AUUC owns a 6 metre Gemini RIB called Under Pressure. We use this boat on weekend dive trips such as our Easter trip to Matauri Bay, as well as to do day and evening trips around the Hauraki Gulf. For spur of the moment trips such as evening Gulf dives, keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook group as our skippers will occasionally put up some details for a new trip a few days in advance.
Under Pressure is a Wet Boat
Under Pressure is considered a ‘wet boat’ which means when you’re traveling on the boat there is a good chance you may get wet. The boat has a centre console in which you can store a small amount of gear you would like to keep dry (eg. your lunch) but a plastic bag or dry bag is recommended as the console is not perfectly sealed. On cold or wintry days it could be wise to bring a thermos with a hot drink/soup in it, as well as good warm clothing, to help keep you warm as there is little shelter from the elements on the boat.
Diving from Under Pressure
At the boat launch site you should assemble your dive gear and pass it up to the boat (don’t forget your weight belt, mask/snorkel and fins). Get into your wetsuit/drysuit as this will be your lifejacket while on board. We run trips for scuba divers and freedivers/spearos. The price for diving from Under Pressure varies depending on location and type of trip. Prices start at $35 for a single dive and $50-$60 for a two dive day – see the Trips table for more info.
Become a Club Boat Skipper
We can train club members to become skippers, qualified to take out our club boat. If you would like to become a club boat skipper, email the Boat Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Once qualified, you can take the Under Pressure out as often as you can and gain loads of valuable experience! This could open up some great new career opportunities for you!