We have a great team of passionate dive professionals with well over 10 000 dives and close to 2000 certified students between us you are in good hands!
James our English Gentleman runs our tertiary programme. He has been diving for over 10 years and has spent the last 5 years as an instructor and in this time has certified over 300 students. As a marine Biologist he loves observing the marine life and seeing how they interact. Fortunately for him his favorite local dive site the Rena on the Astrolabe Reef is teaming with marine life for him to enjoy.
Kerry our Canadian Kiwi started diving in 1986! As a dive instructor and service technician Kerry has certified over 1000 students and has logged close to 3000 dives with a combined bottom time of over 58 days! Kerry manages our service department and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with customers and students. Kerry knows most brands of dive equipment inside out , if there is something he doesn't know he will find out.
Giselle our newest mermaid started diving when she was 15 and as a recent graduate of the Diploma in Professional Scuba instruction she has completed well over 250 dives.
As an instructor Giselle loves to see other people light up with excitement when they see something cool underwater. It makes her feel real good to pass that excitement and passion on to others.
Giselles favorite local dive site is the Marine reserve at Mayor Island and crayfish hunting at the Tokoroa Shoals.
Sam joins the Dive Zone team following a few years traveling and diving around the world. Prior to returning home to NZ Sam was based in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
An experienced instructor with over 3000 dives under his belt , warm and friendly Sam is looking forward to introducing more divers to the amazing under water world and sharing what he loves best about diving which is, it doesn't mater how many times you have dived before there is always something new to experience and discover
Kane started diving in 2012 and completed his Diploma in Professional Scuba instruction in Christchurch and has completed over 500 dives.
Having recently moved to the Tauranga to further his passion for the ocean he is currently studying Marine Biology at Toi oh Mai and is enjoying diving in warmer waters!
Kane is our weekend superstar and you will find him either busy training recreational dive courses, guiding on dive trips or serving in the retail shop.
His favourite local dive site is Okaparu reef and as a dive instructor he loves the opportunity to show people a whole new world that they may not have known about before they could scuba dive.
Gloria has been diving since she was a teenager and has completed over 1200 dives all around the world.
After the completion of her degree in filmmaking, Gloria began to pursue a passion for shooting underwater video and photography and has worked as an instructor in dive centers in Honduras, Australia, Mexico and Croatia.
Gloria loves diving Okaparu Reef specially when she can bring her underwater camera to photograph the amazing marine life.
As a recreational diver for nearly 20 years the lure of owning his own business attracted him to purchase Dive Zone Tauranga in October 2017. Tony loves the fact that no two dives are the same and is passionate about creating opportunities for others, young and old to enjoy the underwater world and appreciate our beautiful oceans and coastlines.
Although he would much rather be out diving and exploring the swim throughs at his favorite local dive site, Okaparu Reef you will usually find Tony in the shop or his office buried under a pile of paper work.
Liz started diving in 2003 after completing her Open Water course in the Red Sea, how ever family and work commitments put a stop to Liz’s diving for many years and now that she owns a dive shop she still doesn’t get to dive much.
Liz loves the chance to get out to Mayor Island occasionally and her favourite local dive is The Taioma, but her absolute favourite is tropical diving.
With a background in management and marketing you will usually find Liz behind the scenes, although occasionally we let her out to serve in the shop.
Covid – Covi for short, joined the team after the 2020 lock down, he is our staff and student wellbeing dog and hangs out the back ready to give anyone a cuddle or distract them with a game of fetch or tug of war. He is currently scared of the water ( including puddles) but is going to work on overcoming this fear so he can one day be a boat dog.