We love scuba diving - in Wellington, around New Zealand and overseas! All our staff are passionate about diving - whether teaching, exploring wrecks or caves, observing marine life or taking photos.
As a PADI 5 Star IDC Centre we run courses from Open Water Diver right through to Specialty Instructor Ratings with recreational and tertiary courses available through the Academy of Diving Trust (AoDT). As a registered Private Training Establishment our full time courses are eligible for students loans and allowances with NZQA.
Our store offers a complete range of equipment for everyone who wants to enjoy the water - swimming, snorkeling, spearfishing, scuba diving and other water activities.
Here at Dive HQ Wellington we have on site tank filling and testing facilities, which also enables us to perform any gas blending requirements you may have. We have a servicing workshop as well as two full time technicians on hand to service and repair your equipment who are more than happy to offer professional advice on your equipment requirements.
Training Manager/PADI Course Director
Claire's first dive was in a concrete pool in 1996 and she has been hooked on diving ever since. She completed the first Adventure Education Tertiary Course back in 1997 and has travelled and worked in the industry full time for over 20 years. After working in both Israel and Egypt she returned to NZ in 2001 and started teaching Instructors with the Diploma in Professional Dive Course. After a break working in Australia and Vanuatu she returned to NZ and Dive HQ Wellington in 2005.
As Training Manager she organises both the tertiary and recreational dive courses as well as planning dive club activities so she can escape the office.
Retail Manager/Service Technician
Tomo has been in the dive industry longer than he can remember or cares to admit. He worked in both South Africa and Australia as a Dive Guide before returning home and completing his SSI Instructor rating in 1997. After several years working in both New Zealand and Australia he crossed over to a PADI Specialty Instructor in 2003. Tomo can teach a range of PADI Specialty courses however the Enriched Air and Equipment Techniques Specialties are where his expertise as a service technician truly shine.
Tomo is usually found in the shop, the office or out in the workshop but does get let out occasionally for a dive to keep him happy. He particularly loves deep and wreck diving and worked for several months on the President Coolidge in Vanuatu. Lately you will see him out diving on his Hollis Explorer Rebreather.
PADI MSDT Instructor / Retail / Tank Tester
Simon has been a PADI Professional diver since 2010 and has been with Dive HQ Wellington since 2015. Simon can teach 14 PADI Specialties including Self Reliant Diver, Sidemount, Wreck and DPV. He can also teach Enriched Air Nitrox, Zombie Apocolypse Specialty and Gas Blending Courses. Simon enjoys his technical diving and continues to work on his skills in this area and loves planning trips to put the skills into practice.
PADI Specialty instructor / Marketing
Originally from the U.K, Jack learnt to dive in New Zealand back in 2013. Combining his passion for photography with diving, he partook in a Underwater Photography internship in Mozambique and ever since, has been intent on capturing moments both above and below the surface. Earning his Instructors rating as part of an internship at the Poor Knight Islands, he then went on to work as an Instructor in the Cook Islands before arriving here at Dive HQ Wellington. He can instruct 5 specialties consisting of Underwater Photography, Dry-Suit, O2 Provider, Deep and Nitrox.
A keen adventure enthusiast, Jack spends most of his spare time in the outdoors hiking and taking photos. He will be making an attempt at reaching Everest base camp in 2018.