About Us

Who is underwater australasia?

underwater australasia was created by divers for divers, snorkellers and other water lovers as a comprehensive information resource and to provide a virtual meeting place for the Australasia dive community and anybody else interested in underwater Australasia.

The Team behind this site

Tim and Wandy Hochgrebe - an active couple committed to promoting diving in the region - also running Planula Divers Retreat in Byron Bay as well as Planula Photo & Video, both established in 2000. Tim & Wandy have been active in the dive industry for over 15 years. Both also started the Underwater Festival™ in 2006 which has moved from strength to strength to become an Australasia-wide shootout from 2011 and evolved into the Underwater Project in 2014.

Nick and Sandra Lo, currently also running Ingredients are the database creators and web design team for underwater australasia. Our new shopfront has been developed independently.

Bec Smith senior designer at gammaray design is responsible for many of our web graphics and our logos.

What this is all about?

underwater australasia about everything underwater in Australasia. It is mainly focused on diving but also contains information on snorkelling, freediving and marine aquariums of Australia and the rest of the region. It's an intuitive, up to date and comprehensive website for anybody interested in exploring Australia, Oceania and the Asia Pacific underwater.

Our mission is to promote the amazing variety of diving in Australia, Oceania and the Asia Pacific to the world and to offer a fantastic shopfront for niche products of the diving and underwater worls in general. underwater australasia will always be up to date and be full of interesting content.

Why we made this site?

We designed the site with the user in mind. We hope that people will get excited exploring the features of underwater australasia to then leave their computers to explore it for real!

We aim to help organisations and businesses in our industry promote their products and services to the international underwater community and help to grow the awareness of the thrills of being underwater.

We are customer driven and dynamic

We listen to our visitors and our operators. If there is anything we can do to make your experience with Underwater.com.au any better please dont hesitate to contact us. This includes any suggested features, problems or encouragement.

What we are not?

underwater australasia remains independent and unbiased by any gear manufacturer or certification organization. It is purely a huge information resource, underwater shop and community meeting place for users as well as members of the industry.

Want to be a part of it?

If you are a member of the industry dealing with anything underwater Australasia, please contact us to become a part of this website. If you are a diver or just passionate about underwater Australasia, we would love to hear your comments on this site, publish your photos and stories and host your discussions with likeminded people.

In the Directory

directory

Planula Divers RetreatPlanula Divers Retreat
PLANULA is a beautiful divers retreat in Byron Bay, set within over 50 acres of bushland just outside of Byron Bay. We offer great diving packages.

Sea-Doo Seascooter AustraliaSea-Doo Seascooter Australia
Exclusive official distributor and dealer for SEA-DOO Seascooters in Australia and New Zealand. The revolutionary SeaDooŽ Seascooter series feature the lightest and most efficient personal water propellers in the world at a price that won't break the bank.

Australian Divemaster AcademyAustralian Divemaster Academy
PADI and SSI-accredited - participants can enter the program with little or no diving experience and in just ten weeks hold an internationally recognized divemaster certification.

Articles

Becoming a DiverBecoming a Diver
... diving gives you the opportunity to explore a world that is vastly different to ours. The oceans are so rich with life and have a huge variety of living organisms, all adapted to their little habitats. Most of the creatures you will find, look more like aliens than something you might expect to encounter on this planet ...
The Wobby - an unknown shark speciesThe Wobby - an unknown shark species
Wobbegongs are cryptic, bottom-dwelling sharks that occur on the continental shelves of warm-temperate to tropcial waters of the western Pacific. They inhabit rocky and coral reefs or sandy bottoms, from the intertidal area to depths of at least 110 m. Wobbegongs are best distinguished by their flattened head ... WINNER best story September 2003
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