Enjoyed an excellent weekend of diving with Northland Dive. We spend both Sat and Sun diving the HMNZ Canterbury wreck, and the conditions couldn't be better! Visibility was as good as it can get... on the second day, we could see part of the wreck while tying in onto the middle buoy!
Hamish (dive buddy) told me about the wreck 2 weeks ago after diving with Northland Dive during Labor Day weekend, and since then have been trying to get me to go with him. Last weekend, we decided to go check out the wreck together. On one hand, we feel really sorry for Shane and Julia (owner of Northland Dive) as it is their only free weekend!, but on the other hand, we were glad because we are the only divers there and on the wreck! Conditions were great, the cove was as calm as ever, and visibility was easily 20 - 30 m.
Shane guided us and took us to Boiler room, engine room, sonar room, ops room, and tight corridors which are rarely visited by divers. Guiding is a delicate balance of getting the divers to see as much things as possible without stressing them out! and Shane did a great job of that!... We get to see these places at our own pace and he was just around the corner taking wonderful pictures of us!
I have to admit I am not much a wreck guy, but the Canterbury proves me wrong. It was well maintained, and though-out before they sank it. There are enough instruments and machineries left behind to be interesting and yet there are enough places for divers who are not too ready for challenges of tight, dark spaces. It is a great wreck for divers of all levels.
Diving wasn't the only great thing this weekend. Being the only 2 divers, we had Julia and Shane all to ourselves!
We drank and talked about diving (what else!), listened to their stories etc. Not to mention the great salad and roast chicken for dinner!
Anyone going to dive up north, I highly recommend NorthLand Dive. Thanks Shane and Julia for a great weekend. There are hundreds of great pictures taken by Shane and Julia. I have a hard time deciding which one to put up here, but here are some of my favourites... (all pictures copyright of NorthLand Dive)