PADI Course Director, PADI EFR Instructor Trainer, EMP Medic First Aid Instructor Trainer, Skills Active Workplace Assessor, ERMA Cylinder Testing Signatory, Local Launch Operator.
Ph: 07-867 1580
Mobile: 027-433 9433
Darrell Bird - Facility Owner/Operator
Darrell learnt to dive in the Red Sea in Egypt. He worked at dive facilities in both Australia and NZ before opening Dive Zone Whitianga in October 2004 and HE'S LOVING IT!!! You'll find Darrell in shorts and jandals all year round. Always the action man, Darrell loves not only diving, but any kind of adventure in the outdoors. His enthusiasm for diving is unmatched - and its hard not to feel inspired by his stories and pure passion for what he does. Darrell has dived widely around the world, including with infamous WWI wrecks of Scapa Flow - Orkney Island, WWII wrecks of Truk Lagoon, Galapagos Islands, Rainbow Reef Fiji, Wrecks of Croatia, Phillipines, Malaysia, Great Barrier Reef Australia, Niue, Tonga and Vanuatu as well as all over NZ.
Darrell and his wife Linda take in each and every student as part of their Dive Zone family, caring and guiding them through the course and their journey to becoming a PADI Dive Instructor. This will become your home away from home before you know it.
Linda has lived in Whitianga for over 28 years and since teaming up with Dive Zone owner Darrell, and becoming a mum to their daughter Caitlin, Linda discovered she also enjoys playing in the diving world - particularly the warm tropical dive trips she organises! Linda has dived across the Pacific (Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Niue), Philippines, Raja Ampat Indonesia as well as braving the cooler temps of Fiordland. Linda is always willing to share info on these locations.
You will find Linda managing our retail/admin world where she organises our marketing, web site and all the other tasks that hubby Darrell throws at her.
Credentials: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, Nitrox
Mobile: 027-482 7273
Caitlin loves the water and would swim all day. She completed her Junior Open Water as soon as she turned 10 - of course. Her favourite dives to date are those she completed on the Rainbow Reef in Fiji where she spotted Octopus and Turtles and Niue where she loved watching the sea snakes. Caitlin has gone on to do her Adventure Diver rating.
Credentials: PADI Junior Adventure Diver
'Captain' Craig started as our first Dive Instructor student back in 2004 and has been with us ever since. Craig is our right hand man, skipper of our Dive Vessels - Scuba Doo, The Mystery Machine, Under Pressure, & Scrappy, our Service Tech and is one of our Senior Instructors teaching Dive & Freedive courses and running our Marine Academy programme.
Craig loves exploring whenever he can and has been to dive the sharks in the South Island and South Australia, enjoyed the Philippines and Tonga. Ever the shark seeker and always keen to share stories.
Credentials: PADI Master Instructor, PADI Free Dive Instructor, PADI EFR Instructor, EMP Medic First Aid Instructor, Inshore Launch Master, Instructor of Master Small Dive Boat, ERMA Cylinder Testing Signatory.
Mobile: 027-532 3602