Our Story

We started from scratch as Splash Gordon, a small dive shop in November of 1998. The thinking was that the location would be awesome for a dive shop, right across the road from some of Wellington's best divng. The company was formed by 2 brothers, one acting as a silent partner. With just one fulltime staff member and one part time employee things were busy. In the early days it was common to close the shop and put a sign on the door saying gone diving. The business grew and soon employed a 2nd fulltime person.

Dave Drane joined the business fulltime in 2000 and brought into the business in 2002. The business continued to grow and became a Padi 5 star idc centre. In 2008 Dave and Paula brought the entire business. In 2012 the name was changed to Dive Wellington and the shop expanded to triple its original size. Dive Wellington was intrumental in helping with the sinking of the F69 and the implementation of Taputeranga Marine Resreve.  We currently employ 5 full time staff members and 8 part time and are Wellingtons largest dive store.

We offer all levels of diver training from beginner through to instructor level. We also provide tertiary education courses including Diploma in Scuba Instruction, a 42 week fulltime course which is eligble for student loans and allowances. 

We run overseas trips and local trips including from our own charter boat Southern Comfort. We have Wellingtons most active dive club. We service all brands of equipment in house. 

Dive Wellington, turning ordinary people into divers since 1998.

The Team

Dave Drane
Course Director and Company Director

"The Boss" Dave joined the dive industry fulltime in 2000 as a dive instructor. He became a PADI Course Director  in 2005 and has since taught and mentored many new dive instructors. He has way too many instructor qualifications to list them all. 

He has been operating boat charters in the Wellington area for many years and is one of Wellington’s most experienced skippers.

Paula Drane
Company Director

Paula is the friendly face of Dive Wellington, keeping the wheels in motion, organising courses, getting you ready for your dive, filling tanks, processing certifications, hiring out equiptment, advice when buying new gear or cooking the weekend BBQ she does it all, and with a smile.

Alex Halliwell
Retail and Service Technician

Alex is a Dive Wellington trained dive master and leads our club dives, he is also studying for his masters in Marine Biology. You"ll also see him in the shop giving you advice on all your diving needs and always up for a chat about spearfishing, being an enthusiast himself ! 

Ian Manson
Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Ian has been diving ever since 2010 and been in-love ever since, installing this same passion to students and divers alike. Mermaid Kitchen being his favourite dive site located conveneintly on our front door, this marine reserve is home to his favourite creature the octopus (Microctopus maorum) commonly found in these waters.

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Get in touch

  • Dive Wellington
          432 The Esplanade
          Island Bay
          Wellington 6023
          New Zealand
  • +64 (4) 939 3483 
  • +64 (4) 939 8101 
  • dive@divewellington.co.nz

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