Welcome to the Botany Bottom Scratchers Dive Club!
We are an incorporated non-profit, recreational dive club based in Auckland. The club was founded in 2004 by Ken Lonie, and it was set up as a means for people to get together to do they love best – diving!
After more than 10 years, the club now has about fifty active members from all backgrounds, nationalities and ages.
An important aspect to the club is the social side, as there’s normally a BBQ or quiz night going on somewhere! With regular planned trips – including both New Zealand-based sites and overseas locations, there’s never a shortage of things happening at BBS!
You don’t have to be a pro – just a keen diver.
Joining the club is very accessible and gives you access to numerous benefits that will make your membership a great investment!
- $70/year adult
- $140/year couple with dependents
By being a club member, you get club deals that you can’t get anywhere else. For example, for a 3 day dive trip to Northland dive, the savings you make exceed your initial club membership.
As we have our own privately run club boat, club members have exclusive access to using the club boat for dive trips for club members. This means that you get to go and explore the underwater world by using our facilities. Club boat trips are $50 per diver per day and this covers our maintenance costs for running the club boat.
We are offered special rates with Dive Zone Whitianga for courses. All BBS club members are able to get a discounted rate on both the PADI Advanced Open Water & PADI Rescue Diver course. Both courses are available for $375 each! Which is a steal and you will find it quite difficult to match those prices. Prices include e-learning and all practical elements of the course. You do have to supply your own gear, or you can hire some from Dive Zone Whitianga.
If you are new to diving, come and meet us and find a new dive buddy. We have lots of members who are diving regularly around New Zealand and abroad. Experience amongst our dive club varies and we are sure that you’ll find someone who you will click with to go exploring.
During the summer months we have the use of a pool at the Whitford Golf course. This means that you can try out new gear, practice new/old skills or just get wet. We usually have a sausage sizzle running for a gold coin donation and it’s a good social too.
We have our monthly club meetings at the Celsius bar, Botany, often with interesting guest speakers. As already mentioned above, the social aspect of the club is very important to us and there is often something always going on!
So there you have it, just a few things why you should join us. However we are just a bunch of cool people who like diving and surely that is reason enough! 🙂