Meet the Team
Dive Kaikoura Owner, Dive Instructor, Technician Instructor, Photographer.
Main Role at Dive Kaikoura: Marketing Guy, and because of the earthquake now Builder, Plumber, Sparky, Painter and so on...
Steve has been in the dive industry for almost 30 years, he has worked as a Marketing and Technical Manager for Scubapro, Tusa and Poseidon. He also started from scratch First Stage Service and Training which is one of Australia's largest independent service centres.
Steve's knowledge of all technical servicing is hard to match, he often builds his own test equipment to such a standard that his work is in demand. Steve has been teaching divers to service gear for many years and has written the service manuals for Tusa and the training material for Scubapro, which are both still in use today.
Steve also enjoys his photography both underwater and on land. Each year Steve produces an Underwater Calendar for charity and so far has given away over $10,000 to worthy causes. Some of his work can be seen hanging in store and in the galley section on this site.
This picture of Steve was taken in Iceland while diving the famous Silfra Crack, the water was just 2 degrees C.
Dive Kaikoura Owner
HR Guru, Rescue Diver, All time best Buddy and very handy with Wool and sticks.
Main Role at Dive Kaikoura: HR, Finance, Keeping Steve out of Trouble.
Michelle is originally from Christchurch and diving is in her blood, Michelle's father was one of the founding members of the South Island Police Dive team in the 1960’s. She has a special bond to Kaikoura which the family summer holiday spot - just like so many other Cantabrians. So its only natural that Michelle looked to Kaikoura for a better life after corporate.
These days Michelle and Steve enjoy diving around the world and have buddied together almost 1000 times. This picture was taken in August while in PNG.
PADI MSDT + Specialty Instructor
Jaydin is an experienced instructor and has completed many dives in a myriad of conditions and locations in both fresh and saltwater. He began diving in 2011 in the cold waters of Dunedin. Jaydin continued diving and training in various conditions and completed his instructor level training in the North Island.
Jaydin is as local as they come, hailing from the Catlins and only ever diving NZ waters, he can offer plenty of local tips and tricks. He has a special love for the coastline here and can show you exactly what it has to offer.
His most prized possession is his hair and when he isn't strapped onto a scuba tank he can almost always be found in the water in some other way, be it with a spear in his hand, free diving or out on the kayak.
Jaydin speaks fluent Kiwi and some poor English, which gets better with Speights.
PADI MSDT + Specialty Instructor
Evelyn began diving in 2006 in the beautiful tropics. After a close encounter with a Humpback she decided to pursue a professional diving career in 2016. She is used to cold and harsh conditions, doing a majority of her training at Lake Coleridge in the Southern Alps. She passed her PADI Instructor exam in 1.5m visibility in 2017 and has been teaching ever since.
She has particular skill in hunting for the little critters. If you love the macro life, Nudibranch and juvenile fish, she is the diver for you!
Evelyn is a safe and knowledgeable instructor, and you will enjoy your diving with her, her favourite part about diving is sharing her passion for the underwater world with anyone who will listen.
Ev speaks fluent Canadian and some English, as well as conversational French.
PADI Specialty Instructor
James is a fantastic diver who completed his instructor training mid 2019 in Christchurch. He has particular interest in technical and cave diving, his plan is to pursue further training in these areas when not teaching and showing off what Kaikoura has to offer.
"I love being able to show what Kaikoura is hiding under the surface! I love all areas of diving and being able to share my passion is a dream come true"
James is a safe, confident, knowledgeable and environmentally conscious diver.
James speaks fluent Farmer and some poor English, which also improves with Speights.