NZ Diving – About Us

Check Out Who’s Who at NZ Diving – About Us

New Zealand Diving offers training for all divers, whether you are a complete beginner or interested in deep, cave or any kind of technical diving.

Our instructors are fully trained and can offer tailored courses to suit your requirements .

Why not Try a Dive experience, or take diving lessons with our dive centre in Warkworth. We offer SDI & PADI diving courses from beginner to instructor levels, plus TDI technical diving courses. Our centre is fully equipped and staffed by our friendly, professional instructors.

Director & Instructor Trainer – Neil Bennett


Neil is a SDI, TDI instructor trainer and PADI MSDT instructor, teaching students from beginners to instructors in a wide range of sports and technical courses.
Known for his photographic and journalist work in a number of magazines around the world, he has setup New Zealand Diving to bring you the benefit of his experience.

So if you want to try ice diving, wreck diving, dive to the depths or even solo diving. Come and see Neil.

Director & Instructor – Andrea Andrenacci

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Meet our instructor Andy in our dive centre in Warkworth. Andy is a PADI MSDT and SDI instructor. He is also a qualified fast boats skipper for the Royal New Zealand Navy and knows how to have fun on the water. Before sailing to New Zealand he worked as a dive guide and instructor in Italy, Malta and Thailand. Andy’s mission is to make you a confident diver while having fun.

Instructor – Phil Walker

Phil is a SDI, TDI, PADI and EFR instructor. In 2013 he became a PADI Staff Instructor and also he attained the prestigious Elite Instructor award from PADI.

His passion is Technical diving. As a diver he is qualified as an Advanced Tri-Mix rebreather diver and able to dive to the dizzy depths of 100 Metres. On the TDI technical instructing front, he is able to teach Intro to Tech, Understanding Nitrox, Advanced Nitrox, Extended Range, Tec Sidemount, Gas Blending and Advanced Gas Blending. He is also able to teach the PADI Tec Rec program.

Phil looks forward to meeting you all and helping you live your dream of diving.

Divemaster – Callan Christophersen

Callan has been diving since 2011. He has lived in the local area his whole life and a good knowledge of local dive sites. Most of his experience is with night diving, shore dives. Callan is also a dive master for and member of Auckland university underwater club.

Divemaster – Jon Owen


An avid wreck ferret, Jon is a highly capable diver and has considerable experience. Great fun to be with and always willing to help.

Divemaster – Jacqui Smith









Jacqui has over 15 years diving experience and loves sharing her passion for diving with novice and experienced divers alike. She qualified as a Divemaster in NZ and is enthusiastic about exploring the local dive sites and sharing them with you.

Instructor – Craig Knox


NZ Diving’s long term Divemaster with vasts amount of knowledge and skills to share. He makes a great helper to all the newbies learning to dive.

Divemaster – Donald van de Westhuizen


Donald is our youngest Divemaster, yet highly qualified and experienced. Well known within the AKL Uni dive club, keen on Spearo as well as diving.

Instructor – Ellie Hamilton Hunter


Ellie is our newest Instructor  & tech diver . She is very popular with our clients and already proving to be a great diver.

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