7th, 2012.      0 comments


There is nothing like diving in beautiful blue water with loads of fish. And from late summer onwards, this scenario is something that I normally expect when Scuba Diving the offshore islands in Northland – even right on the coast it’s not uncommon to have visibility greater than 12 metres. But this summer has been an unusual one for Scuba Diving.

Diving Pinnacles

Written by Steve Hathaway on March 12th, 2012.      0 comments


People often think that the ocean is teeming with fish, and this can be true, but only in very isolated places. The reality is that the ocean is more like a desert, with vast areas that hold very little life, while at the other end of the spectrum there are areas that are just like oases in the desert, where high concentrations of sea life abound...