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About us

Established in 1992, Cathedral Cove Dive is locally owned and operated and is the longest operating dive business in the area.
Our local under water knowledge of the area is unmatched.

We offer:

  • We are situated right at the Beach, with many of the dive sites only a 10 minute boat ride
  • Single tank diving means you still have time to hit low tide Hot Water Beach, stroll to the Cove or just spend time relaxing with friends & family at lovely Hahei Beach. There is around 1 ½ hours back on shore for lunch, between trips
  • New and top quality Rental Aqualung Scuba gear
  • Optional Reserve or non Reserve diving. We can’t promise anything here but definitely can put you in a spot where your chances may run high for a crayfish dinner!!
  • Well trained friendly staff, small groups with personal service. We welcome individual divers and/or Groups.
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The Team

Russ is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and has been in the dive trade since 1973 (Dive Instructor since 1976). He is also a commercial diver and a Commercial Launch Master.


Russ is a co-owner from conception and is well in tune with the whole business of diving. When he's not at the helm of the Mekong Rose, you may find him in his workshop

Wendy is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and has been a PADI professional for 25 years. She is the other company co-owner from the beginning, and her extended family has enjoyed Hahei since the 1960's.

She spends a great deal of time managing the Dive Store but sneaks out for a dive when possible, enjoying being involved with all levels of diver training. She is also a skipper on the dive boat



Josh is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, our Free Diver Instructor and also a skipper on the dive boat. He studied at Otago Uni where he completed his BSc ecology, mainly in the Marine Science field, and is passionate about our environment. He divides his time between the boat and underwater filming where he is in his element. Josh is the Omer ambassador for Australasia a keen spearo and enjoys kite boarding and surf


Rhys is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and a skipper on the dive boat. He has studied Adventure Tourism Management in Queenstown and has been working in this field since. Rhys has a great eye with the underwater camera, taking some of our best shots. When he is not working with us through the winter you may find him in the tropics or on the slopes.


Etienne is a PADI Elite Instructor and has been lucky enough to dive at many outstanding dive sites throughout the world - Asia, the Caribbean, Australia and now New Zealand.

He is our French speaking instructor in the Dive Centre, teaching in both French and English, enabling us to run courses in French. Etienne has adapted to the NZ lifestyle amazingly, he loves all outdoor sport, whether it’s soccer, biking, climbing and running (a marathon)


Josh is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and is always keen to teach and show off our amazing dive sites. He instructs up to dive master and has great knowledge of all our sites. Josh is also a professional lifeguard from Hot Water Beach Surf Life Saving, a beach known for its dangerous rip currents, holes and large waves. An amazing local guide, enthusiastic and a master at water safety. Josh has lived in Hahei all his life, playing rugby, keeping active either at the beach or in the water, he’s always up for an adventure.



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