Meet our crew, our greatest asset. There are ten of us here year-round, joined by 25 more over the summer season.
Lots of our crew scuba in for a season, then find they simply can’t leave… We don’t do “goodbyes” round here; we just say “see you later”...
Jeroen Jongejans Owner and Director
Jeroen is “Boss” but he still fills tanks and answers phones. Mr Perpetual Positive Energy, Jeroen has lived on the Tutukaka Coast, running dive operations, for nearly thirty years (so he’s almost a local!). Sinking the HMNZS Tui and Waikato just off the coast was Jeroen’s idea, and wreck divers have been thanking him ever since. Jeroen is a committed lobbyist for World Heritage Status for the Poor Knights and an advocate for Marine Reserves and National Parks around New Zealand. Sustainability is his passion; a bit of a hippy really!
Kate Malcolm Owner, Sales and Marketing/Instructor
Kate does the advertising, marketing and media relations (and this website!) as well as sales, bookings and handling general enquiries. Kate mans the phone and the emails, and does all those boring office-y things (like invoices, general administration) In her spare time, and if she’s been good, they even let her go diving. She is like Mum.
All the Girls! 2015-2016 Season Team Photo
All the mermaids, shop crew, hosties, divemasters, and instructors.
All the Boys! 2015-2016 Season Team Photo
All the mermen in the crew, from hosties, dive crew, and skippers.
Evan Barclay Divemaster / Offshore Master / Skipper / Marine Engineer
Another Northland boy, Evan joined Dive! in 2006 and has proven he can fix just about anything. Evan’s well-known for his entertaining briefings and his invaluable boat experience. Engines just seem to love the man. He used to skipper super yachts all over the world, and he is totally in charge of our fleet.
Stephen Hemstalk Course Director / Skipper
Originally from the UK, now here in Tutukaka, has a penchant for teaching, and is our famous resident Course Director. Steve is also a skipper and runs the dive boats as well as the training centre at Shed 7. One of our many talented photographers, he is also a Les Mills GRIT Instructor - so he keeps us fit!
Darren Spratt Skipper / Instructor
Darren crewed for a couple of seasons before heading to Port Douglas and working on the Great Barrier Reef. We thought it was time he came home and convinced him to get his skipper ticket and work the Poor Knights. You could say he was Head Hunted!
Sophie Roselt Staff Instructor
Sophie started on Perfect Day and did all her training with us. She has an infectious passion for the environment, and you can't help but smile when she is around. An experienced multi-tasker, she works in the shop, guiding and teaching courses, Staff Instructor on the dive boats, and as a Hostess on Perfect Day.
Trindi Walker Shop and Admin
Trindi is looking after the admin, and the business end of diving. Bookings, accounts, and all things in between, she will be the friendly bubbly voice at the end of the phone, and the sign off on our emails, as well as the smiley face that greets you in the dive shop.
Kevin Delonge Skipper Instructor
Kevin drives our live-aboard vessel RV Acheron, and spends more time than most at the Poor Knights. Originally from the UK, he makes a wicked lamb curry.
Lisa Sutherland Divemaster
Lisa is a local lass who has travelled the world, and come back home with an amazing skill set - and has focussed her passion on the underwater world. Friendly and great at spotting the cool things underneath - you will see her both in-water, and in the shop shoreside.
Esther Malcolm Host and Shop Crew
Part of the Family in the family run business - she was hiding in the dive shop drawers when she was two, now she is on the water and working in the Shore Based Office.
Dave Armstrong Staff Instructor
Irish Dave will be guiding you underwater, taking you on a Discover Scuba, or completing your training. He tells limericks.... they can be funny.
Chris Sheath Staff Instructor
Chris is from Manchester originally, but a Tutukaka-ian now, he is on the Teaching staff, and crewing, and has a really good eye for underwater photography. Buddy up with him, and he will show you his underwater world.
Ashleigh Mckenzie Instructor and Skipper in the making
A Northland local, Ash completed her QRC diploma in Adventure Tourism, and starting working with us. She started in the shop, and then has done her Divemaster and Instructor course, and now has her eyes on the Skipper prize.