Andy Stewart’s diving experiences initially began snorkeling as a 7 year old hanging on to his fathers' spearfishing float line while being towed around places like Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands. After completing a CMAS scuba diving course while at school, Andy got the scuba diving bug and has now been diving for over 20 years.
With a passion for introducing people to the underwater world he eventually became a PADI dive instructor and in 2014 a PADI Course Director, PADI’s highest recreational instructor rating. All of Andy’s PADI Instructor Candidates have passed the PADI Instructor Exam first time, and gone on to be active PADI Instructors. This is something he is very proud of!
Andy is also a keen Technical Diver and PADI Tec Deep Instructor with experience in Cave and Cavern diving.
While he doesn’t mind catching the odd cray and scallop he is very supportive and protective of the Underwater Environment. Andy has organized underwater clean up dives and is a strong supporter of Project AWARE, being the only 100% Project AWARE Instructor in New Zealand.
Since 2014 Andy has been a Board Member of New Zealand Underwater Association, the leading organisation for promoting and advocating safe and enjoyable underwater activities in New Zealand.