Scuba Steve

Information on goods and services offered by 
Steve Traynor - professional diver, lecturer and expedition staff

Steve J. Traynor

Born: 25 August 1972

Nationality: Dual NZ/British

Languages: English

Address: 8 Ash Avenue, Albert Town, Otago 9305, New Zealand

Mobile: +64 27 217 6150




Professional Association of Diving Instructors - PADI
  • Master Instructor
  • Tec Rec Gas Blender Instructor
  • Tec Rec Deep Instructor
  • Specialty Instructor
    • Altitude, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Boat, Drift, Dry Suit, Deep, Enriched Air, Equipment Specialist, Kayak, Multilevel, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware, Search & Recovery, Underwater Navigator, Wreck.
  • First Aid Instructor
    • Emergency First Responder
    • Care for Children AED
    • Oxygen First Aid

Scuba Schools International - SSI
  • Dive Control Specialist exp.
  • Specialty Diver - Night/Limited Visibility, Altitude, Deep, Computer, Wreck, Navigation, Identify Marine Species, Search & Recovery, Nitrox, Shore, Stress & Rescue

Australian Diver Acreditation Scheme - ADAS

    • Level 1 - Occupational Diving - Scuba to 30m
    • Level 2 - Occupational Diving - Surface Supplied to 30m
    • Level 3 - Occupational Diving - Surface Supplied to 50m
    • Certificate 4 - Occupational Diving - Advanced Underwater Work to 50m
    • Endorsements - Nitrox, Chamber Operator

    New Zealand Underwater Assosciation - NZUA

    • Air Filler Trainer

    Dive Equipment Service Technician 

    Apeks, Apollo, Aqualung, Aquatec, Atlantis, Atomic, Cressi, Dacor, Dive Rite, Genesis, Mares, Oceanic, SeaQuest, ScubaPro, Sherwood, US Divers


    Maritime NZ

    • Skipper Restricted Limits

    Australian Maritime Safety Authority
    • Coxswain Grade 1 - Passenger, non-passenger & fishing vessels <12m & <12nm

    Royal Yachting Association
    • Powerboat Level 2

    NZ Underwater Association
    • Master of a Small Commercial Dive Boat

    NZ Coastguard
    • Marine VHF Operator
    • Boatmaster

    V.Ships Leisure
    • Crowd Management & Safety Training
    • Tender Training

    • Security Awareness for Cruise Ship Staff

    Royal NZ Navy
    • One Day Sea Survival Course
    • Basic Common Training
    • Able Rank Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Defense Course
    • Able Weapons Electrical Mechanic Course
    • Chief of Naval Staff Commendation for contribution during Bougainville Peace Talks 1990


    NZ Ministry of Justice

    Certificate of Approval for work in the security industry as:

    • Personal Guard
    • Property Guard
    • Crowd Controller

    NZ Qualifications Authority
    • National Certificate Painting & Decorating - earned while working for NZ's largest dry dock facility with an emphasis on marine coatings

    • Recreational Diving Instruction
    • Advanced Trade Certificate


    Employment History 2000+

    Albatros Travel: 2017 - Current

    • Zodiac Master – Responsible for daily organization of all expedition staff for operations during Albatros’s inaugural season in Antarctica.
    • Assigned drivers, shore party and gangway staff from a team of up to 23 staff.
    • Working closely with the EL’s in overall planning of timings and logistics.
    • Assisting the Chief Mate/Staff Officer with deck crew management & zodiac maintenance.
    • Responsible for training and assessing of new drivers.
    • Member of the Medical Emergency Response Team.

    Ponant: 2017 - Current

    Naturalist Lecturer & Zodiac Driver

    Working on board L'Austral for its maiden season in the Kimberley, Western Australia.

    Silversea Cruises Ltd: 2014 - Current

    Dive Master, Naturalist Lecturer & Zodiac Driver

    Contracted to oversee all diving operations for the 5 star expedition ship Silver Discoverer, I spend 4-7 months/year cruising, planning and leading dives in the worlds best tropical locations.

    Scuba Steve Wanaka Ltd: 2002 - Current

    Managing Director 

    Over 12 years I grew the business from start up to become the largest and most professional dive training and retail facility in the region. Nowadays the training has taken a backseat as the business focuses on other activities but most services are still available on request.


    • Authorised PADI Dive Center
    • Project Aware Awards - Scuba Steve 'Splash for Trash' community environmental clean-up events
    • International Commercial Diving Contractor for underwater construction and aquaculture

    Cardrona Alpine Resort: 2005 - 2006

    Health & Safety Coordinator 

    Responsible for design and implementation of the complete Workplace Safety Management system for the ski resort. 

    Dive HQ Queenstown: 2000 - 2002

    Facility Manager

    Responsible for the initial design and implementation of all business practices. Achievements:

    • Ministry of Education approval as a Tertiary Education Provider
    • Retail Store of the Year Award 2001



    England, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Netherlands, Belgium


    Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Timor Leste


    Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tokelau, Nuie, Tonga, Samoa, American Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, Wallis & Futuna, Tuvalu, Norfolk Island

    North America

    United States


    Tanzania, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Reunion, Seychelles


    I'm a professional diver with 16 years experience in teaching divers and managing dive stores in Queenstown & Wanaka, NZ.

    I've also spent several months working as a dive instructor, skipper or commercial diver in South Australia/Queensland and regularly lead international dive expeditions.

    A qualified service technician for most scuba equipment brands if I can't fix it, it's time you bought a new one. 

    I believe my varied background and experience combined with a my constant desire for more knowledge make me a valuable asset.