First Dive with Nate

February 4, 2023

My first dive with my son Nate! His first dive after getting his Open Water certificate with Dive Wellington. 

Father and Son

After tightening up a slightly loose weight belt, we got the dive underway.


The conditions were relatively calm so we went west on Mermaid's Kitchen. It didn't take long before Nate was conversing with the Blue Cod.

Blue Cod

I'm not sure if they were particularly interested or offended in what he had to say but they took a nibble out of Nate! He did good to keep his regulator in his mouth after the surprise.

Nibble at 14s

Nibble at 44s

We also came across a lot of other wildlife during the dive including a sizeable crayfish at the very end.


The dive went smoothly and it was a great first dive to start Nate's diving days!

Mermaid's Kitchen West

Location: Wellington, North Island, Taputeranga Marine Reserve, New Zealand


Dive Number:   224
Bottom Time: 39m
Time In: 10:37 a.m.
Tank In: 204 PSI
Max Depth: 8.50 ft
Table Used:
Mix:   Air
Safety Stop: 3m
Time Out: 11:16 a.m.
Tank Out: 100 PSI
Average Depth: 5.40 ft
Start Pressure Group:
Surface Interval:  
End Pressure Group:


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Everett Toews
TBT: 212h 50m