The Team

Tony Howell

Course Director

Tony Howell has been an active PADI Course Director since 1989. He is a very successful Instructor in his own right and has vast experience with PADI’s continuing education programmes and the Instructor Development Course (IDC) in particular. Tony is qualified to teach scuba and Tech dive courses including trimix and rebreathers. He has owned and operated New Zealand Sea Adventures Diver Training Centre in Wellington since 1990. Tony is also an Instructor trainer in: TDI, EFR,  DSAT, CMAS, SDI, MFA, MSCDB and an IANTD Instructor.

— Tonys Portfolio

Tony dives with: S600 regulators, Shearwater computers, DiveRite Nomad harness in either the Sidemount or Backmount configuration, or a DiveRite Transpac with integrated weight system, KISS Classic CCR, DiveRite XT Monoprene fins, and an Otter Brittannic drysuit with Fourth Element under garments.

Peter Baker

Training Manager

Peter began diving in Fiji during 2005 and took to it right away.  The idea of becoming a scuba instructor was something Peter aspired to do from the beginning and in 2011 he left Dairy Farm Management to become a full time Dive Professional.

Peter started at NZ Sea Adventures early in 2012 as our Retail Manager and excelled for nearly four years.  In 2015 Peter got the Training Manager role and never looked back.  He is now an experienced and passionate Scuba Instructor with a shared passion for local diving and our ocean planet.  If you’re looking to get started in Scuba Diving, want dive gear advice or want to take the next step in diving then be sure to catch him for a chat.

Diving certifications and Achievements
  • PADI Drift Specialty Instructor, 2020
  • PADI Deep Specialty Instructor, 2020
  • PADI Elite Instructor Award, 20182018 Elite Instructor Peter Baker
  • PADI EANx Specialty Instructor, 2019
  • TDI Nitrox Diver, 2018
  • PADI Elite Instructor Award, 2017
  • Periodic Cylinder Tester, 2017P Baker Elite Instructor 2017-Wellington scuba diving Nz
  • PADI Drysuit Specialty Instructor, 2017
  • PADI Elite Instructor Award, 2016
  • PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty Instructor, 2016
  • PADI Night Specialty Instructor, 2014
  • PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider, 2014
  • PADI Equipment Specialty Instructor, 2013PADI Instructor Wellington
  • Atomic Aquatics and Atlantis Service Technician, 2012
  • NZUA Air Filler, 2012
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor, 2011
  • Project Aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor, 2011
  • Project Aware Specialty Instructor, 2011
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, 2011
  • EFR Instructor w/AED, 2011
  • PADI Divemaster, 2011

Peter Dives with: An Atlantis Quest BCD, Oceandry Bravo Drysuit with Fourth Element or Atlantis Legacy Wetsuit with Icon vest, Split fins and single lens clear silicone mask, Icon purge snorkel, Legacy dive boots and gloves, Sherwood Retractable compass, wrist mounted dive computer, Atlantis Regulators/gauges and a DiveAlert PLUS.

Murray Middleton

Retail Staff

Murray began diving very early in life and worked his way up to PADI Divemaster.  He is also keen on the outdoors and conservation issues.  Murray is our current Retail go-to guy.

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