Darrell Bird from Dive Zone Whitianga featured in the NZ Herald
Having certified over 1,200 new PADI Open Water divers and providing Instructor Training programmes and opportunities for the disabled to get themselves in and under the water, it’s no wonder the NZ Herald have chosen to feature the scuba diving life of Darrell Bird, owner of Dive Zone Whitianga, and the Coromandel Peninsula.
Highlighting some of the great experiences and achievements Darrell has had throughout his life, from a backpacking novice-diver to the owner of a successful dive company, it shows once again how diving has the power to positively change lives.
Located on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s North Island, the Coromandel is home to masses of school fish, caves, canyons and huge red crayfish. You may even be lucky enough to spot a friendly dolphin or a pod of orcas on your dive.
The North Island of New Zealand offers some fantastic sub-tropical reefs and beaches while the unique topography and temperate waters of the South Island make the entirety of the country a diving paradise. Many of the hot spots are easily reached from the mainland and there’s a wealth of PADI Dive Shops ready to help with trips to the off shore islands and reefs. You can dive fiords, wrecks, and sub-tropical reefs, or explore kelp forests and swim with vast schools of fish.
For information and advice on diving in New Zealand, check out our New Zealand Vacation Spotlight page.
The full story and interview with the New Zealand Herald can also be viewed here.
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PADI hosts Instructor Exam in Christchurch
Mark Cummins, Instructor Examiner from PADI Asia Pacific travelled to Christchurch on the weekend of November 18-20, 2011 to conduct a PADI Instructor Exam.
Ashburton Community College was the venue for the Knowledge Development presentations while the Confined Water presentations took place at the Ashburton Community Pool. On Sunday 20th November, the group travelled to Wainui, approximately 77km south of Christchurch for the Open Water dive, where there were spectacular views of passing cruise ships in nearby Akaroa Harbour.
All candidates were students of PADI Course Director, Janine Delonge and Dive HQ Christchurch.
Congratulations to the new PADI Instructors Adam Clarke, Lindsay Sorenson, Aaron Fletcher-van-Vugt, Zoe Armstrong, Paul Brougham, Zoe Wood, Dan Burrows and Ethan Eder.