Scuba Steve

Steve Traynor - Professional Diver, General Naturalist and Expedition Guide.

Steve J. Traynor

Born: 25 August 1972

Nationality: Dual NZ/British

Languages: English

Address: 4B Lawrence Street, Havelock, Marlborough 7100, 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
    • Power Boat 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

    Westport Deep Sea Fishing School
    • STCW - Personal Survival Techniques
    • STCW - Personal Safety Social Responsibility
    • STCW - Elementary First Aid
    • STCW - Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting

    • STCW - Security Awareness for Cruise Ship Staff

    University of Tasmania - Australian Maritime College
    • STCW - Crowd Management & Safety Training

    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+

    Intrepid Travel: May 2022 - ongoing

    Expedition Team Manager

    • Recruit and manage a team of approximately 70 Expedition Guides for the Antarctic region
    • Gift shop procurement
    • Create guide handbook, SOP's, manage FB page and regular team comms.
    • Responsible for team payroll and travel bookings

    Vantage Travel: Dec 2021 -May 2022

    Contracted as Equipment Manager & Zodiac Master for inaugural Antarctic season.

    • Implemented a program I developed to train, assess and record Zodiac driver competences.
    • Responsible for issue/inventory of parkas and boots to guests, plus all staff uniform and equipment.
    • Gained experience as assistant Kayak Guide.
    • Worked closely with onboard physician to develop Covid-19 testing procedure and trained other staff in order to conduct a regular screening process for all onboard.
    • Became stand-in Expedition Leader when several senior staff were forced to isolate due to Covid-19.

    Aurora Expeditions: Feb 2020 - Mar 2020

    Dive/Snorkel Guide, Naturalist Lecturer & Zodiac Driver


    • Prepare Greg Mortimer vessel and equipment for in-water activities
    • Supervise diving & snorkelling operations in Antarctic waters
    • Presenter of recaps and lectures

    Noble Caledonia: May 2018 - May 2022

    Naturalist Lecturer & Zodiac Driver


    • Guiding land based and zodiac tours worldwide
    • Photographer & producer of end of voyage slideshow
    • Snorkel Master
    • Zodiac Master
    • Presenter of daily recaps and lectures

    Albatros Travel: Dec 2017 - May 2022

    Zodiac Master, MERT Team Leader & Lecturer


    • 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.
    • Leader of the Medical Emergency Response Team.

    Ponant: July - August 2017:

    Naturalist Lecturer & Zodiac Driver

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

    Silversea Cruises Ltd: Oct 2014 - Dec 2017

    Dive Master, Naturalist Lecturer & Zodiac Driver

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

    Cardrona Alpine Resort: 2005 - 2006

    Health & Safety Coordinator 

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

    Scuba Steve Wanaka Ltd: 2002 - 2022

    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. 


    • 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

    Dive HQ Queenstown: 2000 - 2002

    Facility Manager

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


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



    England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Netherlands, Belgium, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Canada


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


    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, Northern Mariana Islands

    North America

    United States, Costa Rica, Panama

    South America

    Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Sandwich Islands, 


    Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Polar Circle


    Tanzania, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Reunion, Seychelles


    I'm a professional diver with vast experience in teaching, guiding and management roles.

    I have a long background in the marine industry, working internationally on many ships, as dockyard maintenance staff and as a master of small vessels.

    As a qualified service technician for most scuba equipment brands and having a background in electrical mechanics if I can't fix it, it's time you bought a new one. 

    I have a passion for photography and videography, my work has been featured in many professional productions.

    Experienced in complete office administration, development & management of workplace health & safety systems plus personally able to instruct CPR, first aid and rescue courses.

    I enjoy travelling the world in search of wildlife, experiencing different cultures, seeing new places and learning about their history.

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