Biography

Hey I’m Sophie 😊

I live and work in Tutukaka, New Zealand. At the Poor Knight Islands for Dive! Tutukaka.

I’ve been working here for nearly 8 years, since I was 16.

I’m originally from Zimbabwe and moved to New Zealand as a child, where I fell in love with the ocean.

I’ve worked as an Instructor in Tonga, taking people snorkelling and diving with Humpback whales. Mozambique and South Africa teaching underwater photography internships.

My full time work is in New Zealand as a Diving Instructor, where I dive 5 days a week at the Poor Knights Islands.

I’ve featured in Various Advertising campaigns (Nikon, Air New Zealand, Tourism NZ) as a diver at the Beautiful Poor Knights Islands.

I am passionate about marine sustainability and I hope by teaching new divers and showing people this beautiful marine reserve they become inspired to want to conserve everything underwater as well.

Diving Qualifications

  • PADI IDC Staff Instructor
  • Emergency First Response Instructor
  • Night Diver Instructor
  • Dry Suit Instructor
  • Digital Underwater Photography Instructor
  • Wreck Instructor
  • Deep Instructor
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor
  • Project Aware Instructor
  • Aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor
  • Care For Children with AED Instructor