We are the leading certifying dive centre in the country, offering a wide range of diving courses in the Cook Islands. We offer quality diving in a fun and friendly atmosphere - so whether these are your first bubbles, you are already qualified and you are diving for fun, or you want to progress your professional diving career, we have dives to suit you!
Zoe and Neil own and run Dive Rarotonga – here’s a bit about them….....
Zoe learned to dive in England, in the cold water quarries of Capenwray and Stoney Cove. After working at a British dive centre and teaching students to dive in dry suits, Zoe left for slightly warmer waters. While working as a Dive Safety Officer for a reef conservation NGO in Madagascar training Marine Biologists to dive on the barrier reef system, Zoe developed her skills in fish identification and coral propagation techniques.
Zoe is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, has trained students from PADI Open Water to PADI DiveMaster, and is RYA Powerboat qualified. She has dived around the world, including Thailand, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Egypt, and is passionate about all marine life, drop-offs, passages and drift dives. She loves teaching and guiding and has an unusual appreciation for Moray Eels! Previously a High School Mathematics teacher, Zoe applies her education background to Diver training highly successfully and has trained divers of all levels in some extremely difficult conditions.
Neil also learned to dive in the spectacular conditions of the UK, with experience gained predominantly at Stoney Cove, Capernwray & Porthkerris in the Atlantic!
First diving in the 80s and finally taking it up seriously around nine years ago, he is a PADI Master Instructor & EFR Instructor Trainer. CD being his next ambition.
Working for several years within a UK Dive Centre & then in Madagascar as Dive Safety Officer and training all the way from Discover Scuba to Assistant Instructor Neil has decided that warmer waters are far more fun! It’s taken a while, but the Cook Islands seem to be the place to be despite experiencing Egypt, the Maldives and many places in between. RYA Powerboat qualified and with a passion for sharing the amazing aquatic and marine world, he is keen to perpetuate everyone’s love of the water.
Training Marine Biologists to dive on and around the amazing Barrier Reef system in the South West corner of Madagascar finally convinced him that the Tropics and associated fauna are for him.
Neil teaches multiple PADI Specialities, has written approved PADI Distinctive Specialities based around Coral Reef Conservation learned in Madagascar and is a factory trained Mares and Scubapro service technician. He also has an engineering and Health & Safety background, with NEBOSH certifications in the latter.
Paul (aka Bob) finally hung up his drysuit and joined the team at Dive Rarotonga 6 years ago. He braved the cold waters of England, and taught for six years at one of the top centres in the UK, attaining his Staff Instructor status. Since then he has taught many a willing student and now multi agency qualified, after gaining his SSI Dive Control Specialist Instructor. Paul also has experience diving in Egypt, Dahab, Sri Lanka, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, to name but a few. He also has an RYA power boat driving qualification and CI Boat Masters. He reckons he's hung up his wings now and plans to stay on the island for as long as we'll have him!
Selina is a PADI IDC Staff Scuba Diving Instructor. She has been a PADI professional for 10 years and has certified hundreds of divers. The majority of her diving career was spent in the warm waters of Thailand where she gained valuable experience teaching and motivating divers to continue their PADI education up to professional levels.
Originally from New Zealand Selina moved to Rarotonga in 2017 so she could experience what the Cook Islands had to offer. She has not been disappointed and has had many memorable diving experiences here including diving with humpback whales and hammerhead sharks.
"I like to give divers a fun safe environment where they can relax and be in awe of the beauty of Rarotonga’s underwater world."