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About Us

Dive HQ Wellington:

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 courses available designed to suit your needs.

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 & Wellington's only Gold rated }ADI Course Director Claire organises the recreational dive courses as well as planning dive club activities so she can escape the office.


Retail Manager /PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Paddy started his career as a PADI instructor in 2011 when he completed his PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) here at Dive HQ. After spending a few years working here in Wellington, he traveled overseas and had the opportunity to dive some of the worlds most incredible locations. Paddy eventually settled in London where he contined working as an Instructor for two years. Having had his fill of cold water diving he started working in the Philippines. But now he's back! Since he's been gone Paddy has completed technical dive, and freediving training, equipment servicing clinics as well as being able to teach a variety of new specialties. 



PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Matt started his diving journey at the start of 2019, completing the Diploma in Scuba Diving Instruction in Dunedin. The day after graduation Matt started working for Eagle Hawk Neck Dive Center in Tasmania. Finding a Passion for Underwater Photography and Cave Diving. Matt worked there untill Covid-19 came and closed the Tasmanian borders, which meant no divers, so no work. From there he moved back to New Zealand. Matt has a passion for Videography and Photography and that has translated into his Diving. If He's not Scuba diving or playing with a camera in his free time he will be out spearfishing and gathering shellfish.

Alan Paterson

PADI Divemaster

Alan started diving in 2014. He was a regular club diver and is now running and organising club dives and events. After diving with a lot of our new dive club members he decided to complete his Divemaster course to gain new skills. Alan spends alot of his time underwater with his camera captreing some amazing encounters, from rare local species to sharks.