Experience technical diving...
At TecFest NZ, we don't just talk about Technical diving... we actually do it!
During the day their will be a range of try dives available for attending divers at the Wharewaka Reserve . There will be side-mount, back mounted twins and full face mask, scooter and CCR try dives.
For the seasoned technical diver, and anyone wishing to explore the underwater dive sites around Motutaiko Island, there will be charters throughout the day. Additional charges apply for boat dives.
Twin-set Try Dives
A pair of joined cylinders mounted on the back, often referred to as a twin-set, is the set up commonly seen with many technical divers around the world. By joining the two cylinders together with an isolating manifold, the diver has a large gas supply for those longer and often deeper dives. Should there be an issue with a tank of regulator set, the manifold can be closed to isolate the problem giving the diver plenty of redundancy
Sidemount Try Dives
Side-mount diving is fast becoming the preferred method of extending gas supply and redundancy among recreational and technical divers. In the past, back mounted twin cylinders were the preferred method to accomplish longer and more technical dives, however many are finding the ease and cost of side mount diving a preferable option.
Join Steve Davis, Brent Jnr & Chris to experience side-mount diving
Full Facemask Try Dives
From sport diving to underwater research, and commercial divers to search & rescue, the versatility of the Ocean Technology Systems full-face mask has something to offer all divers, whether it be recreational or technical exploration.
This year Daniel Mcnuaghton (Snout) from VUCEL was taking out divers wanting to try out full face mask diving.
Come and learn more about Hollis, rEVO CCR & SF2 ECCR at TecFest NZ 2020
There will be a units available for divers to have a look at and experts on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Dry Suit Try Dives
The team from Scuba Force & Mares will be at the beach with a range of their suits for divers to try out.
Drysuits are a big investment and for the first time buyer there is a bit to know before you make your purchase. You simply will not get a better opportunity to try on a range of suits and get honest answers about the differences in styles and models.
Compliments of our Major Sponsor SSI XR, there will be 8 SSI XR Foundation courses available FREE OF CHARGE at this years event! This is your chance to learn the skills and the techniques used by technical divers, as well as get the opportunity to try out diving sidemount or a twinset. Divers need to hold at least an Advanced Diving Certification, be a Nitrox diver and have at least 25 logged dive. If your interested is this amazing offer 'Contact Us'.
AWOL Charters will be offering boat dives at this years TecFest NZ. This is a great opportunity to explore the waters around Motutaiko Island. There is plenty to see, with an abundance of Koura on the ledges and a collection of fallen trees, which make for a cool and eerie dive.
Also boat dives are a perfect opportunity for those who are qualified to explore the deeper areas of the island and the abundance of hot vents.
The days activities are held at the Wharewaka Reserve which is the perfect location to enjoy some easy shore diving. There is a gradual slop from the shoreline to 10 plus meters of depth underwater. Here divers can then descend down the slope to find a bit of depth if they wish. Visibility varies, but most years divers have experienced 10 meters plus.
With air fills available onsite ($12 per fill), this is the prefect opportunity to get out diving.
Try dive scheduled will be available soon...