WHATS IN A LOGO

Manaia represents: The Manaia is a mythical creature in Māori culture. The Manaia represents the balance between the sky, the earth and the sea, the Manaia is usually depicted as having the head of a bird and the tail of a fish and the body of a man, always displayed in profile, half in the our world, half in the spirit world. Its symbol is used as a guardian against evil.

Dive flag represents: Incorporated in the word "Dive" is a conventional dive flag used globally to signal a diver down and any vessels are to keep well clear at slow speed.

Sub Aquatic Specialists represents: Aotearoa Dive's area of expertise and represents our high quality service and training philosophy. 

Red represents: Te Whei Ao (coming into being). It symbolizes Papatūānuku, the earth-mother, the sustainer of all living things, both the land and active forces.

Black represents: Te Korekore (the realm of potential being). Symbolizing the long darkness from which the earth emerged, as well as signifying Ranginui, the sky father floating above the earth.

White represents: Te Ao Marama (the realm of being and light) was created when Rangi and Papa were separated by their children. It symbolizes the physical world, purity, harmony, enlightenment and balance. Aotearoa text in white also represents, The long white cloud.

MEET THE TEAM

Ko Renee Tapsell tōku ingoa

Owner/Operations Manager 

SSI Assistant Instructor Trainer/Master Instructor
Ngati Whakaue, Te Arawa

Renee has been in the dive industry for 10 years instructing, managing and developing dive centers and resorts all over the world, Becoming a Dive Instructor allowed her to put her two passions together, cultural diversity through travel and educating divers while also admiring the beauty of our oceans.
Now home in Aotearoa she is training her community how to keep themselves safe underwater, advancing their diver skills, creating career pathways and producing advocates for our oceans and lakes.

SSI Professional ratings
Divemaster Instructor
Deep diving Instructor
Open water Instructor
Scuba ranger Instructor
Snorkel Diver Instructor
Altitude diving Instructor
Assistant Instructor trainer
Enriched air nitrox Instructor
Dive guide specialty Instructor
Navigation Specialty Instructor
Advanced open water Instructor
Wreck Diving Specialty Instructor
Shark Ecology Specialty Instructor
Dry Suit Diving Specialty Instructor
Marine Ecology Specialty Instructor
Science of Diving Specialty Instructor
Perfect Buoyancy Specialty Instructor
Sea Turtle Ecology Specialty Instructor
React Right Instructor (FA, CPR, AED, O2)
Diver stress & Rescue Specialty Instructor
Equipment Techniques Specialty Instructor
Manta and Ray Ecology Specialty Instructor
Night Diving and Limited Visibility Specialty Instructor

SSI Pro awards
Diver level 10
Master Instructor
Gold 500 Instructor
Silver 300 Instructor
SSI Digital University
Century 100 Instructor
Platinum Pro 5000 Diver

TDI Qualifications
Side mount diver
Advanced nitrox diver
Decompression procedures diver
PADI Professional ratings
Divemaster
Assistant Instructor
Master scuba diver trainer
Project AWARE Instructor
Open water scuba Instructor
Night diver specialty Instructor
Wreck diver specialty Instructor
Enriched air diver specialty Instructor
Peak performance buoyancy Instructor
AWARE Coral reef conservation specialty Instructor
Care for children w/AED specialty Instructor
Emergency oxygen provider specialty Instructor
Emergency first response (CPR) and
secondary care (1st) w/AED Instructor

PADI Qualifications
Tec Rec gas blender

NZ Medic first aid
Emergency care (O2/AED/First aid) Instructor

Ko Adrian ‘Bev’ Bebbington tōku ingoa

Owner/Managing Director

SSI Instructor Trainer/XR Instructor
Dive Technician 

Bev has been involved in diving for over 30 years and is a huge advocate for our oceans. He has lived, dived and worked in many different countries around the world but was captivated by the beauty of Aotearoa, both above and below the surface, and never left.
Bev specialises in advanced diver training, SCR, dive professional career development and is a Sidemount diving expert with a lust for rust. When he is not teaching he works as our Dive Service Technician and is the Safety Manager at Aotearoa Dive.


SSI Professional ratings
Instructor Trainer
Divemaster Instructor
Open water Instructor
Snorkel Diver Instructor
Assistant Instructor trainer
Sidemount Instructor trainer
Dive Guide Specialty Instructor
Scuba Ranger Instructor trainer
Advanced open water Instructor
Decompression diving Instructor
Navigation Specialty Instructor trainer
Extended Range Sidemount Instructor
Boat Diving Specialty Instructor trainer
Deep Diving Specialty Instructor trainer
Extended Range Foundations Instructor
Extended Range Nitrox Diving Instructor
Wreck Diving Specialty Instructor trainer
Shark Ecology Specialty Instructor trainer
Scooter / DPV Specialty Instructor trainer
Dry Suit Diving Specialty Instructor trainer
Altitude Diving Specialty Instructor trainer
Marine Ecology Specialty Instructor trainer
Gas Blender Nitrox/Trimix Instructor trainer
Computer Diving Specialty Instructor trainer
Science Of Diving Specialty Instructor trainer
Perfect Buoyancy Specialty Instructor trainer
Fish Identification Specialty Instructor trainer
Sea Turtle Ecology Specialty Instructor trainer
Search & Recovery Specialty Instructor trainer
Coral Identification Specialty Instructor trainer
Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty Instructor trainer
Independent Diving Specialty Instructor trainer
React Right Instructor trainer (FA, CPR, AED, O2)
Diver stress & Rescue Specialty Instructor trainer
Equipment Techniques Specialty Instructor trainer
Advanced Wreck Diving Specialty Instructor trainer
Manta And Ray Ecology Specialty Instructor trainer
Waves, Tides & Currents Specialty Instructor trainer
Recreational Sidemount Diving Specialty Instructor trainer
Night Diving and Limited Visibility Specialty Instructor trainer

SSI Pro awards
Diver level 10
Master Instructor
Gold 500 Instructor
Silver 300 Instructor
SSI Digital University
Bronze 200 Instructor
Century 100 Instructor
Platinum Pro 5000 Diver
Platinum 1000 Instructor

TDI Professional ratings
Nitrox Instructor
Intro to tec Instructor
Side mount Instructor
Advanced nitrox Instructor
Nitrox gas blending Instructor
Decompression procedures Instructor
Equipment O2 service technician Instructor
Advanced gas blending Instructor (Nitrox and Trimix)

PADI Professional ratings
Staff Instructor
Freedive Instructor
Master scuba diver trainer
Open water scuba Instructor
Drift diver specialty Instructor
Boat diver specialty Instructor
Deep diver specialty Instructor
Night diver specialty Instructor
Wreck diver specialty Instructor
Tec rec trimix blender Instructor
Tec side mount specialty Instructor
Multilevel diver specialty Instructor
Project AWARE specialty Instructor
Side mount diver specialty Instructor
Enriched air diver specialty Instructor
Dive against debris specialty Instructor
Equipment specialist specialty Instructor
Underwater navigator specialty Instructor
Underwater naturalist specialty Instructor
Fish identification diver specialty Instructor
Search & recovery diver specialty Instructor
Care for children w/AED specialty Instructor
Diver propulsion vehicle specialty Instructor
Self-reliant diver distinctive specialty Instructor
Emergency oxygen provider specialty Instructor
Peak performance buoyancy specialty Instructor
AWARE Coral reef conservation specialty Instructor
Surface marker buoy diver distinctive specialty Instructor
AWARE Dive against debris distinctive specialty Instructor
AWARE Shark conservation distinctive specialty Instructor
AWARE Sea turtle awareness distinctive specialty Instructor
Coral watch coral health chart distinctive specialty Instructor
AWARE Whaleshark awareness distinctive specialty Instructor
Emergency first response (CPR) and secondary care (1st) w/AED Instructor

PADI Awards
PADI Elite Instructor 2015

AIDA Qualifications
AIDA 2 Freediver
AIDA 3 Advanced Freediver
AIDA 4 Master Freediver

WHO IS AOTEAROA DIVE

Aotearoa Dive is an SSI award winning recreational, extended range, freediving and instructor training centre based in Rotorua on the North Island of Aotearoa.
We offer entry level diver training and specialise in advanced, technical dive training, SCR and professional career development - We are Sidemount training experts.
Our services also include dive equipment retail and hire, equipment consultation, gas cylinder fills/Hydro/Visual testing and SCUBA equipment servicing. 

OUR TRAINING PHILOSOPHY

Discover your true potential with Aotearoa Dive and we will ensure you become the best diver you can with our uncompromising Diver Diamond training philosophy. Performance requirements are the absolute minimum you will learn but we go above and beyond these to expand your skills and understanding. We do it right, we create real divers.

All our training programs include classroom based learning with a dive professional to ensure you really do understand what you are learning. Combined with your E learning experience you will be a better educated diver.

The best way to learn essential skills is through continuous and correct repetition. The goal of this repetition is to learn the skills so well that they can be performed automatically, and without conscious thought. This is SSI's signature water training method: ”Comfort Through Repetition.”

WHO IS SSI

Scuba Schools International grew out of the passion of a few avid divers who were intent on making it possible for anyone to learn how to scuba dive.

For more than 50 years, SSI has provided training, scuba diving certification, and educational resources for divers, dive instructors, dive centers and resorts around the world. Started in 1970, SSI has expanded to include more than 30 Service Centres, is represented in more than 110 countries with over 2,800 International locations. SSI is the name to trust in the diving world, and we attribute that success to our uncompromising standards and focused methodology.

Since June 1, 2010, Scuba Schools International is one of the few training agencies who qualified for a Global ISO Certification. 

SSI is globally recognised anywhere you dive. Find out more about the history of SSI HERE

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SSI Professional ratings
Divemaster Instructor
Deep diving Instructor
Open water Instructor
Scuba ranger Instructor
Snorkel Diver Instructor
Advanced Wreck instructor
Altitude diving Instructor
Assistant Instructor trainer
Enriched air nitrox Instructor
Dive guide specialty Instructor
Navigation Specialty Instructor
Advanced open water Instructor
Wreck Diving Specialty Instructor
Shark Ecology Specialty Instructor
Dry Suit Diving Specialty Instructor
Marine Ecology Specialty Instructor
Science of Diving Specialty Instructor
Perfect Buoyancy Specialty Instructor
Sea Turtle Ecology Specialty Instructor
React Right Instructor (FA, CPR, AED, O2)
Diver stress & Rescue Specialty Instructor
Equipment Techniques Specialty Instructor
Manta and Ray Ecology Specialty Instructor
Night Diving and Limited Visibility Specialty Instructor

SSI Pro awards
Diver level 10
Master Instructor
Gold 500 Instructor
Silver 300 Instructor
SSI Digital University
Century 100 Instructor
Platinum Pro 5000 Diver

TDI Qualifications
Side mount diver
Advanced nitrox diver
Decompression procedures diver

PADI Professional ratings
Divemaster
Assistant Instructor
Master scuba diver trainer
Project AWARE Instructor
Open water scuba Instructor
Night diver specialty Instructor
Wreck diver specialty Instructor
Enriched air diver specialty Instructor
Peak performance buoyancy Instructor
AWARE Coral reef conservation specialty Instructor
Care for children w/AED specialty Instructor
Emergency oxygen provider specialty Instructor
Emergency first response (CPR) and
secondary care (1st) w/AED Instructor

PADI Qualifications
Tec Rec gas blender

NZ Medic first aid
Emergency care (O2/AED/First aid) Instructor

AOTEAROA DIVE - SSI AWARD WINNER

  • Performance - New comer of the year 2021
  • Excellence - Instructor training center 2022
  • Environment - Blue Oceans 2022
  • Facility - Diamond center

A special thank you to our team, supporters and customers, you guys rock!

OUR BRANDS

We retail and stock a variety of dive equipment brands to suit everyones budget. All of the equipment we retail is either used or tested by our team. Below are just a few of the brands we work with.

YOUR SAFETY IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE TO US

AdventureMark is New Zealand's largest adventure certification body. 

AdventureMark is a JAS-ANZ accredited and WorkSafe NZ approved Certification Body for its Blue AdventureMark Certification under the New Zealand Adventure Activities Certification Scheme. 

The AdventureMark symbol is a New Zealand registered trademark that provides a clear and public demonstration that Aotearoa Dive have successfully demonstrated conformance with the safety audit standard for adventure activities.

You are in safe hands!

 

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