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 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 Dive Instructor. This will become your home away from home before you know it.

Linda Bird

Linda has lived in Whitianga for over 20 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!

Credentials: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

Mobile:  027-482 7273

Caitlin Bird

Caitlin learnt to swim in the birthing pool at Waikato Hospital in May 2008. She loves the water and would swim all day.  Caitlin 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.  She has gone on to do her Adventure Diver rating.  She looks forward to being old enough to further her dive training.

Credentials:  PADI Junior Adventure Diver

Craig Rasmussen

'Captain' Craig is our right hand man, skipper of our Dive Vessel's - Scuba Doo & The Mystery Machine, our Service Tech and still teaches Dive & Freedive courses.

Credentials: PADI Master Instructor, PADI Free Dive Instructor, PADI EFR Instructor, EMP Medic First Aid Instructor, Inshore Launch Master, Trainor Master Small Dive Boat, ERMA Cylinder Testing Signatory.  

Mobile:  027-532 3602

Elise Norman

Elise is one of our team teaching our Tertiary programmes as well as our PADI Recreational Dive Courses and EMP Medic First Aid courses.  Her ever enthusiastic nature and her passion for the sea will be sure to inspire anyone.

Credentials: PADI Master Instructor, PADI EFR Instructor, EMP Medic First Aid Instructor

Ryan Hansen

Ryan has a great love for anything water. As well as teaching our Tertiary and Recreational dive courses and sometimes Skipper of our boats, Ryan has completed the first ever PADI Free Diving Instructor training course and is keen to grow Freediver training here at Dive Zone.  

Credentials:  PADI Master Instructor, PADI Free Dive Instructor, PADI EFR Instructor, EMP Medic First Aid Instructor, Instructor of Master of a Small Commercial Dive Vessel, SRL Skipper Restricted Limits.

Amber Boyd

Amber is born and bred in the Coromandel and joined us in December 2004 after completing her Diploma of Marine Studies at Tauranga Polytech. She has worked with us ever since, still finding time to make babies to bolster the junior division of the Dive Zone PADI Seal Team.  Amber works part time and helps with our Marine Academy programme and recreational dive training.  When not working at Dive Zone Amber also is the local Coromandel Co-ordinator Experiencing Marine Reserves – teaching school kids about the values of Marine Reserves.
Credentials: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, PADI EFR Instructor

Katy Fowler

Katy is our bright star in the shop who comes to us following her training in Tourism in Queenstown at the renowned Queenstown Resort College.  Katy will help you find that perfect wetsuit/BCD/fins etc or fill those tanks and book you on one of our fab dive charters.   

Credentials: PADI Open Water, Diploma in Adventure Tourism Management 

Alyce Reneti

Alyce is the superstar that keeps our massive retail shop running smoothly. She joined the team in 2015 and comes to us with an extensive background in customer service and loves immersing herself in our dive retail store. Alyce has a wealth of product knowledge and can help recommend the perfect equipment to meet any special request. She's born and bred right here in the Coromandel and is passionate about the environment and our Marine life. 

Credentials: PADI Open Water Diver 


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