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.
Georgia Davies-Colley Shop Guru 2-IC
Georgia is charge of all things shop. That means she is at the end of the emails, the phone, and on the counter in the morning. She can answer your questions, and get you where you want to go. Not one to miss a trick, her smile lights up a room.
Josh Woolf Skipper Instructor
Josh is the guy you want around; Plumber, Fireman, Instructor, Skipper, PokemonGo Trainer... what does this guy not do. He has been diving the Islands and driving boats for a while now - you are in safe hands!
Cole Johnston Skipper Instructor
Cole is a local lad, born and bred, really really really tall, and super passionate about this coast. A skipper as well as an instructor, his photos are making headlines!
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.
Marion Hubbard Instructor
The lovely Maid Marion is an Instructor and biologist.She will find the best nudibranchs, and is always excited at every dive.
Dawn Grey Instructor
Dawn is one of our longest serving instructors, and has worked every Dive! season since 2002. Dawn is small but mighty, and we love her. You may get to chat with her on the phone or via email too, before she takes you to her favourite place and shows you the fishes...when she is not super yacht globe trotting!!
Jo McHugh Instructor
Harking from Wales, Jo is our resident mermaid, she is a surfer, and total water babe. Her favourite saying? If you can't be yourself, be a mermaid!
Hemi is over in Malta with the lovely Laura, but he still deserves a mention in our crew. xx He'll be back.
Ben Cameron Saul Skipper / Instructor
Ben started as a wash boy way back in the pre-Dive! days and has worked his way up to being the skipper in charge of all the boats. When not in Tutukaka, this highly qualified guy is working on a super yacht somewhere… (he is also Kate’s favourite)