Late 1953 a keen group of North Shore spear fishermen formed as a spear fishing Club with scuba diving emerging as an activity within the Club. From this group The Dolphin Underwater Club was formed in 1954 and is now the oldest continually running Scuba Club in New Zealand. To this day we still have some of the founding members.

Over the years the Club has remained very active with the emphasis gradually changing to a wide range of dive and adventure related activities, and becoming more concerned with environmental issues.

The Club has had some members excelling in underwater photography, taking out some major photographic awards. Jenny and Tony Enderby, members of the Club are very successful Freelance Photojournalists contributing to over 70 magazines in 10 different countries throughout the World, publishing 7 books of their own including the publication of their Lonely Planet Book Diving and Snorkelling in New Zealand.

Club membership peaked in 1974 when Tony joined the Club in his early 20s when there was a waiting list for over two years as the Club had a limit of 100 members.

Today the Club operates as the NZ Dolphin Underwater and Adventure Club with the inclusion of activities to cater for the non-diving partners, family and friends of the members. With tramping, camping, mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, overseas holidays, BBQ’s, dining out and many other activities mixed in with a wide range of organised dives mostly around the northern New Zealand Coast. The most popular being the Poor Knights especially for underwater photography. Other dive trips the Club enjoys, either for the day or overnight, include the Bay of Islands, Aldermen Islands, White Island, Mercury Island, Little Barrier, Mayor Island, the Cavalli Islands, Great Barrier, the Mokohinaus and the always popular family days outing to Goat Island. South Island trips have also included Stewart Island, the Fiordlands, D’Urville Island and the Marlborough Sounds. Members also take on environmental issues with regular cleanups of reefs, harbours and Lake Pupuke.

We pride ourselves with our safety record; encourage divers to continue their education to at least the Rescue Diver, to keep themselves out of trouble and to be there to help others in case they may need it. We occasionally have pool sessions to practice our skills, and encourage younger members to come along and have a go on scuba.

Our kayaking trips venture from Lake Pupuke and North Head to as far a field as the Bay of Islands, Oakura, Whangaruru Harbour, Whanganui River and Lake Waikamoana. Some South Island kayaking has included the Marlborough Sounds, Lake Rotoiti, AbelTasman National Park etc.

Mountain Biking is also a much enjoyed part of our Club with regular trips to Woodhill State Forest and the Hunua Ranges and occasionally to the Redwood Forest in Rotorua and doing the 42nd Traverse in National Park.

Some recent Club tramping trips have been to the Pinnacles in Coromandel, the Okura coastal walk and staying at Dacre Cottage, Whatipu, Waitakeries, Mt Te Aroha, Mt Ruapehu and also New Zealand’s famous Tongariro Crossing. Along with all the other diving and fun activities over the years, there have been members enjoying many overseas dive trips together.

The club is based at Lake Pupuke, Northcote road extn. Takapuna. We meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm and have regular guest speakers. Come along and meet us! See our Contact Page for more details.

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