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The Team

Tony Howell

Tony Howell

Owner – 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.

Key Achievements:
  • Army Officer
  • PADI Course Director
  • TDI Instructor Trainer
  • KISS CCR Instructor

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 Scuba Training Manager Wellington
Peter Baker Training Scuba Gear

Peter Baker

Training Manager – MSDT

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.  

Diving Achievements:

  • TDI Gas Blender, 2021
  • PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty Instructor, 2021
  • PADI Elite Instructor Award, 2020
  • PADI Drift Specialty Instructor, 2020
  • PADI Deep Specialty Instructor, 2020
  • PADI Elite Instructor Award, 2018
  • PADI EANx Specialty Instructor, 2019
  • TDI Nitrox Diver, 2018
  • PADI Elite Instructor Award, 2017
  • Periodic Cylinder Tester, 2017
  • 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, 2013
  • 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 and Fourth Element Drysuit Undergarments.  Or during the warmer months his Atlantis Legacy Wetsuit with Icon vest.  Also; Tusa Split Fins, single lens black silicone mask and Icon S1 purge snorkel, Legacy dive boots and gloves, Sherwood Retractable compass, Shearwater Peregrine dive computer, Atlantis Quest Regulators/gauges and BCD.  Uses a DiveAlert PLUS and Atlantis SMB & Spool.

Murray Middleton

Retail Staff – Diver

Murray began diving very early in life and worked his way through some diver ratings.  He is also keen on the outdoors and conservation issues. 

Murray looks after the Retail area including helping with fishing and dive gear sales and filling cylinders.

Murray Middleton